Summary Nikon V1

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Body only
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 10 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Nikon 1 V1Nikon 1 V1


Nikon has replaced the 1 V1 with the 1 V2.

Nikon 1 V2
Nikon 1 V2 announced October 2012
Autofocus Faster autofocus
True resolution Higher true resolution
Built-in flash Built-in flash

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The Nikon V1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
1,200 fps
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size Quite small Help
Mid size (113×76×44 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/16000 of a second
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
60 fps
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
294 g


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The Nikon V1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
September 2011
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Lens availability Very few lenses available Help
20 lenses
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help




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Nikon 1 V1
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Avatar for Bahaa Chouman Bahaa Chouman (8:38 AM, March 04, 2013)
Dear Snapsort which one is the best from the side of megapixels and quality for rapidfire or burt mode becouse like for example fast sports like jetski or kart racing its important to have rapidefire or burstmode mode but it will loss its image quality!!! so which one is the best out there that can have Both at the same time a good megapixel quality and a fast burstmode or rapidfire please advice me becouse i am not smart like you in Camera stuff :)
icejack (6:52 AM, January 20, 2012)
The external flash SB-n5 is nice flash to start , but it may lack power, hope they release an adapted or wireless flash transmitter soon
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:16 PM, January 17, 2012)
Thanks, we will add the few movie formats that we missed
Felix Schmidt (7:12 PM, January 17, 2012)
The only good is the 1080p at 60fps. I would be sooo excited to see that framerate in the 5D Mk III. Anyway the V1 has a pretty nice case.
Felix Schmidt (7:09 PM, January 17, 2012)
According to these movie formats are supported:
1920x1080 - 60fps
1920x1080 - 30fps
1280x720 - 60fps
1027x720 - 60fps
640x240 - 400fps
320x120 -1200fps
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:51 PM, September 21, 2011)
Ah, thanks for pointing that out mrak and Ken, you're right, the Nikon V1 does have a hotshoe for an external flash, while the J1 doesn't.  Here is a page from Nikon showing the possible accessories.  I'll get our specs updated, and also mention that it has an external mic jack.
Avatar for PRATAP PRATAP (1:50 PM, September 21, 2011)
I could not understand why Nikon people have released this prototype with prices not affordable to normal people and features not adequate for amateurs , forget about professionals. When mirrorless cameras are available with Sony, Panasonic and Olympus with loads of features who is that in this universe would compare this gizmo with them to buy? We cannot expect such things from Nikon atleast. 
mrak (1:29 PM, September 21, 2011)
It looks like there's a little sliding cover over the flash shoe to the left (from behind) of the viewfinder housing.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:14 PM, September 21, 2011)
Yes, the Nikon V1 uses an electronic shutter to achieve crazy fast 1/16,000s shutter speed.  It also captures 60fps stills at full resolution, its a machine gun :)  According to Nikon:

Single-point AF: 135 focus areas
Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Subject tracking
Face-priority AF
Avatar for Khalifah Alfadhli Khalifah Alfadhli (1:12 PM, September 21, 2011)
1/16000 of a second !60 fps !135 focus points !Are you shot about these numbers?
Avatar for Youri Van Cutsem Youri Van Cutsem (0:17 PM, September 21, 2011)
Wireless flash, maybe ? :)
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:09 AM, September 21, 2011)
How does that work Ken - I didn't see where they would attach?
Ken R (11:06 AM, September 21, 2011)
There are external flash for V1