Nikon 1 V3 impressions (yes, have one atm)

Started Apr 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
Microshooter Senior Member • Posts: 2,133
V3 seems to be missing the "WOW' factor.

BACKGROUND: I remember when I went from the D90 to the D800 and was reading the forums. ALL...and that's not an exaggeration....responses were raving with the qualities of the camera and the detail, DR, etc., in the images. Yes, there were problems with left focus and many of us had to 'up' our techniques to assure we could capture detail. But the there was a WOW factor from everyone who had used almost ANY previousl Nikon camera.

CURRENT: Ricardo, this hands-on review has been terrific and a lot of work (service to the forum). You are really to be commended for your time and responses. But I do not here a "WOW.....this is a terrific upgrade", and that "this V3 is what I was looking for". In fact, you are possibly considering returning it. I personally appreciate the candor!!!

I know that you are comparing the V3 as much for its ability to meet YOUR needs as you are to evaluate the capabilities...not a criticism at all....your are evaluating for your needs and still checking all things out for others. Again thanks!!

My Conclusion: I am happy with my V1 and just wish that it had better low light capability without the noise and I wish it had the 18MP to allow me to crop a little (seems no matter how close I get I always want to get closer). So I was hoping for a WOW Factor like the D800 gave us. Seems like its not there (yet) and I will stay with my V1 or perhaps upgrade to the V2 (14MP) when the prices come down a little more.

This is only my point of view and if the 'pro reviewers' come back with raving reviews it won't really matter to me... because if common users (like 90% of us) are not 'wow'ed' by the V3, I probably won't be either and it isn't worth a few (maybe several) functional advantages when the IQ improvement is not significant. (I definitely do not like having to remove the grip from the camera to replace the battery...especially if it is on my tripod!)

If I did not have a V1/2 I would be jumping at the V3... probably. But as it stands now, I am patiently awaiting my CX 70-300VR to put on my V1. And then maybe on my V4/5/6. I definitely think the V series is a great little camera to compliment my D800 and I will be sticking with both.

I'm curious what others (who have the V1/2) feel about these early findings. Ricardo has done a great job doing comparisons for us!!!

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