Nikon 1 V3 sensor review: Ahead by design?

By Kevin Carter - Thursday March 20 2014

Sensor Review
Introduction | Image Quality Evaluation: Nikon 1 V3 | Nikon 1 V3 versus competition | Conclusion
Nikon 1 V3 sensor review: Ahead by design?

After the initial interest surrounding the original Nikon 1 V1 and the somewhat lackluster follow-up to that in the form of the Nikon 1 V2, the firm has introduced, arguably, the most exciting looking and capable model yet, the Nikon 1 V3. Read on to find out how this reimagined model performs.

After the initial success of the Nikon 1 V1 and the somewhat uninspiring sequel the Nikon 1 V2, Nikon has introduced the most capable, and, arguably, the most stylish model of the system to date in the shape of the new Nikon 1 V3.  

Aimed unreservedly at enthusiasts looking to replace their high-end compacts, the Nikon 1 V3 boasts a new 18-Mpix CX format (1-inch type) CMOS with on-chip phase-detection (PD) AF pixels for improved AF operation and faster focusing than those adopting just contrast detection. This hybrid AF system boasts a total of 171 AF points, with 105 linked to the dedicated PD pixels on the sensor.

A new Expeed 4A level processor is required to handle the increase in data allowing not only a ISO12,800 maximum sensitivity but also full HD 1080p video recording at 30/60fps and continuous stills shooting at the same rate. The Nikon 1 V3 can also boast continuous bursts up to 20 fps with full-time AF. Although the body no longer has a built-in electronic viewfinder, the V3 has a new 3.0" 1,037k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD to the rear. However, if you prefer a viewfinder, the firm has announced an optional Electronic View Finder with 2,359k-dots and near 100% frame coverage.

For additional stability and security, Nikon has also introduced an optional grip. It boasts angled controls for improved handing, like the firm’s DSLRs, and includes a third programmable function button and a sub-command wheel.

In the US, the Nikon 1 V3 is bundled with the grip, EVF and new stabilized 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom kit lens at around $1,200.

Key specifications

  • 18.4-Mpix CX format (1-inch type) CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 4A Image Processor
  • 3.0" 1,037k-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 1.44M dot LCD viewfinder (optional)
  • Wi-Fi with remote control and file transfer to smartphones
  • Continuous shooting at 60 fps (20 fps with full-time AF)
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Hybrid AF System
  • ISO 12800 and Movie e-VR Stabilization
  • Built-in flash

For more coverage of this model, please see our preview: Nikon 1 V3 – Setting new standards for performance

Image Quality Evaluation: Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 V3 versus competition