Nikon® V1 Review, 8.0 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use compact system camera that takes pictures like a DLSR, the Nikon V1 is most likely on your list of cameras to investigate. The Nikon V1 has emerged as one of the top compact system cameras since its release in 2011, and it’s helped make cameras of its kind more popular. The V1 definitely has a lot going for it, but it also comes with a few drawbacks in comparison to other compact system cameras. Here’s are some of the essential advantages and flaws of this camera:
Nikon V1 Pros
- The Nikon V1 can record movies in 1080p HD, and it can capture high speed movies easily thanks to its 1,200 fps video capture capabilities.
- This camera can capture several images in a short period of time quickly. It boasts 60 fps continuous shooting capabilities.
- Additionally, capturing moving images is a breeze on the V1. It has an incredible max shutter speed of 1/16000 of a second.
- Like DLSRs, this camera uses phase detection autofocus, which means that it focuses in on subjects quickly and accurately. Phase detection autofocus is not commonly used in point and shoot cameras or compact system cameras. So, this is a definite perk.
- This camera only takes 1300 ms to start up, which means you spend less time waiting to take pictures.
- The V1 supports external flash and microphone attachments, which can be nice additions to improve the quality of photos and videos, respectively.
Nikon V1 Cons
- There are currently only four lenses available for this camera. Since one of the perks of using a compact system camera is that you get to try out different lenses, this limited lens selection is a little disappointing.
- V1 users have commented that noise levels are high on pictures taken in low-light settings. This means you’ll always need flash at night if you want to take clear pictures.
- This camera does not come with image stabilization. So, if you have shaky hands or are taking pictures in an atmosphere that causes the camera to be unsteady, you can expect some blurriness.
- This camera does not have a flip-out screen, which translates to less comfort and flexibility when recording videos.
- The maximum light sensitivity on the V1 is only 3,200 ISO. So, the camera isn’t able to catch much light in dark settings, and blurring happens as a result.
Overall, the V1 is a reliable, high quality compact system camera. If you can get past its relatively poor performance in low-light settings and the fact that it only works with 4 lenses, you may discover that the Nikon V1 is the perfect match for you.