Nikon 1 series

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Nikon 1 V1 with Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 attached, the Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom left, ME-1 stereo microphone, GPS GP-N100 and SB-N5 flash
Nikon 1 J1 with Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6, 10mm f/2.8 pancake, and the 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens in white

The Nikon 1 series are high-speed[1] mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with 60 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting speed, using Nikon 1-mount lenses and announced on 21 September 2011.[2] The series currently includes Nikon 1 V1, J1, J2,[3] and S1 with a 10-megapixel image sensor, the V2, J3 and AW1 with a 14-megapixel image sensor and further increased autofocus speed to 15 frames per second (fps),[4] and the 1 V3, J4 with a new 18-megapixel image sensor, further increased — again world’s fastest — autofocus speed to 20 fps, 120 fps HD slow-motion at 1280 x 720 and 1080/60p.[5]

At the time of announcement, Nikon claimed that it features the world's fastest autofocus, with 10 fps—even during videos—based on hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF with AF-assist illuminator), as well as the world's fastest continuous shooting speed (60 fps) among all cameras with interchangeable lenses.[6] Slow-motion movies can be captured in up to 1200 fps with reduced resolution. Its inbuilt intervalometer enables time-lapse photography.

The smaller CX sensor considerably increases the depth of field by 2.90 stops (2.7 times crop factor) compared to a 35mm FX camera at the same angle of view and f-number.

New technologies[edit]

Nikon 1 V1 with FT1 adapter and Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR gives 190-810mm
Nikon 1 V1 with Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and ME-1 stereo microphone in HD-video use
  • Nikon 1-mount and F-mount adapter FT1 enabling the use of all F-mount lenses especially with integrated autofocus motor. The FT1 adapter mounts and meters with all AI-P, AF, AF-S, D and G lenses and compatibles providing autofocus with all lenses with integrated autofocus motor.[14] It further mounts Pre-AI, AI, AI-S and E lenses without metering as well as lenses which jut out the F-mount (needing mirror lock-up on cameras with mirror). Although not recommended,[15] it is used with teleconverters for extreme telephotos.[16][17]
  • Lenses featuring Rear Focusing (RF) system with reduced moving masses and world's fastest extremely quiet Voice Coil motors (VCM) or Stepping (STM) motors to speed-up autofocus.
  • 3-Speed silent Power-Drive motor zoom in the Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom optimized for shooting HD movies.[18]
  • Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom integrates a high amount of technologies: High number of 21 elements including 1 High Refractive Index (HRI, >2), 3 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) and 2 aspherical lenses,[19] Super Integrated Coating (SIC), internal focusing (IF) with world's fastest quiet Voice Coil motor, 3-speed silent PD-Zoom, Vibration Reduction (VR II), retractable lens mechanism and 7 rounded diaphragm blades.[20][21] Together with the Canon EF 28-300mm lens it is the only current superzoom with 20 elements or more.
  • Fast electronic shutter (1/16 000) or additional electronically controlled mechanical focal-plane shutter.
  • The V1 incorporates a 'multi accessory port' currently used for dedicated 1 Series flash and GPS units as well as AS-N1000 cold shoe adapter for mounting the ME-1 stereo microphone.
  • High-speed dual multi-core image-processing pipelines with 600 megapixels per second speed: Expeed 3.[22]
  • Smart Photo Selector Mode enables selection of the best candidates out of a high-speed sequence.[23]
  • Advanced High-definition video recording allows uninterrupted filming while capturing high-resolution photos.
  • Firmware updates of the Nikon 1 lenses are possible.

Other technologies[edit]

Lens system[edit]

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon developed an entirely new system of lenses and the Nikon 1-mount lens mount for the Nikon 1 series. These lenses are only compatible with 1-mount cameras. Nikon has not debuted a new lens mount since the F mount that routine users of the Nikon D series are accustomed to. Although the F-mount adapter FT1 enables the use of all F-mount compatible lenses, these lenses are meant to be portable and compact.[24] There are 12 Nikkor lenses specifically built to fit the Nikon 1-mount additionally to several manual focus lenses from Samyang.

  • 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8[24]
  • 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8
  • 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8
  • 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2
  • 1 Nikkor VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 [25]
  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6[24]
  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom
  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom[26]
  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6
  • 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
  • 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6[26]
  • 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Optional accessories[edit]

Additionally to the already available lenses, flash, cases, GPS unit etc. Nikon presented at PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2011 many forthcoming lenses, LED video and macro lights and video kits.[27]


Independent reviews[28][29][30] and image comparisons at all ISO speeds in JPEG[11] and additionally Raw[31] are available. Both cameras were criticized for having DSLR-like price.[32] DxO Labs awarded the J1 sensor an overall score of 56.[8][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary DPreview
  2. ^ Nikon announces new Nikon 1 compact system camera range with two cameras, lenses and accessories Whatdigitalcamera
  3. ^ Horaczek, Stan (September 21, 2011). "New Gear: Nikon J1 and V1 Interchangeable Lens Cameras". Bonnier Corp. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Nikon announces 1 V2 - a more photographer-friendly, 14MP 1 series camera Dpreview
  5. ^ Nikon 1 V3 offers improved AF system and faster continuous shooting DPreview
  6. ^ Nikon announces Nikon 1 system with V1 small sensor mirrorless camera Dpreview
  7. ^ Nikon 1 Cameras: CX Format Image Sensor Nikon USA
  8. ^ a b Nikon 1 series: The tests Dxomark
  9. ^ Nikon 1 J1 vs Olympus PEN EP3 vs Panasonic GF3 Dxomark
  10. ^ a b Camera Sensor Ratings DxOMark
  11. ^ a b Imaging-resource: Sample images Comparometer Imaging-resource
  12. ^ Nikon Unveils Interchangeable Lens Camera System PCMag
  13. ^ Nikon 1 System First Impressions Dpreview
  14. ^ That New AF-S ED-IF G VR PC DC DX Nikkor is a What? Thom Hogan
  15. ^ Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 Compatible Lens List Nikon
  16. ^ Nikon V1 + FT1 Mount Adapter + 400mm f/2.8 + Teleconverter TC 2.0 Experimental
  17. ^ Nikon 1 V1 and FT1 on Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4 VR lens + TC-14EII teleconverter
  18. ^ 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm PD-Zoom Lens Preview Cameradebate
  19. ^ Nikon 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Lens Patent Could Be For New Nikon Mirrorless System Photographybay
  20. ^ Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Nikon USA
  21. ^ Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Dpreview
  22. ^ Nikon EXPEED 3 Nikon USA
  23. ^ Nikon 1 Cameras Smart Photo Selector Mode Nikon USA
  24. ^ a b c "Nikon 1 J1 Product Brochure" (PDF). Nikon Corporation. p. 30. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  25. ^
  26. ^ a b "Nikon 1 J1 Product Brochure" (PDF). Nikon Corporation. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  27. ^ PDN PhotoPlus show recap Nikonrumors
  28. ^ Nikonlinks: Nikon 1 Series review links Nikonlinks
  29. ^ Nikon 1 J1 review summary Dcviews
  30. ^ Nikon 1 V1 review summary Dcviews
  31. ^ Nikon 1 V1 review: Studio scene comparison (Raw) Dpreview
  32. ^ DPreview: Nikon 1 V1 / J1 Review

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