Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 V3 front

Nikon 1 V3 overview

Nikon 1 V3 is Nikon's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera originally released on March of 2014. It has a 18 MegaPixel, CMOS 1" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5232 x 3488.

Nikon introduced this model as a way to upgrade the older Nikon 1 V2 (Read Full Comparison)

The 1 V3 is positioned #48 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras & all around #300 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can test our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon 1 V3 history

The Nikon 1 V3 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can check out all earlier and most recent models alongside important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-1-J5 front thumbnailNikon 1 J5
1 V3 vs 1 J5
21MP1"20.0 fps2015
Nikon-1-S2 front thumbnailNikon 1 S2
1 V3 vs 1 S2
14.2MP1"60.0 fps2014
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Nikon-1-J4 front thumbnailNikon 1 J4
1 V3 vs 1 J4
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-V3 front thumbnailNikon 1 V318MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-J3 front thumbnailNikon 1 J3
1 V3 vs 1 J3
14MP1"15.0 fps2013
Nikon-1-AW1 front thumbnailNikon 1 AW1
1 V3 vs 1 AW1
14MP1"60.0 fps2013
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Nikon-1-S1 front thumbnailNikon 1 S1
1 V3 vs 1 S1
10MP1"15.0 fps2013

Nikon 1 V3 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon 1 V3 based on criterias which are often seen as important in a digital camera.

comes with phase detect autofocus
comes with touch focus
does have external microphone port
does have HDMI port
exports RAW files
has a tilting screen
has built in flash
has face detection autofocus
has tracking autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
manual focus
max fps high (60.0 frames/s)
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
nice clear screen (1,037 k dot)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
sensor size is decent (1")
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
touchscreen functionality
lack of headphone port
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (310 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Nikon 1 V3 Sensor features

The Nikon 1 V3 houses the Expeed 4A chip. The specification of the sensor on the Nikon 1 V3 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor is able to resolve 5232 x 3488 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 18 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 160 to 12800. RAW photos are supported which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the 1 V3's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The 1 V3 sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon 1 V3 dimensions

Nikon 1 V3 weighs in at 0.84 lbs (381g or 13.44 ounces) & has outer measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3"). The weight of general Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454g and the Nikon 1 V3 is lighter as compared to other rivals.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon 1 V3 besides a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.

Nikon 1 V3 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button layout on the 1 V3.

Nikon 1 V3 topview buttons dials

Nikon 1 V3 Lens features

The 1 V3 fits the Nikon 1 mount and has 13 lenses available on the market. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the 1 V3.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-1-Nikkor-AW-10mm-f2.8 lensNikon 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.810mmf/2.8 118g
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
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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
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-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-AW-11-27.5mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.611-27.5mmf/3.5-5.6 182g
Photography Glossary
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
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Nikon 1 V3 Connectivity

The 1 V3 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send files and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Nikon 1 V3 Video features

The highest video resolution on the Nikon 1 V3 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance for video quality versus file size but FULL HD is not going to leave you with any room to downsample. Even though the body contains a microphone port, it is lacking a headphone port which means that you won't have the ability to check your audio levels.

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Nikon 1 V3 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Nikon 1 V3 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

Nikon 1 V3 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon 1 V3 has a 3" tilting display screen having a resolution of 1,037k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to shift focus points as well as change settings by using your fingertips.

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The View Finder specs for Nikon 1 V3 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent

Viewfinders can be quite helpful for sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Nikon 1 V3 Shutter features

Nikon 1 V3 is able to shoot continuously at 60.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter might result in "rolling shutter" in some lighting conditions.

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Nikon 1 V3 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon 1 V3 comes with both built in flash together with external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/250 sec.

Nikon 1 V3 Autofocusing features

Nikon 1 V3 comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and exact as compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detection making it helpful for portrait photography.

It has 171 focus points to pick from. Nikon 1 V3 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to switch focus. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Nikon 1 V3 boasts manual focus if needed for low light situations or you want more accurate control on focus.

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Nikon 1 V3 Battery life

The battery power (EN-EL20a) for the Nikon 1 V3 is built to last for 310 shutters with respect to the CIPA requirements making it lower in comparison with it's competition. The typical Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 comes with the highest (810) battery life for this range of cameras.

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Nikon 1 V3 for various kinds of photography

The following graph gives a analysis of the Nikon 1 V3 for various kinds of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon 1 V3 Portrait photography info

The Nikon 1 V3 receives a rating of 69 which is above average, and means the camera is a very decent fit to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & potential to use external flash.

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has manual focus
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
features face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats

Nikon 1 V3 Street photography information

Coming in at a very high rating of 76, the Nikon 1 V3 is a excellent fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has a tilting screen
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW formats
boasts touch focus
no image stabilization

Nikon 1 V3 Sports photography details

A above average sports photography points total of 62 indicates the Nikon 1 V3 is a respectable option for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
max fps high (60.0 fps)
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking focus
has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery life (310 CIPA)

Nikon 1 V3 as a Travel photography camera

Size is extremely important when getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Nikon 1 V3 gets a very good 68 as a travelling camera which is a good fit to take with you on your travels.

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supports focus by touch
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
bad battery power (310 shots)
display is not selfie friendly

Nikon 1 V3 Landscape photography advice

For anybody who is planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon 1 V3 with it's nice rating of 65 for a landscape camera is a fine fit compared to its competition.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
good megapixels (18MP)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
bad battery (310 per charge)

Nikon 1 V3 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon 1 V3 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a terrible rating of 35.

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has touchscreen
comes with face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external microphone support
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization

Nikon 1 V3 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the 1 V3, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line graph underneath offers you an overview of the 1 V3 versus it's highest rated competitors suggested earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might look at as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon 1 V3
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed 4A
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
5232 x 3488
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Nikon 1
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution
2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
60.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
5.00 m (ISO 100)
Flash options
Fill-flash, fill-flash w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/250 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
381g (0.84 pounds)
Physical dimensions
111 x 65 x 33mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3")
Battery life
310 pictures
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at launch