Test: Nikon 1 V3-Many Fun Features

With the new Nikon 1 V3, we will recognize the design of the first V-model, with a slightly simpler design. The camera has many fun functions – without, however, becoming the electronic viewfinder.

It was during 2011 as Nikon 1 system came, with the first models V1 and J1.Slowly but surely, the updated models, and we see that Nikon is testing out a bit ahead of what may be suitable for the consumer, something that is reflected in the new Nikon 1 V3 – where the design from its predecessor V2 has given way to the origin – the more stripped-down V1.

Updates are also available on the inside. The sensor has a slightly higher resolution with 18.4 megapixels compared to V2: ans 14 Megapixels. The ISO range is between 160 and 12800 iso, a step above its predecessor. Apart from that there are both improvements and similarities, which makes V-models now more similar to the other cameras in Nikon 1 System.

Adjusted design

Perhaps the biggest change is the absence of the electronic viewfinder, which was what distinguished the more expensive V-models from the cheaper J-models (and later also the even simpler S model). This Nikon has opted instead to offer this as an option via the viewfinder DF-N1000, 2.36 million pixels. Personally, I thought it was just the viewfinder which was the thing with V-the cameras, and the force that was to have these in a fast-paced camera. Too bad.

Sliders, on the other hand, has been updated. On the front we find now a smart forefinger controls to set the shutter, while we can set the aperture on thumb (and using this as a function key). At the top we find the Nikon system 1-program selection knob with the choices they have. On the whole, I’m impressed with the feel of all the buttons and controls – they are perfectly balanced when it spins them. And the fact of the matter is that the shutter button is the button with the best» take-shot-feeling «I – regardless of the camera – tried so far.

Features of Nikon 1 V3 do we recognise from other Nikon 1 models. As a quick little monsters, we will find the possibility to take 60 pictures per second with locked auto focus, or 20 images per second for two seconds with continuous autofocus. You cannot capture the images for a long time, but still get the right cool pictures of exactly what you want to capture.

Function are a bit confused with the functions of the» active choice «, which take 40 shots in the series and are waiting for you to pick out the best. The feature is really smooth, much like» smart photo selector «– but it is you who chooses the image and not the camera. The v3 also features» sliding photo «forming a short cut scene with audio to your image. Otherwise, it is possible to record video in full hd at 1080 p 60 or 30 frames per second, with the ability to adjust aperture, shutter and autofocus through the screen during recording. It works really easy and good.

The autofocus works really well, is super quick in some modes and slower in others, when light is weaker. The following autofocus works extremely well, hanging with fast and it is possible to put on tracking during such as video recording, which is very good. Plus for it – easy to use with great results.

The most fun is probably the creative mode that allows you to choose between different filters, including toy camera, hdr, selective color and miniature effect, to name a few. Funny, absolutely, and easy to adjust via the screen. Among other things, there is a smart color wheel that you can press to adjust the shades, which can give life to the otherwise fairly boring images.

Also the screen of 3 inches with 1.04 million pixels has changed somewhat from earlier – it is now tilting downwards and upwards, making it easier for shooting at the ground or above the head. I like how it is integrated into the design, it’s really slim and at first glance, to the camera, they do not appear to the screen is adjustable.

The picture is good and smart, but in some situations when fast shifts between bright and dark environments, it is slow to catch on to convert themselves to expose the image right.

The v3 also has been equipped with the ability to view the pitted and overexposed areas of an image as black flashing, which is great to see how to expose the image.

WiFi is also one thing that Nikon has chosen to be in V3. Via an app, you can download pictures from your camera or take pictures with the camera – and that’s all. I am somewhat disappointed that there is no possibility to set the camera in different positions, adjust aperture, shutter and iso, or select focus directly on the screen. The whole thing is so spartan that possibilities such as dashed, you want to be able to do more simply.


Nikon 1 V3 is a camera that I feel that fast. It is pretty smooth in its controls, has many fun features and can have fun with. It is also easy to carry with you everywhere, and compact in its execution.

Image quality keeps the same class as its predecessor V2, with a slightly better noise performance at jpeg. The result is very good for a camera with such a small sensor, and the pictures are really nice.