I just checked prices over at site sponsor B&H Photo for the Nikon 1 V1, and this little camera can now be had for as little as $299 with a single lens, or $449 with a two-lens kit.
While the V1’s design is geared towards point and shoot users, I’ve really enjoyed this camera’s fast autofocus performance and excellent image quality. I’ve used it for family trips or any time using a DSLR would be impractical, and it’s delivered the goods every time.
The biggest challenge with any new camera is to understand its quirks, like the minimum shutter speed in various program modes. Once you know how the camera will behave, you’ll know how to set it up to capture the moment. Check out my Nikon 1 System Resource Page for more information on this camera and its accessories.
I had a cool opportunity to bring my Nikon 1 V1 to a concert in Denver last night. It seems as though the once draconian rules on image capture during concerts have been relaxed in this age of camera phones. Instead of “no photography or recording devices,” the message now is “no professional cameras.”
Well, the Nikon 1 V1 isn’t exactly a professional camera (it’s the same size as my previous compact, the Nikon P7000). So I brought it. No problem. I used the 30-110mm zoom lens in shutter-priority mode and spot-metering. I wanted to keep the shutter speed above 1/60s at all times. While not every shot was tack-sharp, I got a lot of keepers. And Van Halen still brings it like the best of ’em!
And just for kicks, here’s a video I got with the V1.
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One really fun application of the Nikon 1 system is for macro photography. The 2.7x crop CX format sensor offers some significant advantages to the close-up photographer, including:
Greater apparent depth of field
Longer working distances
Extra magnification when using true macro lenses
All of these points are important with close-up photography. Macro photographers can use all the depth of field they can get, and having a longer working distance means you don’t have to shove your lens right up against your subject. I got an email from a colleague the other day asking if I had any recommendations for a Nikon 1 macro kit, so I thought I’d test out the one macro lens I have: the 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR micro-Nikkor. Continue reading Nikon 1 for Macro Photography→