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Nikon V1 Camera Review with Sample Video

The V1 camera is Nikon's update to last year's J1 mirrorless interchangeable lens model.

June 29, 2012
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Introduction

The V1 camera is Nikon's update to last year's J1 mirrorless interchangeable lens model, which was Nikon's first release of that kind. Not much has changed this time around in terms of video: the camera managed to capture a solid video image in bright light, but struggled mightily in low light situations. The V1 also still has Nikon's low-quality slow motion modes that let you shoot video at 400 or 1200 frames per second.

Motion & Sharpness

In testing we found that the Nikon V1’s 1080/60i video mode suffered from a slight bit of artifacting, with some hitchy motion and ghosting and trailing. In our motion rig, this was easiest to see around the RGB and monochrome pinwheels, with some slight motion blurring around the moving train. The 1080/30p mode, however, was much smoother, with greatly reduced trailing and motion blur. The 30p mode did also have the same artifacting issues that we saw in 1080/60i mode.