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Nikon1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red)
 
4.5

(based on 32 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (28)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)
  • Fast shutter speed (16)
  • Quiet (13)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (7)
  • Short battery life (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • Noisy at high ISO (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (20)
  • Travel (18)
  • Landscape/scenery (15)
  • Low light (12)
  • Sports/action (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (5), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Picture Perfect!

For newbie camera users this camera practically takes pictures itself. It is easy to use in auto mode. I took this on a trip to Europe and unfortunately could not see the screen very...Read complete review

For newbie camera users this camera practically takes pictures itself. It is easy to use in auto mode. I took this on a trip to Europe and unfortunately could not see the screen very well in the sunshine especially with sunglasses. It would be nice if this one had an adjustable screen for viewing and taking pictures of self in various places. Great for scenery though! The pictures a crisp and gorgeous!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Good choice

This is a good supplementary and backup for my DSLR. I have a full frame DSLR, and it's heavy to take everywhere. This one is light, and I can still have control on...Read complete review

This is a good supplementary and backup for my DSLR. I have a full frame DSLR, and it's heavy to take everywhere. This one is light, and I can still have control on how I'd like to shoot.

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4.0

Great Small Package with Big Results

By thedropnyc

from NYC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

    Its a great camera with high power photo and video results.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Small. Compact. And a Wonderful Camera.

    By Photogenic

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

    One of the advantages of using the Nikon S1 is that you can still close to DSLR, but compact and affordable for hobbyists, personal camera and amateur and professional photographers.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    1 S1 Mirrorless Nikon Digital Camera

    By Ray BEAL

    from Kamloops, BC Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

      I just love this camera. It is light and small and fits easily in a pocket.

      I haven't had it for very long but so far have no complaints about it at all.

      Love the red colour.

      It appears to be very well made and in the week I have had it I have had it with me all the time.

      I have small hands and this camera is a perfect size for me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Nikon 1 S1 Good for New User

      By StudiousSayles

      from Rochester, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance

      Cons

      • Small LCD Screen

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

      With no previous experience in photography, the Nikon 1S1 has provided me with excellent quality pictures with an easy-to-use approach. I mainly have been using the camera for portrait pictures of my newborn and I have really enjoyed the quality of the pictures. Great value for the price as well.

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      • No

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      3.0

      A Good choice

      By Roger

      from Concord, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

      This is a good supplementary and backup for my DSLR. I have a full frame DSLR, and it's heavy to take everywhere. This one is light, and I can still have control on how I'd like to shoot.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      What a Surprise

      By Linda J.

      from Brooklyn

      Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

      Excellent service ... and an excellent product ... believe the reviews !!!

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      4.0

      We're excited by the possibilities

      By The Kaval Player

      from Evanston IL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

        My world music band, Jutta & the Hi-Dukes (tm), bought this camera to get better videos of our performances and for our other pulicity needs. I had been looking at cameras for a while trying to determine the best blend of capabilities that would fit our rather tight budget. When I saw the Nikon S1 going for an incredible Black Friday price and saw that it had every feature we wanted except one (the ability to connect an external microphone), we decided to try it out especially since I then dug around on various photographer sites that all pretty much painted the same picture about the S1: a great step up from point n shoots.

        So far, we are thrilled with the camera even though we are still figuring out all the extra capabilities this device has beyond those of the point n shoot cameras we have had to settle for up until now.

        I suppose the coooool shiny red color has little to do with the quality of the the device but, heck, its fun.

        So to the tech we can talk about: the rear screen shows very sharp images; the colors appear pretty realistic on that screen (I really hate how most digital cameras give a blue cast to everything despite my trying to adjust settings to deal with lighting-types - I am always needing to photoshop everything to make it look warm) but I have not yet moved images over to the computer for checking on the big screen; the lens seems very precise / accurate and has a very solid feel as I turn the zoom ring, the auto focus seems quick and pretty quiet but I suspect I will hear it in the video mode, and the flash (because it sits a bit up from the body) gives a slightly nicer light than a front-mounted-next-to-the-lens flash typical of a point n shoot. I have not attempted to adjust the flash settings that the Nikon S1 provides but I think it is very cool to have that capability. I have often resorted to putting a white card angled in front of the point n shoot flashes to modify their intensity and give some diffusion to the light and I hope I won't need to do that anymore.

        I really like the fact that the camera will turn on automatically when you twist the zoom lens (You have to push the side-mounted button to unlatch it) and the same for turning it off. One step instead of two.

        The downside of the incredible price we got is that we probably can't replace the camera easily if something goes wrong right after we will have grown dependent on the thing. Such a problem, right?

        I wish the battery latch would automatically lock on closing but I like the slide-open latch: it is easy to use overall.

        The flash itself, when extended for use, seems a bit fragile so I am going to make sure to take care with that.

        Sadly, the first camera was DOA - the lights would go on but no menu appeared. Happily, B&H were super about getting the replacement camera to me. The whole process took less than a week. And even better, the agent actually READ my email and responded intelligently!

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        • No

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        4.0

        1st Gen Mirrorless camera still a hit

        By Shiva

        from Waltham

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

            Easy, Compact yet reliable

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            • No

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            4.0

            Light, stylish and compact

            By H

            from san jose, ca

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

              Its compact, and stylish to hold. The case that it came with is also very small and easy to carry, compared to the case I have for my DSLR canon camera.

              This is definitely a big bonus.

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              • No

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              5.0

              If you don't mind RED

              By 2niner7

              from Mid MO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                No doubt this was deeply discounted because of the flashy color of the body, over the black body/lens. I wanted a Nikon compact camera that shot in Raw and had at least a decent lens, so when this came along on Black Friday I grabbed it. I have not downloaded anything to process, but looking at the images in the camera I am pleased!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great camera for the price

                By razokev

                from Puerto Rico

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • No Viewfinder
                • Poor In Low Light
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                Simple and works nice. Decent quality.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Nikon 1 S1

                By Jian

                from Allen, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                This is a small and light weight alternative to SLR. It is conveniet to carry around for travel. I used it on a recent trip to New Orleans (see one photo I took with it). Overall picture quality is good even though I don't have photoes of the same object taken with other camera to compare with.

                All the controls except shutter release are through menu. So you need some time to get familier with it. The default is auto mode which is automatic everything. If you want to use manual control or shutter-priority, you would change it to creative mode. Default ISO is set to auto3200(100 to 3200) and I changed it to auto800(100 to 800) for fear higher ISO than that might be noiser.

                I took a 13 minute video and seemed it consumes battery as 1/3 battery is gone after taking video. So battery life may be just so-so.

                There's some lag after taking one photo before ready for another. I used a class 4 SD card. Next time will try a class 10 to see if speed up this.

                Overall a good camera for travle with.

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                4.0

                Very satisfied with this little camera!

                By Sam's Mama

                from Akron, OH

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                  Very user friendly camera. Perfect for anyone looking for a little more than a point and shoot can offer without the size and expense of a large DSLR.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  HAS WONDERFUL OPTIONS!

                  By FRANK

                  from NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Stabilization
                  • Short Battery Life
                  • Small LCD Screen

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                  VERY GOOD QUALITY FOR THE MONEY!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Xmas present

                  By Dad

                  from L.A.

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                    Present for my daughter. She picked the camera.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Compact & Sharp

                    By a traveler 2014

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality

                    Cons

                    • No Focus Peaking
                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • No Usb Charge
                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                    This is my "everyday carrying around with me" camera. The great thing about this camera is how compact it is & it produces decent photos :DAlso, it is very easy to use in automatic setting. Just to extend the lens and shoot. It produces decent photos. Very easy!BUT this camera is not just that, if you want to change some settings, you can! You have to go down in the menu but you can get the settings you want. Changing the shooting mode, etc. Actually it is pretty versatile.Auto focusing is pretty fast especially in good light. In the dark places... not so great. This 11-27.5mm lens is very sharp, corner to corner, from 11 to 27.5mm. I love this lens.Cons:High ISO... over 800 is noisy. Manual Focus is no good. When focusing manually, it just magnifies unsharp image on the screen. So, it's very hard to set manual focus. No focus peaking either.The price of this camera was just like a COMPACT cameras but photos taken this camera were far better than compact cameras.Yes, I'd recommend this camera strongly IF price was less then $.No, I don't recommend this camera IF price was over $.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Don' judge a book by its cover

                    By Valentin

                    from Chelyabinsk, RF

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                    Why this model?Firstly, I like Nikon. It may be funny, but as to me, Nikon brand is like Stradivari brand for violins. I have several generation Nikon cameras from FE10 to D5300. So, it is a good extension of Nikon cameras row I own of. And this camera was bought as a gift for my wife. Secondly, It looks amazing and is equipped with several surprising features.The first of them is manner to turn on the camera by pushing the knob and simultaneous rotating the lens. A little unusual at first time, this feature allows you to shot immediately in any case. The pictures S1_04, S1_05, S1_06, S1_07 were taken in such manner like candid photos.The shutter release knob is not so convenience as this one at D5300 and other SLRs but works very well. The camera stability is surprising. You can proof this statement by S1_01 photo taken from upper deck of ship moving through rocking sea during windy day.The automatic works well in every lighting: in early morning under thick frog (S1_02), sunny day (S1_03), day without any sign of sun (S1_08, S1_09), in the evening with mixed light (S1_11, S1_12).As disadvantage I can point out that this camera has no convenience grips itself. It needs a special grip handle.Anyway it is pleasant good handy camera.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    A Very Versatile Camera

                    By Dean the Artist

                    from Tampa Bay area, FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                      I am not a photographer but I was an art major in college so I am more interested and discriminating than point-and-shoot owners, so I wanted a camera that was easy to use when traveling but could also perform as an honest-to-God real camera when I feel creative. The Nikon 1 S1 with the Nikkor lens fits ALL I wanted from a fine camera that could also be put on full Auto when I didn't want to think too much. The photos are incredibly good. The flash fills-in without looking like a flash was used. The shots are written to the SD card very quickly. The HD movies are beyond belief at this price. The leather case is Nikon quality. The only downside is the size which is small but not pocketable but you're not buying this camera for pocketability. This in-betwee-size makes a nice camera for travel with features common to the hulking size of more expensive cameras. I would recommend this camera to my photographer sister-in-law.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Extremely Pleased

                      By Paul

                      from Mel, Australia

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                          For the price, the camera produced great photos in a wide range of applications. Great flexibility particularly at night with low light levels. Only draw back is the case. Very awkward.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Taking photos of Toddlers

                          By Brittany

                          from Orlando, FL

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Red):

                            I bought this camera because the Point & Shoot one that I had would blur when my toddler moved. I didn't want the bulkiness of a DSLR (or the expense) and this seemed like a great "in-between" option. I've only used it a few times, but so far it works great! We've used it while he's jumping and sliding without having blurred photos!

                            I've started to dabble in some of the built in features, but I think that will take a little more effort than just turning it to creative mode and trying to take some photos.

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