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Nikon1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

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94%

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Pros

  • Compact (15)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Fast shutter speed (13)
  • Large clear LCD (12)
  • Great resolution (10)

Cons

  • Short battery life (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (15)
  • Sports/action (12)
  • Family photos (10)
  • Video (10)
  • Wildlife (8)
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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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      4.0

      Best Nikon 1 Camera with shortcomings

      By Landscpe Photographer

      from Roseville, CA

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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

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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

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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

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        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

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                    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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                          4.0

                          Very Good - Exactly what I expected.

                          By nikonuser

                          from Virginia

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Can't Turn Off Noise Cont
                          • Limited Auto Iso Control
                          • No A1600 Auto Iso
                          • No Auto Iso 1600

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          I'm a long time nikon user. This camera grabbed my attention when it first came out, because it gives me the stealth/size factor, plus incredible speed/focus ability for sports and action work. I've compared images with identical lenses to my old tired D300 up to ISO 3200, and the V3 is better. I still use my old D300 - so V3 fits right into my workflow. Image quality is not on a par with the D700 and D800 I also own, but it's perfectly usable. This cam is frequently compared to Fuji, Sony, Panasonic offerings - but why?. They're different products, and aimed at different groups. None of those can autofocus my 70-200 or 300 2.8's - and the V3 is as accurate as a d4, but shoots at 20fps. None of those products fit into my raw workflow. If I was looking at a single mirrorless camera offering as my only system, I wouldn't choose the N1, but I'm not intereseted in a single mirrorless system, I need an integrated system and my main empasis is on sports and event cameras. The V3 isn't perfect for me, but it's definitely worth the money and far better for me than any of the non-Nikon mirrorless systems.

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                          5.0

                          Spectacular little camera!!

                          By SportsPJ

                          from Iowa

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              What can I say? The V3 is a fun camera! Image quality far exceeds what I expected from such a small sensor. Small, lightweight, carry everywhere fun camera.

                              Autofocus speed and accuracy is second to none. 20fps with continuous focus makes the V3 THE Softball, Baseball, Soccer, Track camera! Any daylight fast moving sports is the V3's strong suit.

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                              5.0

                              Nikon Undersells

                              By Christopher The Tech Guy

                              from San Diego, California

                              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Battery Life
                              • Great Resolution
                              • Large Clear LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                I've been using this now for three weeks. I took it with me to my sister's wedding. What an amazing compact camera. I didn't want to the be the goofy looking family member at the wedding carrying around my Canon 5D Mk III and this was the perfect supplement.

                                What I didn't expect was how much I would be using the touch screen. Focus is fast and color is very good. It's like using my IPhone but with the camera awesomeness that I'd expect from Nikon.

                                WiFi uploading also is incredible. In an instant I was able to share the photos taken at the wedding with my sisters and other family members. No need to for them to wait a few days. They get them while the moment is fresh in their mind.

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                                5.0

                                A must have addition to your camera bag

                                By Po

                                from Montana

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

                                I already have a Nikon D700 with the trinity of 2.8 glass. I was intreaged with the video options and the 20 FPS that this little sucker can do. I had it for two days now and to be clear I'm still getting to those features.

                                The only negatives are very minor ones, the additional viewfinder tends to show white clips a touch hotter than they actually are. Secondly the standard lens that comes with it is not consistent with its aperature settings as are my much more expensive lenses (very common in cheaper glass). Shooting run and gun in manual is a little tougher with the small nobs and adjustments.

                                Now for the good stuff. This is a fabulous all in one combo! The lens has an awesome macro to 30 mm range, unheard of with other glass. Shooting modes are smartly laid out and with the additional grip you have three function buttons that give you complete control of all your functions shooting in manual mode is easy.

                                The viewfinder is wonderful with its instant review in the eyepiece -sun is never a factor again.

                                I love this camera, makes street photography so much less intimidating than a big lens and a DLSR. Plus the macro to 30 MM opens a world of easy quick imagery that is so light quick fast and fun.

                                Buy it buy it now....

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                                4.0

                                V3 good, surprisingly good

                                By Don

                                from Minneapolis, MN

                                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • 27x Lens Factor
                                • Can Be Totally Silent
                                • Can Focusshoot With Lcd
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Fast Focusing
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Great Handling
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Lcd Folds Down
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                • Evf Is Not Built-in
                                • Short Battery Life

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife photos

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

                                From photobloggers' initial reviews, I was expecting to be disappointed in the V3. I'm not.

                                I've taken the camera on three shoots, so far, and the results have been far better than I'd hoped, outstanding, really. The camera is wicked-fast. Fast focusing, fast reacting, fast in following action subjects. I get a higher percentage of razor-sharp shots in sports situations than I do with my D7100. With the three user-programmable function buttons you can change many settings quickly. I love the results I'm getting with the camera. I made a 16x20 from the V3 (using the 10-100 Nikkor lens, not the kit lens) and compared it with a 16x20 made with and Olympus OM-D EM-1 and couldn't distinguish any difference. The feel of the camera is as solid as the V1 -- which is say, very solid -- and the basic body comes with a rubberized bump that makes it easier to hold. The included (in the US) hand grip gives you and even solider grip.

                                No camera is perfect -- none -- so what are the V3 drawbacks? The EVF -- which is razor sharp, is removable, and Nikon recommends not leaving it on while carrying the camera -- I MUCH prefer built-in EVFs. The camera uses microSD cards, which are tiny and picky to use. Switching cards in the field would be a nightmare (but I use a 32 gig card, so I don't switch much while shooting).

                                Is the V3 better than the OM-1? I don't think so. It's not weather-sealed, for one thing. But if you have a bunch of Nikon lenses, either Nikon 1 lenses or full-sized Nikkor lenses (the camera comes with the FT-1 adapter), the V3 will do a very good job for you. Especially shooting fast action sports.

                                I think Nikon is positioning the camera against the Sony RX100II, because with the 10-30 collapsible kit lens, it's almost as pocketable as the Sony machine. But unlike the Sony, the V3 takes a wide variety of Nikon lenses.

                                I bought it from B&H because of its 30-day return policy. But as it turns out, there's no way I'm returning this gem of a camera. It's not only going to be my travel camera, but a camera I use anytime I don't need some of the sophisticated features of the D7100.

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