Posts Tagged ‘Nikon 1 V1’

Review: Nikon 1 V1 and J1 MIL camera

Monday, February 6th, 2012

I tried out the Nikon 1 V1 (and Nikon 1 J1) mirrorless interchangeable lens (MIL) digital camera over the Chinese New Year.

Here’s what I like and dislike about Nikon’s debut into this relatively new segment of digital cameras.

This is a joint review in partnership with Tech65.org. Check out their video review of the Nikon 1 V1 and J1.

This is a joint review in partnership with Tech65.org. Check out their video review of the Nikon 1 V1 and J1.

Both the Nikon 1 V1 and J1 comes with a choice of 3 lenses. Their bundled prices are tabulated below.

Nikkor Lens kit Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 J1
10mm S$1,269 S$969
VR 10-30mm S$1,199 S$899
10mm + VR 10-30mm S$1,399 S$1,099
VR 10-30mm + VR 30-110mm S$1,449 S$1,149

The Nikon 1 has a crop factor of 2.7, so the 10, 30 and 110 mm focal lengths of the Nikon 1 lenses are equivalent (35mm format) to 27, 81 and 297 mm respectively.

If you’re looking for a compact and stylish camera that focuses fast, shoots good quality images in auto mode, offers the flexibility of changing lenses; and you’re not into rolling up your sleeves to interfere with exposure controls – this camera is for you.

Likes

I like the simplicity and clean design of the camera. It’s as simple to use (actually simpler) as a digital compact, and yet it’s only slightly heftier than a compact, but with faster focusing and better image quality.

The new CX format 1-inch 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor is larger than those in compact cameras but smaller than other MIL cameras. It has a crop factor of 2.7 and allows lenses to be compact.

The new CX format 1-inch 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor is larger than those in compact cameras but smaller than other MIL cameras. It has a crop factor of 2.7 and allows lenses to be compact.

With a bigger sensor than most compacts, the image quality was noticeably better. Focusing was also very fast with its hybrid Contrast and Phase detection auto-focus.

So on those days that I just want a point-and-shoot that I can leave on auto and snap away at those precious spontaneous moments, this would be an ideal choice.

Such as when people come and go over the Chinese New Year period to “拜年” and you just want to shoot stills and videos of the kids spewing their well-wishing lines to earn their ang pows.

No need to frighten the kids with this gigantic and obstructive DSLR getting in the way. Besides, the design is retro and nice, very similar to the Olympus PEN, whose design I also like.

And the white design of the Nikon 1 V1 that I used was the conversation topic drawing oohs and aahs from the subjects.

(That is invariably followed by more oohs and aahs when they hear the price of the camera).

On the main mode dial, you can see the four main shooting modes for using the camera. The usual Still shooting mode and Movie recording mode, as well as two interesting new modes: Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector.

Motion Snapshot

The first time I shot with Motion Snapshot mode I really liked the effect. What happens is that when you half-press the shutter release button, the camera begins to record video in its buffer.

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Happy Lunar New Year

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year today. Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival!

Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Chinese New Year!

Original photo taken with Nikon 1 V1. Watercolour painting effect using Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet with Corel Essentials 4.

And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

新年快乐,万事如意,步步高升,恭喜发财,龙马精神;
身体健康,心想事成,学业进步,生意兴隆,马到功成!