DxOMark does 1 Nikkor lenses


DxOMark published their test results for several Nikon 1 lenses. Their conclusion:

"From our findings on 1 Nikkor lenses, the 18.5mm f/1.8 and 6.7-13mm are the best performing lenses of their type in the range, thus far. However, we’ve yet to assess the new large aperture Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 which is promising, though perhaps unlikely to outdo the 18.5mm."

Here is the current 1 Nikkor ranking:

Lens Price DxOMark Score
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 $187 13
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 $247 10
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 $497 10
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 $247 8
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 $187 7
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM $747 6

A quick note on the above list - the 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lens is currently listed as discontinued and will most likely be replaced this August or September:


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  • Alexander Limorenko

    And who cares? There is a big chance that most of the Nikon 1 users purchased it because the camera was available in Pink, not because it’s Nikon’s

    • Subidiom

      Just another arrogant Nikon 1 basher. A D800 isn’t the only tool for every problem. The Nikon 1 system fills a niche and is a useful tool for many users.

      My V1 and 18.5mm f/1.8 is a great setup – you’re a tool and your opinion is meaningless.

    • David K

      I love my V1 and use it daily. There is far more to good photography than an endless quest more and more resolution and speed. I have a D800e too BTW.

    • Aldo

      seems like many care for their 1 systems… but not too much for the dxo scores…

    • groucher

      To avoid embarrassing yourself with such an idiotic comment, it’s a good idea not to write about gear of which you’ve no experience.

      I use the D800 for high res photography and the Nikon 1 for action or to travel light. No other camera on the market does 60fps RAW and no compact camera has such a fast autofocus as the N1. Its IQ beats my brilliant LX5.

      • Alexander Limorenko

        Well, I don’t really wanted to troll anyone. You just don’t get it. The thing is that Nikon 1 is targeted on CONsumer market, not PROsumer. It’s a fact. So the statement about the pink color is not that idiotic in fact, as you might think. It was all about market share and Nikon got the spot, like they wanted. Nikon 1 is already the best selling mirrorless camera in Japan (not sure about Europe and America). But does the DxOMark score mean something for the CONsumer market? Nope.

        In fact, even prosumers doesn’t care much about DxOMark scores, but that’s a whole nother story…

        • Henri De Vreese

          I’m a pro and use V1 with 10-30 and 18.5mm 1.8 next to my D800E and nearly all the pro glass.
          V1 is very very capable and is the pro version of the
          CONSUMER J and S versions. Autofocus on those camera’s is AMAZING!! Really just amazing. I don’t care about DXO, files out of the V1 are just awesome (huge dynamic range and amazing colors right out of the camera), next to my D800 they produce the same dynamic range and when viewed on my 2K monitor, they look almost identical (V1 takes the lead for looks right out of camera).
          I am still amazed that I bought this camera for 350€ brand new. And get quality that is so close to D800e. (off course, when viewing a crop, the D800e blows any camera out of the water)

          • JakeB

            “…next to my D800 they produce the same dynamic range and when viewed on my 2K monitor, they look almost identical…”

            Then you must be doing something wrong with either of those two, and my guess is with the D800.

            I also own both the D800 and V1 and while they both produce great photos OOC are far from comparable.

            • Pablo Ricasso returned

              That’s my experience as well, and I also own both systems.

            • Henri De Vreese

              I said RIGHT OUT OF CAMERA, in post, dynamic range of D800 is unlimmited (or almost :D) but V1 is fairly limited in post compared to D800, but right out of camera the full dynamic range is shown (at yet it looks contrasty).

            • JakeB

              First, stop yelling.
              Second, google what OOC stands for.

          • You use a D800e, therefore your argument is invalid.

            • Henri De Vreese

              For a facebook picture or a small 10*15 print, the difference between the two is second to none. (except DOF off course! But a 18.5 at 1.8 is the same as a 50 at 2.8 or so on fullframe)

              But for the commercial work I do, I need to make prints of 10mx15m! The D800E’s resolution is one of the reasons I switched from my Canon 1D IV to the D800E. From time to time I shoot a wedding, D800E with a 70-200 (and 35 1.4) combined with V1 and 10-30 (and 18.5 1.8) makes an awesome kit. I could shoot an entire wedding with a V1 if I must.

            • Where can we see your work?

            • Henri De Vreese

              This is one of the companies I work for. (mainly EU)
              It seems you are trolling around here…

            • Trolling? You’re the one making contradictory and unfounded statements. I like to see the images that people who make silly statements make. If you make wild statements, but have amazing images to back them up, it’s hard to argue.

              In this case…it’s pretty easy to argue. But not worth my time. Good day!

            • Henri De Vreese

              Can you tell me what Images on that site are made with V1 and which with the D800e? (product shots and studio shot, the rest is not taken by me) If you can: BRAVO!!!

            • Can you tell me what images on that site you needed a D800e as opposed to a D800? Also, something that shows the “unlimited” dynamic range of the D800? Also something billboard sized that could only be done with a D800/e and not, say, a D3.

            • Henri De Vreese

              We had a few billboards around Brussels (Belgium), and for those the extra sharpness of the E and the resolution of the D800 is great! I chose the D800e because it’s worth the extra money for the extra natural sharpness (needs almost no sharpening in post, most of the time I don’t even add it)
              For the dynamic range, just take your D800, underexpose 5 stops at iso 100 and see it come alive in post. Too lazy to upload stupid tests…

              Also: when I got a shot and see a great detail in it, I can crop it out with the D800e, I wouldn’t even try that with a D3. (even a 80% crop is very usable for a small print and internet publications)

            • Well, you’ve certainly answered all my questions directly, to the best of your abilities. Thanks.

    • Markus Arike

      Who cares about your moronic opinions and childish trolling?

  • Santiago Villamil

    I’m worried about these results since I’m thinking in purchase the 1 system as main camera…

    • PhotoAl

      I use the V2 as my main camera and I am happy.

      • Eli

        I use a homemade
        6 x12 rollfilm box camera as my main landscape camera, my pictures are much
        sharper than yours, and I’m miserable as sin!

    • Henri De Vreese

      For what kind of work? For facebook, you won’t find anything better.
      And you have 60fps at full resolution (even D4 can only do 12fps!!).
      Autofocus is better than any camera under 1500 euro (except D7100 maybe).

      • Aldo

        I use my cellphone camera for facebook lol

  • AnthonyH

    Kind of pointless–there are no alternatives to a Nikon lens without going to a completely different system. I suppose you could compare lens to lens within the 1 system, but what’s the point? Lenses with big zoom ranges are worse than single focal length lenses and/or smaller ratio zooms. Tell us all something we didn’t know!

    • Zack Lee. They’re simultaneously the best and ONLY lenses for the system. Both statements are true…and meaningless.

  • TwoMetreBill

    “…best performing…” Surely a typo, based on their own stats, they are clearly the worst performing lenses available for any interchangeable lens camera, period. Didn’t DXO read their own charts?
    Sony has been getting bashed for the quality (lack thereof) of their lenses for sometime now (Zeiss in name only), they must be pleased that there is a new kicking boy on the block.
    Now the Nikon 1 isn’t a bad camera, though with some significant usability problems for a serious shooter; but the lenses are simply paperweights. If they get the V3 right (entirely possible considering the huge improvement of the V2 over the V1), I’ll probably get one with the FT1 and 80-400 AFS as a wildlife camera. But will I buy any “1” lenses?
    Then again, Nikon 1 shooters will likely just post their pix on web sites which discard 99.9% of the image quality so a camera phone works as well as a D3S in that case.

    • groucher

      DXO are comparing lenses on a 10mp v1 with the much higher res NEX 7 so the resolution results are no surprise. I’m no fan of the DXO method and much prefer to see what a lens/camera does ‘in the field’. The lenses that I have, the 10-30 and 30-110mm, are both able to out-resolve the V1 sensor at their optimum apertures, and with little vignetting or distortion.The only real complaint I have about the Nikon 1 lenses is that they aren’t great for close focus photography – but I’m spoilt by the LX5.

      The V1 with the 80-400 should be an incredible combination, particularly with the high speed shutter. I’m intending to use the V1 with the 300mm f4 – 810mm equiv, f4 and 60 fps.

      • Henri De Vreese

        I use V1 with 70-200 from time to time. It’s awesome to say the least :D. Cheapo 550mm f/2.8 YES!! Still need to get the new 80-400 when I find the time to get to my local shop.

  • fjfjjj

    How is “P-MPix” computed again? Oh right, nobody knows.

    • It’s doofilated with strict conjuxtmism computations. They utilize nothing but the most precise confligulation of non-lossy algorhythms.

  • BroncoBro


    • fjfjjj

      Grateful dead in your sleep.

      • Aldo

        so much love in this site

        • fjfjjj

          I merely reported the most logical consolidation of his avatar and his lame comment.

  • Nikon1isAwesome

    The results match my experiences. I am glad to see the 6.7-13 getting the score it did. I’m very happy with the 10-30 and am excited that the wide zoom performs even better. Very good news. I do tend to use the 10mm f/2.8 the most, but would still love to go wider.

  • Kevin Purcell

    The problem with the test is they didn’t buy a V2 to test with.

    I’m not a Dxomark test basher (look at the results not the summary scores) but like the kit lens and the 10mm all of these lenses out resolve the 10Mpx sensor in the V1. Well, duh. If they didn’t Nikon would have a problem.

    FWIW, I’m a V1 owner (amongst other cameras) and shoot street with the 10mm lens with PDAF AF (quick!).

    I’d love to see them review the “cheap kit” 11-27mm zoom. No IS but better MTF curves especially in the corners. A good street zoom for daylight.

    And test it on a V2 🙂

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