Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1 front

Nikon 1 S1 overview

Nikon 1 S1 is Nikon's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first introduced on June of 2013. The camera has got a 10MP, CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3872 x 2592.

Nikon brought out the updated Nikon 1 S2 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this camera.

The 1 S1 comes in at #104 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all round #472 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to check our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon 1 S1 family

The Nikon 1 S1 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-1-J5 front thumbnailNikon 1 J5
1 S1 vs 1 J5
21MP1"20.0 fps2015
Nikon-1-S2 front thumbnailNikon 1 S2
1 S1 vs 1 S2
14.2MP1"60.0 fps2014
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Nikon-1-J4 front thumbnailNikon 1 J4
1 S1 vs 1 J4
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-V3 front thumbnailNikon 1 V3
1 S1 vs 1 V3
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-J3 front thumbnailNikon 1 J3
1 S1 vs 1 J3
14MP1"15.0 fps2013
Nikon-1-AW1 front thumbnailNikon 1 AW1
1 S1 vs 1 AW1
14MP1"60.0 fps2013
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Nikon-1-S1 front thumbnailNikon 1 S110MP1"15.0 fps2013

Nikon 1 S1 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Nikon 1 S1 based on aspects which are oftentimes viewed as essential in a camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI out
good sized screen (3 inch)
great min ISO (100)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
interchangeable lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
lighter than average (197g)
manual focus
offers tracking focus
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
saves RAW files
sensor size is good (1")
supports phase detect auto focus
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have mic support
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
external flash not possible
low resolution screen (460 thousand dots)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
screen does not articulate
terrible battery (220 shots)
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Nikon 1 S1 Sensor specifications

The measurement of the sensor on the Nikon 1 S1 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3872 x 2592 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 10 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW format is saved therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the 1 S1's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The 1 S1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon 1 S1 dimensions

Nikon 1 S1 weighs around 0.43 lb (197g / 6.95 oz) and features outside dimensions of 102mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g and the Nikon 1 S1 is lighter when compared with various rivals.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon 1 S1 besides a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Nikon 1 S1 dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button layout on the 1 S1.

Nikon 1 S1 topview buttons dials

Nikon 1 S1 Lens specifications

The 1 S1 works with the Nikon 1 mount and has 13 lenses available in the market. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the 1 S1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-1-Nikkor-10mm-f2.8 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f2.810mmf/2.8 77g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-30mm-f3.5-5.6-PD-Zoom lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom10-30mmf/3.5-5.6 85g
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Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-30mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.610-30mmf/3.5-5.6 115g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-70-300mm-f4.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.670-300mmf/4.5-5.6 560g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-11-27.5mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.611-27.5mmf/3.5-5.6 83g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-6.7-13mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 6.7-13mm f3.5-5.66.7-13mmf/3.5-5.6 125g
Photography Glossary
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-100mm-f4.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f4.5-5.610-100mmf/4.0-5.6 298g
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Nikon 1 S1 Connectivity

The 1 S1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and in some cases change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon 1 S1 Video specifications

The maximum video quality on the Nikon 1 S1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance in quality versus file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you much room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone port which means that you get no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look at an alternative model should you require decent audio in your video clips.

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Nikon 1 S1 Weather Sealing

Nikon 1 S1 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions may ruin the camera.

Nikon 1 S1 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon 1 S1 has got a 3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon 1 S1 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite handy in sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Nikon 1 S1 Shutter specifications

Nikon 1 S1 continuous shooting rate is 15.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. The camera also comes with silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may result in "rolling shutter" in certain conditions.

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Nikon 1 S1 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Nikon 1 S1 has got only in-built flash lacking external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/60 sec.

Nikon 1 S1 Autofocus specifications

Nikon 1 S1 has got both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

It has got 135 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Nikon 1 S1 has got manual focus in case it is required in low light situations or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Nikon 1 S1 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL20) on the Nikon 1 S1 is made to last for 220 pictures according to the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser compared to its competition. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has the highest possible (750) battery life in this category of cameras.

Below is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Nikon 1 S1 for specific categories of photography

The following graph gives a overview of the Nikon 1 S1 for specific categories of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Nikon 1 S1 Portrait photography highlights

The Nikon 1 S1 gets a points tally of 48 which is average, meaning that it is somewhat appropriate for portraits. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support plus the ability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10 megapixels)

Nikon 1 S1 Street photography info

With a above average score of 69, the Nikon 1 S1 is a respectable pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW files
lighter than others in class (197 grams)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization

Nikon 1 S1 Sports photography features

A moderate sports photography rating of 49 means the Nikon 1 S1 is fairly suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have excellent autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
silent mode (1/16,000s)
nice sensor size (1")
offers tracking focus
has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
terrible battery life (220 shots)

Nikon 1 S1 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is extremely crucial when picking a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon 1 S1 gets a very good 61 as a travelling camera which is a good choice for your travels.

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lighter than others (197g)
has built in flash
low battery pack (220 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon 1 S1 Landscape photography info

For those who are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon 1 S1 with it's moderate score of 56 for a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
bad battery (220 CIPA)

Nikon 1 S1 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging ought to offer a articulating display screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon 1 S1 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it gets a low score of 30.

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video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (197g)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing external microphone socket

Nikon 1 S1 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the 1 S1, below is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The chart listed below offers you a bird's eye view of the 1 S1 versus it's highest scoring competitors shown above.

These are some more cameras you might regard as alternate options. To review a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon 1 S1
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
3872 x 2592
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Nikon 1
Total lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Display resolution
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
15.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/60 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
197g (0.43 lb)
102 x 61 x 30mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Battery life
220 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Retail pricing