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Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera now shipping

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The Nikon 1 V3 camera started shipping today worldwide (Amazon may still have some in stock). I can also confirm that B&H added a free Nikon FT1 adapter to existing Nikon 1 V3 camera pre-orders:

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  • Chimphappyhour

    I “pre-ordered” yesterday from Amazon but I think they were already extended past their existing stock by that point. The only stock I see listed is Cameta selling through Amazon and that is just one unit. Which is probably gone by now. Hoping I’m wrong. Would love to have this in hand by next week to take to a concert as my “non-pro” camera.

    • http://marsweekly.wordpress.com/ Mars Observer

      My V1 and 30-110mm sure makes a great concert camera (and gets into shows/places where larger DSLRs are not allowed)

      • Chimphappyhour

        Yup, I’ve had good luck with my J1. Hoping to have a better package to work with with the V3.

      • Neopulse

        Smart idea

      • Dan

        Yes – I used my V2 for concerts and basketball matches – places where they would make big noise about long lenses. :-D

  • HowBizarre

    Looks like NikonUsa.com is also including the free adapter. I preordered at a local place, and they don’t have any plans on including it…

  • gman98stang

    Is that the D9000 in the background?

    • Spy Black

      No, that’s the D400…

      • Michiel953

        Exactly, that’s the D400. First DSLR with a crooked lens as standard issue. Nikon not innovative?

    • Ms.KrystalMeth

      D9300

      • koenshaku

        giving the thousand designation actually changes the bracket of quality making it less pro lets hope that is not the case.

  • doge

    So, first price drop next month?

    • Billy

      You mean just like any other camera, or your $20,000 to $50,000 car or truck which drops thousands once you drive it off the lot, so whats your point ?

      • Global

        Dude, its priced like a D7100. You can just admit that its overpriced. It needs to come down. Why does Nikon alienate its users even in the 3rd generation of this body? Ridiculous price vis a vis every other option on the market. They are literally trying to make this body ONLY accessible by those who already own Nikon lenses.

        Its specifically designed to take twice as much money from people who have already paid Nikon for a different body and lenses. What a shame, Nikon! You should be targeting new users and getting serious about features and functions. This generations upgrade is mostly cosmetic.

        • Nikon User

          Not many existing Nikon users would buy it.

        • http://www.gradyphoto.com/ Pete Grady

          You make a good point. No, it’s not as fast or small as the V3, but you can buy a D3200 with a comparable lens for $500. Can you spell V-A-L-U-E?

        • Dan

          I buy these camera because they are small, focus fast and are completely quiet. And the quality is decent.

          • Jorge

            Wow. All that spells F U J I

        • Guest

          Well Nikon has clearly stated that they want to concentrate on low-cost, high-margin products which obviously means making crappy products and overpricing them. No surprise here.

      • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

        Not the same, Billy. doge is talking about the price drops from the manufacturer/dealers due to stock piling up. Fire sale time in ETA 6 months.

  • Jack

    This camera has fail written all over it. Insane pricing.

    • Studor13

      You can buy a plain white T-shirt for 5 bucks or a plain white T-shirt with a Nike swoosh on it for $30. Maybe even $100 for ones that say Gucci.

      What do you care if it has “fail”written all over it? Or if Nikon goes all bust, so what? Go buy Canon.

      Nikon has a big enough user base for them to try and sell whatever they think they can and for whatever price.

      Me, I ecstatic. I bought a V1 for 250 euros because it “failed”. If the V3 drops to anywhere near that price I’ll get two (plus the 32mm f1/.2 lens).

      People who don’t own the 1 system have no idea how good it really is.

      • groucher

        Exactly. I have a V1 for which I paid £200 – for action photography and video, it’s unbeatable.

      • Guest

        Really insane pricing?.. Nikon 1 V3 + 10-30 + Grip + EVF + FT1? FT1 alone is 200.00.. Give it a couple of months it will drop a little, and maybe not have the FT1 free.. I think yes, it is expensive, but as always with Nikon, the price will moderate it self in the months coming.. and if the V3 is anything like the AW1 (the built quality is outstanding).. I think the V3 is worth every bit..

        I have been happily shooting thousands of frames on the 1 systems AW1.. and I love it.. its fast, it image quality is impressive for a 1″ sensor. yes there are gripes, if they could only introduce 1/3 steps ISO changes instead of 1 stop changes. I wish noise reduction would be applied better even for images not taken at 1s. And that they introduce a firmware to enable all focus points on the FT1 and not have the slowest shutter speed at 1/1.6s.

        The 1 system is an awesome system for walkabouts..

        • Studor13

          I never said that the price is insane. I actually believed that the price was a tad on the high side originally but with the FT1 thrown in it’s not at all an unfair price.

          What gets on my case is that there seems to be a bunch of losers who just come here (to Nikon Rumors) to stir the pot time and again about how everything that Nikon comes out with is immediately “EPIC FAIL”.

          Like I said, when you actually use the 1 system you really appreciate what a great company Nikon is.

          I’ve compared the V1 + 10mm f2.8 vs my D800 + 28mm f2.8 as well as V1 + 18.5mm f1.8 vs D800 + 50mm f1.4.

          Downsized to 10MP the V1 fares very well when the light is good/reasonable.

          What all these losers are fixated with is how many “likes” they’re gonna get with their “witty” comments.

          • Adrian Gopal

            Apologies.. I meant to reply to Jack.. Clicked on the wrong reply link.. I deleted the post and it comes up as replied by Guest.. sigh..

    • Adrian Gopal

      Studor13.. apologies.. I meant to reply to Jack.. not you. Deleted the post, and replied in the right place.

      Really insane pricing?.. Nikon 1 V3 + 10-30 + Grip + EVF + FT1? FT1 alone is 200.00.. Give it a couple of months it will drop a little, and maybe not have the FT1 free.. I think yes, it is expensive, but as always with Nikon, the price will moderate it self in the months coming.. and if the V3 is anything like the AW1 (the built quality is outstanding).. I think the V3 is worth every bit..

      I have been happily shooting thousands of frames on the 1 systems AW1.. and I love it.. its fast, it image quality is impressive for a 1″ sensor. yes there are gripes, if they could only introduce 1/3 steps ISO changes instead of 1 stop changes. I wish noise reduction would be applied better even for images not taken at 1s. And that they introduce a firmware to enable all focus points on the FT1 and not have the slowest shutter speed at 1/1.6s.

      The 1 system is an awesome system for walkabouts..

  • Ms.KrystalMeth

    so many chimp’s and chump’s that have no clue about this woefully underachiever and overpriced brick from Nikon.

    • Chimphappyhour

      Or maybe know something you don’t. ;-)

    • Studor13

      Yeah, save your money for your habit.

    • groucher

      So many chimp’s and chump’s commenting about something they’ve never used.

      • Chimphappyhour

        Hey now! I’ve got one Nikon 1 and I’m actually looking to add this one as soon as Amazon can get one in and send it to me. I find the 1 system a pretty amazing little package. Splendid back up to my main DSLRs.

        • groucher

          It certainly is. We’ve added the 30-110mm lens and FT1 to our set-up using Tesco Clubcard vouchers. The whole system has cost us very little money. I’m very impressed by the quality feel and by the performance of the lenses.

          The t rolls on here don’t know what they’re missing. More fool them.

    • Dan

      Just curious – do you have any Nikon 1 camera to back you up when stating such definitive statements?

  • rt-photography

    wow thats a crazy price tag.

    • http://wildifethailand.com Paul whitehead

      Have to agree

  • UnknownTransit

    The only people who will by this camera are the rich, for bragging rights, the clueless or really in need of this camera. Nikon needs to stop overpricing all their products. It’s a good camera only if the price its right. The V2 was already expensive and now this. Sorry to rant, but this is insane,

    • Morris

      they need 5-8 iterations (nothing really amazing)
      once the market has been squeezed, they will offer a bang for the buck. (which cannot be missed.)

    • ronin

      Most cameras today are overpriced at launch, from every manufacturer. They are mass produced consumer luxury toys that the overwhelming majority of people in the world could never afford. By that standing, the only people who buy them are the rich. And by your measure, only for bragging rights.

      Or do you buy cameras for important reasons, and only those who buy any other model do so merely for bragging rights?

  • vFunct

    I really like this camera a lot.. will probably get about 10 of them for our reporters to supplement the photographers gear.

    • neversink

      Ridiculous. Back in film days, we used to supplement photographers who carried around heavy Nikons with Leicas. Those were the days!!!!!!

      • Morris

        i like posts like ” i will get 200 of these ”
        just say you are the owner of a shop !

      • AM I Am

        I’ve even seen reporters with nothing but their smartphones for both stills and video. A Nikon 1 would represent a serious upgrade for them.

        • vFunct

          exactly.

          This is the age we’re living in.

          I want them to have something inconspicuous for more personal (one-reporter) media events or interviews, without the horrible shaky-cam cellphone footage.

          I also like how it has built-in wi-fi for them to quickly upload to our servers right from the phone when they’re done.

    • D

      You should be fired for wasteful budgeting.

      • vFunct

        ^^ lol this guy is sad that reporters are doing photo/video now.

        poor baby… have a *hug*

    • Neopulse

      That is actually a very smart idea. Very pocketable and light with good video. Make sure you have handstraps with them I’d suggest.

  • KR Productions

    I just got my used FT1 from Adorama yesterday. Paid $149 and it was in brande new condition. Loving it so far with my 70-200 VR2.

  • Disgruntled

    I bought a v1 for $300 to replace my point and shoot. A good solid camera for the price. I waited for this to come out before going all in with the Nikon 1 system. I’d like to buy some other lenses. I really would have liked to stick with it because I have a nikon dslr. I keep trying to convince myself of reasons that I should buy this but for the price I can’t. Sure, I could stick with the V1 and buy some lenses but the V1 just isn’t as enthusiast friendly as I’d like and with each new body released I see better options, better value and better lenses elsewhere. Not trying to talk down on anyone who disagrees. I am just providing a case study to Nikon. They provided a questionnaire about this product on their website. I am sure that price is what deters people from this product. I just don’t understand why that is so hard for them to figure out.

    • Nikon User

      They know everything, probably know better than their users, but they are arrogant.

      • Nikonviking

        Oh, I am so tired of reading all the complaints about the pricing of the 1-series. Yes, the they are not cheap, but if you look at what you get in a very small and handy package, the price is in my opinion acceptable. Contrary to what a lot of readers here seem to believe, just because something has a small formfactor does not mean that it is cheaper to build. On the contrary, manufacturing such a camera may be more expensive than building a regular DSLR with similar performance. And the 1-series (and especially the V-series) have features that are quire useful and in some cases better than its larger DSLR brothers. Actually, even my little V1 has a few features that my D800 cannot match: Like being able to record at a very high picture rate and to take pictures without any noise at all. That is very handy when you want to take pictures in places where the shutter and mirror noise from a regular DSLR is unacceptable. And the size of the V-series (including the lenses) make it easy to carry your camera with you on trips lasting many hours without any problems, while carrying my D800 with similar lenses on the same kind of trips are not fun at all.
        Obviously, my D800 takes better pictures than my V1, but as long as the light is acceptable, the pictures from the V1 are quite acceptable. And I am sure the V3 will be better. Actually, over the next few years I expect Nikon to continue developing the 1-series with better sensors having wider dynamic range and increased low light sensitivity, making these cameras more and more useful.

        • B

          Yes it is a nice camera but when compared to other manufactures similar cameras it is over priced. That is the problem.

  • PGi

    Hey get it this thing might be potentially a great camera but its sensor really sucks ,give me fx version of it then I will be all over it

    • Daniel Holzer

      I don’t see this happening anytime soon.

      A FX Mirrorless with the F-Mount won’t be much smaller than a DSLR (although it will be a lot lighter and cheaper to manufacture, although probably will cost as much knowing Nikon).

      Even if they made an entirely new FX MLC mount, the lenses will still be huge negating any size/weight advantage of MLC.

      I’d rather Nikon works on a good hybrid OVF/EVF for the DX (and FX) line, and good DX primes. That’d be a better and more versatile solution. [Edit: It’d still be a large camera, but DX DSLRs are fairly lightweight and have very good IQ.]

      And better 1″ sensors of course (I like the Nikon 1 line, the lenses are lightweight, and unfortunately slow but the 18.5mm and 6.7-13mm are really really good).

    • NoMeJodas

      I never tried a Nikon 1 before ( and will probably never do thanks to Nikon’s unrealistic pricing) but I have an RX100 and although I have also an APS-C and a FF camera this is the camera I use the most just because I always have it with me. The results are SUPERB, especially when downsized to 8-10MP, and the Sony sensor is surprisingly good!. I was thinking of upgrading it to the MII but now after Samsung has introduced the NX Mini with the same Sony BSI sensor I’ll just wait till someone brings out an M-mount adapter for it and will get one, body only, to use it with my M-lenses. They would fit perfectly size-wise. The crop factor of 2.7 and the depth of field you gain even with the lens wide open is fantastic (= more reach and more things in focus without sacrificing the amount of light hitting the sensor as you would have to do with bigger sensors).

      So the point is, bigger sensors are not always better!

  • fjfjjj

    The Nikon 1 series is becoming almost un-stupid enough that I would buy one with a DX sensor.

    • Barty Lobethal

      I liked your old avatar better.

      • fjfjjj

        Many people want me to be a bald man. Thought I’d oblige, for a while.

        • Guest

          LOL

          Your old avatar seems to have generated almost as much comments as the fictive d400 ;-)

  • fjfjjj

    That must be my D710 fading into the distance.

  • Wally in Austin

    Day late and $400 short. I just bought a Sony RX100II

  • Ernesto Quintero

    Zero turn mower won the flip.

  • Matt

    Confirmation received it won’t be selling in Singapore. source:nikon.com.sg sales

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