Nikon 1 V3

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    Highlights

    • 18.4 MP 1-inch CMOS Sensor
    • 160 - 12,800 Native ISO
    • 171 Focus Points (171 Cross-type)
    • 3.0" 1,037k dot Tilting Screen
    • 60.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-in Flash
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
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    Overview

    Nikon 1 V3 was announced in 2014 and is a 1-inch (13.2 x 8.8 mm) Mirrorless camera with 18.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 160 to 12,800. The camera has a Tilting 3.0" screen with 1,037k dot resolution.

    Nikon 1 V3 can capture video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.


    Here is the Nikon 1 V series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Nikon 1 V series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Nikon 1 V3 March
    2014
    18.4 MP
    1-inch
    160 - 12,800 Tilting 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon 1 V2 October
    2012
    14.2 MP
    1-inch
    160 - 6,400 Fixed 3.0"
    921k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon 1 V1 January
    2012
    10.1 MP
    1-inch
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.0"
    921k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Nikon 1 V3 vs 1 V2 vs 1 V1.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Nikon 1 V3.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Built-in Flash
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Light - 381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz)
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Small Sensor
    •   160 Lowest Native ISO
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low DxO Overall Score - 52
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth
    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 310 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Sensor Resolution - 18.4 Megapixel
    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Nikon 1 V3 to its predecessor 1 V2 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Nikon 1 V3 vs Nikon 1 V2
    Higher Sensor Resolution 18.4 Megapixel vs 14.2 Megapixel
    Higher Native ISO 12,800 vs 6,400
    More Powerful Processor EXPEED 4A vs EXPEED 3A
    Max Image Resolution 5232 x 3488 vs 4608 x 3072
    Timelapse Recording vs
    More Focus Points 171 vs 73
    Touch-to-Focus vs
    Center Autofocus vs
    Continuous Autofocus vs
    Screen Type Tilting vs Fixed
    Touch Screen vs
    Higher Resolution Screen 1,037k dot vs 921k dot
    Higher Resolution Viewfinder 2,359k dot vs 1,440k dot
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 60.0 fps vs 15.0 fps
    Higher DxO Color Depth 20.8 vs 20.2
    Higher DxO Overall Score 52 vs 50
    Microphone Input vs
    Built-In Wi-Fi vs via optional WU-1b mobile adapter
    DOWNGRADES Nikon 1 V3 vs Nikon 1 V2
    Lower DxO Low Light ISO 384 vs 403
    Lower DxO Dynamic Range 10.7 vs 10.8
    Heavier 381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz) vs 278 g (0.61 lb / 9.81 oz)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Nikon 1 V3 vs 1 V2.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Tilting Touchscreen

    Nikon 1 V3 has a 3.0" Tilting touchscreen with 1,037k dot resolution. Tilting screen makes this camera very useful for photography purposes but not so useful for video shooting.

    Camera does not have a built-in viewfinder but an optional electronic viewfinder can be attached.

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    Nikon 1 V3 with Tilting screen

    Sensor

    Nikon 1 V3 features a 18.4 megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor with dimensions of 13.2 x 8.8 mm and a total area of 116.2 mm2. Its native ISO range is 160 - 12,800.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Nikon 1 V3's 1-inch sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with EXPEED 4A processor and can take pictures up to 5232 x 3488 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolutions like 3920 x 2616, 2608 x 1744 with 3:2 aspect ratios.


    Lens Mount

    Nikon 1 V3 has Nikon 1 lens mount. Due to 1-inch sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 2.7x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.7.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Nikon 1 V3.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Nikon 1 V3 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Mini HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Nikon 1 V3 comes with EN-EL20a battery pack with battery life of 310 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Nikon 1 V3 has Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane mechanical shutter and electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/16000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/4000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 60.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Nikon 1 V3 has Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)
    AF-assist illuminator system with 171 focusing points. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Flash

    Nikon 1 V3 has a built-in flash with maximum range of 5.00 m at ISO 100 and also accepts external flash which can be connected via Hot Shoe. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +1 EV with 1/3 EV steps).

    Physical Parameters

    Nikon 1 V3 has dimensions of 111 x 65 x 33 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.3"). It weighs 381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz), so it is a lightweight camera.

    111 mm (4.37")

    65 mm (2.56")

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    65 mm (2.56")

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    33 mm (1.3")

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    Nikon 1 V3 dimensions

    Nikon 1 V3 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Nikon 1 V3 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    AVERAGE
    69

    Nikon 1 V3 gets a score of 69 and is AVERAGE choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    77

    Nikon 1 V3 gets a score of 77 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 310 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    71

    Nikon 1 V3 gets a score of 71 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 310 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    GOOD
    81

    Nikon 1 V3 gets a score of 81 and is GOOD choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    GOOD
    83

    Nikon 1 V3 gets a score of 83 and is GOOD choice for Street photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    82

    Nikon 1 V3 gets a score of 82 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 310 shots

    Nikon 1 V3 Evaluation

    We evaluate Nikon 1 V3 and give score of 69 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
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    Sensor

    AVERAGE
    64

    We give Nikon 1 V3 a score of 64 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Sensor Resolution - 18.4 Megapixel
    •   160 Lowest Native ISO
    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   Low DxO Overall Score - 52

    Photo

    GOOD
    70

    We give Nikon 1 V3 a score of 70 for Photo parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    BAD
    16

    We give Nikon 1 V3 a score of 16 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    85

    We give Nikon 1 V3 a score of 85 for Focusing parameters.

    •   171 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    GOOD
    82

    We give Nikon 1 V3 a score of 82 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Nikon 1 V3 a score of 87 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    POOR
    41

    We give Nikon 1 V3 a score of 41 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 310 shots


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