NIKON 1 V1 TWIN LENS KIT
Nikon, $1399 nikon.com.au ★★★
NIKON’S new V1 snapper is adorable. The 383g camera is barely a handful; its lenses as small as shot glasses. There’s no mistaking the company’s first compact system camera — the V1 is easily the smallest interchangeable lens Nikon you’ll see. Unless you spy its more basic sibling, the J1, that is.
Like other cameras of the category, the V1 packs a lot into its small frame. It is constructed around a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and offers a 3-inch screen and a highresolution, built-in electronic viewfinder that starts when you put your eye to it.
The V1’s small body is also pleasingly rugged, thanks to a magnesium alloy build.
Nikon has gone to great lengths to ensure simplicity. A shutter button and video trigger sit atop the camera, and, instead of a regular PASM control dial, it gives users just four options: still or moving images, Motion Snapshot or Smart Photo Selector.
Motion Snapshot records a photo and a second of video played back in slow-motion. Smart Photo Selector chooses four of the sharpest, best-exposed shots from a series, shortening the editing process and saving memory card space.
Also included in the Nikon V1’s swag is vibration reduction, a customisable function button, and contracting lenses.
Despite these additions, Nikon’s first compact system camera has been strongly criticised for its small image sensor. While bigger than the chip you’d find in a pocketable camera, the V1’s 13.2 x 8.8mm sensor is significantly smaller than rivals’, meaning it offers a lower-resolution, higher image crop (2.7x) and smaller depth of field.
Despite these flaws, the Nikon V1 is capable of producing sharp, well-exposed, natural-looking images that appear to have come from a larger camera. Happy snappers looking for an intermediate step between a pocket shooter and an SLR may have met their match.