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5.0 out of 5 stars Day 2 with the V1, October 25, 2011
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This review is from: Nikon 1 V1 10.1 MP HD Digital Camera System with 10-30mm VR 1 NIKKOR Lens (Black) (Camera)
Amazing little camera. I am no expert, but I do often lug around a 5D with giant white 28-300 lens, and while this is not in the same class, it comes so close, and is so much more versatile... as a pro-photographer friend told me many years ago: the most important feature of a camera is to HAVE IT WITH YOU! This is compact enough (esp. with the fast 10mm aka 27mm prime) to be with me at all times, and the quality is every bit (to my non-pro eyes) as good as the Likes of the 500D or the NEX-5 (I tried both for extended periods).

Given I struggled between waiting for the NEX-7 and the V1... The focus speed (shooting kids running around FAST, Skiing with the Camera and being able to get high fps sequences, great video) was critical, and as promised it's phenomenal - esp. considering what a compact package it comes in. Build quality is SOLID... I guess this is as close as one can get to a Rangefinder experience without spending MUCH more money. I am happy :-)

The final decision between this and the NEX-7 is between choosing flexibility, speed and price (V1 wins, as far as I can tell) vs. overall resolution (and maybe low-light quality), where the NEX-7 probably wins. I played a little with the Panasonic 3/4th family and prefer the Nikon - better speed, focus, flexibility... and build quality.

UPDATE: to make sure no one is confused - if your biggest worry with a Mirrorless is Auto Focus, this review and the V1 is for you. if your top priority is image quality and AF performance is less critical, get a NEX...the image quality is good - even great in the right situations, but clearly other cameras with much larger sensors are better re absolute image quality, this is why my *other* camera is a 5D.

UPDATE2: check out this article, I agree: (...)
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2011 8:21:24 AM PDT
Paul Yung says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 9:33:55 AM PDT
Gur Kimchi says:
I don't know if I am nuts :-) It takes excellent pictures (and my big camera is a Canon 5D, which takes BETTER pictures, and my previous compact camera was a Panasonic water-proof compact, which takes TERRIBLE pictures...); for me its all about focusing speed - if this singular feature is important to you and you don't want to spend 4-8x more, or lug around a 4-5x heavier system... the V1 will make you happy. As for expensive, it was half the cost of the "other" semi-pro/super-fast/magnesium-body that's coming out - the NEX-7 - I agree if you want the biggest, highest res sensor out there, the NEX-7 is for you.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 12:32:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2011 12:34:56 AM PDT
Late Bloomer says:
Not Quite.
http://www.eoshd.com/content/4216/nikon-j1-and-v1-image-quality

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 6:54:04 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 7:23:04 PM PDT
Just Jim says:
Thanks for the link, Late Bloomer. The article and discussion confirm my impression that Nikon really blew their shot at this market with this very minor upgrade to a P&S. As a dedicated Nikon shooter for years (currently using a D700), I'm soooo disappointed. Guess I'll wait for the NEX 7 or try to find an X100. So much for brand loyalty.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 9:17:24 AM PDT
Late Bloomer says:
Nikon D700 is a wonderful DSLR. "soooo disappointed" is the same sentiment that I got upon seeing its real world performance. I thought being designated model "1" by Nikon means something special image wise. I totally agree, its a wait and see NEX 7 thing.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 12:56:49 PM PDT
LgT says:
The eoshd link is a joke, and obviously biased. You wanna see how the V1 stacks up, go to http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon1system/page4.asp, and compare it side by side against whatever camera you chose. The V1 with its smaller sensor beats the m43 GF3, and creams the G12! And don't hold your breath for the NEX7, because if it's anything like the A77, the high ISO performance will be nothing to write home about.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 7:31:02 PM PDT
Just Jim says:
Not sure why that site's "obviously biased," and I strongly doubt the comments are - which sound a lot like those on dpreview. And while the NEX7 isn't out yet to compare, the NEX5N shots stack up pretty well. I would actually prefer a Nikon system, but it seems they've started this compact line at too basic a level to take seriously for anyone looking for a DSLR alternative.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 4:00:44 AM PDT
Thanks for sharing your initial impressions. I was actually skeptical and will probably go check it out at the camera store. As someone who has been carrying both a Nikon D90 and EP2 for quite a while, I see value in having a thunder & lightening combination. PS - good luck with the Internet zombies who will apparently try to suck the life out of positive reviews :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011 6:19:00 AM PDT
It's very easy for forum "enthusiasts" to cast a negative review without even testing the camera themselves. They tend to get hung up on sensor size even though the smaller N1 sensor outperforms the larger m43 sensor. Eoshd has been known for its less than objective coverage so I would consider their opinion with a grain of salt. Dpreview is more objective but they take their time when it comes to putting out reviews. Instead, pay attention to reviews from real professionals who have actually taken the camera outside and shot with it in real-life settings. Check out Kirk Tuck's impressions here: http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2011/10/nikon-1-counterintuitive-crazy-and.html
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