Every now and then a camera comes along that challenges our ability to accept a new concept. The Nikon 1-series V1 is just such a model, says Damien Demolder
Left Image: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Right Image: Pentax Q
What competes with this camera depends to a large extent on what your main reason for considering it is. If you are looking for a very small body you might also look at the Pentax Q, but that really isn’t much of an option at all.
Closest in size beyond that are the micro four thirds cameras from Panasonic and Olympus, particularly the Lumix DMC-GF3 and Pen E-PL3. These offer more pixels and a form of handling that might better suit the DSLR user. They are both larger than the V1 and both use lenses that will require more space in the camera bag – but neither can match the shooting rates of this Nikon.
If you are not so bothered about a camera being really small, you could look at any of the other compact system cameras on the market – and there are now plenty. For a combination of small size and high resolution, the Sony NEX-7 might prove hard to beat – but at a higher price.