Nikon 1 V1

Released September, 2011
New: 1 V2 (Nov, 2012)
  • 10 MP
  • Nikon CX 13.2 x 8.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
If you don't need Full HD, there's also 720p @ 60fps, which is really smooth and still counts as high definition.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
8.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon 1 V1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon 1 V1
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon 1 V1
Focus lag and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon 1 V1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Nikon 1 V1
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon 1 V1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon 1 V1

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

Nikon 1 V1
346 ISO
Alpha NEX-3N
1,067 ISO
763 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon 1 V1
2,600 LPH
Nikon 1 J3
2,000 LPH
Nikon 1 V2
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon 1 V1
97 ms
Alpha NEX-3N
272 ms
246 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon 1 V1
73 ms
Alpha NEX-3N
22 ms
102 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon 1 V1
1,300 ms
Alpha NEX-3N
2,200 ms
1,800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon 1 V1
60 fps
5.5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon 1 V1

Both Nikon 1 series cameras produce good-looking video, benefiting from a metering system that produces pleasingly accurate exposures in a variety of outdoor lighting situations and renders reasonably accurate white balance.

With an essentially grip-less design, the Nikon V1 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.

We found that the Nikon V1's multi-purpose Matrix metering mode performs very well and isn't easily tricked into under or over exposure by bright or dark areas in the scene.


7.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


When the zoom lever is held at its minimum speed setting the result is a smooth, continuous speed zoom.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
This means that at any given aperture and equivalent focal length, the 1 cameras will offer less control over depth-of-field than a camera with a larger sensor.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
In fact, View NX2 does not even provide an option for manual distortion correction.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)


Here, we provide you with a selection of raw files of 'real world' scenes, and if you want to take a closer look at the studio scene shots, you can download original raw files from our Compared to (RAW) page.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
During our time experimenting with the J1 and V1's highest-speed capture mode we found that just as in normal still image shooting, when set to their high-speed modes they still prefer to set a shutter speed of 1/60sec and a relatively low ISO setting rather than faster shutter speeds at higher ISO settings.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
On the other hand, the Nikon V1 has its share of frustrating idiosyncrasies starting with the user interface that forces you to dive into the menu to access functions as basic as exposure mode, ISO speeds and white balance.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)


At f/5.6, if the light is lower than 9EV (approx) AF is driven using a contrast-detection system, and at roughly 10EV and above, phase-detection AF is used.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
Older F-mount lenses with no electronics inside can be mounted, and will work in 'stop-down' mode in aperture priority or manual exposure modes, but AF is (obviously) not possible and no on-screen focus indicator is displayed.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
This sequence of images shows a 10-frame burst at 10fps, shot on the V1 in AF-C mode using the 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4..
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)


In addition to being capable of shooting regular movies in HD quality, the Nikon 1 V1 can also shoot video at 400fps for slow-motion playback.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
The 1 System cameras offer impressive video specifications but the user experience in video mode isn't as fluid as we'd like.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
In addition to the HD modes the camera offers a 'hybrid' still/video mode called 'Motion snapshot' and two slow-motion modes which record video at 400 fps (640 x 240 pixels) and 1200 fps (320 x 120 pixels) respectively.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)

Image quality

As we'd expect from Nikon's DSLR and Coolpix ranges the cameras' auto WB behavior consistently produces generally accurate colors and natural, attractive skin tones, too.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
Each of the Picture Control modes has its own default contrast, sharpening and saturation default settings, but if you'd prefer to take a little more control, you might find that it's worth your while experimenting with the sharpness settings.
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)
Adobe ACR applies no automatic fringing or vignetting corrections by default and both issues are very apparent in this conversion (but very easy to fix).
by DPReview (Jan, 2012)

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 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Hybrid detection
Focus points 135
Supports continuous No


Min 30 s
Max 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 113 x 76 x 43.5 mm
Thickness 43.5 mm
Weight 294 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video Yes
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection
Autofocus type Phase detection


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%


Max continuous shooting 60 fps
Battery life 350 photos
Continuous shooting 60 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 97 ms
Shutter lag 73 ms
Startup delay 1,300 ms
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