Phantomas, a Rangefinderforum.com regular, has posted the first user impressions and sample images here. He goes on to conclude that:
Nikon 1’s were never cameras for me, but V3 suddenly opened up potentials. If 35mm equivalent (preferably f/1.2) was to come out I would have no reservations about using it on the street, sensor size shyness would then fly to hell. It is true that this camera is the most “enthusiast”-ready in Nikon 1 line-up.
To summarise my sudden fondness of it, disregarding the feel and solidity, I would say it comes down to how I see using it, especially on the street, with the combination of tilting touchscreen and instant AF point selection. Viewfinder certainly makes this camera “serious” and for me it’s a much, but I’m not going to dismiss additional opportunity given by the above combo. And of course- the right move in the GUI improvements suddenly made this camera usable.
Due to high demand we anticipate being unable to fulfill all customer orders with our first allocation. Product supply from Nikon is very limited. Your place in line will be maintained, and we will not charge your credit card until we ship the product.
AmazonUK and AmazonDE have not posted any such notice, leading me to believe that either there is high demand for the V3 and 1 Nikkor 70-300mm in the US or more probably Nikon is restricting supply to the US market, which is known for vastly favouring DSLRs over MILCs/CSCs. In any case, US residents interested in the V3 and the new telephoto zoom should pre-order fast, to avoid having to wait too long for delivery.
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