The Nikon 1 Sample Image Gallery
All images below taken with a Nikon V1, V2 or J1 camera!
Despite the negativity on this camera system by those who never owned or shot one, I find the Nikon 1 system to be special, especially the original V1 camera when used with certain lenses. It has nice qualities that are much different than those from full frame or large sensor cameras. The color, the speed, the sharpness, all top notch and very very film like in its rendering and output.
I have used and owned the best 35mm cameras in the world from the Leica M9, the Leica Monochrom, The Leica M 240, Sony Rx1R, and others such as the Fuji X100 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the best glass. Even with owning those and becoming spoiled by the full rich creamy output I am here almost two years after the original V1 camera launched STILL shooting with one and still loving it. This camera system was the underdog in the digital world but the fact is that for me, this beats any mirrorless made by Canon 🙂
Of course there is no way the files from the V1 can beat the Leica’s or the Sony full frame’s or even the APS-C cameras when you think technically, but these files do have their own MoJo. Their own brand of color. Their own flavor of beautiful. Not sure if it is the grit, the noise, the color, or the fact that the camera is such a joy to shoot but whatever it is, there is a little magic in this system.
Think about it, the V1 has almost everything we want in a mirrorless. Great design, great build, long battery life, built in EVF, super fast and accurate AF, dead silent shutter, and now, a few fantastic pro lenses. The best part? You can still pick up a new V1 for a song, about $260 with lens new in box. $460 with two lenses, new in box. Probably the greatest buy in digital history (while they last). I prefer the V1 to the V2 for many reasons but am excited to see the new V3 coming this year, 2013.
My dream would be for Nikon to go back to the square styling, put in a higher res EVF, bring back the big battery and improve the noise and dynamic range of the sensor without losing the color signature. If they do that it will be huge for them. The 1 system took all of this time for people to see that it is not a toy, not nonsense and not a P&S camera (The V1 or V2). These cameras are highly capable and bring a great experience with them. The more you use it, the more you love it. I’ve bonded with the V1 just as I have the Leica M and Sony RX1.
As always, clicking on an image will bring up the larger version!