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Nikon 1 V3 Review

July 2014 | By Eugene Lee
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Since the original 1 V1, AF and continuous shooting speed have been a standout feature in Nikon's mirrorless offering for users who want interchangeable lens versatility in a small form factor. The 1 V3 makes a large step toward being a true enthusiast-oriented camera with the addition of features such as twin control dials, two customizable function buttons (a third if using the add-on grip) and a new 18MP 1"-type sensor with no AA filter. Add to that a high-performance hybrid contrast and phase detect AF system, a new Expeed 4A processor, and you have a very capable camera for most shooting situations.

The obvious change from last year's 1 V2 is the loss of the built-in electronic viewfinder, which is now an optional extra. Also available as add-ons are a DSLR-like grip and an adapter ring to attach any F-mount lens. This modular approach allows users to build-up or strip down the V3 to their liking - this should boost its appeal to enthusiasts (although for U.S. buyers, the only option is to buy the kit with EVF and grip). However, at the same time, the V3 still has many 'creative' modes that simulate various art filters and a 'live preview' scene control mode for beginners to blur background or stop action without having to learn aperture or shutter speed numbers.

The V1's cumbersome access to key settings annoyed many enthusiasts. While the V2 addressed some of those issues, it still felt like Nikon could do better with the V-series for serious shooters given the J- and S-series cameras were clearly aimed at people stepping up from smartphones and compacts. The question for the V3 is: Does it now provide enough direct control, customization and image quality to make advanced users give the 1-series a second look?

Nikon 1 V3 key features

  • 18.4MP 1"-type CMOS sensor, no AA filter
  • Hybrid AF with 171 contrast-detect and 105 phase-detect points
  • 20 fps with continuous AF and subject tracking
  • Raw file capture
  • 3" tilting touchscreen with 1.04M dots
  • 1080/60p video capture
  • Wi-Fi connectivity with remote control via app

The new sensor and AF system are the headline features of the V3. The V3's 18.4MP CX-format CMOS sensor is a bump up from the 14.2MP found in the V2. It also lacks an anti-aliasing (low-pass) filter that potentially gives the V3 sharper, more detailed images. Along with the sensor, the new Expeed 4A processor enables the V3 to shoot 20 fps in full-time continuous autofocus mode - even when shooting Raw files - and an astounding 60 fps in single focus mode.

Nikon's 1-series from the beginning had one of the fastest AF systems found in mirrorless cameras. The V3 is no different. It uses a hybrid system, combining 171 contrast and 105 phase detection areas. In comparison, the V2 had 135 and 73 respective areas. The phase-detect areas cover almost 100% of the frame, making the Sony a6000 with its hybrid AF system the V3's only serious competitor in this respect. With high fps and quick AF speed, the V3 has the chops for shooting fast action, whether it be sports or a spontaneous moments with kids.

The V3 can now shoot 1080/60p full-HD video with the ability to capture full resolution still images during recording. There's also a high-speed option and slow-motion capture ability at 120 fps at 720p.

And in what is becoming a standard feature on many new cameras, Wi-Fi is now built-in (no NFC). You can transfer images to your smartphone or control the camera remotely using Nikon's Wireless Mobile Utility app.

Key specs compared

Finding a direct rival to the V3 is tough. The Sony a6000 is the nearest competitor in terms of AF performance. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 and Samsung NX Mini are some interchangeable lens cameras that are physically smaller than the V3. Meanwhile the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1000 III is the benchmark 1"-type sensor camera for image quality and its built-in lens is brighter than the Nikon's kit zoom.

 
Nikon 1 V3
Sony a6000
Panasonic GM1
Sony RX100 III
Effective Pixels  • 18MP • 24 MP  • 16MP  • 21MP
ISO Range  • 160-12800

• 100-25600

 • 200-25600  • 125-12800
AF System

• Hybrid contrast and phase detect

• Hybrid contrast and phase detect

 • Contrast detect  • Contrast detect
Screen • 3"
• 1,037,000 dots
• 3"
• 921,600 dots
 • 3"
 • 1,036,800 dots
 • 3"
 • 1,228,800 dots
Sensor Size • 1"-type
• (13.2 x 8.8 mm)

• APS-C
• (23.5 x 15.6 mm)

• Four Thirds
• (17.3 x 13 mm)
• 1"-type
• (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Built-in flash • Yes • Yes •  Yes •  Yes
Continuous drive • 20 fps continuous AF
• 60 fps single AF
• 11 fps continuous AF • 5 fps • 10 fps
Storage • microSD
• SD  • SD  • SD
Weight (inc batteries) • 381 g (0.84 lb) • 344 g (0.76 lb)  • 204 g (0.45 lb)  • 290 g (0.64 lb)
Dimensions • 111 x 65 x 33 mm
(4.37 x 2.56 x 1.3")
• 120 x 67 x 45 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.77")

• 99 x 55 x 30 mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.2")

• 102 x 58 x 41 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.61")

Wi-Fi • Built-in • Built-in • Built-in • Built-in

Optional accessories

When the grip is attached to the camera it adds a shutter button, another front command dial, and third custom function button.

The GR-N1010 grip and DF-N1000 electronic viewfinder are included in the US V3 kit. They are sold separately in the UK and Europe.

Kit options and pricing

In the US, a V3 kit with the 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm F3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, DF-N1000 electronic viewfinder and the GR-N1010 grip is available for $1,199.95. The 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm F3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 lenses are also available for $299.95 and $999.95 respectively. An FT-1 mount adapter is also available for $239.95.

In the UK and Europe the V3 will sell for £799.99/€949 with the 10-30mm lens only. The kit with 10-30mm lens, EVF and grip will be available for £1049.99/€1249. The FT-1 mount adapter will sell for £229.99/€279.


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.

We recommend to make the most of this review you should be able to see the difference (at least) between X,Y and Z and ideally A,B and C.

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (1 day ago)

I find the IQ acceptable in this camera. Close to base ISO and there's little to complain about and is quite comparable to other 1" sensor cameras. I'd say it's 1 to 1 1/2 stop behind 4/3 and APS-C which is what you'd expect.

But the JPEG engine does a great disservice to this camera and goes berserk at moderate to high ISO, smearing all details away with a thick layer of vaseline. You have to double check with the RAW files to see how much is lost.

Obviously, the starting retail price is unreasonable. :)

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (2 days ago)

One of the greatest manifestation of a superbly designed gear is the beauty of the front lens.

The 10-30mm used as marketing release image is a CAD disaster.

The epitome of design laziness.

Ask any CAD operator.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 day ago)

Nikon wants its V3 to looks like SONY RX100-3.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (7 hours ago)

I hope the back lens looks better.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (2 days ago)

It'll be a bargain at 1/3 price ! Sorry but whilst the V3 is a step forward neither Nikon nor Canon (I use both brands) have got serious about mirror less (yet) my fav camera is an EOS-M (don't laugh) which must be the most underated Canon ever. Yep - V3 for £300 - bargain - start the que here - cause at £800+ Nikon aint gonna sell any….I strongly suspect that many leading retailers have REFUSED to stock it…..

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 day ago)

You are right on "... many leading retailers have REFUSED to stock".

Just checked US most respectable leading retailers bhphotovideo.com and adorama.com, and V3 is still in Pre-order even after V3 was released to the US market 4 months ago.

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nunatak
By nunatak (1 day ago)

as B&H, Adorama, and the big box chains (Best Buy) can't seem to get enough to fill the back-orders they already have ... the issue doesn't appear to be a "REFUSAL" to stock V3's, but one of Nikon building enough to meet demand.

the budget minded chains (Walmart, Target, etc.) or smaller camera stores may no longer carry the N1 line, but they typically have trouble moving any MILCs costing more than $400~$500.

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Sonyshine
By Sonyshine (2 days ago)

Well having seen the images being put up on here and on Flickr by the V3 users I definitely want one....at a sensible price! :))

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gaston la touche
By gaston la touche (2 days ago)

Photographers use the camera that suites your needs!
Do not complain that camera A can do this and B can do that use the one that
suits your purpose.Nikon 1 systems have many unique features as we all know,
it is the only camera that could shot a golfers swing at 10,15,or 20 fps
silently,the clattering SLR'S used at the Open golf sounded primitive by
comparison.Naturally if I were making a facsimile of an old master painting my choice would be a multi shot Hassleblad,great camera but not very good on the beach!

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beavertown
By beavertown (3 days ago)

Why Nikon moans about the company's profit drops sharply while deliberately releases a camera like the V3 that Nikon has no intention to sell a lot by putting a sky high price tag?

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pkosewski
By pkosewski (2 days ago)

Exactly!
Finally someone guessed... :D

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (2 days ago)

Camera companies love the concept of high-margin, high-profit, cameras, but camera buyers have other ideas.

2 upvotes
pkosewski
By pkosewski (2 days ago)

V3 might not have been made for the customers.
We'll never know. :)

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DuxX
By DuxX (3 days ago)

A good camera with incompetent sensor. The minimum size of the sensor for any serious camera should be APS-C. Sorry Nikon.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 days ago)

The gh4 is an serious camera that has a smaller then apsc sensor.
There are more very good m43 camera's.
Image quality is better then the best selling apsc dslr bodies in dynamic range and shadow noise. High iso is about the same.

This is producing compact camera files and is not an serious try by a long shot.

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DuxX
By DuxX (3 days ago)

Smaller sensor cant be better than bigger ones. That's a physics. m43 system cant be serious. Nice thing for amateur shooting. Nothing more of that.
N1 v3 it's a nice camera for pocket tourists but now we have better solutions with much bigger sensors and in pocket size too. Who will buy this, I mean really??

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (3 days ago)

"Smaller sensor cant be better than bigger ones. That's a physics. "

If that were true then IQ would never improve. Yes given sensors that are identical in every way other than size a bigger one will be better, but each year sensors get better and new smaller sensors are very capable of beating older larger sensors. Even in the same year the quality difference is enough that a small high quality sensor can beat a larger mediocre sensor.

You don't have to take my word for it, DPR did a whole article about it http://connect.dpreview.com/post/5533410947/smartphones-versus-dslr-versus-film

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DuxX
By DuxX (3 days ago)

Because sensor is not the only thing important for IQ. But if you isolate sensor by itself smaller ones will never beat bigger ones. However Nikon 1 need bigger sensor. At least APS-C.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (3 days ago)

DuxX, as Andy points out, the word "never" is where you are wrong. My APS-C from 12 years ago is nowhere as good as the quality of my 1" sensor from 2 years ago. You're missing a key element, and that is technology improves. And the cycle of improvement has gotten so fast. With my old Nikon V1, I'm taking photos that are giving my D700 full frame camera a run for its money. Not quite the same at high ISO, but close enough to get me high quality landscape photos that I would feel comfortable printing at 13x19. See my V1 photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotogeneticist

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DuxX
By DuxX (3 days ago)

Very nice photos Photogeneticist, BUT... if you apply the same technology at different sensor the bigger will be better. Then we come to begin... at this price level Nikon should offer APS-C sensor.

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EcoPix
By EcoPix (2 days ago)

For me, a more relevant comparison is with other 1' sensors. I use a V1, a V2 and an RX100, and I feel very frustrated by the IQ difference between the Nikon cameras and the Sony, which for my use is up there with my bigger formats in usability.

These quiet, small, high-performance and versatile V cameras would become so very usable if Nikon would use the Sony 1" sensor tech.

Put it another way: give me an RX100 with all the V capabilities and an F mount adapter!

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marmotto
By marmotto (2 days ago)

but the choice is TODAY: to buy v3 with 1000 $ or D7100 with 850 $ ?
the technology is old the same and photos ....?

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

someone wanting a proper small mirrorless camera isn't buying either.

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DuxX
By DuxX (1 day ago)

Sony NEX is small enough with bigger and better sensor.

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EcoPix
By EcoPix (1 day ago)

Someone who wants a small, silent camera that takes Nikkor lenses has to buy it. And that's a lot of pros and others using the Nikon system. That's why we want a more capable sensor, and CLS flash.

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marmotto
By marmotto (19 hours ago)

i would like to have an Nikon EOS-M3 (:-)), APS-C sensor and ADAPTER for my Nikon lenses, a little flash, no EVF ($€£....).
All at 400-500 € with a pancake lens. It's a perfect second body... for me.

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DuxX
By DuxX (14 hours ago)

That's what I talking about! ;)

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EcoPix
By EcoPix (2 hours ago)

But the NEX isn't quiet, at least my 7. If you're going to use a noisy camera, you may as well use an SLR and have the operational advantage.
What Nikon need to make is a quiet camera that complements their SLRs well. The N1's are nearly there - they just need a decent sensor and full system compatibility.

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Maximusa
By Maximusa (3 days ago)

I think its a nice camera if the price would come down. Its priced too high right now, and I can see a bigger market for this if it was $899. Then it would be really hard to decide between this and an RX100 iii. Because then your getting the same senor with the ability to change out lenses. In fact, I don't really see what Nikon's strategy is here. Nikon 1s have been slow sellers, and by not undercutting the price, they are risking the series to becoming more irrelevant. Paying $1,200 for a crop sensor camera doesn't really make a whole lot of sense due to all the other options out there. If it was really amazing then maybe, but based on the review, it doesn't quite seem to get there.

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Dismayed
By Dismayed (4 days ago)

The price point is absurd when compared to the Sony NEX or to the Samsung NX lines.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (3 days ago)

And the lenses are mostly a good bit better than the Sony Nex lenses.

You're not the first to note the price.

The only offering from Sony, or Samsung, that approaches the frame rate of this is the A6000.

True Samsung makes some extraordinary lenses for the NX system, but the best aren't cheap and are kind of big.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 days ago)

The best lens made for any mirrorless is an next lens.
The fe 55mm f1.8
You can nearly get a a7 with this gem for the price of an nikon 1 with the 32mm

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (3 days ago)

BarnET:

That's a nice lens. However the A6000 is an APSC body, and I was clearly referring Nex lenses for APSC bodies.

The A7 is full framed body.

I like the A7 well enough, but the Nikon 1, various, has a much much quieter shutter.

Arguably the best mirrorless lens for any system is the Leica M 50 f/2.0 APO, if you're going to use the term "best".

PanaLeica and Samsung also make extraordinary lenses for mirrorless systems.

And Fuji and Olympus both make excellent lenses for mirrorless systems.

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Clayton1985
By Clayton1985 (2 days ago)

The FE 55 f1.8 is for full frame and APS-C and certainly it is reasonable to compare it to the Nikon 1 32mm lens.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 days ago)

Clayton:

You missed the point entirely.

The problem remains that the native Nex APSC lenses are mostly bad.

One can fit all sorts of lenses on to mirrorless bodies.

And that FE 55 is a full framed system lens.

It's not reasonable to compare it the the 32mm Nik-One lens because of the vastly different sensor sizes. Also in FF terms, the 32mm is 85mm for field of view.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

You miss the point raw.
You can mount the fe 55 on a apsc nex
And it will significantly outperform the nikon v3 with the 32mm.
Besides some old 14mp models maybe.

The lens is close to the same price as well. So why exclude it for being able to be mounted on even better camera's in the future.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 days ago)

BarnET:

Yeah I get that point, but it's not the problematic system lenses I'm referring to.

I don't exclude, but I'd not call it a native Nex system (APSC) lens.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

not native??

Does the AF work check
Does it fit without any adapter check.
Do the corrections work check.

how on earth is it not native?!

About the problematic lenses.
I know the ones your on about.
the 16-50 and the 55-210mm

At the prices nikon is asking for the V3 the first ain't really an issue. The 16-70mm + NEX-6 is very close to the price of the V3 with the 10-30mm

The tele-zoom is a problem sony has to solve by launching a new lens. Or even better they have shares of tamron. Let them handle that one.

The primes of the E system are excellent and so are the dirt cheap sigma primes.

Like the N1 system there are still holes. A decent macro lens and a longer zoom lens should probably be an priority.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 days ago)

BarnET:

This is boring misdirection on your part. It's not a native APSC lens.

I didn't say a thing about price.

No the fixed focal lenses for the Nex APSC system are not amazing. Even the 24mm SonyZeiss is just good.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

It fits with no adapter needed.
It has full capabilty in all regards.
It's native it just doesn't get used to it's full potential.
It doesn't need it's full potential to whipe the floor with the nikon 1 system anyway.

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (1 day ago)

The FE55mm f1.8 doesn't shine as brightly on APS-C. It becomes merely an above average lens. Far from the best.

You'd expect the best characteristics of a lens to be at the center and therefore, crop factor in a camera ought to help but it doesn't here.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 day ago)

BarnET:

Drop the boring misdirects from your mistake.

The 1 system has a smaller than full framed sensor, a point which you continue to ignore. It also has a smaller than APSC sensor.

I'd read and consider bluevellet's point too. (Though I can't confirm.)

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 day ago)

I find bluevallet's point hilarious
http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare/Side-by-side/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18-on-Sony-A5000-versus-Nikon-1-NIKKOR-18-5mm-F18-versus-Sigma-35mm-F14-DG-HSM-A-Nikon-on-Nikon-D5300___1252_929_1020_0_1057_919

1 p-mpix less then the best lens tested on the best apsc sensor that has 4mp more.
Yeah that's just above average.

My point at the price of the V3 you should condemn it and burn it on a stake.
With the 32mm it is in the realm of the XE-2 with the 56mm F1.2 and A6000 with this FE 55mm.

And the difference is not funny at all. Its an disgrace for a brand like Nikon to offer such pathetic vallue

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 day ago)

BarnET:

Go by lens use not testing claims.

Yet again, I've avoided the price thing. And I don't dispute the price claim.

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (1 day ago)

I think BarnET misunderstood me. I said the FE 55mm F1.8 is only exceptional on FF. Get an APS-C behind it and it underperforms. Not just compared to other lenses on APS-C like here:

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare/Side-by-side/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18-on-Sony-A5000-versus-Nikon-1-NIKKOR-18-5mm-F18-versus-Sigma-35mm-F14-DG-HSM-A-Nikon-on-Nikon-D5300___1252_929_1020_0_1057_919

But also against lenses with sensors smaller than APS-C (40% smaller), m43 in this other case:

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare/Side-by-side/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18-on-Sony-A5000-versus-Olympus-MZUIKO-DIGITAL-ED-75mm-F18-on-Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-versus-Panasonic-Leica-DG-Nocticron-42-5mm-F12-ASPH-on-Olympus-OM-D-E-M1___1252_929_898_909_1297_909

That you have to go even smaller than m43 so the FE 55mm on APS-C finally beats lenses on 1" sensors (and 1" sensors below standard) is not something to brag about. lol

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 day ago)

Thanks bluevallet for proving MY point.
check the lens metric scores.
It clearly outresolves BOTH m43 lenses.
16p-mpix vs 12 p-mpix.

You also picked the absolute best m43 lenses and still you think it's slightly above average?!

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (1 day ago)

lol

selectively picks one aspect and calls it a winner

Then complains I picked the best lenses as if the 55mm wasn't supposed to be the best while the 55mm still gets to use a bigger sensor which should be unfair.

And actually, I just reposted your page link in my previous reply when I meant to post the APS-C comparison, this one:

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare/Side-by-side/Sigma-35mm-F14-DG-HSM-A-Nikon-on-Nikon-D7100-versus-Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18-on-Sony-A5000-versus-Nikkor-AF-S-NIKKOR-85mm-f14G-on-Nikon-D7100___1057_865_1252_929_388_865

I repeat for you to understand, the "best lens for mirrorless" is really not that special on APS-C. If you could use it on even smaller sensors, it would probably fare worse than Nikon's own prime in the Nikon 1 system.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 days ago)

One step ahead?!
One lightyear behind!

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Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (4 days ago)

No real IQ advantage, no full sensor video (even though the V series already had high speed sensors from the very beginning). Admirable product releases, but not enough to make any real difference. Nikon has to leave that reality distortion field or be destroyed by the renewed aggressive innovations Sony, Panasonic and Sigma have been rolling out lately...

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 days ago)

Sony- RX 100 mkiii
pop-up viewfinder and innovative dozen aspherical elements in a lens. Indeed very very impressive. Also new xavc video codecs in most of their bodies. And class leading sensors.

Panasonic
4k to the masses in 2 great camera's

Canon
Dual pixel AF transforms live view autofocus.
However no mirrorless to actually use that capability.

Sigma
Best AF prime lenses the world has ever seen now they've got 2. Good luck selling your 58mm f1.4g.

Nikon.
Well they do use the best sensors they can get their hands on for their DSLRs. But nothing else really. The 35mm and 50mm f1.8g lenses are still great for beginners though

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haiiyaa
By haiiyaa (4 days ago)

Nice to know that If i want to look bald I just have to use iso 3200. The black guy loses all his hair when choosing jpg iso 3200

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sghound
By sghound (4 days ago)

i wonder if this is more of a failure or the DF?

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (4 days ago)

Difference is, a lot of people wanted a retro, and no one I know or heard from said, "I want a Nikon mirror-less but with a small sensor."

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 days ago)

Did the guys that wanted retro it to be stripped of any form of video for no apparent reason?
Did they want to spent 1000 bucks for just the looks over an d610?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 day ago)

BarnET:

There are heat and weight reasons the Df doesn't have video.

The Df has a significantly better high ISO sensor than the D610.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 day ago)

RichRMA:

True to a point, but for whatever reason Nikon decided to go with a smaller sensor, makes for lighter bodies and smaller lighter lenses.

It's not a choice that I'd have made, but it's still completely valid.

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 day ago)

There are heat and weight issues?!
Man that was the best laugh i had in weeks!

The Sony A7s is smaller lighter and can shoot 4K uncompressed.
ok with an external recorder but still

Better high Iso well barely at the same magnification.
And it comes at the price of less dynamic range and resolution.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 day ago)

BarnET:

The Df's high ISO work is much better than the D610. It is not simply a detail thing, the magnification thing is a point of confusion. Resolution is not everything.

Sony is not the same company as Nikon. And Sony has much more experience in this area. As you say: External recorder.

Too bad that with fewer MPs, the Sony A7S can't match the high ISO capacity of the Df, or the color.

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 day ago)

Don't look at both at 100%.
Look at the same magnification by using the print setting of the new comparison tool here.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=nikon_d610&attr13_1=nikon_df&attr13_2=canon_eos5dmkiii&attr13_3=canon_eos5dmkiii&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=3200&attr16_1=3200&attr16_2=3200&attr16_3=3200&normalization=print&widget=1&x=-0.5212110623003198&y=0.740006786562606

at 3200 they are very close but i give a small edge to the DF.
They are about the same below that and the DF increases it's lead further up.

That said i don't see any use of ISO 12800 and up in stills.
6400 has been enough for me even in dim gyms.
I haven't seen people using these volcanic ISO's in astro either.

And the resolution+dynamic range at base ISO is a benefit for landscapes. The 1000 dollar off and video! helps too.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 day ago)

BarnET:

I have my own raws from both, and I'm quite sure of what I speak.

Also ISO 3200 is not a high ISO for a full framed body in 2013 terms.

The D610 stops being useable at ISO 12800, while the Df can be easily used thru ISO 30000.

If you don't have use for these ISOs, why comment on high ISO bodies?

One uses high ISOs in doors in places like theaters, the usefulness is well established and in 5 years regularity shooting easily at ISO 50,000 will have become normal.

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 day ago)

here we go again.

talking about mysteriously acquired raws that you won't share nor show the source off.

Still that you seem to have acquired from every camera on the current market whether they are supported by any raw editor or not.

sorry but i have to call bullsh!t

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 day ago)

BarnET:

There's no mystery to how I acquired the raws, I shot them. I will not share them for download, and therefore there is no source to show.

I'm almost always identify the source for downloaded raws when I'm talking about raws that I got from say Imaging Resource or Photographyblog, or here at DPR.

Yes sometimes I have raws before they are extractable with ACR or C1. As do many other people.

However the A7S raws that I shot I extracted with ACR 8.5. Also using that body with the 55 f1.8 the color isn't great.

Now the D810 raws that didn't impress me for color were indeed extracted with ACR 8.6beta. I shot those raws.

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sghound
By sghound (16 hours ago)

this cam i makes the GH4 look like stomping value

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kadardr
By kadardr (4 days ago)

Third take-off of Nikon's 1 system for enthusiasts. A different approach but arguably the best quality realization so far. Object of desire. The highest priced as system also. More megapixels, but no improvement in IQ, no better UI and UX (OK, the EVF is better quality). Unnecessary new kit lens. Does it worth it? For some: yes. For others: after discount.

Who is this for?
1. Who are already owning a DSLR, and want a light travel camera, and a fast street shooting camera.
2. For those who dislike DSLRs but want to shoot running about kids, pets, and any fast action sports.
3. For those who want to step up from an enthusiast P&S camera (e.g. G15, LX7 and the like).
4. For those shooters, who prefer light gear and want to complement their present setup consisting of a GR, or a Coolpix A or a X100/S with a system camera.
5. For ultra tele enthusiasts, who want a cheaper solution.

From the above you can tell, that V3 is mainly for expert photogs, who already own other cameras.

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rob579
By rob579 (5 days ago)

Given the ratings and comments, I can only say please give this camera a try. With the 18.5 lens, this is a great camera that takes excellent photos imho. I got the viewfinder kit, but have no need for it so far. The attachable grip is an unnecessary accessory, it just makes the camera more bulky. This has the most intuitive menu and button layout of any camera I have ever owned, and it is just plain fun to use. Thanks dp for an excellent review, but as you can guess I would rate it a lot higher. I took this camera to 4th of july fireworks, videos of the fireworks were the best i ever made, and I did use the 18.5 lens.

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Saldahna
By Saldahna (5 days ago)

Why don't we just look at this Camera like we do to a car? I have a SUV some others like Porsche an some Ford or wathever. To buy a camera is a very personal decision. The main thing is if you enjoy it, and that you feel comfortable with it. I like my MacBook Pro some may like Windows 8 etc.
I think this tests are just guidelines but they don't take you the decision for your personal preference. Don't forget you compose the picture, not the camera. And who is using a tripod ??? There are so many aspects. If I buy a Camera with 100 points and it does not match me, it is useless. Sometimes it is just the Name of a brand that you don't like, but that is no reason for a hick hack like in here. Some comments are just ridiculous. Dpreview is not Facebook! A bit more style would be good for this pages.

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pkosewski
By pkosewski (3 days ago)

Because this is a site about photography equipment, so it's full of brand fanboys and so on.
Hence, here it's easy to say "why don't we look at cameras as we look at cars".

But if you'd go to a car site, it would be exactly the opposite.

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disraeli demon
By disraeli demon (2 days ago)

Saldana - the problem is, that even within that niche of compact , small sensor cameras, you have a choice of models from other manufacturers that offer better enthusiast features (standard hot shoe, built in EVF), better IQ (including other 1" sensors) and a wider selection of lenses at that price point. I've handled a V3 and it's a beautiful object, but it still seems overpriced for what it is and the results it produces. To follow your car analogy, you're right that it's no good comparing small hatchback V3 to big SUV D810, but the trouble is, there are better, cheaper hatchbacks out there....

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Les Kamens
By Les Kamens (5 days ago)

How come Nikon didn't release something that would be more comparable to Sony's A7s. I would be all over it.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (4 days ago)

That is the D810. :)

Ok not entire comparable but a video centric camera from Nikon.

The thing is Nikon has no real experience with video like Canon, Sony and Panasonic have. So they will struggle a bit in this field.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 days ago)

Uhm no 4k video twice the size and triple the mp.
It's kinda comparable to the a7r as it shares it's sensor.

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Les Kamens
By Les Kamens (3 days ago)

I was referring the the Hi ISO, Silent shutter, and full size sensor ... unfortunately even in quiet mode DSLR's make noise
I'm an NPS member check my equipment list...it makes no sense for me to carry two systems.. not sure why Nikon didn't jump in more seriously. :(

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (2 days ago)

As I said Nikon isn't a video company for one. And two they already made their bed with the 1 series launch. They don't want their mirrorless cameras competing with their DSLR lineup in any way.

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Langusta
By Langusta (5 days ago)

I own it: 45
I want it: 75
I had it: 19

Where is the "I don't want it" button ???
Would seem appropriate, since for camera that's just few months old, 19 people already used "I don't want it" button in real life...

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (1 day ago)

Would be abused more so than the "I had it" option.

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lacix
By lacix (5 days ago)

No comment!

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jorcar
By jorcar (5 days ago)

What a fabulous price :)
I own a Sony Nex-3N that costs 230€ so much better than this Nikon model.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 days ago)

Very well said, for IQ of ILC, any given Oly, Pana are better than V3/J4, and any given Sony and Fuji are much better than V3/V4.

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sandy b
By sandy b (4 days ago)

Sure, if you like to shoot statues.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 days ago)

Fujifilm xe-2 and xt-1 can track movement.
Sony a6000 do it as well.
Both can actually shoot indoors.
The nikon on the other hand will start to look like a phone.

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beavertown
By beavertown (5 days ago)

The JPG rendition is awful, it is burry.

Did Nikon do that on purpose to make their mirrorless line much inferior to their entry level DSLRs?

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Greynerd
By Greynerd (5 days ago)

It is difficult to imagine why anyone would undertake all the effort and cost involved in developing a camera not with the intention of selling it, but just to promote an alternate product of theirs. This would only work as far as I can see with the complete absence of any competitors.

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EcoPix
By EcoPix (1 day ago)

You're right and the only explanation is internal politics. I can imagine a keen, dedicated (if frustrated) N1 team vying with an equally keen and dedicated SLR team that's given more resources and has more depth of skill (this comes out in the jpeg engine and NR, which one would expect consistent across Nikon cameras but isn't.)
Then I can imagine a board of stodgy old diehards and finicky beancounters meddling in what engineers are trying to achieve, and bastardising the efforts.
It's only my imagination, but there are so many strange things about Nikon Corporation that one has to think there's something else going on beside rational thought and business acumen.

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Greynerd
By Greynerd (17 hours ago)

@EcoPix
An interesting point as the same sort of conservative big sensor snobbery will probably exist within many of the old school manufacturers that you often see in DPR. The new companies such as Samsung are probably at an advantage here as probably the Samsung Mini probably excites them more than their aps-c NX stuff. I really think there will be a large rationalisation coming soon in the camera world.

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Banhmi
By Banhmi (5 days ago)

Puked in my mouth when I saw the low light IQ at ISO 3200.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (5 days ago)

Look at RAW Sony RX100 Mk III side by side with RAW V3 at all ISOs greater than 1600.

The RAW images at the higher ISOs look nearly identical, with the V3 resolving more detail. The real problem here is the JPG engine. They need a better one. A little less aggressive NR in JPGs would be welcome. I think the problem is more in the color detail. The NR for color noise is "muddying" the colors. I could easily use this camera's RAW images.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 days ago)

The v3 as mentioned a dozen times was using a 899 dollar 32mm f1.2 prime. That is more then the entire rx100 mkiii

The lens is sharper then the 24-70mm equiv. Zoom
No sh!t Sherlock.

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Nung
By Nung (2 days ago)

Really? Puked? Sorry but the N1 at ISO3200 is no worst then the old D90 or the D300 which were very good cameras.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

Nung the V3 is much worse.

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-1-V3-versus-Pentax-Kr-versus-Nikon-D90___947_672_439

It's unfortunate that these legacy models are not in the new comparison tool.

Still it loses to an 6 year old dslr that costs from 300$
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001ET5U92/ref=sr_1_2_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1405977513&sr=8-2&keywords=nikon+d90&condition=used

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Nung
By Nung (2 days ago)

Well the D90 was and still is a fabulous camera and I had one. Noise-wise I had no problem with it up until ISO1600, at ISO3200 the noise is a bit pronounce. With my V1, the situation is pretty much the same. Although the D90 might be a slightly bit better but to my eyes, the difference is minimal. Also the noise can be cleaned up pretty easily and the grain looks very nice, very film like.
The V3, I don't have but have seen plenty of user examples. They probably should have kept it at 12-14mp, 16mp the most, with such a small sensor. I don't see too much improvement on noise if any at all. But definitely better detail. Again, with the lovely film like grain and the easy pp on the noise, even at ISO3200, the photos are very usable.
I never pay too much attention to DXO mark, I don't think they reflect the actual performance of the camera too well.

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 day ago)

It's probably an full-stop whether you forgive it for being film like.
That's something and then it has 2 stops more dynamic range while being 6 years old and a quarter of the price.

You can't use that argument to say it's not that bad when there are so many better alternatives out there.

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Nung
By Nung (1 day ago)

Same argument would apply to DX & FX. The main foucal point should be whether it is able to take great photos and the answer would be yes.
So many better alternatives you say? Yes and no. For action and AF, not that many, for static subjects, yes, definitely. For tele, this is it! Try find a 800mm f5.6 equivalent with VR, able to hand held and small enough to fit into a small bag!
There are issues with the N1, no one is disputing it, but judging the camera solely by the sensor size is just silly.

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EcoPix
By EcoPix (1 day ago)

Could people please stop calling the D300 a legacy camera? If Nikon shooters want a professional bit of kit but don't want to shoot full frame or have a cropped viewfinder, the D300S is what we have to use.
Until Nikon gets its finger out and provides us with a state-of-the art pro DX camera, the D300S is NOT a legacy camera! And for the image use sizes a pro would use DX for, the D300S provides as good an image as anything, anyway. (I use FX and CX also, and anyone who can get the same image from CX as a D300S is holding their mouth a lot differently to me!)

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dpr4bb
By dpr4bb (5 days ago)

As far as I'm concerned, the only step forward that would have meant anything would have been a better sensor with better dynamic range and better high-ISO performance. The facts presented in this review leave no room for doubt. This sensor is no better than the V2/J3 sensor. And they are both behind Sony's 1"-inch type sensor. So DxO was right after all, and we're still stuck with visible noise in the shadows at base ISO. The V2 was fast enough already. Can we get better IQ now?

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (5 days ago)

V3 has some "interesting" design over V2:

1. For V3, you can NOT use EVF and Hot-shoe at same time, but V2 can.

2. V2's battery has 40% MORE capacity than V3 - 11Wh vs 8Wh.
Why? Because Nikon adds GR-N1010 grip by shrinking V2's hand grip.

3. No ideal why use microSD card.

4. Nikon 1 is well know for weak IQ in low-light, but increased MP from 14MP to 18MP (or from V1's 10 to 18).

WHY?

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (5 days ago)

Oh, almost forget, the GR-N1010 grip blocks the battery door.

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Pavlo Boiko
By Pavlo Boiko (4 days ago)

3. I don't agree that use of MicroSD in such a small camera is a con. So far I can see pros/cons like that
Pros:
1st: Obvious. The size matters when we talk about compact MILC :)
2nd: Insert it to your smartphone and instantly share the pics.
Cons:
1st: May need to buy new card, if you have already SD from previous camera.
2nd: May need an SD/MicroSD adapter for your computer (wich is almost always supplied with MicroSD cards, your phone etc)

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sghound
By sghound (4 days ago)

dat grip blocking door thing is epic fail

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

pavlo
Yes size matters. But it isn't that small. the gm-1 is smaller and has a sensor double i repeat DOUBLE the surface area. Ow that has a proper SD card.

2nd
We can do that with WIFI already. just touch it to your nfc phone and transfer. No risk losing your microscopic card with all your hard work.

1st
i already have half a dozen of SD cards. It's more money and this isn't really cheap to begin with.

2nd
That isn't a con apart from the simple fact as it is another likely thing to lose. And that means no possibilty to transfer to my laptop at all.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 day ago)

@Pavlo Boiko, If a camera takes SD card, it also takes micro SDcard with adapter, but not other way around.

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MikeReidDesign
By MikeReidDesign (1 week ago)

Why do cameras cost so much these days? Seems like the prices keep rising every year.

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dpmaxwell
By dpmaxwell (5 days ago)

Get offa my lawn!!!!

LOL

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (5 days ago)

Older camera models are the best value. On AmazonUSA, the best selling interchangeable lens camera right now is the old Canon Canon T3i/600D, at $549. The best selling Nikon1 is the old J1, at $259.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (5 days ago)

> Why do cameras cost so much these days?

Because it is impossible to compete in the low end. A cheaper camera would have to compete against smartphones on one side, and the $350-400 CaNikon kits.

The current high-priced gear are nothing but exploratory attempts by marketing departments to find a new high-margin niche. That is also why they fall in price so fast: attempts fail more often than not - and companies have to dispose of the stock.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (4 days ago)

It all boils down to "biggest capability, smallest size". Capability can be measured in many ways. Image quality, responsiveness, user interface, etc. Even image quality itself can be measured in different way (high ISO performance, low ISO performance, dynamic range, color). For most people, image quality is the main capability they want. Given similar pixel counts and sensor technologies, larger sensor equals better image quality. Thus, there is no way around it. The market wants a full frame camera in a compact (perhaps V3 sized) body with DSLR responsiveness. The first one to get there wins. Don't waste time on compromises. Start developing the inevitable end state.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (4 days ago)

That being said, for me, the J4 may be the way to go. IQ looks on par with the other 1" sensor (RX100) except in shadows, which is OK with care in your exposure (a basic photography skill). Most importantly, it's priced right.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 days ago)

Regarding to "The best selling Nikon1 is the old J1, at $259.", The J1's sensor has better IQ than V3.

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sandy b
By sandy b (4 days ago)

"The J1's sensor has better IQ than V3." That's debatable. Higher rez vs SLIGHTLY more noise. Pick your poison, looking at the images users are posting in the V1 forum, they both are doing a fine job. As good images as posted in any other forum.

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brycesteiner
By brycesteiner (1 week ago)

76% is kind of generous after looking at the review. Nikon should be thanking DP!

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Thematic
By Thematic (1 week ago)

Bummer. I was interested in this camera. Seemed like fun...

But those sample photos are worse than apsc cams costing half as much.

I will rent one and try to keep an open mind.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (1 week ago)

The JPG samples have some heavy handed NR for sure, but I'm happy with how the RAW images look, especially in comparison to the other 1" sensors at high ISO. The difference between the Sony RX 100 and V3 decreases as ISO increases. Low ISO is already acceptable. It's the detail in shadows where the others have the advantage, which is only a problem if you do extensive post processing. For landscapes, I blend exposures so it wouldn't be a problem for me. I do miss the latitude I had with my D700 though, although I'm very happy with the decrease in the weight of my entire kit.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (1 week ago)

Nikon makes great and fantastic DSLRs and scientific optical equipment.

Majority of their photographic gear are groundbreaking and leading edge.

This camera series called "1" is a shamefull product launched by a most respected brand.

For this segment of the market, Nikon has truly lost the plot.

.

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (1 week ago)

Mirror is dead.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 week ago)

CameraLabTester:

There are some fantastic Nikon DSLRs, some not great.

Companies like Olympus, Zeiss, and Leica make really serious microscopes.

Then there are even more extraordinary US and European microscope makers.

Much of Nikon photo gear isn't particularly ground breaking. And I like plenty of Nikon bodies, like the D800 or D4s.

Nikon tried something different than the other mirrorless system makers, and the 1 system is far from "shameful", expensive yes.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 days ago)

I would take nikon's current worst dslr over any nikon 1 anytime.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (4 days ago)

BarnET:

Different systems and one is much quieter, also the D7100's frame rate is really bad.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

7 fps ain't bad.
The buffer size is dissapointing but that's basicly it's only flaw.

Besides what's so special about quiet shutter.
It's electronic so it will create rolling shutter artifacts unless it's an CCD sensor.

And my gx7 and the Gm-1 have it as well. the former has a rather brilliant mechanical shutter that syncs to 1/320th of a second as well. the latter like the 1 series depends on the electronic one most of the time.

You can argue that Craptina did get it right. minimizing it's effects but it's still there nonetheless!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 days ago)

BarnET,

Since I've not used the 1 as an action camera, I'm not in a position to judge the current Aptina sensor for that kind of shooting.

For notmoving things the Aptina sensor sure seems to work well.

I've tried not to use flashes since digital became so much better at high ISOs in 2004ish.

Anyhow focal plane shutter syncing is a pain.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

focal plane shutter syncing a pain?!
Just stay below the flash sync speed and your done.

Syncing with electronic shutters on CMOS sensors is a pain. The readout speed of 1/60th of a second mean you can't sync past that. And that is simply way too slow for low key strobist techniques. Especially since diffraction is an enemy with the small sensor.

Flash isn't just for extra light. You can fill shadows or control your light entirely.

Most of these techniques are impossible with the nikon 1 because of it's stupid limitations.

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ThomasSwitzerland
By ThomasSwitzerland (1 week ago)

If you want to get a much overpriced camera with style, take a Leica with Panasonic interior. At least you keep something acknowledged by fashion.

This latest Nikon 1” matches their downhill stock performance. Competition from Fuji to Sony et.al. manifests the wake-up call. Written by a loyal Nikon user looking further.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (2 days ago)

Nikon loyal users are very smart.

They can easily spot a rort.

.

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Rich Rosen
By Rich Rosen (1 week ago)

Ordered the V3 in early June. I had questions about it, but liked the compactness and the US Nikon offer of including the lens adapter in the package. But then Nikon announced two things: the D810, and admitting that the V3 was delayed in production. I canceled the V3 order, and ordered the D810, which I will get tomorrow.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 week ago)

D810 is a real thing/value.

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sadatoni
By sadatoni (1 week ago)

What an ugly camera.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 week ago)

Box with lens?

You do understand it take interchangeable lenses right?

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (1 week ago)

Not as "ugly" as the V2. But it's all in the eye of the beholder. For me, aesthetics is a function of utility. Something becomes uglier the more "decorative" it gets, where the exaggerated curves serve no purpose. Those curvaceous lumps that some companies call cameras are an example. I prefer the utilitarian aesthetics of cameras like the Olympus OMD, old film cameras like the Nikon F3, rangefinders like the Contax G, Leicas, etc. But like you, I only represent one segment of consumers.

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (1 week ago)

What is ugly on it?

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (1 week ago)

Nikon stock has a one year return of -33%, according to Bloomberg.

Nikon badly needs to come up with a sales blockbuster. The V3 isn't it.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 week ago)

Right, company needs "a sales blockbuster" to move up the stock.

FWIW, as today/now, Nikon's market cap is $6 Billion while Gopro is $5 Billion as Gopro is the #1 sale ranking as seen from Amazon.

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Saldahna
By Saldahna (1 week ago)

Microsoft is putting off 18000 employees. Apple doesn't. :-) .......please let's talk about the joy of photography in here not about the Stock market....

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Dr_Jon
By Dr_Jon (1 week ago)

They're almost all Nokia employees, resulting from the purchase of the company, not existing Microsoft employees... Plus where did MS and Apple even come into this?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 week ago)

justme:

It is way simplistic to think of total stock value as having much relation to products.

There's a very serious recession in much of the world, still.

Except Leica, most camera companies are suffering financially, so their stock trades lower.

Much of a stock's sale price is owed to psychology. And this flaw has only increased in the last 30 years as so many companies have dropped dividends.

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jkokich
By jkokich (1 week ago)

If using a $900 lens "helps" this camera isn't worth the purchase price. Yes, I know all the stuff about the best camera is the one with you, but it's a camera, image quality is pretty important.

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sandy b
By sandy b (1 week ago)

Then thank goodness the V series take great pictures.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 week ago)

jko:

The 18.5mm lens is $900?

And the $11,000 f/0.95 Noctilux is not the only Leica M lens.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 days ago)

The v3 +18.5mm sure is a lot more expensive as a d5100 with the 35mm f1.8g dx.

And it will not survive any comparison

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Nung
By Nung (2 days ago)

Not unless you compare the size!
Try mounting a 800mm equivalent on a APS-C and one on the N1. Compare the size, then try it without a tripod!

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 days ago)

Just use a d3300 with the 55-300mm and crop out the centre.
Same results anyway.

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EcoPix
By EcoPix (1 day ago)

I thought so too, but was incorrect. The V cameras, with their tighter pixel density, offer slightly more detail than cropped D3200 and even D7100.

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 day ago)

Slightly more detail that will get lost by noise reduction.
Besides that how much was that 300mm CX lens

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Nung
By Nung (23 hours ago)

Sorry but have you really used a N1 camera or a V3 extensively? Have you seen what people could do with it?
Good lens cost money! So how much is the new 58 f1.4? How much are the carl zeiss, leica lenses? Some people think they're well worth it but others don't. Same situation here. Not saying the CX lenses are at the level, but they are damn good lenses.

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Scottelly
By Scottelly (1 week ago)

Thank you DPreview! I was amazed to see that the V3 has superior resolution to the Nikon D7100 in the corners of the image, especially as the center of the V3 image shows there is not as much resolving power as the D7100. It looks like the V3 lens produces better resolution in the corners than the lens that was used on the D7100, which indicates to me that it is not so much the camera's limitations as the lens limitations. I was very surprised to see how good the images from this little 18 MP camera seem to be. Now I KNOW I want a V3.

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oselimg
By oselimg (1 week ago)

If you use your camera on the base ISO you may be forgiven for making above comment(just). But again, even good compact like Nikon P7800 will produce as good pictures for less than half price of the V3 plus 28-200mm f.2-4 lens thrown in. Lastly, if you're going to use the base ISO only any compact around 150-200$ with a huge zoom from major brands will be good enough unless one is a gear junkie.

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calking
By calking (1 week ago)

I think anyone who likes the model should be entitled to say so. May not be your cup if tea, but to tell someone else what they should buy instead is a bit arrogant.

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oselimg
By oselimg (1 week ago)

This is a forum for different opinions not a gagging exercise. Where do you see me saying "should" like you did. "Scotelly" makes a a bold claim by comparing two cameras. I don't use either of the cameras but it's very easy to see the difference between them using Dpreview's comparison tool. I draw a different conclusion based on resolution which Scotelly bases his/her conclusion.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (1 week ago)

Actually I've looked at images from the camera on Imaging Resource and image quality in RAW (not JPEG) seriously look great all the way up to ISO 1600. The limitations of shadow detail, however, leaves little room for post processing, so that is where the IQ difference is apparent, not in out of camera photos. That's my take on this. If you expose for the shadows and don't need to post process, out of camera photos are perfectly acceptable. This is a tool that has a good blend of acceptable image quality (minus post-processing latitude), blazing fast AF, and silent operation. So, image quality is not the reason I would not buy this camera. For me, it is the fact I already have a V1 and the things I am waiting for like CLS compatibility or standard hot shoe, bracketing, are still not there. Oh yes, and the price--it's approximately $300 more than I'd pay for with the kit lens. Actually, I wouldn't even buy the kit lens if I had a choice.

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Aspenz
By Aspenz (1 week ago)

As with its predecessors it's one of those cameras that really has something compelling going on despite all the negativity from the naysayers. I've used all 3 of them and will gladly get a V4 again when it comes out next time, together with the lenses there's nothing quite as fun as shooting with an N1.

Most people are quick to bash it for its IQ but then again many don't even venture out of JPEG or know how to get the best of out their bigger-sensor cameras anyway. With a consistent workflow, I've managed to get the IQ at exactly where I want it, sometimes up to ISO6400.

It's priced somewhat high per se but 1200 for the ultimate camera in a compact, complete system (18-810mm, 2kg in a small bag and that's with the 85f/1.4) seems about fair.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aspenz/

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 week ago)

I agree - it has unique features not available in any other system of its size. BUT for me (I had 2 N1 bodies for a year) it was too much of a pain in post to get images I like, so I dumped it and went back to carry DSLR everywhere (and now, APS-C sized mirrorless).

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moe lem
By moe lem (1 week ago)

The difference between jpeg and raw is shocking.

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oselimg
By oselimg (1 week ago)

How do you explain the title "One step ahead" together with the overall score 76?
A: There's no other equivalent product in the market so it's ahead by default, B: The competition is so bad that anything merely average is better, C: We "like=sponsor" the the brand that anything they make we'll make sure perceived as one step ahead even to the extend we contradict ourselves.

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rinkos
By rinkos (1 week ago)

its ahead of its previous iteration ..thats about it :)
good effort .bad implementation ..and horrible pricing

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samfan
By samfan (1 week ago)

One step ahead.
Three steps back.
Six steps sideways and off a cliff.

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zoranT
By zoranT (1 week ago)

"We at Nikon think that our brand has such a strong standing that we can put out any product at any price and customers will buy it."

www.learning-from-leica.com

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oselimg
By oselimg (1 week ago)

:-))

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marmotto
By marmotto (5 days ago)

sure

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beavertown
By beavertown (1 week ago)

NX Mini has been selling really well worldwide and doesn't have shortage problems.

V3 must have been selling AMAZINGLY well now with shortage problems.

Congrats Nikon!

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Revenant
By Revenant (1 week ago)

That's a flawed argument. The only conclusion we can draw is that Nikon underestimated demand, while Samsung didn't. Samsung likely have produced a much larger volume than Nikon.

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nerd2
By nerd2 (1 week ago)

So this camera is priced almost the same as Sony a7 with almost 8X larger sensor. Awesome.
Oh and now we have phones that can shoot 4K video (which is actually 8MP 30fps continuous shooting plus audio)

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Higuel
By Higuel (1 week ago)

Brilliantly pointed! :)

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SammyToronto
By SammyToronto (1 week ago)

Put the Sony RX sensor in this Nikon, take the grip and EVF off the kit (not everyone needs a grip/EVF) and bring the price down to the $700 range and it can be a contender. As it is, it's a very tough sell (unless bright light focus speed is your number one priority) with all the excellent competitors available with better image quality and at markedly lower prices.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (1 week ago)

So in other words, put the Sony RX sensor in the J4?

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nerd2
By nerd2 (1 week ago)

That's NX mini - which sells at around $300 already in some places.

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beavertown
By beavertown (1 week ago)

The V1 and J1 produce better IQ than this 1200 bucks wannabe Leica toy.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 week ago)

That my be true, but they all suck compared to the latest generation m4/3 sensors. I think 1" is interesting, but, until they can get IQ up, I think 1" should be in the lower cost catagory. I can't imagine Nikon will move a lot of these (after the initial rush of pent up demand from existing N1 users).

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nerd2
By nerd2 (1 week ago)

Actually BSI 1" sensors (RX series and NX mini) show comparable images to non-BSI m43 sensors.

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beavertown
By beavertown (1 week ago)

@ brownie314

The problem is Nikon, they don't want to make a better sensor for the N1 system.

The choose Aptina deliberately instead of choosing Sony or Toshiba.

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john Clinch
By john Clinch (1 week ago)

Hmmm maybe they need a sensor with onchip phase detect AF

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 week ago)

nerd2 - yes, I was refering to the Nikon 1" sensors from Aptina. I know the Sonys are better.
beavertown - I agree - Nikon may do better with the N1 system if they would just buy the 1" sensor from Sony. The problem is, they may not get the AF speed and FPS speed with the Sony sensor. But, I think the V3 is a niche product anyway. Way too expensive for what it does.

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rpm40
By rpm40 (1 week ago)

I still see a noticeable gap in IQ between the 1" and 4/3 sensors- at least as much as the gap between m4/3 and aps-c, but generally more. In the comparison tool, the Nikon and the Rx100iii both seem almost 2 stops behind a typical m4/3, say the em10 (which surprises me, since the current gen m4/3 sensors are almost 2 years old now).

Also, I agree with the earlier poster- WOW does raw make a difference on this cam.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 week ago)

rpm40 - I thought so too, but I don't have the technical numbers handy to back up what I am seeing.

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ryan2007
By ryan2007 (1 week ago)

The Cons to the review make this a deal breaker. A proprietary Hot Shoe, that was what the Minolta Film cameras used to be like and the selling point for Nikon Over Canon and Minolta at the time was how backwards compatible Nikon is.

With Fuji X, Sony, micro four thirds out there I think Nikon is banking on current Nikon users or just name recognition in the name Nikon that people will buy it just because of the name and being brand loyal is a #1 mistake and hand in hand with being emotionally attached to gear.

I also think just because others have a mirrorless camera they want a piece of that pie.

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disraeli demon
By disraeli demon (1 week ago)

I've tried a V3 in store and it finally seemed to answer all the handling issues I'd had with previous V series cameras. I loved the body design, the feel of it, the snappy response... but the fact is, I don't use tracking focus that much and I don't need those high burst rates. I use a Panasonic GX7 that's much cheaper, has a bigger sensor, built-in EVF, IBIS, better noise and DR, proper hot shoe and has a huge selection of lenses (which are pretty small - I own five primes covering 24mm to 90mm FF equivalent, and with one on the camera I can comfortably fit the other four into the leg pockets of my cargo pants). With careful shopping, the whole shebang cost me about the same as the RRP of the V3 plus 32mm (and I know that's not comparing like with like, but I think it does demonstrate how disproportionate Nikon's initial pricing is, especially when you see how badly the Sony 1" sensor shows theirs up.)

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 week ago)

disraeli demon:

While the dynamic range on the GX7 is better, noise with the Panasonic is not great above ISO 3200, so similar to the Nikon.

And put PanaLeica lenses on that GX7, and the cost goes up a good bit, so too image quality. (Okay, I see you acknowledge your comparison is not like for like, but try to see beyond the pricing of the Nikon.)

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b craw
By b craw (1 week ago)

Ryan 2007:

For its fairly small body (for APS-C) one might NX300 also include in terms of competition, and of course the NX mini. Compare the image quality of the NX300 to the Nikon (low ISO jpeg, high ISO raw) and the Samsung runs circles around it.

But, I do understand that AF speed and overall performance are to be the selling point with this Nikon. It is just that I expect more than the softness this model offers with a 1" sensor (result of kit lens?); other 1" sensor cameras do much better. At $1300 this just seems a big pill of a compromise to swallow.

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b craw
By b craw (1 week ago)

$1200 - sorry, my mistake.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 week ago)

b craw:

The better 18.5mm lens improves the IQ a good bit with this Nik-One V3.

The Samsung NXmini on the other hand has a very good kitzoom--though it doesn't have the frame rate and AF of the Nik-One system and not many lenses either.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 week ago)

Yup - I shot 2 N1 bodies for over a year before I sold everything. They just don't do well in low light. Even with the 18.5 prime. I bright light they are OK, but that is not what I do most of the time.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 week ago)

brownie314:

I assume you shot raw.

But what I don't understand is why if you wanted a lowlight camera you'd not get something with a bigger sensor, with less pixel density?

It's not like the sensor in the Sony RX100 or RX100 is a great lowlight sensor, now that latter may be better than the first of these Nik-One series bodies.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 week ago)

HowaboutRAW - yup, always shot raw.
Well, I was shooting in conditions that I didnt really consider low light until I got the N1 system. It was indoors, but day time with light streaming in through several windows. But still, if ISO had to be higher than 800 to maintain shutter speed - it was trouble.
Also, my 2 N1 bodies had this weird color to them that was hard to get rid of. Kinda yellowish. I tried hard as h@ll with grey cards and hours dorking around with colors in post - but it was a nagging problem. Ended up a lot of times just converting to B&W.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 week ago)

brownie314:

Okay.

I think the lowlight performance has improved.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 week ago)

HowaboutRAW - I hope they also figured out what color profiles work with this sensor.

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Saldahna
By Saldahna (1 week ago)

I wonder how many of you guys have seriuosley tried to use the V3 and other cameras of the V series. I'm a SLR Shooter but my D800 and the holy trinity stay more an more at home, or will be used for Landscapes. Please try this camera by yourself before you judge.I've tried the Sony A6000 but the back screen is like a mirror....and the Lenses are to big. I want something small with power. That is the V3 with EVF and Grip. I love my DSLR but I also love these small V series cameras.

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HMeYe
By HMeYe (1 week ago)

I'm 100% with u ... tried the A6000 and didn't like it ... People on the net like to do the bashing about the Nikon 1 system without knowing the power of this system ....
and this is Y I love the Nikon 1 system : https://hmeye.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/why-i-love-the-nikon-1-system/

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disraeli demon
By disraeli demon (1 week ago)

Oh drat... I tried to reply to this and for some reason it's appeared as a reply to Ryan2007's comment above. Basically, tried the V3 and was really impressed, but M4/3 gave me better features and IQ for a lower price with a much better selection of lenses. If I really needed tracking focus, it might be a different story.

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b craw
By b craw (1 week ago)

Saldahna:

I respect your point; a camera can definitely transcend snap judgments if one handles it and experiences it in terms of performance. And, I try not to overemphasize image quality tests as they may be proven deceptive in actual use. But, man, these images do not look acceptable to me for a $1200 camera. But I should look into other sites testing before declaring that definitively.

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b craw
By b craw (1 week ago)

Of course that price includes the EVF and grip. And, I have to say, it is a pretty handsome camera with those two elements attached.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (1 week ago)

Take a look at Imaging Resource's test shots. They are much better... however, Nikon's JPEGs are terrible. RAW is the way to go with this camera--which works for me. They seriously need to do a firmware upgrade to improve their JPEG engine from the start. In the images on this site, at ISO 1600, the Nikon V3 RAW images look sharper than the Sony RX 100 Mk III RAW images.

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Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (1 week ago)

I'm a hardcore Nikon DSLR shooter and I'm going to have to disagree. If you want a well-rounded mirrorless system M43 is the way to go. It doesn't have the continuous focusing of the Nikon 1, but for everything else M43 is just a better system overall. And yes, I did try going all in with the Nikon 1 for my mirrorless system and I eventually sold everything to go back to M43. The biggest drawback is the Nikon 1 sensor, it's just not very good.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (1 week ago)

This is a great camera for someone who doesn't know what a great camera is.

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Geomaticsman
By Geomaticsman (1 week ago)

Exactly. It's hard to understand why Nikon would develop a premium priced system around a series (1) of cameras with such a poor performing sensor. Heck, any of Nikon's entry-level DSLRs will run rings around this puppy.

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viking79
By viking79 (1 week ago)

What is poor performing? None of Nikon's pro cameras can shoot at the frame rate this can: 20 fps with continuous focus or 60 fps focus locked (full resolution). This is by far the best performing sensor on the market for frame rate. I imagine it gives up a little image quality to achieve this performance. Everything is a trade off.

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Geomaticsman
By Geomaticsman (1 week ago)

My apologies for not being clear: I was talking in terms of IQ. FPS and all the other hyped up metrics are useless if the IQ isn't up to snuff, which it isn't.

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Robert Peters
By Robert Peters (1 week ago)

Wow. Maybe that's why I no longer own a D700 and D800.

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oselimg
By oselimg (1 week ago)

A lot of people on this forum also don't take pictures bu take gear.

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calking
By calking (1 week ago)

@ oselimg:
Perfectly stated.

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Kay Fisher
By Kay Fisher (1 week ago)

I was excited to see the V1 but couldn't understand or live without bracketing.
I watched for firmware update for bracketing but...
Then the V2 came out - still no bracketing..
Then the V3 came out and still no bracketing and now they took off the viewfinder.
Go figure.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (1 week ago)

I agree completely. Bracketing is huge, especially when limited by dynamic range. Is it that hard to do this?

Here's another thing I've been waiting for in the V series: Creative Lighting System compatibility. Without off camera flash capability, a camera is in the point and shoot category. The ability to control lighting is one of the things that I think separates a camera suitable for professional use from a point and shoot (manual control being the most important feature of a pro camera, of course).
I can still work with the camera, but it would really be helpful if Nikon would listen up to its most faithful supporters and start including some of these basic features, otherwise, Nikon will continue to lose them. I'm on the fence now on this V3.

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (1 week ago)

Same reason why I never went with the D3000 series .... Great little low cost camera, ruined by not having something as simple as bracketing. Stupid!

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (1 week ago)

Bracketing is for the belt-and-suspenders crowd. A useless waste of shutter actuations, battery life, and storage resources.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (1 week ago)

For those of us who shoot high DR images (>11 stops DR), bracketing is VERY useful, and this camera, with it's limited dynamic range in the shadows makes it a requirement for some photographs. I often use the setting sun in my landscapes and even with my D700, used exposure blending to capture it simultaneously while capturing foreground detail. Bracketing is VERY useful for landscape photographers who want to go beyond the limitations of digital sensors. http://www.pbase.com/atmabini/image/111165379

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (1 week ago)

@Fotogeneticist Yes sure, HDR. I mean apart for that or similar niche applications. General photography, there's really no need.

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Fotogeneticist
By Fotogeneticist (1 week ago)

Richard, just for the record, I don't wear belt-and-suspenders. ;-)

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (5 days ago)

@richard Murdey .... No idea what that comment is supposed to mean but its clear your the sort that sticks your £90 camera on auto and snaps away. For those more creative, bracketing in most cases is essential. You should investigate it before knocking it!

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (1 week ago)

IMHO Nikon doesn't want to eat its own tail.
They don't dare to compete against their own DSLR's
That's why they don't take mirrorless cameras serious.

But I think its better to eat your own tail, then to be eaten by your competitors.

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new boyz
By new boyz (1 week ago)

They wait for Canon to make the real move. M series is not a serious attempt. Also true for Canon.

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km25
By km25 (1 week ago)

Nikon, join the mirrorless club with a real camera, APS-C or FF. You still make MF lens! People who want small cameras want pocket cameras, they can careless about any of the mirrorless feachers. Nikon would be able to make an A7, with lens already-ready. Dump the V series.

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Michael_13
By Michael_13 (1 week ago)

There's always something utterly idiotic about these Nikons:
V1 had a crippled mode dial this one has fiddly micro SD.

I'd really like to meet the guy at Nikon who is coming up with these "features".
;-)

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Sonyshine
By Sonyshine (1 week ago)

I think he works for Canon ;)

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Eddy M
By Eddy M (1 week ago)

Smack him! :)

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Sonyshine
By Sonyshine (1 week ago)

He may be a 'she'.....

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DaytonR
By DaytonR (5 days ago)

Gosh who would have seen that one coming ...micro SD card slot , thats a surprise , micro SD cards are quite adorable though ! :)

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