The 18.4-million-pixel V3 is Nikon’s most advanced system camera yet. Is it the camera enthusiasts have been waiting for? Phil Hall reports. Read our Nikon 1 V3 review...

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Nikon 1 V3 review


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Nikon 1 V3 at a glance:

  • 18.4-million-pixel, 1in-sized CMOS sensor
  • 1.04-million-dot 3in vari-angle touchscreen
  • 60fps burst shooting
  • ISO 160-12,800
  • Street price £799 with 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens

Nikon 1 V3 review – Introduction

Nikon’s advanced offering from its system camera range hasn’t really hit the mark. The V1 didn’t offer the level of control expected of an enthusiast camera, and while the V2 addressed some of these issues, it was far from perfect. The question is, then, is it third time lucky for Nikon with the Nikon 1 V3?

Nikon 1 V3 review – Features

Nikon’s 1 system is based around a 1in (13.2×8.8mm) sensor, with the V3 featuring a new chip with a 18.4-million-pixel resolution. The Nikon 1 V3’s sensor does away with an optical-low pass filter for greater resolving power, and while moiré patterning is a concern with this absent, we’ve seen in the past that Nikon has some clever processing algorithms to combat this.

The ISO range has been improved as well, with an effective range from 160-12,800, while the V3 also utilises Nikon’s Expeed 4A image engine that incorporates two processors for enhanced performance, allowing the V3 to shoot at up to 60fps at full resolution.

The Nikon 1 V3 is bundled with a new 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens that has a compact design with a 35mm focal-length equivalent of 27-81mm and equipped with a power-drive zoom designed to deliver a smooth transition through the zoom range.

  1. 1. Nikon 1 V3 at a glance:
  2. 2. Nikon 1 V3 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Nikon 1 V3 review - Metering and dynamic range
  4. 4. Nikon 1 V3 review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Nikon 1 V3 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  6. 6. Nikon 1 V3 review - White balance and colour
  7. 7. Nikon 1 V3 review - Viewfinder, LCD and video
  8. 8. Nikon 1 V3 review - Our verdict
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