61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
An excellent 'small' camera,
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 (Electronics)
Having had SLRs and DSLRs for the last 40 years, (D300 currently) I was looking for something smaller for hiking and informal use. I'd settled on a P7100 as a quality P&S that I could print at least A4 prints from . . . and then the V1 came out! The larger sensor size, similar size and weight pushed me in the V1 direction and the FT1 adapter (to take my other Nikon lenses) convinced me. (I haven't received the FT1 yet but I see it as a much better quality alternative for bird digiscoping). The results so far have been very good; the general speed, autofocus and colour balance is excellent. There is some noise that you'd expect to see from the smaller sensor but it's not 'nasty' noise and the prints I've made are much better than I expected. The menu interface is a bit 'messy' compared with dials but no worse than my old F70 (disliked by all reviewers for that reason at the time but something I quickly got used to). Novices (the apparent target market) may take some getting used to it and 'experts' find the degree of control slightly limiting (I'd have liked auto stepped exposure for HDR photography for instance) but it is a nice package. The 10-30 is good and the 30-110 is even better. The falling price has made it more attractive and with Nikon UK having a cashback offer at the moment. There are cheaper alternatives but this is just what I've been looking for to supplement a DSLR.