Nikon 1 V3 Announcement

Nikon has just announced the Nikon 1 V3, an update to the existing Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera that was released two years ago. Unlike many of the recent camera introductions which have been relatively small improvements over previous versions, the Nikon 1 V3 is a substantial rework and renewal of the Nikon 1 V2 and frankly, the changes appear to be exciting.  First, is a new sensor with  more resolution (18.4 MP), better ISO sensitivity (12,800) and a new EXPEED 4A processor to accompany it.  Second, there is an improved hybrid autofocus system which incorporates 171 autofocus points (171 points for contrast detection and 105 points for phase detection) for fast and accurate focus acquisition and tracking. For comparison, the V2 uses 135 focus points (135 for contrast and 73 for phase-detect).  These alone would be nice improvements, but Nikon went further and improved the frame rate to a WHOPPING 20 fps at full resolution AND full autofocus. To put that into perspective, the new D4s which costs $6500 “only” shoots at the rate of 11 fps. Why stop there? How about a new tilting touch screen monitor with higher resolution than the previous V2? Finally, throw in built-in WiFi and you’ve made not just an incremental upgrade, but a totally new camera.

Nikon 1 V3

One notable change is the elimination of the electronic viewfinder of the V2. Instead, Nikon has made the camera more svelte by having the EVF and a grip bundled as an option. Go without the grip and EVF for a compact feel or add them to be more DSLR-like.   The grip adds an angled shutter button, a programmable function button as well as a sub-command dial. For now, Nikon is only listing the V3 available as a kit which includes the body, the new 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD lens, GR-N1010 Grip and the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and sells for $1,196.95.

Nikon also announced a new 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto ($999.95) lens which when combined with the V3 gives you an equivalent focal length range of 189 – 810mm in a compact and lightweight package. With the optional FT-1 adapter you can also use other Nikkor F-mount lenses that you already own. Whether you use the new or your existing lenses, this speed demon will be an interesting camera for the wildlife or sports photographer but how well it actually performs remains to be seen.

With all the new changes we will be excited to get our hands on this new baby as soon as we can and when we do, you can be sure we will pass along our thoughts.

Nikon 1 V3 Specifications

  1. Lens Mount: Nikon 1 mount
  2. Picture Angle: Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (Nikon CX format)
  3. Effective Pixels: 18.4 million
  4. Sensor Size: 13.2mm x 8.8mm
  5. Image Sensor Format: CX
  6. Image Sensor Type: CMOS, no anti-aliasing filter
  7. Image Processor: EXPEED 4A
  8. Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning
  9. Supported File Formats: Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW), JPEG, NEF (RAW) + JPEG
  10. Picture Control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Selected Picture Control can be modified, User-customizable Settings
  11. Storage Media: Micro SD
  12. Card Slot: 1x Micro SD
  13. Viewfinder: EVF (electronic viewfinder), 0.5-in., approx. 2400k-dot color TFT LCD viewfinder with diopter control and brightness adjustment
  14. Viewfinder Frame Coverage: 100% Approx.
  15. Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: -3 to +2 m¯¹
  16. Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane mechanical shutter; electronic shutter
  17. Fastest Shutter Speed: Electronic Shutter: 1/16,000 sec.
  18. Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec.
  19. Flash Sync Speed Electronic shutter: 1/250 sec.
  20. Bulb Shutter Setting: Yes
  21. Shutter Release Modes: Single-frame mode, Continuous, Self-timer mode, Delayed remote, Quick Response Remote, Interval Timer Shooting
  22. Frame Advance Rate: Approx. 6, 10, 20, 30 or 60 fps
  23. Top Continuous Shooting Speed: 20 FPS with full resolution and full autofocus (60 fps with fixed focus)
  24. Metering Method: Matrix, Center-weighted: Meters 4.5mm circle in center of frame, Spot: Meters 2mm circle centered on select focus area
  25. Exposure Modes: Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M), Scene Auto Selector
  26. Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, Auto
  27. Shooting Modes: Advanced movie mode (includes HD movie, slow motion, fast motion, jump cut and 4-second movie), Auto Photo mode, Creative mode (including creative pallet, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process and toy camera effect), Motion Snapshot (16:9), P programmed auto with flexible program, S shutter-priority auto, A aperture-priority auto, M manual, Best Moment Capture mode ( includes Slow View, Active Selection, and Smart Photo Selector)
  28. Exposure Compensation: ±3 EV in increments of 1/3EV
  29. ISO Sensitivity: 160-12800
  30. Autofocus System: Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF), AF-assist illuminator
  31. AF-area mode: Single-point AF:  171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF; Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas; Subject tracking; Face-priority AF
  32. Focus Modes: Auto (AF), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Full-time Servo (AF-F), Manual Focus (MF)
  33. Built-in Flash: Yes
  34. Accessory Shoe: Yes
  35. Movie File Format: MOV
  36. Movie Video Compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  37. Movie Audio recording format: PCM
  38. Movie Audio recording device: Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable, Optional external ME-1 stereo microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter)
  39. Movie HD: 1920 X 1080/60p, HD: 1920 X 1080/30p, HD: 1280 x 720/60p, HD: 1080×720/30p; Slow-motion: 788×288/400fps, Slow-motion: 416×144/1200fps, Motion Snapshot: 1920×1080/60p (plays at 24p) Fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4 second movies (16:9); 1920×1080/60p (60fps) (plays at 24p/24fps)
  40. Monitor Size: 3.0 in. diagonal
  41. Monitor Resolution: 1037K – Dots
  42. Monitor Type: TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
  43. Interface: USB: Hi-speed USB; HDMI output: Type D mini-pin HDMI connector
  44. Battery: EN-EL2oa Lithium-ion Battery
  45. Battery Life (shots per charge): 310 shots (CIPA)
  46. AC Adapter: EH-5b AC Adapter, Requires EP-5D Power Supply Connector
  47. Approx. Dimensions: Width 4.4 in. (110.9mm), Height 2.6 in. (65mm), Depth 1.3 in. (33.2mm)
  48. Approx. Weight: 9.8oz. (278g) camera body only
  49. Supplied Accessories: EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-28 Battery Charger, UC-E19 USB Cable, BS-N3000 Multi Accessory Port Cover, BF-N1000 Body Cap, AN-N1000 Strap, ViewNX 2
    Short Movie Creator CD, User’s Manual, Reference manual CD
Nikon 1 V3 Back

Nikon 1 V3 Primary Features

  1. Moving-subject tracking performance superior to that of digital SLR cameras
    171 densely packed focus points
    Very dense arrangement of 105 focus points with phase-detection AF and 171 focus points with contrast-detect AF ensures precise acquisition of the intended subject with dense coverage of a broad range of the frame.
    At approximately 20 fps, the world’s fastest* continuous shooting rate with AF trackingThe superior AF tracking performance of the Nikon 1 V3 enables capture of even moving subjects in sharp focus.When the electronic shutter is used: High-speed continuous shooting at the world’s fastest* rate of approximately 20 fps for capture of up to 40 shots in approximately two seconds.
    When the mechanical shutter is used: High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps for capture of up to 50 shots in approximately eight seconds.*Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of March 13 , 2014. Statement based on Nikon research.The world’s shortest* shooting time lag
    The world’s shortest* shooting time lag is best demonstrated with 171 focus points, faster focusing achieved through improvements to the AF control sequence, and use with the capless 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM kit lens, equipped with power-drive zoom and with which lens-drive speed has been increased.

    *Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of March 13 , 2014. Tested using the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM at the maximum wide-angle position in Single-point AF mode. Statement based on Nikon research.

  2. Superior operation and unique shooting functions
    Virtual horizon capable of detecting pitch
    The Nikon 1 V3 is the first Nikon 1 camera to be equipped with a virtual horizon function that can be displayed in the live view display or viewfinder, and is capable of detecting not only roll (camera tilt to the left or right), but also pitch (camera tilt forward or back), a capability previously limited to high-end digital SLR cameras. This function is very helpful with framing of images of landscapes, architecture, and still objects. What’s more, the virtual horizon functions not only with shooting in landscape orientation, but also with shooting in portrait orientation.
    Highlight display
    When viewing images in the LCD monitor, the Highlights option can be used to check image highlights (areas that may be overexposed). Highlights will flash in the monitor display.
    2 command dials
    The Nikon 1 V3 is equipped with a main command dial on the back of the camera and a sub-command dial on the front of the camera. This allows users of digital SLR cameras to apply and adjust settings such as shutter speed in a familiar manner.
    3 function buttons
    Users can assign frequently used settings to two function buttons on the camera and a third on the optional Grip GR-N1010. The role played by each of these function buttons can be selected from seven options: exposure compensation, Picture Control, white balance, AF-area mode, metering, ISO sensitivity, or movie-record button.
    Dedicated accessories (optional) for Nikon 1 V3 system expansion
    Electronic Viewfinder DF-N1000: The 0.48-inch, approximately 2359k-dot color TFT LCD viewfinder with frame coverage of approximately 100% supports diopter control and brightness adjustment. It ensures a broad field of view equal to that of digital SLR cameras, for precise framing with confirmation of the subject to all corners. In addition, adoption of the same rounded eyepiece used with the cameras such as the D4, Df, and D800, the DF-N1000 supports full-scale shooting capabilities.
    Grip GR-N1010: This optional grip is equipped with an angled shutter-release button that is easy to use, a function button to which a preferred setting can be assigned, and a sub-command dial that can be used to adjust settings. Adoption of a magnesium alloy ensures great strength and durability. The GR-N1010 provides a secure grip on the camera, even when the Mount Adapter FT1 and a NIKKOR lens are used.
  3. The first Nikon 1 camera equipped with a vari-angle touch-screen LCD monitor and Wi-Fi® capabilities
    Vari-angle touch-screen LCD monitor
    The slim LCD monitor, with a depth of approximately 4 mm, is equipped with a tilting mechanism that allows it to be tilted down to approximately 87° for high-angle shooting, and up to approximately 170° for low-angle shooting, allowing users to adjust their angle according to the subject or scene to be captured. In addition to positioning of buttons on the vari-angle monitor for an operational feel similar to that of digital SLR cameras, adoption of a bright and clear, 3-inch, approximately 1037k-dot, electrostatic touch screen enables simple and intuitive shooting operations by allowing users to touch the screen to focus or to select a subject for subject tracking.
    Built-in Wi-Fi®
    Built-in Wi-Fi® allows users to easily transfer high-quality still images recorded with the Nikon 1 V3 to a smart device, from which they can be shared.
  4. Equipped with a Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor and offering an effective pixel count of 18.4-million pixels for superior sharpness and definition.
    Adoption of a new Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 4A image-processing engine enables the capture of images exhibiting excellent definition and very little noise at sensitivities of ISO 160-12800. This makes capturing images with which noise has been effectively suppressed for superior image quality possible, even with shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings. In addition, still images with which noise is suppressed and superior image quality is preserved can be captured at high sensitivities using the noise reduction function, with which the camera takes multiple shots that are then combined to create a single image.
    Function for recording full-HD 1920 x 1080/60p movies
    Full-HD 1920 x 1080/60p movies up to approximately 10 minutes in length can be recorded. As the Nikon 1 V3 is equipped with an electronic vibration reduction (e-VR) function*, the effects of camera shake are reduced with movie recording.*Electronic vibration reduction can be enabled with recording of 1080/30p and 720/30p movies

Official Press Release

Here is the official Nikon press release for the Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera:

Announced Alongside the New 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is the Ideal Companion Camera for the D-SLR Shooter Looking to Pack Light and Move Fast

MELVILLE, NY (March 13, 2014) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact, yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed to make no sacrifices when it comes to speed, performance and image quality, the blazing fast V3 sports an impressive Hybrid AF system and the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate1 at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus, a speed that outpaced even pro D-SLR cameras. Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the new Nikon 1 V3 offers a top-class feature set that includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new EXPEED 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity2 and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether searching for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a D-SLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.

Further expanding on the growing stable of 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon has also introduced the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lenses, providing even more impressive lens options for Nikon 1 shooters.

“The versatile Nikon 1 V3 allows the photographer to capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity and ease,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With an incredible feature set, a newly crafted ergonomic design and sporting the elite high-speed performance that has become a hallmark of the Nikon 1 System, the V3 is ready to help users make amazing images and HD video.”

Capture the Shots That Matter With Uncompromising Speed and Quality
The Nikon 1 V3 makes no sacrifices in terms of speed, performance and image quality, as Nikon continues to innovate and invigorate the Nikon 1 System. The camera sports the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at a blazing fast 20 frames-per-second (fps), faster than other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and ideal for capturing fast-moving action and sports. Combined with an outstanding Hybrid AF System, every fleeting moment can be captured with incredible precision and accuracy. With 171 contrast detect focus areas and the center 105 areas supporting phase detection AF, the V3 provides super-fast AF response and accuracy when capturing still images or HD video in addition to exceeding the AF abilities of many D-SLR camera offerings.

The Nikon 1 V3 also features elite imaging specifications that help ensure superior image and HD video quality and impressive low-light performance, including the addition of a high-resolution 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor and new EXPEED 4A image processing engine. Together, they help render true colors and incredible detail, whether shooting an exotic safari or the local swim meet. The V3 also carries an ISO range of 160-12,800 with high ISO noise reduction, providing the versatility to effortlessly capture images in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.

Exceptional Video Performance and a Dynamic Feature Set
When still images are not enough, the Nikon 1 V3 sports an outstanding number of video features that today’s multimedia photographer can take advantage of. The V3 is capable of recording Full HD video at 1080/60p with Movie e-VR (Electronic Vibration Reduction) which helps to eliminate camera shake to record smooth and clear movies. Full-time continuous AF is also possible during video recording, helping maintain critical HD focus, while the versatile CX-format sensor assists in creating video with a beautiful shallow depth of field. The V3 can also capture slow motion video at an impressive 120 frames-per-second (fps) in high quality 720p HD. Additionally, users can capture full resolution still images during video recording, rounding out an impressive and comprehensive stable of video features at the user’s disposal.

In another first for the Nikon 1 series, the V3 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity2, helping users seamlessly share every unforgettable moment. Connect to a compatible smart phone or tablet and share precious photos with friends and family by uploading them to social networks. The Nikon 1 V3 also empowers the user to unleash their creativity, with fun and unique shooting options for all levels of photographer. The V3 offers a wealth of creative modes previously found in models like the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 J3, including Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama and Selective Color, in addition to new modes like Creative Palette, Toy Camera and Cross Process, for a truly customized photography experience. Mainstay Nikon 1 System features such as Slow View, Live Image Control and Motion Snapshot return in this iteration of the V-Series, further enhancing a dynamic and versatile feature set for even the most demanding of photographers.

Elegant Styling, Superior Operability
The Nikon 1 V3 has been ergonomically designed to allow the user to shoot comfortably and confidently in a variety of shooting scenarios. The extremely compact yet sophisticated body sports conveniently placed external controls with two programmable function buttons, allowing the enthusiast to tailor their camera to their own personal shooting style. An additional function button is added with the optional GR-N1010 grip, a lightweight option that provides steadier handling, as well as an additional shutter button and sub-command dial that will be familiar to D-SLR shooters.

Another innovative addition to the Nikon 1 Series is the V3’s new tilting, touch-panel 3-inch LCD monitor that allows photographers to compose brilliant images and HD video from various new angles. This thin and versatile monitor is a convenient tool for adjusting settings on the go, affording the user the ability to quickly trigger the shutter when capturing a photo or change the focus point when capturing video by simply touching the screen. Playback is seamless and a new Highlight Display function helps the user to spot washed-out highlights after shooting. Additionally, a Virtual Horizon feature with pitching detection helps frame landscapes and architecture with rich detail and beautiful focus.

As part of the versatile Nikon 1 System of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is compatible with eleven 1 NIKKOR lens options ranging from ultra-wide-angle to telephoto, while users can also employ their arsenal of NIKKOR glass using the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter. Users can also take advantage of the Nikon 1 System’s 2.7x crop factor for increased range when shooting sports or wildlife, making it an ideal companion for the D-SLR shooter. Nikon also offers an optional external high resolution 2359k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), the DF-N1000, and optional multi-accessory grip, the GR-N1010, alongside the Nikon 1 V3 for increased control and handling. The V3 also maintains compatibility with Nikon 1 external flashes and the ME-1 external microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter).

Go Farther with New 1 NIKKOR lenses
Announced alongside the Nikon 1 V3, Nikon has introduced two new 1 NIKKOR lens offerings. Kitted with the V3, the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is an evolved compact zoom lens, ready for nearly any situation. Sporting a useful 3x zoom (27-81mm equivalent), the new 10-30mm lens is equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zoom capability, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD video.

Additionally, Nikon has also introduced a powerful new telephoto zoom lens option that takes Nikon 1 users farther than ever before. The new 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens features a super-telephoto focal range (189-810mm equivalent) that can get the photographer up close to sports action or wildlife from a distance. The first 1 NIKKOR lens crafted with Super ED Glass, the 70-300mm lens is equipped with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghost and flare.

Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 V3, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and the GR-N1010 Grip will be available in April 2014 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,199.95. The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses will also be sold separately for $299.95* and $999.95*SRP, respectively.

Pre-Order Information

You can pre-order the Nikon 1 V3, along with the newly released lenses via our partner, B&H Photo Video through the following links:

  1. Nikon 1 V3 for $1,196.95
  2. Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 for $996.95
  3. Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM for $296.95

A separate article comparing the Nikon 1 V2 and V3 will be posted soon.


  1. 1) KSPGM
    March 13, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Thanks for this early update Tom. It seems as though Nikon has put a lot of thought into updating this camera and I for one will upgrade my V2 as soon as it is available.

    One feature they mention is e-VR (electronic Vibration Reduction). Do you know yet if this will be an option to use with still pictures, for instance with the 32 mm lens which lacks in-lens VR?


    • Profile photo of Tom Redd 1.1) Tom Redd
      March 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

      KSPGM, good question as to the e-VR, I have only seen it mentioned with movie mode (Movie e-VR) and not stills, but I do not know for sure.

      • 1.1.1) KSPGM
        March 13, 2014 at 7:55 am

        Thanks Tom.

        The more bits of ‘review’ I read the more I think that it is only (currently) available for the PD lens . . . probably how they have made it so compact? As always with Nikon, we may have to wait for the firmware update to get this function on normal lenses – it would be very useful with the 32 mm lens when light levels are too low to get wide apertures.

        The more I look at this third variant of the V camera the more I like it. Nikon are slowly grinding away to deliver a really special camera which can be adapted from a simple flattish compact (without grip or EVF) and the 10-30 say up to a long range , but portable, wild life system with grip, EVF, FT-1 and 70-200 f/4 and anything in between. This suits my usage very well.

        Lets hope the extra ISO goes with a TAB more IQ and Nikon will start closing the gap on the 4/3 systems in the picture quality area. I believe they already win on the size/flexibility/weight – i.e. ergonomic areas.

        • Neil
          March 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

          I wouldn’t count on Nikon to add features via firmware updates. They certainly could but that really isn’t their history.

  2. 2) Sören
    March 13, 2014 at 2:30 am

    A substantial update from the V2 but I am missing something that makes the “1” sit in the Panasonic camp:
    – no 4K mode (the GoPro is having it since years …)
    – what about buffer? the 20-60 fps are wonderful but there is no info about the buffer (is it 1 s?) some of the 4K fans will want to use the 60fps mode but we need at least 2-4 seconds buffer!
    – in combination with the FT-1: any news about using the other AF sensors in AF-C?
    – the price its just again above expected for a no-4K cam.

    Seems somehow to be a killer cam for a reduced price in one year or so.
    Regards! Sören

  3. 3) MartinG
    March 13, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I want a companion for the D800, something which opens up my range of photographic options. I think the Nikon 1 V3 is exactly what I want. It may be a niche camera but it is a great little niche.

    • 3.1) bouda63
      March 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

      But then, why did they get away from the EN-EL 15 I use in the V1, which incidentally is the same as in the D800 or D600 ? No to mention getting away from the EVF included !

      • 3.1.1) bouda63
        March 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

        I’m speaking about the battery, of course. Same comment for the microSD instead of the full size SD card. Is there anybody really thinking there ? Is somebody wanting the Nikon system to fail or are they trying things on us ? (costly, so far if you look at the recent past with Nikon 1 system)

        • MartinG
          March 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

          As I said it is a niche camera. Every camera has something that some people could say annoys them (D800 settings banks = huge joke, very annoying). No point looking for details you don’t like. Overall the camera has lots which make it interesting.

          • bouda63
            March 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

            @MartinG : Well, if you like carrying 2 chargers for your two models of battery (D800 and V3), adapters and kid’s hands to handle microSDs, you can call this details. I would have loved they kept this that I find in my V1 and make better camera and sensor like they did. And if they want to sell you the EVF with the bundle, they might as well have kept it inside the camera (in Europe, I would have been able to choose not to buy it, though).

            • MartinG
              March 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

              While you may well be right, it comes down to image quality and focus speed at 800+ mm. If the image quality is high to very high and the focus points all work acceptably well in average to poor (or even good) light, the inconvenience of the batteries and tiny card format will be easier to live with. I am sure many people will see them as mere details compared to the cost of buying the full frame 800mm lens for full frame cameras like the D800 ;-) Especially with the opportunity to do a 20fps burst.

    • 3.2) Thomas Stirr
      March 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Hi MartinG,

      I use my V2 as a second camera when shooting client videos with my D800…and it does a great job. The few things that are missing with the V2 seem to be covered by Nikon with the V3, i.e. swivel screen, touch screen to enable rack focusing, 1080 at 60p and 720 at 120p….which will be great for a lot of my industrial projects to show machines in action.

      The CX sensor is a huge benefit with the Nikon 1 series…it enables much deeper depth of field when shooting at f/5.6 and faster…and I’ve found that I often need to take shots with the V2 rather than my D800 for that exact reason.

      I image DxOMark will have the sensor scores on the V3 out within the next week or so. I’m hoping for improved dynamic range…something in the 12.5 range would be great….added colour depth….anything over 22 would be good….and better low light performace….even something in the 800-1000 range would be a great improvement.


      • 3.2.1) MartinG
        March 16, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        Thanks so much Tom,
        I am willing to wait and read full tests and user experiences before reaching conclusions. I think it is amazing how many complaints there are about features and price when no one has seen it and tested it. The cost and convenience should be judged against the opportunities a new camera opens up.
        I am glad you find the v2 useful. I like the look of the V2 but the sensor and some of the limits of the set up meant that I decided to wait. I also have a budget to work to so I don’t buy new camera gear all the time. Converting from DX to FX cost a bit over the last two years. I do want an alternative to my D800 equipment for times when it is too much to carry but I want more than just my iPhone.
        I do not want a DX (7100) again because it is too similar to an FX set up. My interest in the CX system is precisely because it does not try to be a full frame replacement.
        From my point of view the V3 looks really interesting.

        • Thomas Stirr
          March 17, 2014 at 4:50 am

          Hi MartinG…

          It will be interesting to see how the V3 performs in real life and if the sensor is improved in terms of dynamic range, colour depth and low light performance. I ‘feel your pain’ regarding shifting from DX and FX….I did the same thing and it is a painful experience from a budget standpoint.

          I pulled the trigger on the V2 mainly because of its video capability and the flexibility using the FT-1 adapter. The V2 certainly has limitations and is far from being perfect.

          You were wise to wait for the V3 to see if it will do what you need from a camera body/system. There’s lots of other great technology on the market if the V3 doesn’t meet your needs.



  4. March 13, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I shoot sports for an online media company and have been after them to pick me up a used D300 or two so I don’t have to risk my own gear and put wear and tear on it at events they assign me to cover. Recently they’ve asked me to do more outdoor adventure work that involves running, bushwhacking, climbing and cycling with a camera on me, and I asked them to get me a V1 for that. With this announcement and looking at the specs, now I’ll need to work on my pitch to convince them to get me this little guy instead. Very eager to read more from hands-on testing!

  5. March 13, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Looks pretty neat, but the Nikon V lens line up still misses some lenses…

    • 5.1) Thomas Stirr
      March 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Joao,

      Yup….lenses need to be added but I think Nikon is doing a good job adding some high quality ones like the 32mm f/1.2 and the 70-300 f/4.5-5.6. Other lenses like the 18.5 f/1.8 and 6.7-13 are excellent. The Nikon 1 system is starting to fill out nicely….all it takes is some patience.


  6. 6) Muhammad Omer
    March 13, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Sensor size still the same, why dont they increase it to make this a clear cut choice above other mirrorless systems? Please do a hands on review once you get your hands on one. Mr Mansurov I await your comments about this camera. Along with the range of lenses available for it.

    • 6.1) Gerry C
      March 13, 2014 at 9:07 am

      If Nikon increased the size then they’d have to make new & larger lenses to account for the larger sensor. So, they’d have FX, DX, CX, and yet another size; this would look just like the Sony lens lineup! ;-)

    • 6.2) Ronald
      March 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      This 2.7 x crop sensor is its strength!!! not its weakness!! You can buy a full-frame sensor mirror-less Sony A7(r), or APS-C Fuji, Samsung or MFT. Each of them with their own + & –

      The 1-series are amazing underrated camera’s in my opinion. Is you use a D4 or D800 system, buy a 1-series + FT1 adapter for example and you can do great stuff.

      The new introduced 70-300mm lens is also amazing. Still small enough, fast tracking focus and your reach is over 800mm! Thats one of the strength of this system.

      • 6.2.1) Thomas Stirr
        March 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        Hi Ronald,

        I concur 100%…the CX sensor is a huge strength of the Nikon 1 system! I love my V2 as a second camera when shooting client videos with my D800….the combination of FX and CX sensors creates much more creative options than would be available with a DX body.


  7. March 13, 2014 at 6:33 am

    This looks like it could be a very good update for the Nikon 1 line. I just rounded out my D600 lens lineup pretty well and have an RX100 for a compact walk-around, so I’ll end up having to pass on this one. But this camera is very tempting for an all-around camera.

    I’m thinking Nikon 1 V3 would be great with a 10-100 on it. Add the 70-300 for wildlife and then toss in a few primes (Not sure what is offered for this lens mount in that regard) for good measure.

    Can’t wait for a review.

  8. 8) Neil
    March 13, 2014 at 6:51 am

    It’s certainly better than the other Nikon 1 cameras (waterproof notwithstanding) but I don’t see how this will draw someone away from something like an Olympus or Fuji. Especially at their current pricing. The 70-300 lens is about the only interesting part of the announcement.

  9. Profile photo of eric 9) eric
    March 13, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Impressive indeed 20 fps vs 4 fps of my d800e!! But what is the point if they don’t have fast lense? I love my 200 f2 for indoors sports because even thought the lighting is bad I am still able to keep my iso low.

    • 9.1) KSPGM
      March 13, 2014 at 7:59 am


      They do have fast lenses and you have one! Just use the FT-1 adaptor. Give it a go you may be pleasantly suprised – I was! Good luck.

      • 9.1.1) Neil
        March 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

        AF is severely compromised, though.

        • Gerry C
          March 13, 2014 at 10:18 am

          AF still works with AF-S lenses, but focus tracking (unfortunately) doesn’t.

          • Neil
            March 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

            Yeah, that’s what I meant by compromised. AF-S works, but it’s very slow in comparison.

        • Ronald
          March 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

          That is changed last year! with a firmware update! But this great firmware update didn’t got attention at all.

          Focus tracking (c-af) does! work! with AF-S lenses now! But only the with a single tracking focus point right in the middle of the sensor. But that will do for a lot of sports like soccer.

          • Neil
            March 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

            Yeah, I tried that update. I could never get it to work reliably or usefully with my 200-400 or 70-200.

            • Thomas Stirr
              March 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

              Hi Neil,

              I use the FT-1 with my 70-200 f/4 on my V2 and it is very, very fast! Even when I use my 1.7X Nikkor teleconverter with the 70-200 it is still very fast, and accurate. I love being able to hand-hold that combination and shoot efov of 918mm at f/6.7… good light the focusing is still fast.


    • 9.2) Gerry C
      March 13, 2014 at 9:04 am

      In addition to what KSPGM said, the CX’s 2.7x crop factor means that you have a 35mm FOV (field of view) equivalent of a 540mm f/2.0 lens in your hands. :-) While I have transitioned mostly to Fuji X-T1, I still have a Nikon 1 V1 and I’ll use it with my 85mm f/1.4… A 230mm equivalent (FOV).

      • 9.2.1) Neil
        March 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

        That field of view part is right and the speed is right but the depth of field for the same framing is off. It’s like having an aperture 2.7 times slower for equivalent framing if you’re using it like a lens that’s 2.7x focal length.

        • Gerry C
          March 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

          Correct about the depth of field. But then again, the increased depth of field may be a blessing for some (or many?). As I mentioned above focus tracking doesn’t work with the FT-1 adapter, but the increased depth of field can provide more of a frame being in focus… Which in turn can make the AF-only capability more useful in many cases. :-)

  10. Profile photo of eric 10) eric
    March 13, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Good to know, thanks.

  11. 11) Art
    March 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for the news on the V3.
    Although I am interested in the camera I am really not very happy that Nikon USA is only offering this camera in a bundled version only. They are forcing us to buy accessories and a lens that some of us really do not want. While I might buy the camera and EVF I do not want the grip or another 10-30mm lens. Also what is up with using micro SD cards vs. the normal SD cards that my other cameras use? Sometimes Nikon’s rhyme and reason on the 1 system just confuses me.

    • 11.1) Gerry C
      March 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Agreed… I’ll pass on the current bundle as I still have a 10-30m from my V1 bundle. Hopefully they’ll sell the camera without a bundled lens — sooner rather than later. And yes, WTH, re: the micro-SD cards? Luckily I have a few micro-SD cards for my GoPro Hero3, but given the “speed” that Nikon is touting with this camera, why didn’t they go with UHS-II SD card capability like Fuji X-T1? (In my experience so far X-T1 clears its buffer roughly 2x faster with a SanDisk UHS-II card vs. using a SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I 95MB/sec card!)

      I completely understand product tradeoffs but it’s not like this is a teensy-tiny camera. To me, Nikon is saying they weren’t smart enough to figure out a way to fit a regular-sized SD card into this thing.

      I swear, Nikon product management team must have banners hanging all over their buildings, saying “How can we frustrate our long-time and potential customers?”

  12. 12) Chris Weller
    March 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I think this camara and along with the 70-300 lens is awesome. It’s exactly what I was hoping for from the Nikon 1 system. This lens on any of the V series camera’s is perfect to bring anywhere. zoo’s, sporting events, kids games. I can take it on trips out of town if I think I might be able to shoot some birds. Just fits in my small bag.

    If I want to slap on the 10-30 I can do some street photography. The system disappears.

    I am really glad they made it high quality super ed glass and nano coating. :) I haven’t been too happy with Nikon decisions lately, but to me this is a homerun.

    People who complain about the size of the senor are missing the point about this system. The size of the sensor is it’s best feature. This 70-300 lens is tiny and weighs practically nothing yet is a professional quality lens, metal, super ed and nano coating. People say oh get a m 4/3 or dx size sensor. Well guess what you then get a lens that is much larger and heavier. I already have DX systems, this system is in a totally different class.

    The camera and lens will weigh under 2 lbs! 18 mp no aa, 20 fps with the best autofocus system on the planet. What more could you want? It’s unfortunate that Nikon marketing isn’t better at selling the real benefits of this system.

    • 12.1) Neil
      March 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      The Fuji X-E2 and 55-200 is also under 2 pounds. And others fit that. 20 fps isn’t all that useful except in certain kinds of situations. Beware the rolling shutter effect. The AF ability remains to be seen. The new Sony Alpha 6000 May top it. Not trying to quench your enthusiasm but point out that there are other systems out there that offer a better value proposition with better lens availability.

      • 12.1.1) Chris weller
        March 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        Fuji certainly a great camera. But different. 200mm on ex is only 300 effective. This Nikon combo is almost 900 effective with massive pixel density. Totally different use

        • Neil
          March 13, 2014 at 7:29 pm

          Kinda and not. The pixel density is nice but it’s not getting you the compression you really need. If they did a 400 f3.5 prime that would be impressive.

          • Chris Weller
            March 14, 2014 at 1:40 am

            I suppose it depends on what you are trying to accomplish in your image. At that length the background is blurred out to the degree where it doesn’t matter any longer. In fact, my biggest challenge when shoot birds in flight at 5.6 or 8.0 on dx or fx is that I cannot get the entire bird in focus. This combo would. As long as the subject is reasonably closer than the background the bokeh would be find.

            Perhaps you are describing a type of shot that requires less dof, but for my purposes 300 at 5.6 on or even stopped down to 8.0 on a cx sensor may actually be preferable to dx or fx at the same settings.

    • 12.2) Antonio Mario
      March 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm


      I’m with you 100%. People that insist on comparing apples to oranges (e.g., the Nikon 1 vs. Sony APS-C or FF) just didn’t get it…

      What’s even more insane is that many people feel the need to come to announcements like this to trash Nikon products w/o having ever used them (and it’s a new camera, for Pete’s sake…).

      I’m a Canon shooter (with some Nikon gear), by the way.

      • 12.2.1) Chris Weller
        March 14, 2014 at 1:47 am

        Agreed Antonio. I wish Nikon would develop some marketing and videos that would clearly articulate the benefits of the cx sensor. I think many people just blindly state that a 1 inch sensor is too small and dismiss it. Or look at the size of the camera itself and see that it is similar to a m 4/3 or dx mirrorless and assume it is inferior. It is not. The size and weight of the associated lenses is a critical oversight.

        is just a different tool. It is superior in many aspects that I want and need to supplement what I already have in my dx and fx systems.

        I don’t want another dx size/weight system.

        • Antonio Mario
          March 14, 2014 at 8:01 am

          Exactly Chris. I shoot with a Canon 500mm f/4 which, like its Nikkor counterpart, is among the best lenses ever made bar none, as you’re undoubtedly familiar with. Yet, birding into the woods for hours with it is not a trivial task (not to say shooting hummers) – I tend use the 100-400mm for that. The V3 + this 70-300mm should change all that.

          To be fair to Nikon, they have produced some nice shots and video (e.g., on their site and in nikonrumors) with the V3. Even though the 70-300mm MTF curve @ 300mm is not outstanding it does quite a nice job. And the 20 fps (60 fps w/o AF) in their video marketing examples is just phenomenal. See what you think.

  13. March 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Let’s see:
    1) Different battery than V1/V2
    2) MicroSD instead of SD
    3) Insanely high price of $1,200
    4) Only available as bundled with a lens
    5) No EVF, optional everything
    6) Still the same proprietary hot shoe
    7) 20 fps stills, 120 fps video, but no 4K

    How is this a winner? Nikon, wake up please!

    • Profile photo of Daniel Michael 13.1) Daniel Michael
      March 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I have to say this is a bit of role reversal. In the UK, the Nikon Df was only available as a kit, with a lens that most people had and the US could get it separately . Now in the UK, you can buy the Nikon 1 V3 body only and in the US you’re stuck with a kit. Who decides this garbage?

      • March 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        Daniel, I have no idea, but it is just insane! Why does Nikon leave out all those that purchased the V1 / V2? Why so many different batteries? Why MicroSD? As far as I know, MicroSD is not capable of sustained speeds that can be reached with regular SD cards, especially the latest UHS-II version.

        • Thomas Stirr
          March 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm

          Hi Nasim,

          I agree that micro SD and different batteries is a bit of a pain….but these are small issues to me, compared to what I LOVE about what I am reading about the V3!

          From a video shooters perspective this camera is going to be a wonderful second camera for anyone shooting video with a D800! The combination of CX and FX sensors affords a lot of creativity….and the added features of the V3 are simply terrific.

          Here’s what I am excited about with the V3:

          1) swivel screen….yes!!!! This will be great for low angle shots with a skater dolly, or high angle shots with a jib….so much easier to frame and do.

          2) touch screen focusing…yes!!!! Now video shooters will be able to pull focus and do rack focusing with the V3….these are techniques that were not possible with the V2…..and these features can really add production value.

          3) 10-30 PD zoom….yes!!!! If the zoom function is smooth this will be a killer combination with the touch screen focusing. This means that a V3 owner can do some nice video techniques without having to spend a penny on a follow-focus….and that saves a minimum of $400.

          4) 18MP sensor with no low pass filter…if this adds some sharpness then the V3 could be a terrific camera with the 1 Nikon 70-300 for nature and birding….what else can someone buy for about $2,200 that gives them efov of over 800mm plus offer auto-focus shooting at 20fps?

          5) With the optional grip….3 programmable function buttons….yes!!!

          6) 1080 HD video at 60p….yes!!!! PLUS….720 HD at 120p….my industrial clients will love the added slow-motion…yes!!!! And, in a really small, easy to use body….love it!

          Unlike DX and FX Nikon camera bodies, the CX sensors in the Nikon 1 cameras read every line on the sensor so they are less prone to moire.

          I am waiting to see the DxoMark sensor scores for the V3….and hoping for better dynamic range (12.5+ would be great) and improved colour depth (anything over 22 would be good)….along with better high ISO performance (anything approaching 1000 would be great). If the sensor is improved in these three ways….I will be ordering a V3 without any hesitation….and leaving my D800 at home when I go to Greece later this year.


        • whisky
          March 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm

          “Why so many different batteries? Why MicroSD?”

          if you shoot Nikon long enough, the answers are plain. why did Fuji have several different lens mounts for shooting film? why did Sony design so many VIAOs with incompatible or non-upgradable components? why does HP sell so many inexpensive printers and such expensive ink?

          i’m guessing Nikon was “incentivized” to use the microSd by the memory manufacturers. the way it typically works is they pay Nikon $X for every unit sold, and then collect it on the back end from consumers.if so, they must have offered Nikon an attractive revenue stream to make it exclusively microSD.

          • Gerry C
            March 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

            While I believe it’s idiotic that Nikon decided to go the microSD route, how could Nikon be “incentived” to use microSD by memory manufacturers for every memory card sold? Or are you saying that microSD memory card manufacturers pay Nikon for every camera that uses microSD?

            If microSD manufacturers give Nikon a certain amount of money for every card sold (for argument’s sake, let’s say it’s $1.00) — which microSD manufacturers participate? SanDisk? Lexar? PNY? Etc? What % of that $1.00 comes from SanDisk? From Lexar? From PNY? From Sony? Etc?

            Each memory card manufacturer has no idea what percentage of Nikon cameras are using their brand of cards; they don’t even know if a microSD card is used for a camera, or phone, or tablet, or computer, etc. Nikon has no idea which memory card brands are used in its cameras. So if neither the card or camera manufacturers knows anything about if even their cards are used, how would each card manufacturer agree on how much to pay Nikon? How much would they pay Canon? Or Sony? Or Samsung? Etc.

            Sounds like a pretty unlikely situation to me.

          • Gerry C
            March 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm

            Oops… What I really meant to say (but hit “Post Comment” too quickly) was:

            That seems like a tracking and validation nightmare to me.


            • whisky
              April 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

              it’s easy to start over-thinking processes and get bogged down with the details. for those familiar with “incentivizing”, companies are often approached by lobbyists who sell their ideas under some umbrella entity such as a trade or financial organization. their job is to sell their concepts to government or businesses.

              it’s win-win for the companies who want to advance their technology in the marketplace, and the early adopters whom embrace it. a more common example are rebates offered as cash cards. instead of consumers getting cash to spend as they like, they are channeled into other opportunities where commissions are returned to the financial group which the card belongs to. these cards may have time-limits upon which they expire, and if lost in a drawer their value is collected by the issuers.

              incentivizing is a practice which goes much broader and deeper than the simple tactical objections you’ve described. it’s about micro managing and influencing the direction of technology or purchasing decisions of the consumer. :)

            • Gerry C
              April 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

              Oh, I know there are associations but it’s highly doubtful that one is going to give Nikon any money just to make their V3 take microSD cards — for many reasons. A main reason is that the vast majority of companies that make microSD cards are the same companies that make “standard-sized” SD cards (already used in the V1 and V2), so why would they care if a device uses SD or microSD?

              The main association that’s involved with SD cards in general (both card sizes) is the SD Association, made up of over 1,000 member companies. They’re mostly concerned with setting standards and promoting standards acceptance of SD (and microSD) cards in lots of different applications/devices — in cameras, cell phones, computers, etc.

              I just highly doubt that the SD Association is giving Nikon ANY money for every V3 sold, that’s all. Maybe there’s a microSD “lobbying” organization out there(?) If so, I’d be interested to read about it! :-)

    • 13.2) Patrick O'Connor
      March 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      I’m not sure why they made these particular choices but I wonder how many potential buyers they lose by modifying specs and price to their financial advantage? I’m thinking all manufacturers try to balance these issues. As long as people still buy the 24-70 f/2.8, and Canon doesn’t release an updated 24-70 with IS, Nikon doesn’t need to update theirs with VR. Obviously, they don’t always get it right.

    • 13.3) Gerry C
      March 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Nasim, your list summarizes another Nikon flop. *Maybe* — and just maybe — I’ll buy a V3 when it drops to about $299 USD; given the price drops of the rest of the Nikon 1 series I truly wouldn’t be surprised if it hit that price in about 6 months.

      I keep hoping that I can keep some of my Nikon gear and that Nikon actually announces something I can be excited about again. But no.

      It’s like Nikon is being run by a flock of chickens who are all on fire — and there isn’t a single bucket of water in sight.

      • 13.3.1) HomoSapiensWannaBe
        March 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        Or it could be simply the harsh reality of a dramatically declining photographic equipment market for the company that is most dependent on a growing market. Fuji, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Canon – to varying extents – are much bigger companies and apparently can afford to lose money for several years during the transition to new technologies, which is happening in a depressed global economy that continues to lose the middle class incomes needed to buy these products. (Incomes which are being consumed more and more by necessities… )

        Also, fewer young people seem to be taking up photography as a serious hobby, content with their cellphones.

        Will Nikon and other photographic equipment manufacturers endure and prosper in this difficult environment?

        I hope so, and I am so glad that I am not sitting in Nikon’s hot seat!

    • 13.4) Art
      March 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I am bgining to agree with you.
      Although I use the 1 system for travel, street and occasionally wildlife photography with good results and love its wonderful autofocus system and small size and weight, I am starting to have doubts about the future of this system for my photography. In some cases Nikon takes steps forward that help me but immediately do things that take the same number of steps backward. It feels like the whole system is stuck in the mud. Even with the improved auto focus, ISO performance, and functionality; this camera is not going to get me anywhere I cannot already go with what I already have.
      The thing that really bugs me is they still have not fixed things like using a standard hot shoe for flash, adding auto exposure bracketing, or using a command dial to change exposure/flash compensation after 3 generations of cameras. Now they add new problems by using Micro SD Cards, a new battery, a removable EVF, and bundling the camera with accessories and a lens that some of us do not desire or need. I might as well keep using what I have instead of spending money on a camera that has the same design flaws as the V2 and is not going to move my photography forward.
      I think that it may be time to start researching for a different lightweight interchangeable lens system since Nikon is not is meeting my needs.

  14. 14) HomoSapiensWannaBe
    March 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I don’t get Nikon’s recent pricing or product strategy, assuming they even have one. Right now you can get a D7100 with 18-140 lens for only $100 more than this V3 kit. The D5300 with the same lens is $100 less. Sure neither camera will do 20fps like the V3. (Think of the tedious editing that using this feature indiscriminately will require.)

    The D7100 has too small a buffer for the 6fps that it will do. But YIKES, its otherwise a top of the line, 24mp APS-C sensor in a very capable semi-pro body with a fine kit lens, CLS flash, std. hot shoe, better controls, blah blah.

    Meanwhile, the new Fuji X-T1 with 18-55/2.8-4.0 ($1700) is superior to this V3 kit in almost every way. Their awesome 56/1.2 lens only costs $100 more than the little 32/1.2 Nikon 1 lens.

    The Sony RX10 with beautiful Zeiss 24-200/2.8 equivalent lens, great video, hot shoe and nice build is a superior alternative to the V3 kit for just $100 more.

    Has Nikon lost it? Maybe they’ll get around to releasing an FX or DX sensor, mirrorless camera with V3 focusing technology sometime in the next year or so. That would be cool. But by then, many loyal Nikon users looking for smaller and lighter solutions will have already bought into another system. Any larger sensor camera that they release, unless it uses current F-mount “G” lenses natively, will take another few years to reach the lens development already in place with M4/3, Sony NEX and Fuji. Who wants to wait that long? By then, Olympus and Fuji will have expanded their lens lineups to include pro, weather sealed 2.8 zooms.

    Last week I “leaked” to Fuji in the form of a new black X100s. It is a great little camera that I would have bought sooner had it been available in black at launch! I eagerly await ver.2 of the XPro or XT, then I will likely sell my D600 and 5 lenses and go all Fuji. The jpegs out of the X100s look so good I will probably only shoot RAW+JPEG so I can make other JPEG variations using the in-camera image processor. I hope Adobe and Fuji will work together to implement all of Fuji’s excellent film simulations as camera profiles in LR. So far, the “Adobe Standard” Fuji profile seldom looks as good to me as the various Fuji film simulations. I find myself often trying to copy the Fuji look with LR, but not being able to get it to look quite as good.

    • 14.1) Neil
      March 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      The next update for camera raw has simulations of fuji’s jpegs. I think it’s due to be released fairly soon.

    • 14.2) Patrick O'Connor
      March 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      If you and like minded individuals contact them and tell them what they’re doing wrong, they’ll probably realize their mistakes and do what you suggest. They probably don’t even have anyone planning their development strategy right now…
      Umm… That was sarcasm, just so you don’t miss it.

      • 14.2.1) Neil
        March 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        If you look at their lineup you would think that. But it’s pretty obvious that Nikon doesn’t listen very well to customers.

        • Patrick O'Connor
          March 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

          My point is just that they DO listen to their customers, just like I listen to my wife. However, sometimes they, like me, do what they think is best regardless. It’s in their interest to make products that people want to buy but not EVERY SINGLE person. They manufacture for the largest number of people that will make them, and their shareholders, the most money. That’s what companies do. Everyone always goes on about how Fuji listens to their customers and has wonderful support but Nikon and Canon sell a hell of a lot more cameras. Why is that? Come on…it ain’t rocket science.
          I would LOVE for them to make a successor to the D300S, along the lines of the rumored D400 but they’re not. If/when they decide it’s in their best interest, they will. If they decide it isn’t, they won’t. Nikon will stay in business. I’ll buy their products that DO fit my needs and ignore the ones that don’t. Everyone wins. Well…except for people who can’t stand for a company to do what it is that companies do – make money.

  15. 15) Antonio Mario
    March 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm


    An impressive camera, AND with a 70-300 *System 1* lens!!

    A birder’s dream come true, no doubt…

  16. 16) Brian
    March 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    If they can do 20fps on 18Mpix, why only 4fps on 36Mpix? I know it’s a newer processor, but new D4s only does 11fps on 16Mpix with the new processor. Does Aptina make faster sensors than Sony?

    • 16.1) Gerry C
      March 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      DSLRs’ roughly 11 FPS speed probably has more to do with the mirror flipping up and down ~11x times/sec than a processor issue/limitation. See Nasim’s article, where he writes about how it’s probably physically impossible for a DSLR (with its mirror) to go faster than 11 or 12 FPS:

      Video to show a DSLR’s mirror & shutter is in the above post, but here’s the direct link:

      • 16.1.1) Brian
        March 14, 2014 at 8:53 am

        Good point, I thought about the shutter but forgot about the mirror. It could be faster in live view mode — if the live view focus were improved. I wonder if the D4S shutter and mirror mechanism are substantially different from that in the D800 and that again from the D610. In other words, what speed might a hypothetical D800S be capable of with the new processor? Assuming it isn’t artificially limited to keep selling the D4S at twice the price.

  17. 17) Geoff
    March 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    It blows my mind how idiotic some Nikon developers are. Why is there no 24p option for video??? I have nikon glass and would love a camera that would make telephoto shots a breeze, but they insist on leaving out the one setting that would make Nikon 1 systems viable for video production work!

    • 17.1) Thomas Stirr
      March 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Hi Geoff,

      I have not had a single client ask for 24p when I do video for them. 24fps is a hold over from film days when studios tried to save money by reducing the frame rate to the bare minimum because of the silver content in film. The ‘film look’ is more a function of using very shallow depth-of-field than frame rate. My D800 has 24p and I have never used it once for a client production.

      I use a D800 and a V2 for all of my video work now…and it is a great combination. The V3 will simply make it even better.


  18. 18) Andrey
    March 13, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    all metal body, three control dials and dials on greep, tilting LCD and new sensor without aa – it’s good news.
    But new battery, stupid micro sd card and no build in evf. And we’re is prime fast lenses???? And price -:((((

    • 18.1) Antonio Mario
      March 14, 2014 at 8:20 am


      If the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 doesn’t appeal to you, you’ll probably find something among the 71 Nikkor lenses compatible with the FT-1 adapter to suit your needs.

      • 18.1.1) Andrey
        March 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

        Antonio, i have 18.5/1.8, 32/1.2, 10-30, 30-110 and FT-1. Nikon V1 is not my camera, V1 – camera of my wife. She is not ready to lug around his neck with the FT-1 + 105/2.8VR(for example)….
        And as the main drawback of the system to my opinion – poor ISO performance and low DR + dependence of the AF speed of light levels – fast lenses are needed first. But Nikon continues to make “dark Zums” and ignores the simple fixed lenses. I think, 8.8/1.8 , 13/1.8 and 50/2.0 what I want:)

        • Thomas Stirr
          March 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

          Hi Andrey,

          Fast primes seldom, if ever, come with VR so other than shallow depth of field I’ve never found that a fast prime adds that much when shooting in lower light conditions. I’d much rather have very good VR on a lens. Have a look at my article on Photography Life… “Nikon 1 V2 at the Auto Show”. Some of the images in the article were taken at very slow shutter speeds of between 1/4 and 1/8 of a second and came out quite nicely. You’re absolutely right that the dynamic range of the CX sensor is limited….but if pull the highlights down and pull back the white…there’s still lots you can do with the RAW files.

          The V2 can be shot up to ISO800 without too much trouble (its rated for a bit over ISO400 by DxOMark)….if the V3 can get to 800-1000 on DxOMark it should go to ISO1600….from a practical standpoint that would put the V3 at the same sensor performance of many entry level Canon DSLRs….we’ll have to wait and see….


          • Profile photo of Tom Redd Tom Redd
            March 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

            Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with the Nikon 1 system!

          • andrey
            March 17, 2014 at 1:17 am

            Tom thanks. You right for the exposure compensation to minus, but for children’s ore street photography fast primes is a what i need first to my wif’s nikon V1. It’s my opinion:)
            your’s Andrey

            • Thomas Stirr
              March 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

              Hi Andrey,

              You raise an excellent point about photographing children or other subjects where a slow shutter speed will not cut the mustard!

              With the Nikon 1 system you are currently limited to the 18.5mm f/1.8 and the 32mm f/1.2….and the ISO performance of Nikon 1 cameras is limited to about ISO-800.

              Hopefully Nikon will keep developing more fast primes and improve the low light performance so that the system can better address the issue you raise.


  19. 19) Ertan
    March 14, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Excellent camera, disgusting price. V2’s price has not gone down as fast as V1’s did, still waiting for BIG discounts on V2 to replace my V1.

    • 19.1) Thomas Stirr
      March 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Hi Ertan,

      V2’s have been on sale in Canada for the past 3 months or so at $499 with the 10-30 kit lens….I found out last week that Nikon Canada has no more stock and most stores are now sold out.


  20. 20) Jim
    March 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Ironically, Michael Reichman at Luminous Landscape has just posted an OP-Ed that explains why Nikon and Canon are circling the drain when it comes to cameras, while Fuji and other (formerly known as 3rd party) camera and lens makers have begun to provide photographers what they actually need. And it’s not another camera phone.

  21. Profile photo of Whitworth 21) Whitworth
    March 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    V3 has some strong points but my preference is for an integrated viewfinder, indeed it is a deal-breaker and I will be looking at m4/3 instead even though Nikon 1 system would allow use of my FX lenses with adapter.

    • 21.1) Gerry C
      March 16, 2014 at 1:02 am

      Just curious — why is the “optional” is a deal-breaker for you. Is it a reliability issue? Or do you just prefer it to be integrated? Personally, just the fact that an EVF is available is OK with me because I don’t like shooting with my arms held out like I’m holding a baby with a leaking (brown) diaper. I’m also assuming that it works well…

      But, I’m asking this as a genuine question. Maybe I just haven’t fully though out the drawbacks of a non-integrated EVF, other than it’s easier to be broken off, easier to lose, maybe more expensive than I want to pay for an EVF. I’m looking at you, Sony RX1 EVF — which is cough *$448.00* cough.

      So far the big deal-breakers) for me are (1) for sale as a bundle only, (2) no current US price for body and/or EVF only, and… the current price. I *might* buy one when the price eventually craters, like it did for the V1.

      • Profile photo of Whitworth 21.1.1) Whitworth
        March 16, 2014 at 2:40 am

        My preference is for integration. Can’t lose it and I almost always use a viewfinder. In UK we will have to buy separately.

    • 21.2) Gerry C
      March 16, 2014 at 1:07 am

      OK, I just found the current price for the V3’s EVF: $328.95…

      Wow… $328.95 for a Nikon 1 EVF??? I think I just threw up a little bit.

      Oh well, goodbye Nikon 1 V3 — until you hit roughly $299 for a V3 body *and* the EVF. I won’t hold my breath in the meantime.

      • 21.2.1) Pieter Molenaar
        March 17, 2014 at 7:24 am

        @Gerry C: The optional evf for the V3 has about double the resolution of the integrated one in the V1/V2 and appears to be the same display as used in the Olympus E-M1 and the Sony A7/A7R. Those are rated excellent. But it’s quite a lot of money… I like an integrated one also as I don’t use the lcd on my V1 a lot for framing and composition.

  22. March 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Have yet to use any of the Nikon 1 cameras. However, I do find the 2.7 factor interesting. Imagine using a 85 mm f/1.4, with an apparent reach of 229.5 mm. This beats the reach of the Nikon 200mm f/2, and at a lot lower price, plus one stop faster. Shooting a lot of high school sports, in poorly lit locations, the low f-stop+reach combo would be something to try, and a lot lighter than my D3S with 70-200 lens (or D800E with same lens).

    Out of curiosity, has anybody shot such a combo on any of the earlier models?


  23. 23) thomas stirr
    March 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Hi William,

    I have used my V2 with a number of FX lenses including my 85 f/1.8G. It works quite well although there is a bit of colour fringing when shooting wide open. The 105 micro f/2.8 is also an interesting lens to use with a Nikon 1 Vs. As long as you’re shooting a high contrast subject the focus is fast and accurate….otherwise that lens can hunt a bit on a V2.


  24. 24) thomas stirr
    March 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Just got back from shooting client safety videos for the past two days with my D800 and Nikon 1 V2. Every time a do a client shoot it reminds how good the video capability is on the V2…must say I am very intrigued with the great new video features on the V3.

    Seems that the V3 is getting very polarized reactions….many photographers are negative….and many videographers are thrilled.


  25. 25) Harry
    March 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I think the most intriguing aspect of the V3 (and its predecessors) is where the technology is heading. The Nikon 1 series has the the best focussing of any of the mirror less cameras by a wide country mile.
    They have invested considerable R&D Dollars into the CX format.

    It is very likely, almost a certainty that Nikon is looking at a ‘chunky’ mirrorless design. One that can take the F mount. The back flange distance means that it would have to be thicker than other rival cameras.

    An F mount mirror less camera with an APS-C or FF sensor that has the focussing and video technology of the V3 ‘scaled up’ would be be very credible.

  26. 26) Thomas Stirr
    March 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    DxoMark scores for the Nikon 1 V3 are in…..and unfortunately they are very disappointing.

    Nikon obviously has stayed with an Aptina sensor in the Nikon 1 V3 since there was no real improvement over the V2 or V1 models.

    Colour depth is 20.8 vs 20.2 for the V2….a difference of ‘1.0’ is typically needed for any noticeable difference, so nothing to write home about here.

    Dynamic range is 10.7 EV vs 10.8 for the V2…so a further decline from the V1 which was 11 EV…making the V3 even less suitable for landscape photography than the V1 or V2.

    Low light scores also went down with the V3….384 ISO compared to 403 ISO for the V2, and a bit better than the V1 at 346 ISO. I guess bumping up the ISO setting in the camera to 12,800 is little more than a marketing ploy on Nikon’s part.

    I was REALLY hoping for some significant improvements with the V3 sensor scores…so this is very, very disappointing. The Sony CX sensor in the DSC-RX10 outshines the Aptina sensor in the V3 by a wide margin:

    Colour depth 22.9 vs 20.8 in the V3
    Dynamic range 12.6 vs 10.7 in the V3
    Low light 474 vs 384 with the V3
    Plus the Sony sensor is 20mp vs 18mp for the Aptina

    Many readers of Photography Life will know from my V2 articles here that I have been a strong supporter of the V2. And…while I really like a lot of the enhancements for video shooters that Nikon has put on the V3 (touch screen focus, swivel screen, 10-30 PD zoom lens, 1080 HD at 60p, and 720 HD at 120p) ….I will be taking a ‘pass’ on the V3.

    Some of the issues that Nasim raised in his posting (use of micro SD, new batteries etc.) were not deal-breakers for me and I could have lived with them….to get the added video capabilities… long as the sensor performance would have been greatly improved over the V2. But….it isn’t.

    From a cost/benefit perspective there simply isn’t sufficient improvement with the V3 vs. the V2 for me to add a V3 to my kit.

    I haven’t been this disappointed since my dust/oil plagued D600. C’est la vie!

    • 26.1) KSPGM
      March 24, 2014 at 6:04 am

      I am always suspicious about assessing gear using the DxoMark method – but it is only a hunch! Isn’t there more to the ‘picture’ that comes out the end than the sensor statistics? What effect, for instance, does the Expeed 4 processor have on the image IQ and performance? Do you have some thoughts on this Thomas?

      • 26.1.1) Thomas Stirr
        March 24, 2014 at 7:06 am

        Hello KSPGM,

        I find DxOMark evaluations very helpful….and I quite like using their OpticsPro 8 software….so from my perspective how they rate camera sensors and camera lenses is a very important, independent consideration to any purchase decision I make. The two most important factors to me in terms of image quality are sensor performance and the lenses used.

        In terms of the Expeed 4 processor it no doubt is a big factor in the V3’s additional video capability and the increased AFC frame rate of 20 fps…..although I find the 15 fps AFC of the V2 more than adequate.

        For the client work I do I was really hoping to extend my shooting range with the Nikon 1 system with the V3 in terms of the camera having more colour depth, dynamic range and better low light capability. Sony makes a very good 20mp CX sensor with far better colour depth and dynamic range than the Aptina sensor used the V series, and I was hoping that Nikon would try to improve the image quality with the V3…unfortunately they chose speed instead. I think this is a huge opportunity that Nikon missed. The Sony 20 mp CX sensor actually competes very well with some of the APS sensors used by Canon in their lower end DSLR bodies. Nikon could have taken a good chuck out of Canon’s sales with a V3 equipped with the Sony CX sensor.

        Whether the increase to 18.4mp with the sensor and the elimination of a low pass filter actually results in any improvement in image sharpness with the V3 remains to be seen.

        For the client work I do, I would love to have the added video capability of the V3 but from a cost/benefit perspective I simply can’t justify the investment of over $1,500….$1,200 for the V3 camera kit, another $200-$250 for micro SD cards….and another $100 to $150 for additional batteries. If V3 sales fall flat on their face right out of the gate (which I think is a possibility) and Nikon lowers the kit price to $600-$700 I’d be a buyer…which is the price level at which I bought my V2 with 10-30 mm kit lens.

        I think the new 1 Nikon 70-300mm has some real potential for people looking for a small, easy-to-handle long telephoto zoom for birding for about $1,000. After I do my review of the Nikon mount Tamron 150-600 VC I’ll be in a better position to judge whether a 1 Nikon 70-300 makes any sense for me. The Tamron could provide a lot more flexibility on FX, DX and CX bodies (assuming it performs well of course) but at over 4 lbs it would not be as easy to handle as the 1 Nikon 70-300. And, the focusing speed of the 1 Nikon 70-300 on a V2 or V3 is likely going to be lightning quick which is a consideration for birders.

        The biggest risk I see in investing $1,000 in the 1 Nikon 70-300 lens is the future of the Nikon 1 camera system. Quite frankly if Nikon doesn’t improve the image quality of the CX sensor it is using in this product line to make it more competitive with 4/3 cameras, I have serious concerns that the Nikon 1 product line (at least the high end V series) will not survive much longer. That would be a shame as I find my V2 to be an excellent compliment to my D800.

  27. 27) KSPGM
    March 24, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Thankyou Thomas.

    I think you may be right. Nikon will have missed a trick if they have now improved IQ on the V3. It is a great shame as I love my V2. I will probably still buy the V3 because of several other features – particularly the ability to strip it down to just a body plus 10-30PD lens for portability. I would also value the WiFi connectivity to my iPad – which I carry most of the time – and the tilting screen for taking overhead pics of museum objects and documents. But these are just icing on the cake. If image quality improvement is not there then the camera will indeed be disappointing.

  28. 28) Thomas Stirr
    April 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I got an interesting tidbit of information today from the commercial sales rep that I deal with at my Nikon dealer in Canada…..from a commercial account standpoint sales on the Nikon 1 V3 have been VERY GOOD right out of the gate, especially with government agencies and police departments. Looks like the V3 is starting off as the best V series camera yet in terms of initial sales.

  29. 29) gilles
    April 27, 2014 at 2:46 am

    the upgraded af speed with full autofocus is good news. So is the tilting screen

    the optional viewfinder is nearly a deal breaker
    so is the ft1 limitation to just the center af point
    ( useless for birds in flight, though very nice with stills or slow moving wildlife )
    micro sd is a pain

  30. 30) Roby Edrian
    May 23, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Very nice, thank’s
    Should I trade my D600 for V3? :)
    I love shooting birds, but I can’t afford those big lenses, so the choices are:
    1. Replace D600 with V3 + 70-300
    2. Keep D600 and Buy the Tammy’s 150-600.

    • Profile photo of Tom Redd 30.1) Tom Redd
      May 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Roby, my choice would be to keep the D600 and buy the Tamron 150-600. That said, Thomas Stirr, who has much more experience with the V3 system and just wrote the post on BIF with the V2 would be better to comment on that. Weight of the two systems is a huge difference – that might help you make your choice.

      • 30.1.1) Thomas Stirr
        May 23, 2014 at 11:02 am

        Hi Roby and Tom,

        My BIF article was with the Nikon 1 V2. Here is a link:

        To Tom’s point, the D600 is a wonderful camera and you will no doubt get great images using it with the Tamron 150-600 (at least based on what I’ve seen of the Canon version of that lens). Keeping the D600 will also provide you with great dynamic range and colour depth, as well as shallow depth-of-field….for better overall image quality. The advantages of the Nikon 1 bodies with the 1 Nikon 70-300 lens are exceptional frame rates and being very lightweight and portable…but you trade-off image quality to get it. If weight is not an issue for you and you have a limited budget, I would agree with Tom and go with the Tamron 150-600.

        I’m supposed to be getting my Nikon 1 V3 at the end of May (it has been delayed twice so I’m hopeful it will finally arrive). I will also be getting my 1 Nikon 70-300 shortly. The Canadian Tamron distributor will be supplying me with a review sample of the Nikon F-mount version of the Tamron 150-600. I should have that in hand no later than the first week in June.

        I’ll be shooting my Tamron 150-600 test with Nikon FX (D800), DX (D7000) and CX (V3 and V2) bodies so that may be helpful for you to see once I have it posted here on Photography Life.

        One of the reviews I will be posting will specifically compare the D800 with the Tamron 150-600 vs. the Nikon 1 V3 and the 1 Nikon 70-300 which has an efov of 189-810. In DX crop mode the D800 will have an efov of 225mm to 900mm using the Tamron 150-600 so it should make for an interesting match-up.

        So, if you can wait another couple of weeks I should have some additional reviews posted here on Photography Life that may be of assistance to you.


        • Profile photo of Tom Redd Tom Redd
          May 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm

          Tom, thank you for the correction. I will edit my comment to say V2 and look forward to your future comparisons.

          • Roby Edrian
            May 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm

            Thank’s Tom Redd and Thomas Stirr for nice and helpful responses…

            Sure I’ll wait for your next post on V3 and or D800 + Tamron 150-600, I’m not in hurry of upgrading my gears, I’m quite happy with my D600 + 70-300VR for backyard birding…

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