Nikon 1 S1

Released February, 2013
New: 1 S2 (May, 2014)
  • 10 MP
  • Nikon CX 13.2 x 8.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
In addition to being capable of shooting regular movies in HD quality, the Nikon 1 S1 can also shoot video at 400fps for slow-motion playback.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
8.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon 1 S1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon 1 S1
Nikon D610
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon 1 S1
focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon 1 S1
Nikon D610
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon 1 S1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon 1 S1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon 1 S1
397 ISO
Nikon D610
2,925 ISO
1,183 ISO

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon 1 S1
21.4 bits
Nikon D610
25.1 bits
23.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon 1 S1
11.1 ev
Nikon D610
14.4 ev
13.6 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon 1 S1

With an essentially grip-less design, the Nikon S1 is very much a two-handed affair that requires you to hold the camera's weight in the left hand, clutching the lens, and use your right hand for balance and operating the controls.

When using very high ISOs such as ISO 6400, images are a lot noisier, but at smaller sizes they're still more than usable.


7.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


There is currently no macro lens available for the Nikon 1 system, but the Nikon 1 Nikkor 111-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens offers a good close-up performance for a kit zoom.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
You can either use the on/off button sitting next to the shutter release or, if you have a collapsible-barrel zoom lens attached such as the 11-27.5mm kit lens, you can simply press the unlocking button on the lens barrel and turn the zoom ring to unlock the lens, an act that causes the camera to switch on automatically.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
The close-up performance of the 11-27.5mm optic is also pretty good, although there's no Vibration Reduction feature on this kit lens.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)


Measuring 13.2x8.8mm this "CX" format imaging chip has double the surface area of the biggest imagers used in compact and bridge cameras like the Fujifilm X20 and S100FS, but only about half the area of a standard Four Thirds sensor.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
The Nikon 1 S1 can shoot both RAW and JPEG files, but annoyingly there's no Raw + JPEG option, a rather surprising omission that perhaps reflects Nikon targeting this camera firmly to the beginner end of the market.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
Despite the small size (and relatively low resolution) of its sensor, the Nikon 1 S1 is capable of resolving lots of detail.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)


Photographs are bright and punchy with beautifully saturated colours and plenty of detail.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
At 460,000 dots, the TFT LCD screen on the back of the Nikon 1 S1 has the lowest resolution of the current crop of Nikon 1 cameras.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
The screen provides a reasonable angle of view for shooting from slightly odd angles, though it is of course no competitor for models with a movable screen.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)


Sigma: we'd like to make Nikon 1 lenses.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
One of the key selling points of Nikon 1 cameras has always been the range's unique technologies, such as Best Moment Capture.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
As has been seen before on Nikon 1 cameras, the Nikon 1 S1 includes Best Moment Capture.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)


In good light the Nikon S1 is as fast as anything on the market when it comes to auto-focus speed.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
Boasting continuous shooting speeds of 15fps with continuous autofocus and 60fps with fixed-point autofocus, Full 1080p HD video capture, an ultra-fast hybrid auto-focus system, Best Moment Capture and the unique Motion Snapshot Mode, the Nikon S1 also offers more conventional shooting modes like Programmed Auto, Aperture and Shutter Priority, as well as Metered Manual.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
The quality of focus drop off is great, while out of focus areas are rendered beautifully.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size Nikon CX
Area 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.7x
Pixel size 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 135
Supports continuous Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 102 x 61 x 30 mm
Thickness 30 mm
Weight 240 g
Is weather sealed No


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video Yes


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None


Is a smart camera No
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