DxO Mark has just posted their results after testing the yet to be released Nikon 1 V3 camera. Just like the V2, the V3 is inferior to the V1 in regards to overall image quality. The new 18 Megapixel sensor, provided presumably by Aptina, is nowhere near as good as the 20MP BSI 1” sensor from Sony, found in the RX100 MkII and RX10 cameras. The V3 doesn’t even fair favourably when compared to the Coolpix P7800 compact camera. It is only better in regards to noise performance, but has inferior color depth and dynamic range.
As a Nikon V1 user, I was hoping that at the ridiculous price point of almost $1200 Nikon would at least match the image quality of Sony’s 1” sensors. Having worse IQ than Sony’s compacts is very disappointing for a camera costing this much and which is allegedly aimed at enthusiasts and pros looking for a smaller camera to complement their DSLR gear. Add to that the incompatibility in regards to batteries, SD cards, flash guns (no real hot shoe and no CSL support), and what you have is a glorified point and shoot camera at an absurd price point.
I’m out. I will be looking at other MILC manufacturers who take their customers seriously and don’t cripple their cameras intentionally to boost sales of higher-end models.
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