This is not so much of a review as comparison of the Nikon V1 against the review I have already done on the Nikon J1.  The way these cameras work and their performance is almost identical, so I’m not going to just do a copy-and-paste of the J1 review, I suggest you go and read that review first (here) and then come back to see why I ultimately ended up with a V1 after initially buying the J1.

The V1 isn’t as portable as the J1, which I could fit in my trouser pocket with the 10mm pancake lens on, but is it worth the extra bulk?  I’ll go over the differences as I use it day to day, and then you can decide for yourself if it is worth it for you.

Important differences between the J1 and V1 in day-to-day use (not all differences!)…

  • Built in viewfinder
  • Much bigger battery
  • No flash – optional external flash, but more powerful.
  • Accessory port – attach GPS, dedicated flash or attach a mic (via a cold-shoe adapter)
  • Bigger body makes it feel easier to hold, but less portable, and heavier.
  • Mechanical shutter – electronic optional.
  • Much larger buffer means more continuous shots at higher fps shooting
  • 3.5mm microphone input jack
  • Higher resolution LCD screen
This is my list of what I feel are the most important differences between the two cameras, the ones I think you’re most likely to actually use or actually notice.  I’ll go through these point by point then you can make your mind up about whether they are really useful and worth the extra cost to you…. read the full article here...

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Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor. His portfolio can be viewed at memaddock.co.uk

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