Like many others I'm tired of lugging a heavy DSLR, in my case a D300s, around for travel or vacation photos. In addition, I want a compact that does very good video for a non-camcorder. I've been comparing the Nikon 1 cameras (mostly the J1, due to to lower cost), and the Panasonics, mainly the G-3 and GF-3. The Panasonics of course have larger sensors both in size and pixels, but I'm sure 10mp is plenty of resolution. Does anyone have experience with both, or can help me decide one over ther other. Unfortunately in our small town, the stores seem to only have the Nikons. I'm heading for Columbus on Monday, so may check Best Buy and Cord Camera while there.
Sat 14-Jul-12 03:34 PM | edited Sat 14-Jul-12 03:34 PM by PerroneFord
My experience is with mostly filmmaking. And I consider both DSLRs and point and shoots to be pretty poor for video for different reasons. That said, please be mindful that HD video is less than 2 MP (1920x1080. The megapixel counts on today's video capable cameras is a total non factor.
Larger sensors are usually a help, particularly in lower light scenarios. However, just like stills, the glass is a primary factor in how good the video will be. I know nothing of the glass the Panasonic's use. Their video cameras use Leica lenses. The lenses on the Nikon are more known to people and the quality can be quite high.
I don't have any experience with the Panasonics. But I was pleasantly surprised by the V1 for video. It takes a little getting used to the controls. But the weight is good using the kit lenses, not too heavy but not too light makes it relatively easy to hold steady. The autofocus works quite nicely. And I like the gimmick super slomo too.
Just ordered an FT-1 so I am interested to see how well it does with some of my other Nikkors.
I got to check out the V1 today and like it a lot. Amazingly solid for such a small camera, and the best electronic viewfinder I've seen. The J1 is nice too for $250 less, but if I got one of these I would spend the extra for the V1. It will be interested to see what the V2 will offer when the time comes. More megapixels? I get the feeling Nikon kept the number of pixels fairly conservative to give room for more pixels in later updates. But for what the camera is, 10mp is probably all that's needed.
Even though it's the Nikon 1 system, my prediction on model numbers is that it will be v1, v2, etc. But I guess we'll have to wait and see on that. I'm anxious to see if they come up with a 3rd version eventually, with more manual controls.