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Nikon1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens
 
4.5

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96%

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Pros

  • Compact (20)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Fast shutter speed (18)
  • Large clear LCD (12)
  • Great resolution (10)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (19)
  • Sports/action (15)
  • Family photos (12)
  • Video (11)
  • Wildlife (11)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like this camera a lot.

I recently purchased the Nikon 1 V-3 camera and I would like to share my impressions of it in case someone is considering it. My view on some features will be very personal....Read complete review

I recently purchased the Nikon 1 V-3 camera and I would like to share my impressions of it in case someone is considering it. My view on some features will be very personal. What I like and dislike may be different for other people. In case you don't know, the camera has a so-called CX size sensor, which is a little smaller than Four/Thirds and has a 35 mm factor of 2.7 instead of 2.0 in Four/Thirds. The main reason I bought it is its low weight without sacrificing too much or any quality. In my age of 89 the lighter the better. I will start with things I don't like in this camera.I mildly dislike the fact that the camera has a removable viewfinder. Of course I can just live it there and it will be like a permanent one. The trouble is that when you want to use an external flash, the viewfinder must be removed in order to mount the flash. Another thing I dislike is the size of the Mini SD card. It is so small that can be easily lost or misplaced. There is no exposure bracketingThere is no digital zoom. I know that if you crop the picture you take, you will get the same effect and resolution as in digital zoom. The only reason I like the digital zoom better (at least 2X) is because I find it a little more convenient to compose my picture.A greater inconvenience is the separate bracket that has to be mounted on the camera. In order to replace the camera's battery, the bracket must be removed. Even though this is rather easy, it would have been easier to have a permanent bracket, in which case I would not have to take the above steps before replacing the battery. The truth is that without that bracket, it is rather inconvenient to hold that camera. So, why make it separate. It came bundled with the camera anyway.The most inconvenient thing for me is the missing of a feature that most other digital Nikons have: It is the ability to set a minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO. People who own a Nikon SLR will know what I mean by that and will understand that without it Auto ISO is almost useless. The V-3 doesn't have that feature. My Nikon D-7100 has it, my inexpensive Nikon P-600 has it, and most, if not all, the latest Nikon digital models have it. Probably also other brands have it. I hope it is only a matter of firmware and I hope that Nikon will be able to fix that problem in the near future.In many reviews, I read that the camera is considered to be expensive for what it is. I personally cannot express any opinion on this because I don't have enough data. Expensive in relation to what? To other cameras? But this camera is different than others. My only criteria if it is expensive or not is if it will be a success. If yes, it deserves its price. And now the good things. I took pictures with this camera and also took the same pictures with my top- of- the- line in APS-C size sensor Nikon D-7100. I could not see any difference even at medium high ISOs. The quality was simply awesome. I enlarged images on my computer monitor in such a way that only a quarter of the image's length covered the entire width of my 18- inch wide monitor. The images still looked needle sharp to me. That could make a sharp print with a width of about 6 feet!I took pictures with an ISO of 6400 and 12800. Yes, I could see noise but not too exaggerated. Among the ISO selections in the camera, there are also two special ones. They are labeled as "Low Noise 6,400" and "Low Noise 12,800" In these two cases, with one press of the shutter release, the camera will automatically take four lightening fast underexposed shots, each one at a much lower ISO and combine them in an image with a much lower noise and correct exposure. I went to see the last day of the Lightscapes night show in Croton, which is a spectacular outside night show with internally illuminated sculptures. I used the ISO "Low Noise 12,800" sensitivity. I could hardly see any noise in the final images and they were needle sharp as well. I didn't use any tripod. Please note that each of these sculptures was only a small part of each image and since they all were in the dark, their background was black. Normally, in such a case, a camera will overexpose because it sees more dark space overall in the image. With the V-3, however, the exposure was surprisingly right on.The camera auto focuses extremely fast. In burst mode it can take 20 frames per second and focus individually on each one. It can also take 40 or 60 frames per second, but in that case it will auto focus only on the first one. This is just amazing.For convenience, it has three Function (Fn) buttons that you can assign any parameters to each one, This can make life much easier when you will assign the parameters you use more often. The LCD screen is tiltable, which I like. It is also touch-sensitive but it is not something of great importance to me.The V-3 comes bundled with a 10-30mm (27-81mm equivalent) kit lens which has excellent close-up capabilities. Since that is a rather limited zoom range, I also purchased the 10-100mm lens (27-270mm equivalent), which not only is needle sharp at all zoom settings but also does not creep like most larger format lenses of equivalent zoom range. Please note that there is another older 10-100mm lens which is designed for video in addition to photography, and which is larger and heavier. This is not the lens I have.Another huge advantage, at least for me, is the fact that with the FT-1 Nikon adapter that came bundled with the camera, I could use all my regular APS-C lenses at a 35mm factor of 2.7 instead of 1.5, which is the case when I use them with my Nikon D-7100. That, for instance, will make my Tamron 18-270 mm lens go to a whooping 729mm 35mm equivalent when I set it at 270mm. The only small difference in that case will be that the camera will work in only the center spot focusing mode. A very small inconvenience. The beauty of it is that these lenses will also preserve stabilization and the same lightning-fast auto focus speed. I know you can do something similar with the Sony NEX cameras, where you can use any non-Sony lens with the appropriate adapter, but in that case, there is no auto focus and no stabilization.Of course it also has all the goodies that most today's enthusiast cameras have, like HDR, Panorama, WI-FI and many other things. I am sure if you go to the B & H or Nikon's websites you will be able to see all the features it has. So far, I find that its advantages outweigh by far the inconveniences. Especially if you own a larger Nikon with either full frame or APS-C size lenses and you want to have a light camera that gives close to normal size SLR quality results.I hope the V-4 will have a built in viewfinder and bracket, a larger SD card, and a minimum shutter speed setting at Auto ISO. I am attaching one of the photographs I took at the Lightscapes show at the "Low Noise 12,800" ISO setting. It has not gone through any processing and it is right off the camera. Please note how accurate the exposure is and how low is the noise at the "Low Noise 12,800" ISO mode. I don't think you can see any noise. At least I don't. Regards to all, Mano

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Good Tool with Limitations

I bought the 1V3 for the frames-per-second rate, for catching action-sports type shots, birds-in-flight type shots - that sort of thing. After playing with the camera for about two months, these observations:...Read complete review

I bought the 1V3 for the frames-per-second rate, for catching action-sports type shots, birds-in-flight type shots - that sort of thing. After playing with the camera for about two months, these observations: First, the fps rate will capture stuff that you just can't catch otherwise. So the 1V3 definitely delivers there. But........this is truly an "outside, full daylight camera only". Image quality suffers over ISO800. In full daylight and at ISO200 or 400, you'll be real pleased with the detail. But things fall off over 800. So definitely a valuable tool for fast action in daylight. But leave it at home on a heavily clouded day, and forget about indoor use entirely.

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5.0

Great pictures, small package

By After Hours

from Lunenburg, MA

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • EXPENSIVE

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

I just have spent a few days with this camera, and I love it. I wanted a small camera, and with the 10-30 zoom and with none of the accessories it measures 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" x 2 3/8"--small enough to fit in a windbreaker pocket, if you don't mind the bulge and the sag.

I like the handle that can be attached, with a shutter release and a front control wheel for adjusting aperture. These are smaller versions of the controls on my D610 Nikon. This handle adds 1/4" to the height and 1/4" to the width, and none to the thickness of the camera. I will use it.

I don't plan to use the detachable view finder. It can be broken, the manual say. It adds to the size. The image that it provides is satisfactory but smaller and less useful than the image shown on the back of the camera.

The V3 has more megapixels than the V2 and a better processor than the J5. The pictures are much better than I was getting on one of the Canon predecessors to the G16, and come close to what I can get with the D610. Combine this with its light weight and compactness and it is a camera that I will use a lot.

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4.0

Super Fast and Accurate Autofocus

By Briarcliff Baron

from Florida

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Color Rendition
  • Small / Compact
  • Super-fast Autofocus

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

This is a follow up to my previous review. Again, this camera EXCELS with daylight high-action situations. The kit lens was fine, but I wanted more reach, and wanted one lens that I could pretty much leave on the camera. I got the 10-100mm lens that is made for the Nikon 1 series, and the combination of that lens with this camera has yielded some FANTASTIC results. I'm a D800 user, and I have plenty of heavy lenses and gear to lug around with my D800. I get a little tired of lugging all that gear. In daytime situations I have really enjoyed the 1V3 and the nimble-ness that it allows. I have found that-as advertised-the 1V3 has extremely fast and accurate auto-focus. I've found this true even with complex and "confusing" backgrounds. If your'e like me, and you're ready to get a little more ENJOYMENT out of your daylight shooting experience, and less backache, you'll be well-pleased with the 1V3.
One further note: Frames-per-second is a big selling point with this camera. If you're shooting action,at 10fps or 20fps, combined with the 'continual focus' option, and you're not gonna miss anything.

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4.0

A Veru God System Camera

By BRSac

from Sacramento CA

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

    I was a Nikon 1 fan within the first hour of using a J1. I operate the camera with my right hand and cradle the lens barrel in my left hand, just as I have always done with SLR cameras. I really like the traditional interchangeable lenses with hoods, filter threads, and mechanical zooming. For me, the Nikon 1 is a multi-lens system in an easier to use and carry size.

    I've been using a Nikon V1 with 4 Nikon 1 lenses. I decided to upgrade to a V3 camera. These are my impressions and comparison with the V1.

    I was very unhappy that Nikon USA requires the purchase of a complete package including 10-30mm PD-Zoom lens, EVF, and Grip. (This doesn't happen elsewhere in the world.) This mandatory "bundling" nearly caused me to not buy the camera and I doubt I will ever succumb to such a shotgun marriage again. I hope you are listening, Nikon. Customers who already own Nikon 1 equipment should be able to buy a camera body only.

    I didn't need another 10-30mm lens; I already have two. I took comparison shots with the original 10-30mm zoom lens and new 10-30mm PD-Zoom lens and saw no noticeable difference in image quality. The PD-Zoom lens has no lens hood or filter thread, and the electric zoom is slower than the mechanical zoom of the original lens. I don't find the PD-Zoom lens useful, but I can see that some users might like the electric zoom action for shooting video.

    The Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) should have been built into the body, as it was on the V1. The EVF and V3 body have plastic covers that must be removed to mount the EVF to the body. Keeping track of these small items is a nuisance and Nikon provides no help with storing them. There are enough cautions in the instruction manual regarding the EVF to convince me that it is easily damaged, so I remove it when I put the camera into my bag. The removable and fragile EVF will be an irritant for as long as I use my V3. It does, however, provide an improved view over the V1 EVF.

    The auxiliary Grip adds a useful handle to the camera. The Grip screws into the camera body's tripod thread and provides a substitute tripod thread that is inferior because it is not centered on the lens. The design of the swivel screen on the camera back requires the Grip base to be cut away to allow the screen to fold down. This results in a narrow base that is less stable than the camera body without the Grip. Two covers (one on the camera base and one on the Grip) must be removed to mount the Grip. Nikon provides storage space for only one of the covers on the Grip. The Grip seems to have space to store both covers, though, and that would have been a nice convenience. The Grip must be removed to change the camera battery, a nuisance. The shutter release button on the Grip seems to have a better "touch" than the camera body shutter button. As with the EVF, the Grip should have been built into the body.

    The camera uses micro-SD storage cards. These are small and difficult to handle and are easy to drop or lose; I would rather the camera used standard SD storage cards. The micro-SD storage card is inserted into the side of the camera body (rather than the bottom) so it is not necessary to remove the auxiliary Grip to change a card. I would like to see Nikon add a second micro-SD card slot to the camera body to match the twin-card functionality in Nikon DSLRs. The too-small cards would make more sense if there were 2 of them.

    Control buttons that were on the right side of the viewing screen on my V1 are on the left side of the screen on the V3. I liked them better on the right; I could hold the camera/lens in my left hand and work the buttons with my right hand. I would have preferred the "Display" button to be immediately below the "Playback" button since I often toggle different display modes after pressing Playback.

    The On/Off switch is better than the switch on the V1, and the V3 now turns the camera off when a zoom lens is returned to the collapsed position.

    The swivel screen is a real improvement. I especially enjoy folding the screen out so that it faces upward, then shooting with the camera at waist level. That often allows the screen to be shaded when shooting outdoors and makes the screen easier to see. Also, I wear bifocal glasses and looking down at the screen is more comfortable than pointing my nose to the sky to see the screen when the camera is held at eye level. The screen is touch-sensitive. This provides some really useful functionality – the screen can be touched to select a focus point or to trip the shutter.

    The new "F" button provides a shortcut to camera settings according to the shooting or viewing mode. For example, pressing the "F" button in Programmed shooting mode gives quick access to ISO, white balance, exposure metering, and autofocus mode. Settings can be changed with the usual buttons and multi-selector or by touching icons on the screen. The "F" button with the touch screen enables much faster selection of camera operating parameters and this is a tremendous improvement over the V1.

    The thumbwheel at the top right of the body (Nikon calls it the "Fn2" button) is both a pushbutton and a rotating control. It can be assigned to any of several functions and is very easy to use. I have assigned Fn2 to exposure control. When I want to add or subtract exposure, I press Fn2 to bring up the exposure compensation screen, rotate Fn2 to the exposure compensation I want, and then press Fn2 again to lock it in. This is very fast and can be done while looking through the EVF. This is another great improvement over the V1 and speeds up camera use significantly.

    There is also an Fn1 button, and on the auxiliary Grip an Fn3 button. These can be assigned to various functions but the choices are too limited. I would like to assign Fn1 to "Silent Shooting" but that is not available.

    The exposure program on the V3 seems to be recalibrated from the V1, with the V3 making different aperture and ISO choices on "P" shooting. In general, the recalibration seems to be an improvement.

    The V3 has the best auto panorama (Nikon calls it "Easy Panorama") feature I've seen. There is no need to tell the camera what type of panorama is being created. The camera detects the sweep motion and creates the appropriate image. I personally like panoramas that are created by holding the camera vertically (portrait mode) and sweeping the camera horizontally. This creates a taller horizontal panorama that is visually appealing.

    The V3 includes an HDR function based upon two exposures. I'm not satisfied with the results, although the images are as good as I get using auto HDR on my other cameras. This brings me to one of my biggest complaints about the Nikon 1 system – it has never offered automatic exposure bracketing. On a Nikon 1 this is a shocking omission because the Nikon 1 has the potential to do auto bracketing faster and better than possibly any other existing camera. The V3 can shoot multiple RAW images at 10 or more frames per second. It could take auto exposure bracketing to a whole new level and I really miss having it.

    In the field, my V3 system operates much like my Nikon DSLR system. It is modular and intuitive to use but fits in a bag about ¼ the size of my DSLR system. It's a system I can comfortably carry all day and that means I have this camera system with me more often than the larger DSLR system. I select my Nikon DSLR for about 10% of my photography, when I want higher image quality or better weather sealing.

    The Nikon 1 system excels at rapid focusing and at shooting high frame rates in raw format. In practice this results in a higher "grab shot" success rate than any other camera system I've ever used, including my Nikon DSLRs. The V3 is so good at rapid candid shooting that I don't worry about missing opportunities, it almost never happens.

    Much has been written about image quality and the Nikon 1 sensor. A well-known 1-inch sensor is in Sony (and more recently a Canon) cameras. I own both of those. They produce mildly better results in low light but otherwise are not remarkably better than the Nikon 1. I use those cameras only when I want a camera to fit in my pocket, and prefer the V3 over both of them.

    The Nikon 1 V3 hits the sweet spot for me. It produces images that meet most all of my needs. I hope to see a V4 (body only) with auto exposure bracketing, twin memory cards, built-in grip and EVF, and maybe a better sensor. Until then, the V3 is my go to camera.

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    3.0

    A Good Tool with Limitations

    By Briarcliff Baron

    from Jacksonville Florida

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor Image Quality
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

    I bought the 1V3 for the frames-per-second rate, for catching action-sports type shots, birds-in-flight type shots - that sort of thing. After playing with the camera for about two months, these observations: First, the fps rate will capture stuff that you just can't catch otherwise. So the 1V3 definitely delivers there. But........this is truly an "outside, full daylight camera only". Image quality suffers over ISO800. In full daylight and at ISO200 or 400, you'll be real pleased with the detail. But things fall off over 800. So definitely a valuable tool for fast action in daylight. But leave it at home on a heavily clouded day, and forget about indoor use entirely.

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    4.0

    Great high performance compact

    By Hans MPK

    from Monterey Park, CA

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

      Easy to use and easy to carry around. The 20 fps speed is awesome and 18mp sensor is great. But wish sensor was bigger. Like that it comes with grip and Electronic Viewfinder. Style is reminiscent of rangefinder cameras and older SLR's with motor drive attachment. Fun camera. Lens adapter allows me to use my old slr f mount lenses.

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      4.0

      artistically made toy, for travel

      By Andrey

      from Maryland, USA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

        The camera is overpriced and slow, though, it is really nice artistically made toy. The great advantage of it, is that it allows to have the whole extreme focal range from relatively wide angle to very-very looong focal length with the respective lenses in the current Nikon 1 lenses set... Basically, the whole set is relatively light in weight and inexpensive compared to the DX or FX formats...

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        3.0

        Depends on your expectations

        By Steve

        from Apple Valley, MN

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Can Use Regular Nikon Len
        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Small / Compact
        • Use Regular 35mm Lenses
        • Video

        Cons

        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

        I think my expectations were too high. I was hoping that the fantastic frame rate and fast focusing would take me to new heights with Birds in Flight photography. I have a D300, D5200, and D800, so it had its work cut out for it. I was disappointed. I felt the image quality was lacking (compared to my other Nikons) and the images showed more noise than I could accept. I'm sure this is due to the very small sensor. I used good lenses for my comparison, including the Nikon 200-400mm VR. The FT1 adaptor was great on this camera. For someone upgrading from a point and shoot I think they would likely be very happy with it. I really did like the 1080P 60 fps video it produced.

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        4.0

        Best Nikon 1 Camera with shortcomings

        By Landscpe Photographer

        from Roseville, CA

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

        When you buy a 1" sensor camera you have to accept the fact that you have less dynanic range and noisy shadows if you have to lighten them up. The maximum ISO which is barely but usable for me is 800, but I typically do not go above 400 (which is bad enough)
        The camera itself has a lot of advanced features, very fast auto-focus and excellent tracking performance. If you can stay under 400 ISO you should be happy with the images.
        All in all I like the camera especially with the 1 Nikkor 70-300 CX lens which gives me a 810mm equivalent reach in a very compact and hand holdable package. Although I do not like the component system that you have to attach/detach the EVF finder and the handgrip.

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        5.0

        Excellent compared to my D700

        By Randy

        from Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • High Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Cost

        Best Uses

        • Great For Landscapes
        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

        I purchased this camera as a supplemental travel camera to my D700 so I could leave its heavy lenses at home yet get outstanding results. I have a Panasonic DMC-ZS20 which I wanted to replace so I used both those cameras for comparisons. I was hoping that the Panasonic would be good enough so I could return the Nikon, but I was wrong. In almost all cases the Panasonic was the "also ran." this camera just might replace the D700, too, but not just yet.

        I compared the three cameras using a 35 MM camera equivalent of 50MM. I tested them in different lighting conditions and both on and off a tripod.

        Surprisingly, the Nikon 1 V3 using an ISO of 800 or less produced some of the best pictures when viewed on a 15" Macbook pro with retina display.

        The D700 shows more purple fringing than the V1.

        In low light at ISO 160 using a tripod and the kit 10-30 MM lens the V1 pictures are as good as if not better than those from the Nikon D 700 at ISO 200 using a 50MM f 1.4 prime lens. In fact, the blue skies are more realistic on the V1.

        At ISO 1600 or more the photos are ok, but there is noticeable noise.

        Speed is excellent, too. I like the controls, especially the touch screen, but I'd prefer a built in optical viewfinder and a built in hand grip, all minor complaints.

        I tested my 70-200 DX lens with the adapter but the results were only fair. I wouldn't buy this camera just to use my old lenses but its nice to get a super long telephoto without spending more for it.

        The WIFI i phone connection works well both when Im on a network or far from one.

        The real advantage of the Nikon 1 V3 is in its speed, quick focus, high resolution good quality pictures, and its size.

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        4.0

        Fantastic …. with some minor issues

        By Harv

        from Gold Coast, Australia

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life
        • Viewfinder Not Great

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

        Just got my hands on the new V3 after a long wait …. positives …. improvement in low light, great at iso 3200 .. I normally shoot ocean sport with a D3s & 600 f4 .. the V3 with 1 Nikkor 70-300 comes scarily close to matching that performance, pretty amazing and what a technological advancement .. the movable rear screen with touch option is sensational, with the 6.7-13 lens I don't even get sand on my knees … few issues though with the viewfinder .. should have stuck with similar to the V2 which is superior, not bright enough in strong light though fine in poor light .. the grip is a fail .. it has to be removed to change the battery which is a pest as battery life is not as good as the V2, I am getting 400 shots per charge … the function button on the grip has issues, while focusing the camera kept recording videos … needs an urgent software fix to disable the F3 button as an option … micro sd card… Nikon what were you thinking .. I now have to carry (and loose) an sd card adaptor .. again the v2 uses proper sd cards .. way better, overall with a couple of soft are upgrades a truly sensational piece of technology

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        5.0

        Speedy

        By stbdtack

        from Annapolis

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

          Great little camera. It feels good in the hands and takes superb pictures. With the FT-1 it greatly extends the usefulnees of my plethora of Nikkor FX lenses. Wow!, it's fast!!

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          5.0

          Performance

          By lolp

          from Uniter Kingdom

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Full Dslr Controls
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact
          • Use Any Nikon Lens
          • Very Long Focal Range

          Cons

          • Micro Sd
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Fully Adaptable
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

          this link shows the images of the Nikon 1 V3 as wells some Nikon D200 images http://lolp.smugmug.com/CBRCThe Nikon 1 V3 was fitted with FT Mount & Nikon 70-200 F2.8 resulting in a 540mm focal length , the D200 was fitted with a new 80-400 AF-S VR -IIINikon 1 V3 build quality is excellent, the camera with grip felt and handled like a pro body camera, and was easy to use.The autofocus speed and lock on is super fast with NO lack of speed when using the FT mount with the 70-200 F2.8. The 20 FPS was constantly in focus. Image quality is very good and getting close to that of the D200. however the larger sensor on D200 is better with better colour .This V3 and 70-200 F2.8 combination at 20 FPS DOES make this a sports camera, I found no issue with the single point focus when using the FT and 70-200 lens.The electroinc view finder is essential, and I was able to use the V3 like a DSLR. I would highly recommend this Nikon 1 V3 kit including grip and view finder . This V3 is three cameras in one, 1/ A small compact, 2/ A compact camera with Full DSLR controls, suitable for sports 3/ Sports Camera 20 FPS any Nikon lens you wish.

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          5.0

          Nikon 1 V3 Camera ..

          By Marv ..

          from Fort Myers Florida

          Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

          the Nikon 1 V3 Camera is a great addition to the Nikon line up ..

          as a Nikon D810 owner I find the Nikon 1 a great 'walk around' camera ..

          Marv ..

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          4.0

          Nice so far with one major disappointmen

          By Galloping Goya

          from Boulder City, NV

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

          I'm still learning the camera and it's sweet and compact with great video features. I am howevever disappointed to find that the autofocus feature of the camera will non AS Nikkor lenses using the FT1!lens adaptor. This is a bit irritating as I sought the camera speciphically because I could use my existing Nikkor lenses for wildlife and sports photography.

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          5.0

          A fun addition to my camera's

          By Appleman

          from New Philadelphia, Ohio

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

          Pay attention to your composition so you don't have to crop drastically and 13x19 prints are no problem. Love the 20 frames a second with continuous focusing and the small size of the camera. Take it anywhere. Focusing is spot on. What if you had a full size sensor? If you are a pixel peeper get a D800.

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          5.0

          Beyond Expectations

          By Drumstick

          from New England

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

            I bought this camera as a carry around because of the size. I have been using it for about three weeks now and find it to be much more than a point and shoot on steroids. The photo quality is amazing. I shot some waterfront photos that just POP, even in an 11x17 print. the real surprise was the video. I do youth sports videos and have gone the gamut from video camcorders to DSLRs. The HD video is right in the ball park with my D800. And I can use my f 2.8 70-200 lens with the adaptor that gives me an equivalent of a 540mm.

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            5.0

            Fast camera for action shooting

            By jerry

            from chicago area

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                  Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

                  forgot to add this image to initial review. Still working on technique and did not have the V-3 set up "properly" but lots of potential to capture images many other cameras would miss.

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                  5.0

                  Geat little camera with a few quirks

                  By jerry

                  from chicago area

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

                      Still getting to know the V-3. Small, fast, DSLR like in feel.

                      Viewfinder is very useful and I keep the leveler on most of the time.

                      Battery Life appears better than advertised. No isses with Micro SD cards but I am now downloading via the included tether directly to computer. Taking the micro SC cards in and out of adapter is a pain.

                      The lens are pretty sharp. and it works well with the Ft-1 and legacy lenses. A bit heavy with big teles and Ft-1.

                      Color rendiiton is very good and noise is not ojectionable if you keep an eye on ISO. There is less DR than larger senosr cameras so exposure needs to be ON to not have to make large adjustments in post introducing noise.

                      My biggest complaint is having to remove the grip to charge battery. I understand space is limited in such a small camera but why no way to charge battery while it in camera, There is a USB port-why did they not make this operational for charging ?

                      The 3 FN buttons work great for my shooting.

                      Auto focus with video is very good.

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                      5.0

                      So far so good... Like what I see!

                      By Ken

                      from Orlando, FL

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

                      Next time I would buy the Body the grip, the lens hood and two extra batteries. I got a 64 gig card.
                      The live view is great for closeup work but ravages the battery.I bought the 10-100 without the power zoom.

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                      4.0

                      I like this camera a lot.

                      By Mano

                      from Croton, NY

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                            Comments about Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens:

                            I recently purchased the Nikon 1 V-3 camera and I would like to share my impressions of it in case someone is considering it. My view on some features will be very personal. What I like and dislike may be different for other people. In case you don't know, the camera has a so-called CX size sensor, which is a little smaller than Four/Thirds and has a 35 mm factor of 2.7 instead of 2.0 in Four/Thirds. The main reason I bought it is its low weight without sacrificing too much or any quality. In my age of 89 the lighter the better. I will start with things I don't like in this camera.I mildly dislike the fact that the camera has a removable viewfinder. Of course I can just live it there and it will be like a permanent one. The trouble is that when you want to use an external flash, the viewfinder must be removed in order to mount the flash. Another thing I dislike is the size of the Mini SD card. It is so small that can be easily lost or misplaced. There is no exposure bracketingThere is no digital zoom. I know that if you crop the picture you take, you will get the same effect and resolution as in digital zoom. The only reason I like the digital zoom better (at least 2X) is because I find it a little more convenient to compose my picture.A greater inconvenience is the separate bracket that has to be mounted on the camera. In order to replace the camera's battery, the bracket must be removed. Even though this is rather easy, it would have been easier to have a permanent bracket, in which case I would not have to take the above steps before replacing the battery. The truth is that without that bracket, it is rather inconvenient to hold that camera. So, why make it separate. It came bundled with the camera anyway.The most inconvenient thing for me is the missing of a feature that most other digital Nikons have: It is the ability to set a minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO. People who own a Nikon SLR will know what I mean by that and will understand that without it Auto ISO is almost useless. The V-3 doesn't have that feature. My Nikon D-7100 has it, my inexpensive Nikon P-600 has it, and most, if not all, the latest Nikon digital models have it. Probably also other brands have it. I hope it is only a matter of firmware and I hope that Nikon will be able to fix that problem in the near future.In many reviews, I read that the camera is considered to be expensive for what it is. I personally cannot express any opinion on this because I don't have enough data. Expensive in relation to what? To other cameras? But this camera is different than others. My only criteria if it is expensive or not is if it will be a success. If yes, it deserves its price. And now the good things. I took pictures with this camera and also took the same pictures with my top- of- the- line in APS-C size sensor Nikon D-7100. I could not see any difference even at medium high ISOs. The quality was simply awesome. I enlarged images on my computer monitor in such a way that only a quarter of the image's length covered the entire width of my 18- inch wide monitor. The images still looked needle sharp to me. That could make a sharp print with a width of about 6 feet!I took pictures with an ISO of 6400 and 12800. Yes, I could see noise but not too exaggerated. Among the ISO selections in the camera, there are also two special ones. They are labeled as "Low Noise 6,400" and "Low Noise 12,800" In these two cases, with one press of the shutter release, the camera will automatically take four lightening fast underexposed shots, each one at a much lower ISO and combine them in an image with a much lower noise and correct exposure. I went to see the last day of the Lightscapes night show in Croton, which is a spectacular outside night show with internally illuminated sculptures. I used the ISO "Low Noise 12,800" sensitivity. I could hardly see any noise in the final images and they were needle sharp as well. I didn't use any tripod. Please note that each of these sculptures was only a small part of each image and since they all were in the dark, their background was black. Normally, in such a case, a camera will overexpose because it sees more dark space overall in the image. With the V-3, however, the exposure was surprisingly right on.The camera auto focuses extremely fast. In burst mode it can take 20 frames per second and focus individually on each one. It can also take 40 or 60 frames per second, but in that case it will auto focus only on the first one. This is just amazing.For convenience, it has three Function (Fn) buttons that you can assign any parameters to each one, This can make life much easier when you will assign the parameters you use more often. The LCD screen is tiltable, which I like. It is also touch-sensitive but it is not something of great importance to me.The V-3 comes bundled with a 10-30mm (27-81mm equivalent) kit lens which has excellent close-up capabilities. Since that is a rather limited zoom range, I also purchased the 10-100mm lens (27-270mm equivalent), which not only is needle sharp at all zoom settings but also does not creep like most larger format lenses of equivalent zoom range. Please note that there is another older 10-100mm lens which is designed for video in addition to photography, and which is larger and heavier. This is not the lens I have.Another huge advantage, at least for me, is the fact that with the FT-1 Nikon adapter that came bundled with the camera, I could use all my regular APS-C lenses at a 35mm factor of 2.7 instead of 1.5, which is the case when I use them with my Nikon D-7100. That, for instance, will make my Tamron 18-270 mm lens go to a whooping 729mm 35mm equivalent when I set it at 270mm. The only small difference in that case will be that the camera will work in only the center spot focusing mode. A very small inconvenience. The beauty of it is that these lenses will also preserve stabilization and the same lightning-fast auto focus speed. I know you can do something similar with the Sony NEX cameras, where you can use any non-Sony lens with the appropriate adapter, but in that case, there is no auto focus and no stabilization.Of course it also has all the goodies that most today's enthusiast cameras have, like HDR, Panorama, WI-FI and many other things. I am sure if you go to the B & H or Nikon's websites you will be able to see all the features it has. So far, I find that its advantages outweigh by far the inconveniences. Especially if you own a larger Nikon with either full frame or APS-C size lenses and you want to have a light camera that gives close to normal size SLR quality results.I hope the V-4 will have a built in viewfinder and bracket, a larger SD card, and a minimum shutter speed setting at Auto ISO. I am attaching one of the photographs I took at the Lightscapes show at the "Low Noise 12,800" ISO setting. It has not gone through any processing and it is right off the camera. Please note how accurate the exposure is and how low is the noise at the "Low Noise 12,800" ISO mode. I don't think you can see any noise. At least I don't. Regards to all, Mano

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