If you’re in the market for a compact, easy-to-use camera with interchangeable lenses and HD video, the Nikon 1 V1 is a great option.
“For your very mobile lifestyle comes a completely new imaging system designed with freedom—to create and express—in mind. Creativity without boundaries is yours with a balance of high performance, advanced features, portability and newly designed interchangeable lens system. Compact and highly portable, the Nikon 1 V1 goes everywhere you go. Amazing images captured with a highly responsive autofocus plus super fast shooting speed. Touch a dial and capture Full HD (1080p) movies. Snap high resolution still photos even while you record! Attach a Speedlight to add fill light, or use the GPS unit to add location data to image files. Infuse your world with imagery and express as never before.”
If I were in the market for a new camera I’d chose to go with the Nikon 1 V1 over the Nikon 1 J1 because I’m working to take my photography further than capturing stunning images for memories. Plus, the more advanced Nikon 1 V1 costs about the same as the Nikon 1 J1 by going through our Amazon links.
The differences between the J1 and V1 are:
The V1 has a built-in 1.4M-dot LCD viewfinder, while the J1 does not. However, despite being the cheaper, simpler model, the J1 has a built-in flash which the V1 lacks. The V1 makes up for this omission with a multi-accessory port that can be used to mount a dedicated external Speedlight SB-N5 flashgun or GPS unit.
The V1 has a higher resolution rear LCD screen and a mechanical shutter (in addition to the electronic shutter found in the J1), which makes it a better choice for high frame-rate captures of moving subjects. The mechanical shutter also allows it to use flash at shutter speeds of 1/250th of a second, rather than the 1/60th that the electronic shutter limits the cameras to. Ergonomically though, with the exception of the V1’s built-in EVF, both cameras handle in much the same way. Both lack a traditional exposure mode dial, and neither camera offers much in the way of customization. Both are – in essence – designed for multi-purpose point and shoot operation.
Nikon 1 J1 and V1 specification highlights:
10MP 1″ CMOS sensor with 2.7x effective focal length multiplier.
Hybrid AF system with both phase and contrast detection.
60fps at full resolution (with electronic shutter only).
ISO 100-3200 (‘Hi 1’ option at approx. ISO 6400).
Nikon 1 J1 and V1 key differences:
V1 has built-in 1.4M dot LCD electronic viewfinder.
V1 has VGA (920k dot) rear LCD, J1 has 460k dot panel.
V1 has mechanical and electronic shutter option, J1 has electronic only.
J1 has built-in flash, V1 requires optional accessory flash.
V1’s accessory port allows attachment of external Speedlight or GPS unit (J1 has no port).
V1 has a larger, higher capacity battery (the same as found on the D7000).
If you get the Nikon 1 V1 you may want to get this Nikon 1 SB-N5 Speedlight (detachable flash):