Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1 front

Nikon 1 V1 summary

Nikon 1 V1 is Nikon's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera originally revealed on January of 2012. The camera houses a 10MP, CMOS 1" size sensor with a full resolution of 3872 x 2592.

Nikon brought out the more recent Nikon 1 V2 (Read Full Comparison) to replace this camera.

The 1 V1 places at #97 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and overall #423 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your personal requirements.

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Here is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Nikon 1 V1 family

The Nikon 1 V1 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can look at all previous and brand new models along with main specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-1-J5 front thumbnailNikon 1 J5
1 V1 vs 1 J5
21MP1"20.0 fps2015
Nikon-1-S2 front thumbnailNikon 1 S2
1 V1 vs 1 S2
14.2MP1"60.0 fps2014
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Nikon-1-J4 front thumbnailNikon 1 J4
1 V1 vs 1 J4
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-V3 front thumbnailNikon 1 V3
1 V1 vs 1 V3
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-J3 front thumbnailNikon 1 J3
1 V1 vs 1 J3
14MP1"15.0 fps2013
Nikon-1-AW1 front thumbnailNikon 1 AW1
1 V1 vs 1 AW1
14MP1"60.0 fps2013
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Nikon-1-S1 front thumbnailNikon 1 S1
1 V1 vs 1 S1
10MP1"15.0 fps2013

Nikon 1 V1 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of good and bad points of the Nikon 1 V1 based on features that are oftentimes regarded as useful in a camera.

comes with HDMI port
comes with mic port
delivers RAW formats
high resolution screen (921 k dot)
interchangeable lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice sensor size (1")
provides tracking focus
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
screen size is good (3")
supports phase detect AF
very good minimum ISO (100)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
you can focus manually
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
missing headphone port
MP count low (10MP)
no moving screen
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Nikon 1 V1 Sensor features

The size of the sensor on the Nikon 1 V1 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 3872 x 2592 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 10MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW files are saved so the user has more margin for error.

The picture below shows the 1 V1's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The 1 V1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon 1 V1 dimensions

Nikon 1 V1 is 0.84 pounds (383 gr or 13.51 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 113mm x 76mm x 44mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.7"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr and the Nikon 1 V1 is weightier as compared to other competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Nikon 1 V1 besides a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Nikon 1 V1 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the 1 V1.

Nikon 1 V1 topview buttons dials

Nikon 1 V1 Lens features

The 1 V1 fits the Nikon 1 mount and has 13 lenses on the market today. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the 1 V1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-1-Nikkor-AW-10mm-f2.8 lensNikon 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.810mmf/2.8 118g
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-10-100mm-f4.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f4.5-5.610-100mmf/4.0-5.6 298g
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-32mm-f1.2 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f1.232mmf/1.2 235g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-30-110mm-f3.8-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f3.8-5.630-110mmf/3.8-5.6 180g
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Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-100mm-f4.5-5.6-PD-Zoom lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom10-100mmf/4.5-5.6 515g
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Nikon 1 V1 Connectivity

The 1 V1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and sometimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Certain apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon 1 V1 Video features

The highest possible video quality on the Nikon 1 V1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance for quality versus file size but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to crop. While the body comes with a mic port, it is unfortunately missing a headphone port so you will not have the capability to monitor your sound levels.

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Nikon 1 V1 Weather Sealing

Nikon 1 V1 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.

Nikon 1 V1 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon 1 V1 is equipped with a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 921k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Nikon 1 V1 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 1,440k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be quite valuable.

Nikon 1 V1 Shutter features

Nikon 1 V1 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds. The camera also comes with silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may lead to "rolling shutter" under some situations.

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Nikon 1 V1 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon 1 V1 has got external flash support but does not have built in flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/250 seconds.

Nikon 1 V1 Autofocus features

Nikon 1 V1 has got both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing.

The AF system supports 135 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Nikon 1 V1 includes manual focusing when required for low light scenarios or you need to have more exact focusing control.

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Nikon 1 V1 Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL15) in the Nikon 1 V1 is made to last for 350 shots based on the CIPA measurements which is about the same as its rivals. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 features the best (750) battery life for this type of cameras.

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Nikon 1 V1 for different forms of photography

The following illustration shows a summary of the Nikon 1 V1 for different forms of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section below.

Nikon 1 V1 Portrait photography features

The Nikon 1 V1 receives a points total of 54 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat suited for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files and capability to use off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (10MP)

Nikon 1 V1 Street photography details

Getting a nice rating of 62, the Nikon 1 V1 is a respectable pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization

Nikon 1 V1 Sports photography features

A modest sports photography score of 53 indicates the Nikon 1 V1 is somewhat suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have good focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
sensor size is nice (1")
has tracking focus
supports phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)

Nikon 1 V1 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is very crucial when getting a travel camera. In general, the Nikon 1 V1 gets a bad 41 as a travelling camera which is not really acceptable to purchase for your trips.

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low megapixels (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon 1 V1 Landscape photography advice

If you find yourself planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Nikon 1 V1 at it's moderate score of 60 as a landscape camera is somewhat adequate among its competition.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
sensor size is nice (1")
exports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (10MP)

Nikon 1 V1 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging should really offer a articulating display screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Nikon 1 V1 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a bad score of 30.

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high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external microphone socket
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization

Nikon 1 V1 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the 1 V1, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line graph just below offers you a bird's eye view of the 1 V1 vs it's highest ranking competitors shown earlier.

These are various other cameras you might look into as alternatives. To look at a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon 1 V1
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
3872 x 2592
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Nikon 1
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
Resolution of display
921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/250 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)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
383 grams (0.84 lb)
Physical dimensions
113 x 76 x 44mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.7")
Battery life
350 shots
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Retail price