Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera now in stock in the US (still comes with a free Nikon FT1 mount adapter)

It seems that Nikon USA received a big shipment right after Photokina - even the Nikon 1 V3 camera is now in stock at B&H, Adorama and Amazon (it has been out of stock for months). The B&H and Adorama listing include also a free Nikon FT1 mount adapter ($236.95):

There are also few different instant savings on the Nikon 1 V3 and lens combos (see savings links on V3 product listing):


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  • Dencheg

    Wow! such mirrorles, very shipment, much $1200 🙂
    I mean, why should I buy this instead of D7100 for example? 🙂

    • Eric Calabros

      Weight, Size, Spead, Reach

    • neonspark

      why would you buy this when all you get is a ridiculous 1 inch sensor?

      • Maji

        because only sensor does not constitute the entire camera. Canon sells more dSLRs than Nikon even when Canon’s sensors lag behind Nikon. There are other reasons apart from the sensor.

      • Andrew

        It is not the size of the sensor, it is what you do with it that matters. The Sony HXR.MC2000U camcorder has a 1/4 inch sensor and cost $1,700. They are now selling it for less because it is being replaced by a newer model. But the point is that 1 inch can be a lot for the intended purpose.

  • Kyle

    I would likely buy one if it wasn’t so expensive! Especially considering I can get a D7100 for less. lol

    • dgr

      $1197-$237=$960…..still not worth it. 😉
      (This of course assumes you would get the FT-1 regardless)

    • Andrew

      The Nikion 1 V3 appears to be worth every penny for its size and functionality. The D7100 is a different camera and cannot perform in the areas where the V3 excels. If you do not have a specialized need, then I agree with you that for the price, the D7100 is more desirable. The video capabilities of the V3 though is nice.

      • Kyle

        I’m using a V1 with the FT1 adapter for video, weddings in particular, and it is very good. Especially considering I got it at the fire sale for $399.
        If the V3 has a fire sale for $399, I will not hesitate to buy one as a replacement for my V1.
        I need the D7100 to replace my D90.

    • Larrry

      It was in the running for one nanosecond when purchasing a camera for wife. Aside from the small sensor (and dark photo noise) that people automatically talk about, it is really bulky with the add on EVF that will get lost. The winner – Sony A6000 which ironically has the same Sony sensor as the D7100 and only $699. Even the 2 lens set was less than a grand which only illustrates how way overpriced and non-competitive the V1 3 is at $1200 single lens set. The A6000 is probably a better reference comparison as it is not at all bulky like the D7100, and even marginally smaller than some Panasonic and Olympus 4:3 cameras that also have an EVF. Frankly, I drool every time I pick it up to show her how to use it, and seriously considering an A7 for myself. Nikon has about 6 month before I make the switch.

    • Douglas Green

      Shortly after the V3 was announced, and it became clear that the IQ was not improved, I bought a V2 kit out of Henrys in Canada for $410 (and immediately sold the 10-30mm lens for $70 on ebay). For $350 for the body, with a built in EVF and grip, the V2 is a very worthwhile adjunct to my kit – especially with the FT-1 adapter so I can use fast Nikon DSLR glass on it. But at the time, the V2 kits were selling for $800-$850 in the U.S.

    • Wally in Austin

      Or a Panny LX 100, GM 5, or Sony RX 100 for less money!

  • Unrelated. I just got an e-mail from Nikon. CHF 200 ($200) cash back on a huge selection of top end lenses in Switzerland.

    • Eric Calabros

      Grab that 70-200 f/4

      • I already have the 2.8, but I’m looking at the 80-400. That might be fun.

        • HF

          Thom Hogan thinks this to be an excellent lens.

          • Funduro

            KR thinks the 80-400 shoots the best jpeg’s he’s ever taken of his wife’s Turbo Porsche.

  • Yeah… No.

  • whisky

    even though i have the money burning a hole in my pocket, i’ll wait for Nikon to work out the bugs.

    viva la V4!

    • Andy Aungthwin

      Nothing wrong with the V1.

      • Interesting how more megapixels didn’t really do that much for sensor performance. I’m not big on DXO numbers, but the comparison is interesting.

      • Douglas Green

        Nothing except it’s an ergonomic disaster for anything other than full auto mode.

        • Andy Aungthwin

          I have a D800 and a D600.

          I didn’t buy the V1 to replace those two cameras. I bought it as a fun camera.

          The V1 is a lot of fun. As a bonus it happens to take very decent photos. Do you get it now?

          • Douglas Green

            I owned one. I got rid of it. The V2 is VASTLY better ergonomically. The V1 requires menu diving to change just about any setting. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly fun to shoot in any mode other than programmed Auto in the V1.

            • Andy Aungthwin

              You clearly didn’t understand the V1. You can leave it in RAW +JPEG and use the little toggle thing next to the F key to change the aperture. What else do most people need to do to have fun?

              And you have no sense of humor. When someone says there is nothing wrong with the V1, it is not to be taken in the literal sense. I didn’t type it in CAPS like you did.

              In any case, I invite you to take a look at what I did with the V1 and the 10mm f1.8 lens. You will be surprised, me thinks:

            • Douglas Green

              Sorry, The V1 is, and remains, an ergonomic disaster if you wish to shoot in Aperture or Shutter priority, while changing ISO or WB settings, or do any bracketing. I never said it couldn’t take good pictures – I said it was painful to rapidly change the control settings that most serious shooters wish to change on the fly, because it requires menu diving. And that is simply a fact.

  • Denis Lynch

    Nikon 1 V3 Grip on Sale! $99 on Ebay!

  • nwcs

    Any more info on what that person claimed the other day… that Nikon was going to drop the 1 series? I’m not saying it’s good or bad, just curious if there was any corroborating evidence.

    • Maji

      I think that was just a misguided claim as he thought that there was no Nikon 1 display at Photokina… this was proved wrong later. Based on Nikon’s interview on DPR, they are looking at a mirrorless with larger sensor. It will be great.

      • Yes, this one was busted – there was a Nikon 1 booth at Photokina.

      • Frenzy

        Larger sensor. I guess that would come with different lenses, right ?

  • Neopulse

    Have to ask the N1 users, the 10-100mm lens. I know the power zoom was discontinued, but what does the latest iteration have over the power zoom one?

    • Mavritivs

      My sharpest lens out of the 10mm, 18.5mm, and 32mm.
      I suppose the obvious like size and weight.

      • Neopulse

        Well weight wise yeah I can give you that. But could have sworn for video it was ideal the power zoom instead of this latest version.

  • I’m still holding out for the retro S2 rangefinder styled Nikon1

    • Wally in Austin

      Maybe in Pink!!!???

  • neonspark

    oh look, another nikon V1. who knew this is their 3rd one!!!

  • Vincent

    Those nikon morons didn’t put bracketing in it : end of deal

  • I would rather see more fast lenses, than a Nikon 1 V4. Post Photokina, I’ve become more interested in the Panasonic LX100. While I’ll wait on a few reviews, if the autofocus is fast, it may mean my V1 gets shelved.

  • AnotherView

    Makes me wonder how Nikon exec’s think. Current technology puts harsh limits on IQ when using super-high-density sensors. Got good (bright) light? OK. Everything else: not so much. To build an expensive camera system around poor all-round sensor technology just doesn’t compute.

    • Andrew

      This is a mainstream consumer camera where high-density sensors takes precedence over ISO. High megapixel cameras are appealing to the general consumer. But current sensor technology is pretty good though. Consider Sony’s Back-Illuminated sensors for example, that technology has allowed their sensors to collect a lot more light for their size.

      But yes, the next generation technology that has already been developed by the likes of Sony where Non-Bayer sensors are used, will allow the theoretical amount of light collected by the sensors to go up by a factor of 2 to 3. But then we hope that Nikon does not beef-up the Nikon 1’s already high pixel density beyond the current 18MP.

  • Garry Bryant

    I’d love to get a FF, or even a D7100, but the lenses to go with them are too heavy as are the bodies. The Nikon 1 is good for a whole different set of photos which I don’t think Nikon knows. The point of the camera is size and weight! it is nice to be able to carry this without the pain bigger cameras cause. And if you know what you are doing fills the role of many a larger, bigger, heavier camera. What is sad is Nikon markets it very poorly and needs to have some faster lens. Also nice to be cheaper. My V1 will just have to do for a long time.

  • Douglas Green

    Nikon was waiting for the demand to die out completely before shipping them.

  • Wally in Austin

    I was a life long Nikon shooter and have a D7000 and a V1. And now I have decided to pick up a Panasonic LX 100 instead of the V3. I don’t shoot birds in flight. My wife shoots a D5200 and she defected to a sony RX 100. Nikon has lost its edge outside of FX. Where is the d300 replacement? Is anyone home at Nikon management?

  • MonkeySpanner

    holy batcrap – I had better order one right now before they sell out! Oh wait. Maybe I will check back in February and buy one for $300.

  • megadon357

    Nikon came very close with the V3, maybe the line will last one more refresh…. Lovin’ my V1!

    • Douglas Green

      They were closer with the V2. A V2 with Sony’s 1″ sensor in it would have been the best they could do with Nikon 1.

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