Nikon 1 V3: A Pricey Mirrorless Camera That Acts Like a Point-and-Shoot

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Here's Nikon's new top interchangeable-lens compact. The Nikon 1 V3 is a mirrorless camera that hopes to break from the mold by being simpler than the rest.

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Last year, the company completely redesigned the V2, adding a more substantial grip to the V1's point-and-shoot-like body. Now, Nikon is ditching that new design—sort of. The grip and electronic viewfinder will be an optional addition. But the basic camera will be a tiny rectangle familiar to anyone who has used a pocket camera before.

Additionally, the Nikon 1 V3 has a higher-resolution 18.4 megapixel CX format sensor compared to the V2's 14.2-megapixel chip. The 1-inch CX format remains smaller than the sensors on micro four thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, and much smaller than the APS-C sensors in Sony's mirrorless monsters.

As before, the smaller sensor size and a powerful processing engine—this time an "Expeed 4A"—lets the camera do some fancy tricks that bigger cameras can't, like shoot 2o frames-per-second. As you'd expect from a pricey consumer camera: built-in Wi-Fi powers and video recording at up to 1920 x 1080 at 60p.

The camera, with a 10-30mm lens, grip, and viewfinder will go on sale next month for $1200. Seems a little steep in light of the excellent sub-$1000 packages out there from Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic, but as always, we won't know until we try it out.

DISCUSSION

FourOnTheFloor
FourOnTheFloor

I genuinely don't get this camera. Micro four thirds is panned because of its shallow depth of field, so nikon made a sensor smaller than mft that'll inherently have a more shallow DoF than MFT.

Sony is panned for the lack of lenses in their system, so Nikon builds a system that can't leverage any existing lenses, limiting the options more so than Sony and especially MFT.

It's Nikon's answer that seemingly answers none of the complaints the market has had with the existing compact interchangeable offerings.

As someone who has a Nikon DSLR and downsizing... This just doesn't make sense.