"There's an awful lot to like about the Nikon 1 S1's photos, too, though it’s not without its faults.
The Auto White Balance system consistently renders colours correctly with a noticeable absence of any particular colour cast. If anything, colours are a tad subdued – if you have the skill it’s worth boosting them when editing afterwards. The S1's exposure system is also generally reliable, with metering only exhibiting the slight tendency to underexpose.
One area where the Nikon 1 S1, somewhat predictably, suffers, is noise control at high ISO settings. Owing to the smaller sensor employed in the S1 in comparison to other similar CSCs, noise is problematic even at lower ISO settings. Although the camera managed to maintain a certain amount of detail at these higher settings, the necessary noise reduction results in some detail lost and sharpness loss."
"The Nikon 1 S1 is a capable camera, producing pleasing images with lots of detail despite only having a 10 megapixel sensor, and it shoots at 60fps with a number of potentially useful high speed shooting modes, including the ability to save the best 5 shots taken in Smart Photo Selector mode, or see the scene in slow motion and pick a photo from it. Full HD video with stereo sound is included, as well as high speed video recording, although the lack of image stabilisation could be an issue for some. For someone looking for a fast, compact, and good looking compact camera, the Nikon 1 S1 could make a good choice, particularly if you'd be interested in changing lenses at a later date." . . . read more
"The Nikon 1 S1 features the same 10.1-megapixel resolution found on most Nikon Hybrids with the exception of the 14.2-megapixel V2 and J3. There’s also an increased 100 – 6400 ISO sensitivity range, 15 fps continuous shooting with autofocus and an Advanced Hybrid Autofocus system, but no hotshot or EVF.
The Nikon 1 S1 does have a few things going for it most notably the rapid 15fps burst shooting, advanced hybrid autofocus system and, for Nikkor glass owners, compatibility with F mount lenses. The 1-inch CX sensor also means the native 1 Nikkor lenses should be more compact than many Hybrid systems which is great if you want to travel light.
In the DxOMark Scores however the Nikon 1 Series does not hit the usual heights for Nikon cameras and the S1’s Image Quality is disappointing. With no Image Quality improvement over existing 10-megapixel Nikon 1 Series Hybrids the extra $100 the S1 costs is only buying extra features."
"If you are interested in the Nikon V1 system TODAY, even with killer competitors out there then I highly recommend going with a V1 deal while they last. They may be and probably will all be gone within a week or two of this review posting but at $399 for a V1 and two lens kit, that is steal compared to the same V2 kit at under $1000. IQ is pretty identical between the V1 and V2 and most shots you will not even notice any difference in real world shooting. I was enthusiastic about the V1 because at the time there was nothing out there with the size, build, speed, metering and AF capabilities to match it and even with the small sensor, results were great. Today it is a different story (OM-D) and Nikon just has not done enough with the V2 to up the ante or make . . . read more
"Although the new Nikon 1 J3 has been updated over its predecessor with the higher-resolution sensor found in Nikon’s top-of-the-line interchangeable lens model, its overall performance scores haven’t improved over the J2. The camera seems to be hampered by the reduction in overall sensitivity range and most notably scored 2/3 stop lower than the J2 for color depth. Given that cameras such as the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Pentax K 01 perform significantly better than the J3 despite being priced equivalently or less, the J3 doesn’t seem to provide a good value per dollar for those seeking the best image quality from an interchangeable lens camera. . . . read more
This guide will be useful until Nikon unveils its APS-C (or larger!) mirrorless system sometime in the near future, and most serious Nikon shooters will forget that the 1 series has ever existed :)
"Nikon 1 cameras use a different lens mount – and different lenses – to the Nikon D-SLR range, but the FT1 adapter, which sells for around £200, provides the missing link. With this gadget, you can connect any of your Nikon SLR lenses to a Nikon 1 compact system camera. There are technical differences between these two types of camera. The Nikon 1 uses a much smaller, ‘CX’ format sensor, measuring just 13.2×8.8mm. This gives the Nikon 1 cameras a crop factor of 2.7x, which means that you must multiply the focal length of any lens by 2.7 to arrive at its ‘effective’ focal length. . . . read more
This is a rather interesting review, the lens is tested with the FT-1 adapter on a Nikon 1 V1 body, and that transforms the Micro-Nikkor 40mm to something of a short tele 108mm macro lens:
"The Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G offers excellent resolution in the image center straight from the maximum aperture. The borders and corners struggle a bit at large aperture settings, but stopped down reach very good resolution. Since the lens is designed for a larger sensor, distortion and vignetting are no issues on Nikon 1 cameras. CAs are a bit pronounced at small apertures, but can easily be taken care of in post processing. . . . read more
The Camera was reviewed with the NikkorR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
"There's a lot to like about the Nikon V2; a camera which sees a real marked improvement on its predecessor. Although the design might not be to everyone's taste on an aesthetic level, there's no arguing with the fact that the addition of a fully functioning mode dial on the cameras top plate, as well as an ample hand grip, both make the V2 a more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Throw in the headline features, such as the 60fps burst mode and lightning fast AF system, and the V2 seems like a winner.
Modifications enabled with version 2.7.1 :
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
Support for the D5200, and Nikon 1 models J3 and S1 has been added.
The following issues with movies recorded using the Nikon 1 V2 with White Balance set to Underwater have been resolved.
Thumbnails for movies transferred with Nikon Transfer 2 using a card reader are not displayed in the thumbnail list area.
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"There’s a lot to like about the Nikon V2 and it’s certainly a big improvement on the V1. The addition of an exposure mode dial on the top-plate and a comfortable handgrip both make the V2 a much more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Performance impresses too, with the V2’s 60fps burst mode and lightning-fast AF system being the obvious highlights, and well supported by a good range of shooting modes. Sadly though, the V2 is not without its faults; the in-camera menu system remains clunky and longwinded, and the V2’s smaller one-inch sensor is responsible for a range of image quality issues. Last but not least, the V2 is also expensive – at least for now, although given time the price may well fall. . . . read more
"London, UK, 8 January 2013 Nikon welcomes two new members to the Nikon 1 family: the Nikon 1 J3 with the world’s smallest body,¹ and the simply stylish Nikon 1 S1—the first model in the new S-series. Both cameras boast the world’s shortest release time lag,² and the world’s fastest continuous shooting.³
The Nikon 1 J3 builds on the astonishing speed and ultra-portable design that helped the Nikon 1 J1 become the best-selling compact camera system across Europe.⁴ Achieving the world’s smallest body,¹ the J3‘s finely crafted aluminium exterior feels even better than it looks. With the world’s shortest release time lag,² and the world’s fastest continuous shooting³, it’s always ready to capture decisive moments of active lifestyles with high-resolution images and Full HD movies. . . . read more
For those interested, this review contains sections with comparisons to the Olympus EM-5, the Sony NEX-5R, and the Canon EOS M. Of course, being equipped with a much smaller sensor, the Nikon 1 J2 is no match for these cvameras when it comes to high iso performance, but the little guy does have a couple of aces under its sleeves:
"The Nikon 1 system has an interesting story to tell. When Nikon initially launched its first mirrorless system, it positioned two cameras for different segments – the Nikon 1 J1 for beginners and those who wanted to move up from a point and . . . read more
"The V2 has an extremely compact plastic body, with a substantial rubberised hand grip, a rubberised area for your right hand thumb. The 10-30mm even has a rubberised loop around the lens barrel, making the V2 extremely easy to grip. The 10-30mm lens also can be compacted when not in use, there is a button to release and lock it, when released the camera will switch on, when compacted back, it switches off.
Despite a small body there is room for a 3.0 inch LCD screen which fills the majority of the rear side. It has a 921k . . . read more
Bad product? Bad marketing? Predatory pricing? A simple act of desperation? Or everything above? Nikon has just slashed the price of the Nikon 1 V1 kit (with the 10-30mm VR lens) again, down to $299. A product that sold for $899 exactly one year ago when I reviewed it. Wait, there is more – the Nikon 1 J1 camera, which has far less impressive specifications sells for $100 more. Doesn’t make sense, does it?
How can a product get 3 times cheaper in less than a year? Usually, you don’t see a 66% discount on an electronics product . . . read more
"The Nikon 11-27.5mm is a light and very compact lens with a versatile zoom range. In terms of image quality, it does not remain behind on an SLR lens. The lens delivers sharp images at all apertures from center to the outer corners, while lenses for an SLR are usually less sharp in the corners than in the center at full aperture. Compared to the Nikon 10-30 mm , the Nikkor 11-27.5mm lens is 1 cm or 33% shorter than the Nikon 10-30 mm lens. In our Nikkor 11-27.5 review, this lens draws slightly sharper than the Nikon 10-30 mm on a Nikon J2, which we have tested on a Nikon J1. Nevertheless, with the naked eye, you will not detect differences in quality between the two lenses. . . . read more
"Nikon have made some big changes to the original V1 to make this new model more appealing to keen enthusiasts, and in most regards they've succeed in making the new V2 a much more serious proposition. The new handgrip, shooting mode dial and control dial in particular make the V2 quicker to use, while the pop-up flash makes it more versatile, albeit at the expense of the V1's stylish and slimline appearance. We're also pleased to see the high image quality has been maintained despite a big jump in the megapixel count, although the high price tag of £799 / $899 is still rather eye-watering for a camera with such a small sensor. . . . read more
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"With a dynamic range score of 10.8EV, the Nikon 1 J2’s 1" CMOS sensor does not come close to the potential of certain other recent Sony sensors that reach 14EV. However, it should be noted that the 1 J2 is tied in this category with the Canon Powershot G1 X.
As for low-light sensitivity, the Nikon 1 J2 is still handicapped by its modest sensor surface size. Only Fuji expert compacts . . . read more
"The J2 may only be the junior member of the Nikon 1 family, but its significantly cheaper price and more targeted approach make it a better choice than the V1 for compact camera users looking to upgrade to a more advanced system. It is still expensive though compared to rivals like the Sony NEX-F3, Olympus E-PM2 PEN Mini, Samsung NX1000 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, so you'll need to decide if the out-and-out speed and beginner-friendly approach are really . . . read more
The Nikon 1 V2 looks like a photographer's camera, certainly got the features, and the price. Also, of extreme interest to 1 series users are the 3 new lenses announced, finally adding the wide angle this mount family needed:
Nikon Press Releases: . . . read more
Nikon Press Release
1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8
I AM LIGHT AND BRIGHT . . . read more
Nikon 1 J2 with a higher resolution LCD and a new creative mode is not what we could say "a major upgrade" but the new smaller in size 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, is a good step in portability. The new Waterproof case for the Nikon 1 series camera's allows them to follow you down to 40m underwater,without any compromise in usability, but at a price equal to the Nikon 1 V1 !
Nikon's press release . . . read more