Unveiled: Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera and Two NIKKOR Zooms


One of the many attractions of mirrorless system cameras is that despite their compact form factor, they don’t sacrifice image quality. Nikon plainly embraced this philosophy with the original V and J series cameras, delivering small but feature-packed offerings. Now the company has announced the Nikon 1 V3 with kit lens, featuring an 18.4 MP CX-format CMOS sensor that delivers even faster focus times with high accuracy, coupled with a new EXPEED 4A image processor that achieves high continuous frame rates—both features perfectly suited for fast action photography. Furthermore, the sensor's design omits the traditional optical low-pass filter in order to produce sharper imagery.

Action and spontaneous moments are easily captured using the 20 fps continuous shooting speed at maximum resolution with full autofocus performance. When using fixed focus, it increases the burst rate to 60 fps. The Hybrid AF System uses 171 autofocus points for contrast detection and 105 autofocus points for phase detection to lock onto a subject the moment it enters the frame, with virtually zero lag on the camera's LCD display. The pairing of the image sensor and the image processor allows for excellent detail and color rendering and low-light performance has been enhanced for capturing sharp, clear, noise-free photos and videos up to ISO 12800. If additional illumination is required, a built-in pop-up flash is available, as well as the hot shoe for attaching an external flash; both support iTTL flash metering.

The 3.0" 1,037k-dot tilting touch display facilitates shooting at unusual angles, while those that prefer DSLR-style shooting can add the included camera grip and electronic viewfinder and feel right at home. Installing Nikon's free iOS or Android app on a compatible smartphone or tablet adds the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi camera control and easy photo sharing by text message, email, or uploading to a favorite site. Additionally, self-portraits and selfie group shots are easier than ever using the Wi-Fi functionality—see what the camera sees, compose, and take the photo.

Aside from capturing cinema-quality 1080/60p HD video, the camera features a built-in stereo microphone and ultra-smooth slow motion at up to 120 fps capture. A new Movie e-VR (Vibration Reduction) feature keeps videos steady during handheld shooting, and simultaneous still image capture allows for saving full-resolution stills without interrupting video recording.

Included in the kit, along with the 1 V3 camera body and kit lens, are both the GR-N1010 Grip and the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder. Both of these accessories render a more DSLR-like form factor for improved handling and monitoring abilities. The grip incorporates a second shutter release, sub-command dial, and function button, while the 0.48" EVF features high 2,359k-dot resolution for precise eye-level viewing.

Speaking of lenses, Nikon also announced two new 1-mount lenses to go along with the new camera. The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lens (27-81mm equivalent) is the kit lens for the new camera and is more compact than the current 10-30mm lens. It features a Power-Drive zoom, perfect for shooting smooth video—reduce camera shake by adjusting the zoom smoothly using a gentle swipe of a finger while the quiet, video-friendly motor does the rest. And the built-in lens cover means one less thing to worry about.

When distant objects are the target, the compact and lightweight 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 lens open a new world of shooting opportunities—nature and wildlife, professional sports, concerts, performances, and more. With an equivalent zoom range of 189mm–810mm (35mm format) and advanced lens technologies like Super Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and a Nano Crystal Coating, the lens packs the zoom power and performance of a massive DSLR lens into a compact, lightweight and well balanced package that’s easy to carry around all day.




Thanks for the camera description. It certainly looks like the V3 we've been looking for, esp. with the 70-300mm 1 lens.

I'm very interested to know whether one will be able to select exposure compensation with the camera controls. Hopefully this won't be too buried down in the menu.

Thank you.

We have not yet had an opportunity to see one in person, and the instruction manual is not yet featured on Nikon's website, however from looking at stock images of the camera on our website there seems to be a +/- button on the thumb wheel which is what that feature would be.  Once the camera begins to circulate we will be able to confirm.


Thanks for the info; yes, that icon on the thumbwheel looks promising.

I've just seen the new video from B&H above on this page, but it doesn't answer that question either. Hopefully the video host, Soares, might have that info. Look forward to any further comments from you guys. Thank you.

         Exited to have one  of this..

Does it have an internal intervolometer?  What are its HDR and bracketing ranges?

Current publications on the camera do not mention any intervalometer feature offered with the camera, and there is no details yet posted regarding the bracketing ranges for the HDR feature are.  Once Nikon publishes the instruction manual online and release the camera to the market we will be better able to confirm those details. 

I have been waiting for this camera and looking at the Nikon d7100.  I want a 2 in 1 camera for amazing sharp photos and good video.  From options in the video area of the Nikon 1 I don't think there really are any compared to the d7100.  Also I'm not impressed with the choice of Nikon 1 lenses.  I already have lenses for my d40 that will work with the d7100.  This will be the last camera that I purchase as I am aging.  I want to be able to stand on the beach and video my grandchildren on boogie and surf boards in the ocean as well as sports.  I'm not opposed to spending on good glass that last forever.


Is this a full frame mirrorless camera and what is cost of it with the included lens.  When will it be available? Interested!

No, it not a full-frame camera.  The Nikon 1 series cameras are their own separate format called “CX” which is actually smaller than DX format sensors are.  The sensor size used in the CX format presents a 2.7x crop factor with the lenses mounted on them.  Below is a link to the camera packaged with the new 10-30mm lens and other accessories.  It is currently listed for $1,196.95 and is expected by Nikon to start shipping after April 17th 2014.  See the link below for further details:





We do carry a T-mount adapter for the Nikon 1 system from Novoflex.  If you have a telescope with a T-mount, you could use this adapter to mount it onto the Nikon 1 V3.

I'm a bit dissappointed that Nikon is spending so much time and money developing consumer/prosumer level cameras.  Large megapixel numbers is not as important as delivering max accutance to the digital image. The images from my D70 are much sharper than those from my D300s.  The reason?  An AA filter aimed at the prosumer market was used in the D300s.

 I understand that most professionals will not buy sufficient products to fund the research necessary to "stay ahead of the game", yet think back.  In my youth and innocense, Nikon was always the mark of a successful Pro, rather like a Hallelblad.  Consumers and advanced amateurs just couldn't afford them.  This is probably a push headed by Sony, the owner of Nikon and provider of Nikon sensors.  For instance, do we REALLY NEED another sensor size?  Another special lens mount?  Why not promote the D610 to a pro level camera, instead of an advanced prosumer?  But then I'm just an old guy, and what do we know anyway?

Marv Schmidt

1.  I have invested in a lot of Nikkor glass. Will current Nikkor DSLR lens mount on the Nikon mirrorless camera?

2.  Regarding the lens for the Nikon mnirrorless camera, what are their 35 mm (FX) equivalent?

3.  Is the Nikon mirrorless camera equivalent to a DX or to a FX digital camera?

1)For the most part yes you will but you would have to purchase a special adapter.  The Nikon FT-1 adapter will adapt the majority of Nikon  "F" mount AF lenses and select manual focus-only lenses.  Below is a link to the adapter on our website, in the overview there is a list of all the compatible lenses for you to regard:


2/3)  The Nikon 1 series cameras use what Nikon calls the “CX” format sized sensor, which produces a 2.7x crop factor.  Lenses for this camera are still named in terms of 35mm film camera standards, so one must consider the 2.7x math when selecting lenses.  10-30mm x 2.7 = 27-81mm on a 35mm (FX) equivalent.

Seems fantastic camera. I think it will work very well with my D7000.  Looks like I will be able to use my Nikkor lenses as well. What I really liked is its tilting view finder - a feature I have been thinking Nikon should have added long back.  One question, I still have is about the video capabilities.  What is the maximum duration we can do a video ?

Since this camera was just announced today, certain information has not been made available yet, such as the maximum recording length for video on the Nikon 1 V3. I just spoke to Nikon, and they do not yet have this technical information yet. Typically with all other Nikon cameras, the maximum recording length for a single video file is 29 minutes. Once Nikon releases this information to us, we will provide this on our website.

Thank you for your inputs - 29 minutes - mmm - if it does let us have slow motion also for 29 minutes, I think it will be really awesome ...

as a Nikon 1 V1 user...I am excited about the V3...but I will wait for further reviews...I shoot a lot of sports  especially Ice hockey...rugby and BMX...using this V3  would really highlight its ability to perform...so Nikon if you need someone to put this through its paces...you can send a copy to me for review for a week or so...really looking forward to this .

Dear Sirs

This camera definitely looks like the one we all were anxious to have.This time Nikon have done its job.

Now, I would like to know if the new Nikon 1 V3 uses the FT-1 adaptor that I have on my Nikon 1 V1 in order to be able to use the other Nikon lenses like Nikkor 300mm f/4.0 or the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8

Also I understand the viewfinder comes with the camera.

Thank you

Yes, the Nikon FT-1 adapter will allow you to use your Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lens as well as your 300mm f4 lens and others.  The camera is supplied with the electronic viewfinder as well as the grip.

what is the cost of this newest camera outfit? and does it come with both lenses?

Thank you


Below is a link to the kit on our website.  Currently it is priced at $1,196.95 and is only packaged with the one new 10-30mm lens.  It is packaged with the electronic viewfinder and grip and many other accessories as well (see the "In the Box" tab on the link).



Good day.  Does it has a macro lens?  

No unfortunately, Nikon has not offered a macro lens for the CX format yet.  You could consider purchasing the FT-1 adapter and use the other Nikon DSLR lenses on it, thus availing a macro lens to the camera. 

How does the CX-format sensor compare with my DSLR CMOS sensor in terms of size and performance?  And, what is available between the 10-30mm and 70-300mm advertised lenses?

The CX format is a 1" CMOS sensor which is 1/3 the size and has a 2.7x crop factor compared to a larger APS-C sized sensor. Due to its smaller size, a CX sensor is prone to exhibit more noise at higher ISO’s then larger sensors due to the higher density of pixels on the smaller CX sensor area. Because Series 1 lenses have less area to cover, the lens elements are smaller and therefore could in performance focus faster than larger SLR models.

Sitting in-between the 10-30 and 70-300mm lenses is the Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens. Its 81-297mm (equivalent in 35mm format) range gives you a superb telephoto zoom lens, ideal for portraits, landscapes, sports, and action shots. The Vibration Reduction (VR II) system makes it possible to shoot at much lower shutter speeds, with sharper results, than is normally the case. Using extra-low dispersion glass, Super Integrated Coating, and Vibration Reduction this lens delivers superb images, still or video.

You can view our entire stock of Nikon 1-compatible lenses here: http://bhpho.to/1dVoen1

   Are VR10-30 and 70-300 lenss compatible with my Nikon D90?

   Your technical opinion comparing this camera with Sony a7R.


Because the CX sensor is smaller than the DX sensor of your D90, Nikon 1 series lenses like the VR10-30 and VR70-300 will not be compatible with "DX" or "FX" camera bodies. However, you can mount your current lens on the V3. The Nikon FT1 Mount Adapter allows you to use certain Nikkor F-mount lenses (designed for Nikon SLR and DSLR cameras) on all Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras.

Image quality wise, the much larger sensor of the A7r will have higher resolution and detail compared to the V3 and your D90.


How and where will you be answering the attavhed questions about this newest camera and lenses?

Just wondering if I will be able to use all my other Nikon lenses with this body.

For the most part yes you will but you would have to purchase a special adapter.  The Nikon FT-1 adapter will adapt the majority of Nikon  "F" mount AF lenses and select manual focus-only lenses.  Below is a link to the adapter on our website, in the overview there is a list of all the compatible lenses for you to regard:


This look exactly what I've been looking for BUT. . . does it have a mic input jack? So many compact and mirrorless cameras boast great video (I shoot professionally) but they have no way of recording audio with reasonable quality. Do the makers not know that this is a deal breaker for using any camera for video? What is the use of great video without great audio when making programs? So I am really hoping Nikon haven't less the pro video community down - because the vewfinder choice is ideal in more ways than one, so are the lens choices. Only one more thing and all the boxes are ticked . . .

Not matter how full feature it is, it looks dinky. I had a very nice OM1 sometime ago, and it was just too small for me.


Is the view finder an attachment to the hot shoe?  If so, is there a built in flash?  If not, how do you use a speedlight and the viewfinder?

The electronic viewfinder mounts onto the camera's hot shoe (in this case it could be called a smart shoe or multifunctional shoe because it supports function with either the flash or the viewfinder).  The camera has a built-in flash located just above the Nikon logo on the front of the camera.  When not utilizing the viewfinder the camera is compatible with the SB-N5 and SB-N7 speedlites for the Nikon 1 system cameras.

I want to use the EVF and an iTTL flash light. So it is not possible. Can I trigger an iTTL flash with the built-in flash?

So far this feature has not been discussed anywhere in the published information on the camera.  It is possible the camera may have that feature, but until it becomes available and Nikon publishes the instruction manual online we will not know.  Once we do know I will follow up with that information here.  

Looks excellent camera, finally is good to have 18 mmp mirrorless camera. But I wonder if the Nikon 1 V3 also uses the FT 1 adapter that you use in the Nikon 1 V1 when you are using the other Nikon lenses like Nikkor 300mm f/4.0 per example ?

thank you

Yes, this camera is also compatible with the FT-1 adapter.

Oh no, another uneco-friendly Nikon 1 series camera from Nikon! Why use the new EN-EL20a instead of the EN-EL20 used for the JI? To force us to buy new batteries! 

Will my lenses I have for my Nikon D 90 fit this new camera?

Yes with the optional adapter. I have the V1 and I love it. This looks even better!

The Nikon 1 series of cameras are a different format than the Nikon D90 and have a different lens mount, but Nikon does offer an adapter.  The Nikon FT-1 adapter will adapt the majority of Nikon  "F" mount AF lenses and select manual focus-only lenses.  Below is a link to the adapter on our website, in the overview there is a list of all the compatible lenses for you to regard:


I can't wait for a full review!

I'm comparing this Nikon 1 V3 against the Sony NEX cameras and am intrested to know how many video minutes of continous recording one can shoot before the sensor calls for a thermal shutdown, the Sony NEX 5N recorded for 23~ minutes before it shut itself down. These cameras will have to do better than that to pull people away from camcorders, image quality notwithstanding.

Oh, and low light performance too, that's on the list to check out.

I would love to have the Nikon 1 V3