Hands on photos and videos from Nikon J1 and V1

These two lens are the first mirrorless interchangable lens cameras from Nikon, and are part of the Nike 1 system, they are the V1 and J1. Unlike most sensors, they don’t come in the 4/3 standard, but come in a 1nch sensor called CV, which called for a redeisng on not jut the lesn, but the mounts as well.

This is my review of the lens as to whether it lives up to all the positive reviews. I have reviewed both the Nikon 1 V1 and Nike V1 J1, the former comes with f/2.8 pancake lens and the later with the 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lenses. Both the lenses that came with the J1 also sport Nikon’s proprietary Vibration Reduction technology. The two cameras look nearly identical.


Both these point and shoot cameras, look visibly similar, with the J! being smaller and thinner than the V1. However, when it comes to build, the V1 is superior in our opinion, since its made of metal vs the plastic of the J1.

As for the usabillity or ergonomics, both cameras are minimalistic, as they are few buttoms on both cameras. The Power, Shutter and a dedicated Video button being placed on top of the camera. At the back is a small dial that allows for limited switiching modes, the secondary dial controls specific features.

On the V1, there is a horizontal bar at the top right corner of back panel, that is ised to change the aperture or shutter speed. On the J1, it only serves to zoom in while in preview mode. The V1 also has a 1440K Dot TFT LCD viewfinder (also known as an electronic viewfinder), which switches from the back LCD to the viewfinder.


Nikon V1
Electronic Shutter (1/60 second to 1/16000 second)
Mechanical Shutter (1/250 second to 1/4000 second)
Burst Shooting Mode on Electronic Shutter 10, 30, 60 frames / second
External Port

The actual number of frames per second is about 34 rames at 10 fps, 30 frames at 30 and 60 fps.

Nikon J1
Electronic Shutter (1/60 second to 1/16000 second)
Burst Shooting Mode on Electronic Shutter 10, 30, 60 frames / second
Built in Flash

For the J1, the frames captured are 13 frames at 10 fps and 12 frames at 30 and 60 fps.


tHE Nikon 1 system comes with a phase detect focus-contrast system. IN most cameras, these two features are seperate, but with the Nikon I it has merged them together, this enables focus in blazingly fast speeds.

One of the most impressive feature sets of the Nikon 1 system is its contrast/phase detect focusing system. Conventional cameras (including DSLRs) use one or the other focusing mechanisms, but Nikon has managed to merge the two together, resulting in a system that is blazing fast to acquire focus, even in very low light.


Now we generally have never spoken about lenses in a review, but the mirrorless cameras are changing that up since these cameras aren’t much without a lens. Currently, there are only four lenses available for the Nikon 1 system:

There are 4 lens at the moment,

10mm f/2.8 pancake lens (pancake because these lenses are very thin)
10-110mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom
10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR

While the lens don’t have a manual focusing ring, but has a dial at the back for focusing, making it a bit cumbersome

Nikon has developed its own 10 megapixel sensor for the Nikone 1 system, and calls it the CX format. The senors is about 1 inch in diameter, the sensor has a conversion factor or 2.7, meaning that a lens advertised as 10mm would actually yield a viewable area of10x2.7 = 27mm and so on. The only problem with such a small sensor is image quality is slightly reduced, hwere that being said the sensors does very well, delivering great looking images with great clarity and saturated colors. The only area that it doesn’t do well is depth of field. This was evident when we shot a flower at close range. and it produced a blue, but not as much as it if from a DSLR.

Shooting with the Nikon 1 (V1 and J1) was great if you just stick to auto. Using other modes was cumbersome.


Both the V1 and J1 have a dedicated vido button that allows you to record full HD video. You can shoot stills and videos when you are recording in Full HD mode, without impact the recording.


Overall, if you are looking for a graet point and shoot camera this is for you, but its not a solid DSLR alternative.

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