I along with many others, I'm sure, took advantage of the great pricing on a Nikon 1 J1 with the 10-30 & 30-110mm len kit. Currently I'm awaiting delivery. I've read and watched many reviews of the 1 series online and it seems that anyone who actually has used the camera likes it for the most part. No camera is perfect. Generally, most people who dislike it are basing it on reading about it. It is a very polarizing camera. Ken Rockwell blasts it and others say it is a fashion accessory. My research leads me to believe this is a nimble and very capable camera. Autofocus seems very fast, shutterlag negligible enough to photograph kids at play or sporting events. Colors seem vivid and videos look great. Even the complaints about the lack of external controls are tempered by comments such as "the menus aren't all that hard to navigate". In all, I hope I chose well based on the contributions and opinions of others. This is a bold move from Nikon to enter the ILC category with its own CX sensor and fresh styling of the 1 series. Any thoughts are welcome.
#1. "RE: Awaiting Delivery of my 1 J1" In response to Reply # 0
You know what they say, never trust the reviews of people who never actually use the product. At least when it comes to cameras. I don't see why the Nikon 1 is blasted. Is it overpriced at MSRP? I think so. But it's still a very capable camera and fun to have around. There's room to grow with it and Nikon has plenty of room for other improvements but I'll still enjoy having the V1 around myself.
jbloom Wethersfield, US Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Sun 20-Jan-13 03:14 PM
#2. "RE: Awaiting Delivery of my 1 J1" In response to Reply # 0
Everyone has an opinion, I guess. Mine, as someone who has used DSLRs from consumer- to pro-grade, several P&S cameras, and the 1 V1, is that the mirrorless cameras fill a niche, and the Nikon 1 series is a worthy entry in that field. Each MILC system has its strengths and weaknesses. The Nikon 1's main weakness is the size of its sensor, but as long as you know what to expect of it, that's not a huge limitation to me. The second weakness compared to m4/3, especially, is the limited selection of native lenses. That's ameliorated somewhat by the FT-1 adapter (at additional cost, of course) although adapting DX and FX lenses to CX can result in some odd focal length ranges.
Some people seem to demand that MILC systems perform like DSLRs, and none of the present systems are up to that. Anyone who expects them to do so is in for disappointment. But you can take some great photos with a Nikon 1 camera, as can be seen in many forums and photo websites.