Nikon 1 V1 & J1 Compact Cameras

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.”

Save up to 66% on a Nikon 1 V1 with discounted lens kit options through the Amazon link provided:

Another new high-quality Nikon camera that is very similar to the V1, is the simpler Nikon 1 J1:

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).
1080/60i video.
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):

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