Nikon 1 V3 impressions (yes, have one atm)

Started Apr 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Raist3d Forum Pro • Posts: 36,442
Some key pluses/minuses


- Articulated LCD is the win I expected for street life.  Many people don't care though I did get caught up by a group of guys once last night, but a lot of people don't care or seem to care less

- Touch for AF is nice (but haven't found a way to "reset" the focus point to the center- maybe a read the manual issue...)

- The camera was hitting PDAF AF in some situations I did not expect it to, considering it's a slow lens with a fast prime it should hit that more often

- Though very noisy seems like for some B&W situations ISO 12800 may work


- It does not seem you can go to config settings of a setting when you choose it from the F- button panel.  Maybe a read the manual issue but I find this very annoying.

- No in camera RAW converter- I know I will definitively miss this from the Ricoh GR/Pentax Q.  It really hurts play time/experimentation.

- Menus have a little bit of an animation which makes for more delays in changing settings sometimes

while they are short/fast, I refer nothing so you can tap your way with muscle memory real fast

- I cannot understand why on earth Nikon put a button+dial wheel arrangement in the back. I have found zero use for that wheel (and I really really hate them in that arrangement) because the other two dials more than do what they are supposed to do.

I have not found a single thing this dial is doing that the back dial doesn't do.

- There is a distinct impression that Nikon does not want my money, but wants to steal it.  Custom accessory port, camera price, no bigger tier RAW converter included at this level of pricing, throwing the FT1 instead of the option for a lens (I really don't care for the FT1), so you will maybe buy some more Nikon lenses, non 2-axis pivotal newer flash, only one option to buy the Nikon 1 V3 in the usa so you will get that kit lens if you already have one and are upgrading from a previous Nikon 1, etc.

Anyone else feels that one? It bugs me.

I see Fuji takes care of their user base. Ricoh is very focused on providing what people expect of them. Pentax does great features set/ergonomics at a great price (note: I know Ricoh and Pentax are now one).

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