Nikon 1 V3 review

May 28, 2014

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Nikon 1 V3

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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...

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.

  • External mic: Yes, via accessory shoe and ME-1 stereo microphone
  • Video: Full HD (1080p), 60fps, MPEG-4
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, custom
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 5m @ ISO 100
  • Shutter Type: Electronic and mechanical options
  • Memory Card: MicroSD
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • LCD: 3in, 1,037,000-dot vari-angle LCD
  • Output Size: 5232 x 3488 pixels
  • AF Points: 171-area, face detection, AF tracking, select, spot
  • Field of View: 100.00%
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Sensor: 18.4-millon-pixel, 13.2x8.8mm CMOS sensor
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec (1/60sec in electronic shutter mode)
  • Focal Length Mag: 2.7x
  • Weight: 324g with battery and card (282g body only)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, creative, motion snapshot, best moment capture, auto scene mode selector
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL20a
  • File Format: JPEG, NEF (raw) 12-bit, MPEG-4
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec (1/16000sec in electronic shutter setting)
  • Drive Mode: Up to 5fps in mechanical mode, 10fps, 20fps, 30fps or 60fps in Hi
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, USB
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • RRP: £799 with 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens
  • Lens Mount: Nikon 1 mount
  • ISO: 160-12,800
  • Focusing Modes: Hybrid contrast and phase-detection AF, auto, single-shot and continuous AF modes
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Dimensions: 110.9 x 65.0 x 33.2mm
  • Metering System: TTL multi-segment, spot, centre
  • Tested as: Enthusiast CSC

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