49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
, 11 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Nikon 1 V1 Compact System Camera with 10-30mm and 30-110mm Double Lens Kit - Black (10.1MP) 3 inch LCD (Camera)
I'm always looking for a small, good quality interchangeable lens camera to use while walking. I have done three long distance walks recently and love to combine this with a passion for photography.
The Nikon v1 Is intriguing. Some say it is too large for its sensor size. I disagree. I have large hands and would struggle with anything smaller. What are small are the lenses and this is where the v1 wins hands down over other mirrorless cameras. The 30-110mm warrants particular mention. It is much smaller than the comparable lens offerings from Panasonic, Sony, Olympus, etc.
I used it for the first time on a walk in the Peak District. The v1 and 10-30mm fitted into a pocket in my jacket and was easy to get out and take photographs quickly. I have previously had to use a specific camera bag for my camera, fitted to a belt or on a strap, which meant it took longer to take shots. Watch out for the small lens cap and also the accessory cover; both can come off if you're not careful. I'm already considering taping over the accessory cover, if not it WILL get lost!
What about image quality? Well initially I am impressed. Focus is quick and accurate, the dynamic range is good, particularly using d-lighting and exposure was spot on. I often use bracketing with my photography and miss this option on the v1 but exposure compensation was only a button press away. It was certainly needed as we had snow covering the higher areas of the Peaks.
I intend to get the mount adapter to use with my other Nikon lenses and hope this will open up some interesting possibilities with long telephoto work.
I have limited experience with the video functions but the slow motion is going to be a very interesting option. All in all this is a great little camera. There will be detractors, but what you have to do is consider this as a new format. If you expect it to be a mini dSLR you will be disappointed.
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