Yesterday TomTom has released the first hands-on video with the Nikon 1 V3 on YouTube. Improvements that caught my attention immediately are the much faster power-on time and image scrolling compared to my V1. While you have to wait a bit for the V1 to power on (or wake up from stand-by), the V3 seems to be instantaneous in this regard. Scrolling through images also seems to be much faster and smoother with the V3. The AF doesn’t seem much faster under lowish lighting conditions compared to my V1. This could be because of the 6.7-13mm UWA lens which was mounted on the V3 during the hands-on and which I don’t have. The swivel touchscreen can be tilted up to 90 degrees up or downwards. Many other swivel screens can also be tilted 90 degrees upwards, but are limited to about 45 degrees downwards.
Despite the very high price V3 is currently number 7 on the list of most popular compact system cameras on AmazonUS. Well ahead of the Sony A6000 and Olympus OM-D E-M10, which are both considerably cheaper. You can now pre-order the full kit on AmazonDE as well. Body only and partial kit with the 10-30mm PD zoom is also available for pre-order on AmazonUK.
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