Nikon 1 V1
- 10MP - 1" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 6400
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Nikon 1 Mount
- 383g - 113 x 76 x 44mm
- Revealed January 2012
- New Model is Nikon 1 V2
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #95 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and overall #420 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your personal requirements.
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.
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1 V1 vs 1 J110MP1"10.0 fps2012
Nikon 1 V1 Gallery
You can look at the 1 V1 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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 327 gr and the Nikon 1 V1 is weightier as compared to other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Listed below is a visual of the Nikon 1 V1 besides a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the 1 V1.
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.
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.
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.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
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.
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.
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 339. Samsung NX mini features the best (650) battery life for this type of cameras.
Here is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the highest battery life:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.