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Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Lens, DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder & GR-N1010 Grip, 18.4MP, 3" LCD Display

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  • 14.2MP 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS CX Image Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 3 " LCD Display
  • 15 Frames/Second Burst Shooting
  • 1920 x 1080/60p Movie Capture
  • Advanced Hybrid AF
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About Nikon 1 V3

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The Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera combines the portability of a compact camera and image quality and capabilities usually associated only with a D-SLR along with game-changing speed and accuracy. An enhanced 18.4-MP image sensor is paired with Nikon's new EXPEED 4A image processor to achieve the world's fastest continuous frame rate, brilliant low-light performance and cinema-quality video capabilities. Add an ultra-fast autofocus system, the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi for sharing photos and controlling the camera with a compatible smartphone or tablet and compatibility with both 1 Nikkor lenses and legendary Nikkor F-mount D-SLR lenses (with the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter) and the Nikon 1 V3 is a D-SLR owner's dream come true. When it comes to capturing sports, fast action and other spontaneous moments that demand fast performance, the Nikon 1 V3 is second to none.

Speed that changes everything
Game-changing continuous shooting speed

Capture thrilling views of sports, fast action and spontaneous moments with game-changing continuous shooting speed: 20 fps at full resolution with full autofocus performance. When using fixed focus, increase that burst rate to a mind-boggling 60 fps and capture sights other cameras may miss. The Nikon 1 V3's Hybrid AF System uses 171 AF points for contrast detection and 105 AF points for phase detection to lock onto your subject the moment it enters the frame with virtually zero lag on the camera's LCD display.

Image quality that inspires
Stunning photos and videos in any light

Nikon's CX-format CMOS image sensor is one of the most exciting innovations in image sensor design and the secret behind Nikon 1's unrivaled speed, image quality and elegant design. The Nikon 1 V3 pairs an enhanced 18.4-MP CX-format CMOS image sensor with Nikon's new EXPEED 4A image processor for spectacular detail and color rendering, blazing-fast speed and brilliant low-light performance. Shoot sharp, clear, noise-free photos and videos up to ISO 12,800-continue shooting in fading light long after lesser cameras have been put back in their cases. Bring the Nikon 1 V3 everywhere you go and preserve important moments beautifully.

Performance that exhilarates
High-end design, tilting touch display and compatibility with Nikon 1 and D-SLR lenses

The Nikon 1 V3 delivers exhilarating performance that will invigorate your passion for photography. Its tilting touch display has virtually zero lag, making it easy to shoot at unusual angles. Its high-end design is so streamlined and comfortable to use, you'll bring it on every outing. For those who like D-SLR-style shooting, add the GR-N1010 Camera Grip and DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and feel right at home with the Nikon 1 V3. If you already own NIKKOR D-SLR lenses, add the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter and use them with the Nikon 1 V3! (The camera's 2.7x crop factor will extend the reach of telephoto lenses-turn a 300mm into an 810mm!) Whether it's a companion to your D-SLR or the centerpiece of your photography system, the Nikon 1 V3 is a camera that's hard to put down.

Convenience that saves time
Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control

Your smartphone or tablet will be your favorite accessory for the Nikon 1 V3. Install Nikon's free iOS or Android app and watch the outstanding photos you take with the Nikon 1 V3 appear instantly on a compatible smartphone or tablet for easy sharing by text message, email or uploading to your favorite site. Share every brilliant view-instantly! For self portraits and group shots that actually include you, use your smartphone or tablet to control your Nikon 1 V3-see what the camera sees and take photos.

HD videos that amaze
Cinema-quality 1080/60p HD video, a built-in stereo mic and ultra-smooth slow motion

Nikon 1 cameras are serious movie-making tools. Capture cinematic 1080/60p video with shallow depth of field, or turn a single instant of action into an astounding 120 fps slow-motion sequence. A new Movie e-VR (Vibration Reduction) feature keeps your videos steady during handheld shooting and Simultaneous Still Image Capture means you can save full-resolution stills without missing a beat while recording video. Whether you're shooting home movies or commercial productions, the Nikon 1 V3 delivers superb footage.

Expand your capabilities
As your passion for shooting with the Nikon 1 V3 grows, so can your capabilities. Every superb lens in the growing 1 NIKKOR collection is capable of telling a new story. Add a Speedlight flash and master creative lighting techniques. Improve sound fidelity in your HD videos with the optional ME-1 stereo mic, or add the electronic viewfinder and grip for D-SLR-style shooting.

Unleash your creativity
Even experienced shooters can find new inspiration in the Nikon 1 V3's Creative Mode. Explore popular HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting or apply fun effects like Toy Camera, Miniature Effect, Cross Process and more. For video, easily create funny sped-up sequences with Fast Motion or a cinematic quick-cut sequence with Jump Cut.

Tell richer stories
Capture and tell stories in creative new ways. Slow down your view of fast action on the camera display and comfortably freeze exactly the right frame. Preview how your shot will look before you take it, ensuring you capture every important moment in the quality it deserves. You can even blend video, stills and sound to capture the essence of a moment with Motion Snapshot.

Take it everywhere
Despite its big-camera performance, the Nikon 1 V3 is small enough to take everywhere. Its high-end design is streamlined for portability and comfort and its exceptional speed-from powering up to framing and autofocusing to capturing-will help you catch more stunning views of the moments that matter.

WI-FI Compatibility
This camera's built-in Wi-Fi capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch or smart devices running on the Android operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.

Nikon 1 V3 Specifications

Camera Type
Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses
Lens Mount
Nikon 1 mount
Picture Angle
Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (Nikon CX format)
Effective Pixels
18.4 million
Sensor Size
13.2mm x 8.8mm
Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning
Image Area (pixels) 1
Normal Panorama, horizontal pan (120:23 aspect ratio)
4,800 x 920
Normal Panorama - vertical pan (8:25 aspect ratio)
1,536 x 4,800
Wide Panorama - horizontal pan (240:23 aspect ratio)
9,600 x 920
Wide Panorama - vertical pan (4:25 aspect ratio)
Image Area (pixels) 2
1,536 x 9,600
Still Images (3:2 aspect ratio)
5,232 x 3,488
3,920 x 2,616
2,608 x 1,744
Still images (taken during movie recording; aspect ratio 3:2)
5,232 x 3,488 (1080/60p, 1080/30p)
1,472 x 984 (720/60p, 720/30p)
Motion Snapshot (16:9 aspect ratio)
5,232 x 2,936
File Format
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8)
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Storage Media
microSD (micro Secure Digital)
microSDXC memory cards
Card Slot
1 micro secure digital
File System
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
Color LCD viewfinder, 0.48 inches TFT LCD approx 2,359k-dot with diopter adjustment function and brightness adjustment (optional)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
100% Approx.
Eye Sensor
Camera switches to viewfinder display when it detects that viewfinder is in use
Lens Aperture
Electronically controlled
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane mechanical shutter; electronic shutter
Fastest Shutter Speed
Electronic Shutter: 1/16,000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 sec.; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/250 sec.
Bulb Shutter Setting
Shutter Release Modes
Single-frame [S] mode
Self-timer mode
Delayed remote
Quick Response Remote
Interval Timer Shooting
Frame Advance Rate
Approx. 6, 10, 20, 30 or 60 fps
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
10/20 frames per second with AF; 30/60 fps with focus locked on first frame (at full resolution)
2, 10 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
Remote Control Modes
Delayed remote (2 sec.)
Quick-response remote
Exposure Metering System
TTL metering using image sensor
Metering Method
Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on select focus area
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Scene Auto Selector
Scene Modes
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Shooting Modes
Advanced movie mode (includes HD movie, slow motion, fast motion, jump cut, and 4-second movie)
Auto Photo mode
Creative mode (including: creative pallet, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process, and toy camera effect)
Motion Snapshot (16:9)
P programmed auto with flexible program, S shutter-priority auto, A aperture-priority auto, M manual
Best Moment Capture mode (includes Slow View, Active Selection, and Smart Photo Selector)
Exposure Compensation
±3 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO Sensitivity
Active D-Lighting
Picture Control
Selected Picture Control can be modified
User-customizable Settings
Autofocus System
Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)
AF-assist illuminator
AF-area mode
Single-point AF: 171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF
Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Subject tracking
Face-priority AF
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Focus Modes
Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-Servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-Servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Built-in Flash
Guide Number
5/16 (m/ft ISO 100, 20deg.C/68deg.F) Approx.
Flash Control
i-TTL flash control using image sensor available
Flash Mode
Fill-flash with slow sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Rear curtain sync
Rear curtain with slow sync
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
White Balance
Direct Sunlight
Preset Manual
All except preset manual with fine tuning
Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
1,037,000 Dots
Monitor Type
TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Metering Method
Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on select focus area
Movie File Format
Movie Audio recording format
Movie Audio recording device
Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Optional external ME-1 stereo microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter)
Movie 1
HD: 1920 x 1080/60p
HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
HD: 1280 x 720/30p
1280 x 720/120 fps (aspect ratio 16:9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
768 x 288/400 fps (aspect ratio 8:3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
Movie 2
416 x 144/1200 fps (aspect ratio 8:3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080/60p (plays at 23.976fps)
Fast-motion, jump-cut and 4-second movies (aspect ratio 16:9)
1920 x 1080/60p (59.94fps) (plays at 24p/23.976fps)
Audio file format: ACC
Movie file format: MOV
USB: Hi-speed USB
HDMI output: Type D mini-pin HDMI connector
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Portuguese (European and Brazilian)
Date/Time & Daylight/Time Settings
World Time Setting
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL20a Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
310 shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter
EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5C Power Supply Connector
Tripod Socket
1/4 in.
Operating Environment
32 to 104deg.F (0 to 40deg.C)
Less than 85% humidity (no condensation)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.4 x 2.6 x 1.3" / 11.18 x 6.60 x 3.30cm (Approx.)
11.4oz / 323.18g (Approx.) camera body only
Mfr #

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The Nikon 1 V3


The Nikon 1 V3: The greatest small camera in the world by George DeWolfe First, you have to understand where I am coming from: Over 50 years of professional and fine art photography. This is not meant in any way to be a bragging session, but I just want to add a little weight to what I am about to write. Let me also limit myself. I very rarely print images larger than 17x22 inches. It's a choice. My preference is actually for a 4x5 or 8x10 contact print from a traditional negative - the highest image quality attainable. The ultimate test of any camera/printing system is how good a B&W print it will produce. Not color - B&W. I was skeptical about the Nikon 1 system at first: Small sensor - how well will it make large prints? The V1 did an admirable job and produced images better than any point and shoot I'd used before. But then I decided to try something - put it on a tripod and treat it like a regular DSLR. The results I obtained in the B&W prints from these images were of superb technical quality and beautiful tonality. The latest iteration of this little gem of a camera is the V3. Because of the quality of this model I have sold all my DSLR cameras except one, a small lightweight D5500. But I am am now using the V3 for everything and the D5500 sits and collects dust. The kit I have (pictured) is the NIkon 1 V3 with the lightest Gitzo or Really Right Stuff Tripod and the Leica Ball Head. I came to this decision by degrees and experimenting. The Leica ball head is one of the best in the world, and it supports 15 pounds. It's small and does everything you want a good ball head to do - fast. One control makes all the adjustments. I'd come close to saying that it's the best ball head in the world, but it doesn't support heavier DSLR equipment. But it's perfect for the Nikon 1 V3 and lighter Nikon cameras including the D3300, D5500 and D7100. I recommend both the Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 Traveler and the Really Right Stuff TQC-14. It's hard for me to decide which one I like the best, but for lightweight action, movement and travel, either is excellent. They will support all but the heaviest DSLR. Years ago Ansel Adams was asked what camera he favored using. He replied, "The heaviest one I can lift!" To him that probably meant a 4x5 or 8x10 view camera. My approach is a little different: Carrying the lightest camera I can find that produces the highest quality image. Today, that is the Nikon 1 V3. (Actually, the Nikon A was very close because it had a DX censor in a small point-and-shoot frame, but it had a fixed focal length and is now discontinued.) The quantitative and technical aspects of the V3 are discussed on many popular photography websites. I am going to concentrate on it's main qualitative functions in this article. The main attribute a camera needs to have, aside from any other, is the quality of the image it produces. What usually happens at this point in most camera reviews I read is that image quality is broken down into its quantitative aspects. I think that's misleading. What photographers really want is a qualitative image evaluation of the camera's image by an expert whose images they respect. An expert will usually not compare camera images from different cameras. He'll compare the camera image to something he has in his head (and possibly heart). If you start comparing images from different cameras you end up eventually suffering from what is called "Judge's Creep." ( Judge's Creep is what happens to judges of a large contest. After hours of 'judging" you get tired and your idea of quality diminishes). In a camera we are looking for absolute image quality, not relative image quality. The image the expert has in his head is the absolute best. My qualitative "scale" revolves around the word beautiful. In a B&W print, which is what I make most of the time, beautiful is described in terms of tonal quality. Tonal quality is a function of the articulation of the gray values. Articulation is the number of values within the framework of the photograph. And it has been shown (Seeing Black and White, Alan Gilchrist, Oxford, 2006) that the more gray values there are in a photograph, the less flattening (or compression) occurs in the print. So, the more values, the better the tonal quality. Shown below is the functional visual tonal scale of the Nikon V3: The test was made photographing a gray towel in shade and bracketing in steps of 1 stop either side of middle gray until the image became black or white without detail. The test shows that the V3 has a full detail range of 5 stops and a dynamic range of 7 stops from white to black. This is a visual test with no numbers or calculations involved. It has as many tonal values as an ordinary Nikon DSLR. This was also a typical range of panchromatic B&W film such as Kodak Tri-X. This is a functional test, one that quickly shows a photographer how the sensor records images. It's very useful in determining when you'll have to bracket images for HDR processing. My standard operating proceedure with digital photography is to bracket one stop above and one stop under the correct exposure if I have the opportunity. The second part of a qualitative digital workflow is using RAW files. The Nikon NEF Raw format allows you elbow room when processing in Lightroom or Photoshop. JPEG files don't offer as much flexability. Third, I always photograph in color, because the color information is necessary to convert the image into a quality B&W image. The one slightly negative quality I've have about the Nikon 1 is the tiny size of the flash card. It's about as big as my thumbnail. After a period of working with the camera, however, I am used to it and that negative aspect has worn off. It makes you be careful when handling the camera, which is a good thing. One of the best attributes of the Nikon 1 camera system is its array of high quality lenses. I use the zooms most of the time, but the 32mm (85mm equivalent, 2.7x crop factor) is the best portrait lens I've ever seen. It is absolutely superb. My move to exchange all but one Nikon DSLR with the Nikon one did not come easy and it came by degrees with the evolution of the Nikon 1 itself. From the first model, the V1, which I still love, Nikon has steadily improved the camera to the point that I can make excellent 17x22 prints from the Epson 3880. I don't think the Nikon 1 V3 needs any more endorsement than that. George DeWolfe Southwest Harbor, ME April, 2015

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