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

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Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V1 review


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The camera offers the usual three metering options one would expect to find on a full-sized SLR, with a 2mm spot being the finest method of measurement. In use I found the system to be really pretty predictable, which is always a good thing, and it seems to act in a consistent and reliable manner. As with so many cameras, the V1’s desire to produce a nice print-ready image shifts it towards creating files that seem a little light for my liking, and which increase the risks of the burnt-out highlights that are inherent in small sensors. To this end, I quickly made use of the exposure compensation button and dialled between -0.3 and -0.7EV for all but the most obviously backlit subjects. Beyond that, though, the system is not easily fooled and seems to deal very well with all that is thrown at it.

Image: The matrix metering system needed a +0.6EV boost for this contrasty scene 

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. High-speed capture
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, sensitivity and resolution
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. White balance and colour
  10. 10. LCD and viewfinder
  11. 11. Competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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