Nikon 1 V3 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 18.4 megapixel 1” sensor
  • 20 fps continuous shooting for up to 10 pictures
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/16,000
  • 1080/60p HD video
  • Manual modes
  • 41 autofocus areas
  • Manual focus
  • 3” tilting LCD screen
  • JPEG and RAW
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 310 shots
  • Weighs 11.4 oz
  • Release Date: 2014-04-17
  • Final Grade: 95 A

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Nikon 1 V3
Speed is the name of the game when it comes to the Nikon 1 V3.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

If cameras were cars, the Nikon 1 V3 would be the Hennessey Venom GT. With a whopping 20 fps burst mode and a 1/16,000 maximum shutter speed, it's no wonder that, just a day after it was announced, it was listed as Amazon's #1 seller in the compact camera system category. A hybrid autofocus system with 41-autofocus points and features like subject tracking and facial recognition looks to make the Nikon 1 V3 a serious performer. With a electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen, the design is full of features too. The downside to the 1 V3 (and Nikon's 1 line in general), is that it uses a 1" sensor, smaller than Micro Four Thirds and APS-C mirrorless models. The smaller sensor means images won't have as much resolution. The smaller sensor however, is likely what allows for such speed, and cropped sensors also mean getting more out of zoom lenses. The newly announced Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm lens on the smaller sensor is the equivalent to a 189-810mm lens with the 2.7 crop factor. Released at $1,200 with a kit lens, it'll cost you just as much as the Nikon D7100 body. Because of the smaller sensor, the price is hard to swallow, but for those who don't print huge pictures and need a lot of speed, the Nikon 1 V3 looks to be a top contender.

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