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] The J5 model added a 20.8MP sensor in 2015 and kept most other technical specifications the same as the J4 model.

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 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]

In addition 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 of the initially released 1 series cameras were criticized for having DSLR-like prices.[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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