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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A no fuss camera with excellent performance, February 3, 2012
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This review is from: Nikon 1 V1 10.1 MP HD Digital Camera System with 10mm and 10-30mm VR 1 NIKKOR Lenses (Black) (Electronics)
I've grown to really like the Nikon V1. When I bought it, I sort of had a buyer's remorse, because I felt like I was buying an overpriced point and shoot, small sensor camera.

Now, having shot with it for a few weeks under several weather/lighting conditions, I am honestly impressed with its performance. I have been shooting mostly with the 10mm lens since it is the only lens (at the moment) that would make the camera more or less pocketable (in my winter jacket). It's also fun shooting with it. I've been using the EVF most of the time. One thing that annoys many users is the camera has no option to turn off picture preview after a shot's been taken. It really doesn't bother me because if I need to get that "moment" I would shoot with "electronic (high)" shutter and shoot away at 60fps.

While the camera is overall impressively responsive, one thing that does slows down the camera is the "auto power off" mode that is set to 30-sec by default. If camera's not used for 30 sec, the green light blinks and puts the camera in some sort of sleep mode before turning off. To "wake up" from the sleep mode, it takes about 3 seconds of so by pressing any buttons. I have missed shots because of this. There is also about one second lag to activate the EVF. I wish the EVF could be turned on all the time.

Another annoying thing is how loose the "multi accessory port cover" is. It comes/slides off very easily and I can see it getting lost one day. Now, the third annoying thing is how easily the mode dial turns. More than often, when I take out the camera to shoot, the mode dial is set to movie from getting moved around.

Anyway, from my experience using the V1, it feels like the camera was meant to be for the photographer who cares more about the photo than the camera's technical specs. It's a user-friendly camera that gets (most of) the job done. I also see it as a great travel-camera because it's well-built, small(ish) profiled that can be carried everywhere, and the image quality is perfectly fine for the web and 8x10 prints. Perhaps the V1 might disappoint pixel-peepers who shoot with full frame or larger sensor cameras because it's not as "sharp" or detailed as an image that's been shot with a larger sensor on a high quality lens, or those "bokeh lovers" who want shallow depth of field. I've posted many pictures on Flickr using the V1--flickr(dot)com/photos/soelin/
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