Nikon 1 V3 vs. V2 specifications comparison

Nikon 1 V3 camera6Nikon 1 V2
Here is a quick specifications comparison between the Nikon 1 V3 and Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless cameras based on the information published on Nikon's website:

Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 V2
ISO Sensitivity 160-12800 160-6400
Monitor Size 3.0in. diagonal 3.0in. diagonal
Battery / Batteries EN-EL20a Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL21 Lithium-ion Battery
White Balance Auto
Direct Sunlight
Preset Manual
All except preset manual with fine tuning
Direct Sunlight
Preset Manual
All except preset manual with fine tuning
File Format Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8)
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control Standard
Selected Picture Control can be modified
User-customizable Settings
Selected Picture Control can be modified
User-customizable Settings
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 4.4in.(110.9mm)x2.6in.(65mm)x1.3in.(33.2mm)
Excluding projections.
Excluding projections.
Monitor Resolution 1,037,000Dots 921,000Dots
Lens Mount Nikon 1/Nikon Waterproof 1 Mount Nikon 1 mount
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 100% Approx. 100% Approx.
Battery Life (shots per charge) 310shots (CIPA) 310shots (CIPA)
Storage Media microSD (micro Secure Digital)
microSDXC memory cards
Effective Pixels 18.4million 14.2million
Card Slot 1 micro secure digital 1 Secure Digital (SD)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5C Power Supply Connector
EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5D Power Supply Connector
Monitor Type TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
GPS -- Optional GP-N100 GPS unit
Approx. Weight 11.4oz.(324g)
camera body only
camera body only
Sensor Size 13.2mmx8.8mm 13.2mmx8.8mm
Eye Sensor Camera switches to viewfinder display when it detects that viewfinder is in use Camera switches to viewfinder display when it detects that viewfinder is in use
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Focus Modes Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-Servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-Servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-Servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-Servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Movie HD: 1920 x 1080/60p
HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
HD: 1280 x 720/30p
1280 x 720/120 fps (aspect ratio 16:9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
768 x 288/400 fps (aspect ratio 8:3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
416 x 144/1200 fps (aspect ratio 8:3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080/60p (plays at 23.976fps)
Fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4-second movies (aspect ratio 16:9)
1920 x 1080/60p (59.94fps) (plays at 24p/23.976fps)
Audio file format: ACC
Movie file format: MOV
HD: 1920 x 1080/60i
HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
Slow-motion: 640 x 240/400fps
Slow-motion: 320 x 120/1200fps
Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080/60p (plays at 24p)
Audio file format: ACC
Movie file format: MOV
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 10/20frames per secondwith AF; 30/60 fps with focus locked on first frame 5frames per second(Mechanical Shutter), 10, 15, 30 or 60 fps (Electronic Shutter)
Other modes: Up to 5 fps (single AF or manual focus, S Shutter- priority auto or M Manual exposre mode, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) -- i-TTL flash control using image sensor available with optional SB-N5 flash unit or SB-N7 flash unit
 Price (with 10-30mm lens) $1,196.95 $896.95
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  • Eric Calabros

    microSD vs. SD
    who would have thought it?

    • Too right. microSD is a no-go.

      • Byron B.

        A no-go? Really? It’s not that big if deal for most I think.

        • Mansgame

          It is actually. Most people already own a half dozen SD cards, most laptops and card readers only read sd cards so you’d have to get another adapater, micro-sd is easier to lose, and in the end, you gain nothing as far as a benefit.

          • Byron B.

            Almost everyone’s mobile devices already take MicroSD. I bet if you took a head count of how many people have lost their microSD cards from their mobile devices you would get a lot blank stares. Kids lose types of things… along with their socks and shoes.
            It just isn’t a deal breaker for a lot of people. I think the trouble of using Micro is exaggerated here. But if you lose things that are small then don’t get this camera I guess.

            • BLFarnsworth

              Micro-SD isn’t really a deal breaker for me, but it sure would have been nice to be able to use the fast SD cards I already have (and I didn’t have to buy new micro-SD ones). It would have been even nicer if this camera supported UHS-II SD card especially since this camera is supposed to be mostly about *speed.*

              @Byron B, I agree 100% that the price is ridiculous, especially compared to the competition.

              I’ll wait for the inevitable Nikon price drop — which I should have done when I bought my V1!

      • lord eels

        I would be afraid of losing them …they are so small

      • MyrddinWilt

        It is irrelevant. The machine has WiFi so the chances are that most people will simply shove a card in and never change it. They will download the camera over WiFi.

        Just think of it as being a built in memory that is user-upgradeable.

        microSD is the same electrical interface as SD and goes as fast. The capacities are virtually identical, You can get 128GB in either. SD goes to 256GB but the only reason I would use that is in a laptop as extra storage.

        • BLFarnsworth

          I just hope the WiFi is fast on this thing. If it takes 30 minutes to transfer 30 GB via WiFi then forget it.

          Personally, I prefer having at least 2 extra cards with me and I copy via a card reader. SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/sec cards transfer at their rated speed on my MacBook Pro’s built in card reader — so 30 GB of mostly RAW files copies in less than 6 minutes (real world, not theoretical). UHS-II cards transfer even faster than that.

    • Joseph Li

      i was shocked. MicroSD? what the…is this supposed to be interchangeable with cell phone memory cards? 20 fps and 18MP…unless this camera has a huge buffer I think storage is gonna be bottlenecked. Havent heard of any high speed microSD card. What are they thinking? First the XQD (well at least there is a speed bonus) then the microSD. Why dont we bring back the zip disks..

      • broxibear

        Hi Joseph,
        SanDisk make SDXC Card Class 10 cards read speed of 80MB/sec and a write speed of 50MB/sec.
        Around £90 for 64GB and £50 for 32GB.
        The only other camera i know that uses them is Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-XS3
        As I said in a previous post they are extremely small and difficult to handle because of that…easy to drop and loose.

      • Jorge

        That would be awesome! I have 9 iOmega zip drives in storage!!! LOL

    • Duarte Castelo Branco

      there are very fast micro sd cards, but they are expensive. also, it will be fun to carry multiple, you have to use those contact lenses cases lol.

      • HotDuckZ

        For the fast Micro SD prices, I just check some of online store SD and Micro SD is same price in same speed.

        • ageha

          There are defintely faster SD cards available than microSD.

          • BLFarnsworth

            Especially UHS-II SD cards — which this camera obviously won’t support. Yes, UHS-II cards are more expensive but they sure help clear the buffer faster than even the fastest UHS-I cards (this is my experience with SanDisk UHS-II vs. SanDisk UHS-I [95MB/sec] cards on my X-T1).

            I guess we’ll have to see how big the buffer is; fingers crossed that it’s big enough to accommodate at least 40 shots. How many RAW or JPG is yet another question I hope is answered soon.

      • Jorge

        Why are we justifying another Nikon snafu? Seriously? MicroSD? Hey. bring back the old “smart media” card why don’t you.

        • BLFarnsworth

          How about they also bring back support for the old IBM MicroDrive CF cards, LOL! Those CF cards actually had a tiny disk drive in them. I remember having one for my first digital camera, a Canon G1 in 2001. Back then 1GB was HUUGE!!! 🙂

    • g16

      Nikon has never done anything right with their coolpix….. I make me think the company might have a mole in their R&D and Sales department.

  • Hugh

    1 Series is a dead horse and Nikon is still pouring money into it …..

    What a brilliant idea to push now more Mps into the same small sensor – and the MicroSD of course ……

    • Garth Muller

      they’ll pour money into it until that dead horse becomes a fossil. they don’t seems to realize that to evolve financially, they need to bring out mid/high end action APS-C DSLRs with updated lenses. it’s almost as if nikon has been de-evolving as of late, or they’ve been ignorant of their real target market.

      • phosgene

        I agree that they’re doing the wrong thing with the 1. But high-end APS-C cameras are certainly not a profitable option. People that want to spend more on a camera body go full frame. That’s simply a fact. The D600/10 are great and there are too many used D700s around to merit Nikon’s investment in a D400 and a bunch of high end crop lenses. Besides, the big money comes with the insane amount of D3X00s they sell.

        • Jorge


        • nwcs

          A fact you invented methinks

        • BLFarnsworth

          Fact? Facts are generally indisputable. How much one wants to spend has no bearing on the frame size.

    • Alwin Papegaaij

      I can follow the MP increase. MP still sells (First question most people ask is still how many MP your camera has…)
      MicroSD…….. nothing to say….. 🙁

      • fblade

        ohh…..dont be so ignorant. its their new cellphone camera oriented policy….. make cameras more like cellphone…hence small(er) censors, cards and more mp crammed into it

    • Mansgame

      I think Nikon knows this too. They don’t want it to succeed because they are committed to DSLR. This is just to shut up a few people who might have an interest in mirrorless and once the fad is over, it’s not a big loss for Nikon.

      • BLFarnsworth

        I agree that Nikon is too entrenched in its DSLR and lens lineup to abandon it, but they need to eat their own lunch before someone else does (or maybe that’s too late?).

        Not sure that mirrorless is a fad, though. There are lots of people who are willing to give up their huge bodies & lenses for a big drop in size & weight… EVFs, hybrid EVF/OVFs, and on-sensor PDAF are “pretty good” right now and will only get better.

      • Jon Ingram

        Well I agree with you that Nikon doesn’t seem to be trying very hard to be competitive in the mirror-less field. They have way too much invested in Dslrs. Mirrorless is not a fad though. I would bet that mirrorless will eventually dominate the APSC slot, D-SLR’s will occupy the full-frame slot, and smaller sensors will dominate the compact segment.

  • DL

    … Micro… SD?

  • Anders

    Nice comparison. I’m definitely upgrading from my J1 to the V3, but only if there will be support for the V3 in Capture NX2.
    Do you know if there will be support for Nikon V3 in Capture NX2?

    • ageha

      Of course there won’t.

      • Anders

        I’m sure you don’t know what you are talking about.

        • Zograf

          He knows. Support for Capture NX2 is probably gone for good. Nikon is promoting the new free Capture NX-D. It is naive to expect support for new cameras from a discontinued product and he replied accordingly, Which, probably got you upset 🙂

          • MyrddinWilt

            The new free beta…

            Capture NX-D looks to be as good as NX2 was. So whats the problem?

            • Anders

              NX-D cannot be compared to NX2 at all. There are no U-Points for local adjustments in NX-D. NX-D is more like an upgrade to View-NX2.

            • ageha

              Of course it cannot.

          • Anders

            NX2 is not discontinued until NX-D is out of “beta” as far as I’m informed. And I’m not upset 🙂

  • Spy Black

    Does anyone know what the EVF resolution is on the V2 versus the V3?

    • Tonio

      1.4 (800×600) vs 2.4 (1024×768)

  • lord eels

    big improvement, bravo Nikon!

  • ageha

    I don’t like the microSD slot!

  • Fotich

    I don’t understand Nikon. Why did they change battery and card type? Why did they make grip and EVF as accessories? Why can’t exposure compensation be controled with dials? Does Nikon ever listen to their users? Does Nikon really belive that V3 will sell any better than V2 in US and Europe at this price?

    • Cos

      Buy D800e.

    • Jorge

      Go F.U.J.I.

  • click

    Micro-SD?! WTF?!

  • Davis5

    here is the new minireflex from nikon, wrapped in a fantastic black dress … but the great designers nikon wanted to still put some sketches of shit here and there … like the MicroSD

  • Michael

    I have a V1, the 10-30, the 30-110 and the 6.7-13. I am quite happy with the camera for holidays / mountain hikes because it is really small and light, especially the telezoom. The only thing that annoys me is the handling of the camera. I don’t need it to be a mini-DSLR, but there are lots of small things that could be improved like a reasonable power button, wheels that don’t change position all the time if you put yur camera away etc.

    The V3 has some of the improvements but Micro-SD, a new battery and 849 Euros without an electronic view finder? I will keep my V1 and not invest any more money in the Nikon 1 series. I also have a Nikon D7000 and some day I guess I will replace both by a Fuji X-T1 or a similar camera.

    Apparently Nikon is not interested in people buying Nikon 1 cameras or DX cameras, they want everyone to go full-frame because apparently they think they can make more money this way. It is sad, I always enjoyed my Nikon gear, but I am not interested in heavier and more expensive gear, I want a good, light camera for hikes and I think there are other brands that have more interesting offerings.

    • Ken Elliott

      I have the same setup – V1, 10-30, 30-110, 18.5 and a FT1. My M1 can use my D800’s battery, SD card and lenses (via FT1). It cannot share the flash system or my pocket wizards. The V3 is much worse – special (to me) cards, batteries and chargers. Sorry Nikon, but you are moving in the wrong direction.

      The Sony A6000 with an adapter can use my Nikon lenses (manual exposure and focus), Nikon flash (manual) and pocket wizards. While Nikon is moving away from this loyal Nikon user, Sony is correcting their errors and is becoming more compatible with my system than Nikon. I already own a Sony NEX-EA50 camcorder with an F-mount adapter. So a Sony A6000 actually makes more sense for me than a V3. Nikon should ponder that fact that an existing owner of a V1 is drawn to a competitor’s product, rather than upgrading to a “replacement” model.

      I really like my V1 – it compliments my D800’s well. But Sony is gunning for you Nikon, and executing pretty well on a number of fronts.

      • istreetshooter

        I agree, Nikon’s approach is maddening.

      • Dano

        Nice, I feel the same way and have the same setup minus the 30-110 lens and Ft1. I primarily use the D7000, d800 and V1. And love the fact I can use all the same battery and Mem cards (Minus CF card for D800) between all of them,

      • MyrddinWilt

        I want to see the street prices before writing it off. I also have a V1 and a D800 and so this isn’t looking like a big enough upgrade just yet.

        If I didn’t have a V1 it would be a no-brainer though.

        Making the viewfinder separate looks to me like a good move. Making it a separate price… not! The V1 and J1 product lines are practically the same. Why not merge them into one so that people who buy the J series can upgrade to the V?

        Alternative viewfinders would be cool as well.

  • AM

    How many of you complaining about the specs, microSD card, etc, did ever consider purchasing one Nikon 1 system?
    Me thinks not so many.
    Stop whining and move on. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

    • broxibear

      Hi AM,
      You are allowed to discuss things, like the V3, even if you don’t intend to buy one. Your thoughts and anyone elses are perfectly valid, saying “Stop whining and move on. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.” just puts off people from joining the discussion, posting or even coming to nikonrumors again.
      I’ve read your posts before, we’ve had discussions on other threads…I understand some posts can frustrate but let others post their views, even if you don’t agree it’s good to hear different view points.

      • AM

        And I agree. But just reading some of the posts such as “MicroSD, wtf?”, I believe don’t add to much to a serious discussion. And those comments probably come from people that were not going to buy a Nikon 1 anyhow.

    • Byron B.

      Seriously. It amazes me every time. It’s like Princess and the Pea with some people. microSD!? The horror.

    • Jon Ingram

      Well…., the price-tag and features are the main reason I haven’t considered buying one. From your flawed logic, the only people who are allowed to complain about a product are people who wouldn’t complain anyway (the people who already like the product enough to purchase it). That really doesn’t make any sense. I DID consider buying a Nikon mirrorles system because I love Nikon’s Dslrs. In fact, most people on this forum have considered it, but then we all instantly rejected the proposition because the Nikon V is too expensive compared to its feature set.

      • AM

        My point is that there are people who never considered buying a Nikon 1, not before, not in the future, and are the first ones complaining for everything about it.
        In my case, I don’t give a damn what the Nikon 1 has or doesn’t have because buying one has never crossed my mind.

    • megadon357

      Truly, as if the V3 did have their preferred storage media they’d be pre-ordering the camera.

  • malchick743

    Spce-wise the V3 is already not so great. But mSD??

    For the record mSDs have a failure rate much higher than the standard SD, espeiclally when used in smart phones.

    There are other devices like portable audio recorders that see the use of mSD. But on a camera system? A definite no-go.

  • ilway

    MicroSD. Chance to lost or to corrupt the card on change is high? No! The “System” itself can make 30-60fps for a 310 shots only (according to sheet). So, the battey had to be empty after 5-10 SECONDS? WOW!

    • nwcs

      LOL, that would be funny but I doubt the battery would be drained that fast. Most likely secondary functions are disabled saving some battery power.

    • Aspenz

      “The “System” itself can make 30-60fps for a 310 shots only (according to sheet). So, the battey had to be empty after 5-10 SECONDS? WOW!”

      Your intelligence dazzles me…

    • BLFarnsworth

      I highly doubt that the battery will be dead after 10 seconds. The 310 shots/charge is based on CIPA testing standards, which include set procedures, including: full flash is used for half of all photos taken, LCD is continuously on if it can be used as a viewfinder, photos are taken 30 seconds after the camera is switched on & at 30 second intervals, camera is shut down and powered on every 10 photos, etc.

      That’s generally how Nikon (or any other camera company) comes up with its X shots per charge estimate.

      Of course, just don’t believe everything you read on a discussion forum. You can just read directly from the source:

      • ilway

        Thanks for info! Anyway, measured 310 shots per charge is (possibly?) may be too low for serious shooting for the principle “one day – one battery replacement”. Of cource, its sufficient for “I was here” travelling shoots, but its may be not enough for sport, parties, etc, in my opinion.

        And, if I want to take video – one battery is enough for 1 hour of video or no?

        • BLFarnsworth

          The 310-shot rating is just based on the CIPA standards, and the number of shots you get will vary based on lots of different factors — mostly on how much you use the big LCD and/or flash. Also, colder outside temps = (generally) shorter battery life. Also, IMO it’s always a good idea to carry a spare battery anyway..

          I don’t know if 1 battery is enough of 1 hour of video for this camera yet… I would hope so! BTW, I’m sure you’ll will get more battery life (and probably at least 1 hour of video) if using the EVF more than the big LCD.

  • Sports

    It’s very nice to see Nikon actually moving forward.
    No, it’s not the sensor size, the DSLR people wants, but one has to acknowledge that Nikon is progressing.
    So, why, oh, why is this happening on some oversized tiny-sensor product line?
    For goodness sake, do it either on an affordable line to get volume, or a pro or enthusiast line where people are willing to pay.

    • Ken Elliott

      I think the Nikon 1 series is the place where they try new ideas at a smaller scale. I don’t think the EVF, and other items have reached “pro-level” yet, so they are not ready to produce a FX camera, since they already offer plenty of options in FX. But it does give them a place to develop software, and experiment with different body layouts – as they have done with the V1/2/3. Once the parts are in place, it is mostly a matter of using a larger sensor in a different body.

    • Sports

      Oops, I meant to say “overpriced” – not “oversized”.

  • AM

    MicroSD on a camera only means one thing: Nikon is getting serious at competing directly against smartphones.

    • nwcs

      They’ll lose that one. I have a V1 that my wife uses. I asked her why she uses her iPhone more. She nailed it: it’s always with her, easier to share pictures, good enough quality for what she wants, and it’s easier to handle. For most people this is how they see smart phones vs most cameras. We, as the photographic hobby, value these things differently but she represents the reason why the camera industry is imploding.

    • whisky

      or, perhaps, Nikon’s been “incentivized” to use MicroSD somewhere along the supply chain.

      • nwcs

        Like with XQD?

        • whisky

          i suspect even more so. at least with XQD Nikon provided a regular CF card slot.

          if Nikon were simply adapting a new technology to the V series, they’d migrate users over with the friendly option — a combo of SDXC _and_ miniSD. yet they deliberately omitted that option in favor of some other incentive.

          however this doesn’t phase me as much as crippling the camera with a smaller, weaker EN-EL20a, and a restricted 10 minutes of video with no raw HDMI throughput.

          this could have been a phenomenal upgrade for current V series users, but instead it’s a niche product with many artificial barriers to purchase. JMO.

          i may still get it, but only if I determine that I really need it. just wanting it is not enough.

    • Randy

      MicroSD is brillant. Most non IOS Tablets have a microSD slot. So at family gatherings and such you can pop the card straight from the camera to the tablet so your relatives are handling thier tablet not your camera. I’ve done it with my D90 and a SD microSD adapter. It works great.

      • Jorge

        Wrongola. I have a iPad Mini. Also the apple SD card reader. I do the same at functions, or events where we need to see the photos immediately with my D800 or X-E1. Now with the X-T1 I can view images on my iPad automatically. Wirelessly. Basically tethered, w/o the tether.

    • ETphonehome

      I agree. Then call display and texting capabilities are in order! 🙂

  • Wally in Austin

    An iteration that increases the price other than hi speed video does not look like there is much changes. The question I see from looking at the first look reviews is why are there not controls like exposure compensation tied to the external control dials. I think Nikon is loosing their vision! Currently shooting D7000 and V1

    • broxibear

      Hi Wally,
      The exposure compensation is an odd one, I don’t know if it’s possible to change the functions of any of the dials to make one of them exposure comp ?…I know it’s something you could do in the NEX cameras.

      • PhotoAl

        It has 2 programmable function buttons (3 when the grip is attached) and you can set exposure comp to any of them.

        • broxibear

          Thanks PhotoAl

    • zoetmb

      As stated below, there are programmable buttons which can be set to exposure compensation, but look at the market for such a camera. It’s not professional photographers (in spite of the promotion video). It’s people who are going to put the camera on automatic and NEVER use exposure compensation. It’s a camera for people who want something they can easily walk around with and use quickly and easily, but want something more than what you get with a point-and-shoot. The market is not people who care about the process of photography – it’s people who want a fast and convenient way of getting the resulting shot.

      Even high-end DSLRs are designed so that neophytes can use them. DSLRs will be designed ONLY for pros when they remove the “P” mode. And Nikon never, ever will because they know who they’re really selling to.

      When you see other photographers walking around the street with DSLRs, I dare you to check their camera to see what mode it’s in. My bet is that 70% are set to an automatic or “P” mode, especially when it’s just a rich guy who automatically buys the most expensive camera and not a true pro. I remember when an acquaintance of mine who literally did not (and still doesn’t) know what an f-stop really is bought a brand new Nikon F4. It really made me laugh when he bought it especially since he got it with a garbage zoom. He would have been much better off with a lower end body and a higher-end lens.

      Nikon needs to put a DX sensor into these. It would cut down the 2.7x lens factor to almost half that, but they could put out a few more longer lenses to make up for it.

  • bjrichus

    So lets be positive… Nikon have made a great compact camera with an emphasis on movie making. So the front of the new kit zoom looks like it came from a point and shoot of about 8 years ago, and the entire thing is priced about $600 too high for what it offers most people, but there will be some who think it’s wonderful… Those who are OK paying twice what something is worth for most others, those who like MicroSD cards and who prefer their cameras too small for adult hands to use properly… Ahhh… That last one explains a lot!

  • Here’s a comparison:

    …it’s not significantly smaller than the GX7. And with a viewfinder, it’s bigger! And the GX7 can use an external flash and it’s EVF at the same time! And it still has a built in flash! And…oh, it’s got a lot over this. Pretty much everything except frame rate with AF.

    • broxibear

      Hi Micah,
      The other thing about the GX7 is the range of micro four thirds lenses it has open to it, I’ve got a 20mm f/1.7 on my GF1 and it’s a beautiful lens.
      Hindsight’s a wonderful thing and all that, but what an amazing system photographers could have had if both Nikon and Canon had joined the micro four thirds group.

      • I agree! I have the 20/1.7, 45/1.8, and 14/2.5 for my GX1 bodies. The 14 could be a little faster and sharper, but the other two are just killer. Very sharp. And they have focus rings!

        And now I’m going to pick up a GX7, the 12-40 Oly, and the 35-100. Nikon doesn’t have anything comparable. Having seen the shots from the V3 shots from Nikon France, I’m decided!

  • nwcs

    I’ll say this, at least this V3 isn’t as overpriced as any Leica…

    • Mato34

      But isn’t far from Hasselblad Stellar and Lunar!! 😉

      • nwcs

        That’s true, that’s the gold, platinum, and diamond standard of overpriced. Can’t believe I forgot about them! (must be really trying hard)

  • D700guy

    Am I reading this correctly? This camera will shoot RAW stills at 60 fps? How is that different than video?

    • Mato34

      Isn’t a first for the 1 system (no pun intended!).

      From the beginning all 1 cameras did achieve 60 fps even in RAW. What changes is buffer depth. If I remember right is as follows:
      – V1: 30 images
      – J1: 10 images
      – J2: 12 images
      – J3: 20 images
      – S1: 15 images
      – V2/V3: 40 images

      In fact some people did use it to make kind of 4k RAW video. Just Google “raw video nikon 1”.


  • Tonio

    What’s particularly galling about the switch to micro-SD is that the new camera emphasizes video functionality. So exactly what bitrates are we going to see in the video. It would be amazing (mostly in a “omg Nikon has a clue” sense) if Nikon released a video grip with professional microphone sockets, uncompressed HDMI output, and a 1.5″ SSD socket.

  • C.L.

    It’s quite simple really. Too much money. Nobody would say anything about these if they would have priced them correctly.

    Note to companies,

    The gig is up,
    The world is in a massive recession and phones have become the tool of choice for the masses, those who DON’T care about photography.

    The people that will be buying your products DO care about photography and are a minority today. You must hire people that understand this.
    Two different audiences. The masses will not be buying this camera for $1200. The people interested in photography are very critical in their buying decisions and are comparing and contrasting with other companies. They most likely will not be buying this camera for $1200.

  • nikclick

    Its a decent upgrade but should have price under $800 with kit lens especially when they downgraded a bit by making EVF optional & gone with micro SD. Biggest gripe with micro SD is not just money or worry of loosing it but also we can’t use it with other camera we already own.And we can’t use our SD cards of course. 70-300 weighs 550 g & V3 weighs 381g (including batt) which means a total of 961g. And Sony RX10 with 8x zoom @ f/2.8 is just 813 g (including batt). Sony RX10 is $1,298.00 & V3 with kit lens is $1,196.95 & 70-300 is $996.95. My simple Q is if a superb 8x / 2.8 CZ lens on RX10 cost that much how come we have to pay $996.95 for a variable 70-300 ? If CZ can make an 8x 2,8 lens with small weight & form factor can;t Nikon Engg make a 70-300 f/2,8 or at least f/4 and ask us $996.95 ? Even with Nano coating & VR this thing should be no where above $400 especially when 70-300VR G is $586.95.

    Now don’t weep that u aren’t selling mirror-less cameras well ! We are willing to buy cameras not Nikon factory ! We dont understand your logics of pricing but we understand & value our hard earned money. Some one there at Nikon needs a shock treatment. More on ur pricing when we see how the new sensor holds up with Sony’s no matter how speedy everything is. I hope many friends will agree with me coz we all expected a real money value camera. And its not gonna sell it like hot cakes coz every one will wait Nikon to give offer like they did with V1.

    Past mistakes makes u suffer.

    • mansod

      The RX10 has a 8,8-73,3 f2,8 lens. I don’t think it should be compared to a 70-300.

      • nikclick

        Comparison is not abt lenses brother,Its about how they priced it. And i believe a wide angle zoom is hard to make w/o much flaws than a telephoto zoom.

  • Randy

    It’s not clear if this camera has a mechanical shutter. If not will things that move or rotate come out distorted. Like helicopter blades and propellers look curved when taken with a cell phone camera.

    • DesertCat

      It has a mechanical shutter that goes up to 1/4000s while the electronic shutter goes up to 1/16000s. Imaging-resource mentions these details in their preview of the camera.

    • DesertCat

      It has a mechanical shutter that goes up to 1/4000s while the electronic shutter goes up to 1/16000s. Imaging-resource mentions these details in their preview of the camera.

    • MyrddinWilt

      You get the same effects with mechanical shutters… just saying.

      There are different types of electronic shutter. A video camera has an electronic shutter that freezes the image across the whole sensor, shuffles it off to another circuit and zeros the cell to take the next shot. So readout takes place in parallel with the next shot.

      The Aptina sensors are designed to work that way. In fact the sensor in the v1 can shoot 4K video. But the support circuitry can’t store more than 20 frames so its not very useful.

      I think I’ll be waiting till they have a body that can shoot 4K and store it.

  • DesertCat

    This list raises a compatibility factor I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere, that it will accept the waterproof lenses designed for the AW1. For people that may have multiple N1 cameras (maybe one spouse has an AW1 and another gets the V3) this would provide the ability to buy a sealed lens without worrying that it only fits one of the cameras. Admittedly that lens list is small right now (only sealed lenses are the 11-27mm and the 10mm), but it could become more important, particularly if Nikon releases a 10-100mm sealed variant as rumored.

  • peevee

    Is it 20/30/60 fps with electronic shutter only?

  • Jon Ingram

    This is just the advancement I was waiting for! I finally get to use a micro SD card! At last, Nikon is listening to their customers. This may be the turn-around in ingenuity that we were all waiting for! I’m so glad to finally see a novel product hit the shelves instead of some re-hashed, overpriced, minor upgrade. Fuji, Sony, and Olympus better watch out! Nikon is coming for you.

    P.S. For those of you who lack social skills, the above paragraph is dripping with sarcasm.

    • Paul

      i guess i don’t have social skills. i thought you were pumped about the micro sd card.

      • Jon Ingram

        lol, sarcasm can be hard to pick up with only text. I considered leaving a less snarky post -script… but I couldn’t bring myself to it; I didn’t want to get eaten alive by the NR users who took my comment seriously. “The best defense is a good offense.”

  • sperdynamite

    Consumers don’t give a shit what card it takes. But they will see that price, and along with every sales person at every camera store decide that there are better cameras that cost less. What is Nikon thinking with these DOA prices? This is maybe a $600 dollar camera and that’s even for the V3.

  • Global

    Is the Nikon V3 compatible with the Bigma 50-500/OS and/or the Tamron 150-600/VC? Or do those lenses need a special drive?

  • Global

    Does “MicroSD” have speeds similar to the fastest SD cards (for UPLOADING to computer, I’m sure for taking pictures its fine)?

    Will we be able to make use of USB 3.0 speeds?

  • Global

    To the featured comment: If we wanted to share our MicroSD cards with friends and families — we would just buy SD-adapters and use MicroSD cards inside of them. For the other 99% of photographers, who prefer speed, Nikon could have left the option open to use SD. Nikon didn’t make a brilliant move by taking away SD — they crippled an option to use MicroSD -or- SD. Its not hard to imagine that many photographers prefer buffer speeds and upload/download times over… sharing on their cousins iPads.. at this level of camera.

    • Spy Black

      “Nikon didn’t make a brilliant move by taking away SD…”

      Nikon didn’t make a brilliant move by creating the 1 Series, so it’s actually a very fitting decision. It fits perfectly in the 1 Series universe.

    • One More Thought

      Also, the iPad camera connection kit uses SD cards anyway…
      so microSD is not better for sharing with tablets.

      Also, most Macs have built in SD readers.

      Micro SD is probably the poorest decision with regards to this camera. SD has become more or less the standard; there’s no reason why the size of this camera would not allow for SD.

      You have the following disadvantages:
      1 )slower speeds
      2) easy to lose because it’s so small
      3) incompatibility with other media cards that most photographers already own.

      • MyrddinWilt

        It is the same interface and the chips inside the cards are the exact same.

        The camera connects to your iPad or MacBook by WiFi so there is never a reason to take the chip out if you get a big enough one.

        They make 128GB microSD cards. I shot video and I never fill a 16GB at full HD. I don’t change cards on my D800 more than once a day.

  • Dim

    Did Nikon buy Nikon Rumors? Can’t see any other reason for the D4s to be pushed aside so quickly to be eclipsed by this toy so quickly.

  • pavel

    microSD definitely killed that camera for me. i want one format in all cameras. SD is a good compromise. I have CF in D700, SD and CF in D800 and SD in all mirrorless and compact cameras. Once I sell D700, I’m all in SD. No way I’d ever buy into a new (pointless) format.

  • Z

    ONLY micro SD card?? Really? Seriously?? …. ugh … Stupid Nikon …

  • Wade Bryant

    It’s amusing watching Nikon search and meander with V camera specifications with each successive release. If they had just addressed the obvious flaws with the V1 (wonky, insufficient controls) and upped the resolution a bit they would have had a great enthusiast camera with the V2. The V2 was a big departure from the V1 and the V3 is another random approach to the line. They must NEVER do consumer research with current V1 or V2 owners.

  • Anónimo

    Did I read the table wrongly or V3 lost the GPS adapter and flash CLS facilities offered by V2?

  • Greg

    Bracketing or GTFO

  • HotDuckZ

    I didn’t know why people have a problem with Micro SD? The most (may be all.) of Micro SD card is come with SD card Adaptor.

  • Wally in Austin

    Want small and want a Nikon1? Buy a V1. I did. Maybe I will buy a V2 if it drops in price or another fire sale comes along. Need better Image quality go with micro 4/3 or mirrorless APSC. I just don’t see the cost and lack do controls this is not a mini DSLR type of camera.

    • Deep_Lurker

      For a lot of people, “this is not a mini DSLR type of camera” is one of the things wrong with it. In particular, the lack of controls and the lack of a standard hotshoe is a major negative along with the too-high prices.

      Take the Coolpix A, give it a CX lens mount and a 1″ sensor, and drop the price to $600 or so, and that would be a pretty nifty Nikon 1 model. Or refine the V2 further, giving it a regular hotshoe and more controls, turning it into a mini DSLR – or an interchangeable-lens version of a superzoom camera – and again it would be a pretty nifty Nikon 1 model.

      But what we’re actually getting looks like something that a Nikon engineer threw up after a night of drinking too much saké.

  • Douglas Green

    As a former Nikon APS-C DSLR user who mainly uses Micro 4/3 nowadays, but who has bought into Nikon 1 with both a V1 and V2 (from Canada) at fire-sale prices just to get fast continuous AF for sports and wildlife, here’s my take on the V3.

    The V3 price, along with the DxOMark scores convinced me to buy a Canadian V2 (cost me $430 USD for the body plus 10-30mm lens) to add to the V1 I already had, with the 10mm and 30-110mm lenses.

    I will certainly by buying a 70-300 VR lens, I’m just trying to decide whether the native Nikon 1 model, or the FT1 adapter and AF-S G lens will be the one I get. This is basically all about reach and fast AF for sports and wildlife – and something that I can’t match in my Micro 4/3 outfit.

    What they SHOULD have done with the V3 is this:

    – Keep the MP at 14, and give us another 1 or more EV of dynamic range instead of more unneeded pixels.
    – Dont cram another bundled 10-30mm kit lens down our throats
    – Integrate the VF
    – Support focus confirmation with the FT1 adapter and F/AI/AIS glass
    – Add bracketing and smart in-camera HDR support
    – Support user customization of control points and multiple direct access functions instead of requiring menu diving.

    SD vs MicroSD is not a big deal – I can see the plusses in either.

    As it is, it seems like it’s no better than a V2, at a price premium

    • KnightPhoto

      The FX 70-300 mounted to the FT-1 is difficult to operate in the field. On close in subjects there is a tendency for hunting. It’s certainly not snappy.

      I considered the new 80-400VRII on an FT-1, but that is a pretty big lens and the form factor seems like it would be wrong for what I want. Thom and others speak highly of the 70-200 f/4, I haven’t tried it but perhaps the AF performance would be better, for me it’s a bit too short on FOV. 300 f/4 not a good choice as I find VR a must for handholding at 810mm FOV. Which brings me back to the Nikon 1 70-300.

  • Pete

    No CLS. No buy. Simple. Pity!

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