Nikon 1, Olympus and Sony Testing

I think I got myself into a lot of mess! I don’t even know where to start with all this stuff:

Nikon 1 Sony and Olympus

SLT-A77V + 50mm F1.4 @ 50mm, ISO 200, 1/80, f/2.0

From bottom left to right:

  1. Olympus E-PL3 with 14-24mm kit lens
  2. Nikon 1 J1 with 10-30mm / 30-110mm kit lenses
  3. Nikon 1 V1 with 10mm / 10-30mm kit lenses
  4. Sony NEX-5n with 18-55mm kit lens
  5. Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100mm lens
  6. Sony Zeiss 85mm f/1.4
  7. Sony A65 DSLR
  8. Sony 50mm f/1.4
  9. Sony Zeiss 16-80mm
  10. Sony A77 DSLR with 16-50mm kit lens

It is painful to even look at this picture…


  1. 1) Gautham
    November 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Great to know you are testing so many of them!! A bit disappointed that you have left out the PEN-EP3! Why dont you start with the Nikon V1?

    • November 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Gautham, the PEN-EP3 seemed like a higher end camera than these, which is why I did not include it…

  2. November 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Well, I am REALLY stoked you are testing all of these, specially the Oly!
    I own an Olympus E-P3 and (for what I do) the camera is too much fun :-)

    I am also very curious about the Nikon V1 with the prime (for some reason I dont like using zooms).

    Thanks in advance!


    • November 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Not sure if Olympus is worth testing, after their financial scandal and 75% stock plunge… :)

      • 2.1.1) rafavarium
        November 14, 2011 at 4:32 am

        I understand and agree with you to a certain degree, but putting the company’s business scandals aside, out of the ยต4/3 system cameras the E-P3 certainly is the most rounded. It also beats the X10 hands down.

        I think the camera its a lot of fun regardless of whats happening inside Olympus. I just hope the company can rebound or that someone else buys their camera department and continue developing the PEN series. I like those a lot better than Panasonic’s offerings, lol.

        Keep up the great work, Nasim! This is becoming one of my favorite websites!


        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          November 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

          Rafael, I really hope Olympus comes out of this mess and continuous product development. We need more competition in this industry!

  3. 3) Jaladhi
    November 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Yay! Somebody is helping the economy! :-)

  4. 4) Sam
    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 am


    I can offer my help to do the testing for you …. just kidding :-)

  5. 5) fiatlux
    November 9, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Do you need some help? ;-)

    • 5.1) fiatlux
      November 9, 2011 at 4:47 am

      oops, didn’t realise Sam was already in line…

      • 5.1.1) Sam
        November 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

        Ha…Nasim will definitely need more than 2 extra hands.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          November 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

          Sam, I took 4 cameras with me outside today and barely shot with 2 :( Aghh…hopefully a 2-3 day trip to Utah will save me!

    • November 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      I could use some help, do you live in CO? :)

  6. 6) Eduardo
    November 9, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Nasim, you are the luckiest man in the world. You do for living what you love and you are always supplied with brand new devices for testing. Would you like some “help” from Rio…? :)

    • November 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Eduardo, thank you, but it depends on how you look at it :) From playing with equipment perspective, yes, but from work perspective – it is sometimes too much for me! I could use some help if you were in US, but folks at B&H would not agree to ship stuff to Rio :(

  7. November 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I also am interested in your perspective on the nikon v1. On a bit of another note, I am slightly dismayed that you went over to partial feeds. Is there a post explaining your rationale?

    • November 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      Bud, feeds have been fixed :) As for Nikon V1 – shot with it this weekend and I like it in general, although it has some major weaknesses when compared to the NEX5n.

      • 7.1.1) Bud Gibson
        November 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

        I’ve got the nikon 1 v1 arriving tomorrow. What sold me was Rob Galbraith’s review coupled with an in-store trial with the J1. If I didn’t already have a d90, a d700, and a substantial investment in nikon lenses I might have thought differently. What I was really looking for here was “in the jacket pocket” shooting potential with options to seriously post-process. The fact that I might get some unbelievable effective focal lengths with my existing nikon glass was the icing on the cake.

        It does sound like the nex5n has superior picture quality but at the cost of size (which of course is the tradeoff). If I were starting out in the DSLR world now, I might go sony.

  8. 8) Martin
    November 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    stay cool and we are looking forward to read your professional reviews. Of course the dilemma is: it should not chew-up all your creative time

  9. 9) Steven Parks
    November 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Quite valuable to test various non-SLR cameras although it takes time away from your SLR lens testing which I look forward to. Like most SLR owners I also have smaller cameras for when I do not want to carry the weight of the larger camera. I have the P300 which has been good, in its limited way and the P500 which has been somewhat of a disappointment.
    I cannot see getting the 1 series as the duplication of expense for lenses, and the sheer price of the model would allow me to expand on my SLR equipment. However, for people who don’t have this equipment it is certainly an alternate path.
    Will be interesting to read your review….

    PS Is Nikon going to update the 300mm f4 with a VR model?

  10. 10) Jason Cowan
    November 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Would like to know what you think of the Sony A65 I’m looking towards my first purchase of a DSLR Camera and I like some of the specs of the Sony vs Canon, and Nikon with respect to price, but don’t know if it’s worth the extra money or if I should start farther down the chain, with a A55 or a suitable Canon or Nikon, any input in this would be great, I don’t wanna buy something that I won’t have to potential to use, as I am upgrading from a point and shoot Kodak, so I can caputure my kid in action and take some nice pictures with a little expermineting on the side, so I guess my question really is do you think the A65 is to much camera for the first time DSLR user and should I try our something else? Thanks for your Time Jason from Wyoming, just a little North on I 25

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