Nikon 1 V3
The range-topping Nikon 1 V3 is aimed at ‘serious’ photographers, but it’s still lots of fun to use
Nikon 1 V3 + 10-30mm PD-Zoom + EVF
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’.
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.