Nikon 1 V3

The range-top­ping Nikon 1 V3 is aimed at ‘se­ri­ous’ pho­tog­ra­phers, but it’s still lots of fun to use

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Nikon 1 V3 + 10-30mm PD-Zoom + EVF

£800, $1200

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he first V3 kits to hit the mar­ket came with a 10-30mm power zoom lens and plug-in viewfinder. The lat­ter is a sen­si­ble in­clu­sion, as it’s one of the stand­out ben­e­fits of the V3 over the J4. It’s a par­tic­u­larly good elec­tronic viewfinder too, with a high 2,359,000-pixel res­o­lu­tion that cer­tainly puts the Coolpix P610 and P7800, with their 921,000-pixel built-in viewfind­ers, in the shade. And speak­ing of shade, that’s some­thing you won’t have to try to find when shoot­ing, as the plug-in viewfinder elim­i­nates the prob­lem of glar­ing sun bounc­ing off the LCD screen and mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to ac­cu­rately com­pose shots on bright days.

The LCD screen also goes one (or two) bet­ter than those fit­ted

Tto the AW1 and J4, as it boasts both touch and tilt ca­pa­bil­ity. It’s not fully ar­tic­u­lated like the screens on all three Coolpix cam­eras and the D5500, but it does tilt up­wards and down­wards for shoot­ing from tricky an­gles. How­ever, it doesn’t tilt over com­pletely for view­ing when the cam­era is fac­ing you, so it won’t work for the oblig­a­tory travel ‘selfie’.

Per­for­mance

Much of the DNA is iden­ti­cal to that of the J4, es­pe­cially when it comes to the im­age sen­sor and pro­ces­sor. Per­for­mance in terms of aut­o­fo­cus­ing, me­ter­ing, auto white bal­ance, ISO range and max­i­mum drive rates are all iden­ti­cal. How­ever, re­spon­sive­ness ben­e­fits from the V3’s slicker con­trols, which make ad­vanced shoot­ing pa­ram­e­ters quicker and eas­ier to get at. Even so, with im­age qual­ity from the two cam­eras be­ing all but in­dis­tin­guish­able, you’re cer­tainly pay­ing a high pre­mium for the Nikon 1 V3’s ex­tra bells and whis­tles.

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