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Nikon 1 V1 w/ 10-30mm VR Lens

CX format hybrid camera with interchangeable lens capability (White)

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Our take on the Nikon 1 V1 w/ 10-30mm VR Lens

Simple yet bulletproof
There's something about a camera with a matte finish, crisp lines and a cool, solid magnesium alloy body that looks — and feels — right in your hands. When something looks simple and feels bulletproof, we have an expectation that the experience it delivers will be every bit as clean and satisfactory. The Nikon 1 V1 sports a simple, good-looking design and solid build quality, so the burning question is, does it deliver the goods? Read on.

Simple yet bulletproof
There's something about a camera with a matte finish, crisp lines and a cool, solid magnesium alloy body that looks — and feels — right in your hands. When something looks simple and feels bulletproof, we have an expectation that the experience it delivers will be every bit as clean and satisfactory. The Nikon 1 V1 sports a simple, good-looking design and solid build quality, so the burning question is, does it deliver the goods? Read on.

More features, less clutter
Having lens choices is a great thing. But the V1 just starts there. The camera features a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, for accurate and efficient shot composition. It shoots a blazing 10 frames per second while maintaining tenacious autofocus, so that you can follow the kids running through the harvest corn maze without worrying about losing the shot. HD video shines at a full 1080 lines. And there are exclusive touches like Motion Capture, which gives you an emotionally resonant two-second HD slow-motion moment, complete with ambient soundtrack.

A specialized accessory port plays host to a convenient array of available add-ons. Currently, Nikon offers a Speedlight flash unit, and a GPS receiver, so you can arrange your images by location.

No compromises
Nikon built the 1 Series in-house from the ground up, sensor and all. Their design team were given the freedom to create a hybrid camera that defied conventional ideas. When they were finished, they had built a camera that was all about the interaction of the camera's parts — the system — rather than a numbers game of megapixels and sensor sizes. And that system delivers image quality far beyond what you'd expect for a form factor this small. The end result? Creative choices you've never had with a compact camera...and DSLR options that don't compromise the portability you've come to expect from smaller units.

Your camera's best friend
The included 10-30mm lens will be a perfect companion for everyday shooting challenges and travel photography. The 3X zoom range will gather anything from a beach-side panorama to a moody candid portrait. Precision Nikkor optical construction means clean, crisp shots across the entire image, with a minimum of color fringing or blurriness.

Product Highlights:

  • 10.1-megapixel effective recording
  • Nikon CX CMOS image sensor (13.2 X 8.8 mm)
  • includes Nikkor VRII 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikon-1 mount lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-81mm)
  • 1,440K-dot TFT LCD electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment
    • eye sensor switches off LCD display when eye approaches viewfinder
  • 3" 921k-dot high-resolution LCD screen with anti-glare coating for easy viewing outdoors
  • high-def, high-quality movie mode with stereo sound (up to 1080i @ 60 frames per second, or 1080p @ 30 fps)
  • EXPEED 3 image processor means fast data transfer rates for superior continuous shooting
  • simultaneously capture full resolution pictures and HD video
  • Smart Photo Selector chooses the best shots from a continuous series
  • single-point autofocus has 135 areas; auto-area autofocus has 41 areas
  • maintain razor-sharp autofocus while shooting 10 continuous frames per second
  • i-TTL compliant flash available using optional Nikon Speedlight SB-N5 flash unit
  • wide ISO range for colorful, dynamic low-light performance
  • simple, uncluttered control interface is powerful yet easy to understand
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Nikkor Nikon-1 mount lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: up to 10 frames per second with continuous autofocus
  • shutter speed range: 30 - 1/16,000 seconds (electronic), 30 secs - 1/4,000 second (mechanical)
  • shutter release modes: Single-frame [S] mode; Continuous; Mechanical; Electronic; Electronic [Hi]; Self-timer mode; Delayed remote; Quick Response Remote; Interval Timer Shooting
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-3200 auto, 6400 selectable
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • flash compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
  • 5 preset scene modes
  • flash sync: up to 1/60 second (electronic); 1/250 second (mechanical)
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG (Fine, Standard and Basic), Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW), and Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)+JPEG
  • still image aspect ratio options: 3:2, 16:9
  • MPEG-4/H.264 movie files up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 interlaced frames per second with stereo sound; up to 1200 frames per second slo-mo available at 320x120 pixels
  • accepts optional SD, high capacity SDHC and SDXC
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • hot shoe for selected Nikon accessories like flash and GPS
  • 4-7/16"W x 3"H x 1-3/4"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery or media): 10.4 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 4.1 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • Nikkor VRII 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikon 1 mount lens
  • BS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Cover
  • body cap
  • rechargeable EN-EL15 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger/AC adapter
  • shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • EG-CP14 audio/video cable
  • software CD-ROM, manual, and reference manual CD

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera body (white) with attached 1-Mount body cap
  • White 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
  • Black LC-N40.5 lens cap (attached to lens)
  • Black 1-Mount rear lens cap (attached to lens)
  • EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion battery pack (7.0 Volts/1900 mAh) with attached plastic terminal cap
  • MH-25 battery charger (8.4 Volts / 0.2 A)
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • AC plug adapter (with C7 non-polarized plug on one side and 2-prong AC plug)
  • Black adjustable neck strap
  • 5' USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on other end)
  • 5' AV cable (with composite video and mono RCA audio plugs on one end and a proprietary connector on the other end
  • ViewNX2 Short Movie Creator software on CD-ROM
  • Reference Manual on CD-ROM
  • User's Manual (English)
  • User's Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty
  • Warranty Form
  • Extended Service Coverage envelope
  • Note regarding the lens barrel button

Great Nikon quality in a compact interchangeable lens camera. Camera is well built and has very fast operation and auto focus. Great for travel with light weight lenses.

Marty S., Staten Island, NY


Nikon 1 V1 w/ 10-30mm VR Lens Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Great Compact Camera

Marty S. from Staten Island, NY on 9/15/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Nikon quality in a compact interchangeable lens camera. Camera is well built and has very fast operation and auto focus. Great for travel with light weight lenses.

Pros: Small body, light weight lenses, Nikon system accessories

Cons: Need more lenses to be available.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-81mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom ---
Filter Diameter 40.5
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS
Megapixels 10.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 3872 x 2592
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 4-13/16
Height (inches) 3
Depth (inches) 3-3/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 19.7
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Recording Features
Play, Edit and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Nikon V1: The new Nikon V1 is a compact, interchangeable lens camera that combines advanced functionality with a simple, intuitive design. It has the Nikon 1 mount, and is compatible with 1 Nikkor lenses. This kit includes the 10-30mm standard zoom lens. The 10mm single focus lens (05410MMN1K) and 30-110mm telephoto zoom lens (05430110K) are also available.

3.0" LCD Monitor: The Nikon V1 has a 3.0" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-glare coating, and a 7-level brightness adjustment.

Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the V1 has a 0.47" color TFT LCD viewfinder with approximately 1,440,000 dots and a 7-level brightness adjustment. An eye sensor turns off the LCD monitor and turns on the viewfinder as you raise the camera to your eye. The diopter adjustment control lets you focus the viewfinder to your personal eyesight.

Image Sensor: The V1 features the newly developed Nikon CX-format super high-speed AF, 13.2mm x 8.8mm CMOS sensor. It has 12-million total pixels and 10.1-million effective pixels.

Included Lens: The V1 One Lens kit includes the following lens:

  1 Nikkor VR
10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Lens Type Standard Zoom (3x)
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture F/16
35mm Equivalent 27-81mm
Minimum Focal Distance 0.66' (7.8")
Filter Diameter 40.5mm

EXPEED 3 Image Processor: Nikon's new EXPEED 3 Image Processor has dual image processors for outstanding performance, high-speed processing, state-of-the-art phase detection autofocus, and the fastest data transfer rates.

Recording Media: Images can be recorded onto SD (Secure Digital), SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. The camera can support SD cards from up to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 8 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards from 48 GB to 64 GB. Cards with Class 6 or higher writing speeds are recommended for movie recording.

Image Quality: The V1 records still images in JPEG format at Fine (1:4), Normal (1:8), or Basic (1:16) compression. In addition, compressed 12-bit raw data from the image sensor can be saved directly to the memory card in NEF (RAW) format. The white balance, contrast, and other settings can be adjusted on a computer after shooting. If desired, the V1 can record two images simultaneously: one NEF (RAW) image and one fine-quality JPEG image.

Image Size: There are three image sizes to choose from when taking photos in the Still Image and Smart Photo Selector modes:

  • Large: 3872 x 2592
  • Medium: 2896 x 1944
  • Small: 1936 x 1296

Mode Dial: The Nikon V1 has a mode dial on the back panel with only 4 shooting mode choices: Still Image Mode, Movie Mode, Motion Snapshot Mode, and Smart Photo Selector Mode.

Still Image Mode: In the Still Image mode, you can also select from Scene Auto Selector, Programmed Auto, Aperture-priority Auto, Shutter-priority Auto, or Manual Exposure modes. When set to Scene Auto Selector, the camera will automatically analyze the subject and select the appropriate scene. Scene selections include Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Close Up, or Auto (for subjects that do not fall into the other categories).

HD Movies: The Nikon V1 can record High Definition movies in MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression with AAC audio) in three settings:

  • 1080/60i: 1920 x 1080, 24 Mbps
  • 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080, 24 Mbps
  • 720/60p: 1280 x 720, 16 Mbps

Still Images in Movie Mode: You can take still images while you are recording HD movies. The images are in 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080, or 1280 x 720.

Slow Motion Movies: You can record motion pictures at a high frame rate, which are played back as slow motion movies at 30p. No audio is recorded, and the aspect ratio is 8:3. There are two slow motion movie options:

Option Frame Size Bit Rate Maximum Length
Maximum Length
400 fps 640 x 240 1.8 Mbps 5 seconds 1 min 6 sec
1200 fps 320 x 120 0.6 Mbps 5 seconds 3 min 20 sec

Smart Photo Selector Mode: The Smart Photo Selector mode keeps you from missing the picture-perfect moments. When you have composed the photo and press the shutter-release button halfway to focus, the camera begins taking rapid buffering photographs (at 30 fps). After the shutter-release button is pressed fully, the camera will compare shots recorded to the buffer both before and after the button was pressed. The best shot based on composition and motion, and four best shot candidates are copied to the memory card.

Motion Snapshot Mode: The Motion Snapshot mode can turn a simple still image into a creative new way to capture and share your memories. In Motion Snapshot mode, the camera records a high-resolution still image (3840 x 2160), plus a one-second movie vignette. When played back on the camera, the movie will play back in slow motion over approximately 2.5 seconds, followed by the still image. In addition, a short musical background track plays while the Motion Snapshot image is displayed. You can choose your background music from Beauty, Waves, Relaxation, or Tenderness.

Release Modes: You can choose one of the following release modes:

  • Single: The camera records one picture each time the shutter release button is pressed.
  • Continuous: The camera records photos at up to 5 frames per second while the shutter release button is held down.
  • Electronic (Hi): The camera records photos at high rates while the shutter release button is held down. You can set the frame rates at 10 fps (with continuous focus at center of the frame), 30 fps, or 60 fps (focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first photograph).

Self-timer and Remote Control Modes: You can use the self timer or optional ML-L3 remote control (054MLL3) to reduce camera shake or for self portraits. The self timer will release the shutter 2, 5, or 10 seconds after the shutter-release button is pressed fully. Using the ML-L3 remote, you can select Delayed Remote (shutter released 2 seconds after remote is pressed) or Quick-response Remote (shutter released immediately after remote is pressed).

ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the following ISO settings:

A3200 Auto (100-3200) The camera adjusts ISO sensitivity in response to lighting conditions in the range given in brackets. Larger ranges give you increase sensitivity when lighting is poor; smaller ranges give you reduced noise.
A800 Auto (100-800)
A400 Auto (100-400)
100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Hi 1 ISO sensitivity is fixed at the selected value.

White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, or Shade. You can also choose Preset Manual and set the white balance for the lighting conditions.

Picture Control: You can choose how the camera processes photos through Picture Control. Preset Picture Controls include Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape. The preset picture controls can be modified to suit the scene or your creative intent. Some Picture Control Settings include Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue, Filter Effects, and Toning. Edited Picture Controls can be saved as Custom Picture Controls.

Multi Accessory Port: The V1 has a proprietary Multi Accessory Port located on the top of the camera body designed for attaching an optional flash or GPS unit. When not in use, the port should be covered by the supplied plastic cover.

Optional Flash: The V1 has no built-in flash, but is compatible with the optional SB-N5 flash unit (054SBN5). Flash units other than the SB-N5 cannot be used. When the SB-N5 is attached, you can select from the following flash modes: Fill Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Red-eye Slow Sync, and Rear Curtain Slow Sync/Rear-curtain Sync.

Optional GPS: The optional GP-N100 GPS Unit can be used to record information on your current position when photos are taken. This information can be viewed on a computer using the supplied ViewNX2, or the optional Capture NX 2 software.

Play, Edit and Print Functions

Playback Modes: During playback, you can view images one-at-a-time, or multiple thumbnail images of 4, 9, or 72. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. You can also view pictures taken on a selected date in a calendar format.

Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image to get a closer look at the detail. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.

Playback Menu: The Playback menu lets you display or edit your photos and movies. You can choose from the following options:

  • Delete: Delete multiple images at once
  • Slide Show: View a slide show of images on the memory card with numerous options for image type, date, scene, rating, face priority, frame interval, movie playback time, and audio.
  • Rotate Tall: Automatically rotate "tall" portrait-oriented images for display in the camera monitor.
  • DPOF Print Order: Create a digital print order for Pictbridge-compatible printers
  • Protect: Protect pictures from accidental deletion
  • Rating: Rate pictures from 0 to 5
  • D-Lighting: Brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
  • Resizing Pictures: Create a small copy of a recorded image.
  • Cropping: Create a cropped copy of a recorded image.
  • Edit Movie: Create copies of movies with unwanted footage removed.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The V1 is powered by the supplied EN-EL15 rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. A fully-charged battery will last up to approximately 400 shots, or approximately 120 minutes of HD footage (1080/60i). Using the supplied MH-25 battery charger, the EN-EL15 requires approximately 2 hours 35 minutes to charge. For longer periods of use, it is recommended to power the camera using the optional EH-5b AC adapter and EP-5B power connector (sold separately).

Auto Power Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Power Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 10 minutes.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Output: The V1 features a Type C mini-HDMI output for connecting the camera to a TV for playback. If the camera is connected to a device that supports HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), you can control the camera with the device's remote control.

USB/AV Connector: The V1 has a proprietary USB/AV connector that can be used to connect the camera to a computer or Pictbridge-compatible printer via USB, or to a TV via composite video/mono RCA audio. The USB port is 2.0 Hi-speed compatible. The AV output can be set to NTSC or PAL to match the connected device. A 5' USB cable and a 5' AV cable are included.

Supplied Software

ViewNX2 / Short Movie Creator CD-ROM: The supplied CD-ROM contains the ViewNX2 software to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform other transfer-related functions. You can also crop pictures, make picture adjustments, and process/edit RAW images. The CD-ROM also includes the Short Movie Creator software which can create and edit short movies combining music, Motion Snapshots, movie footage, and photos taken in still image or Smart Photo Selector mode.

System Requirements: The supplied software will work with Windows and Macintosh. Your computer should have one of the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 (SP1): Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
  • Windows Vista (SP2): Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate
  • Windows XP (SP3): Home Edition, Professional
  • Macintosh: OS X version 10.5.8 or 10.6.7

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Staff Reviews

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

Great display and viewfinder options -- even for glasses wearers

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 1/31/2012 12:08:00 PM

I've been mostly working with point-and-shoots recently, so it was a real pleasure checking out the V1. That magnesium case gives it a real heft, and it feels durable. I was very impressed by the crispness of the display on the back. It had enough detail that I could make fine adjustments to the lens and be sure they were correct when I snapped the picture.

My glasses tend to get in the way when I use a viewfinder, so I usually just go by a camera's display screen to frame the shot. The V1's viewfinder let me adjust the focus, so I could take off my glasses and get my eye close enough to use it. (I also liked the way the camera automatically switched back and forth from viewfinder to display as I brought the camera up to my eye and lowered it again.)

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