Nikon announces the Nikon 1 V3 and 10-30mm PD lens

Today Nikon has announced the 3rd generation of its higher end Nikon 1 camera, the V3. It features a new 18MP 1” sensor with 171 on-chip phase-detect AF points and almost 100% coverage, the brand new Expeed 4a image processor, a larger buffer for 40 RAWs at 20fps with full AF-C and a touchscreen with the usual features (touch-to-focus, touch to take a photo, etc.). The video side of the camera has also been drastically improved. It can now shoot 1080p video at 60fps and 720p at 120fps. The resolution in the 400fps and 1200fps modes known from the V1 and V2 has been increased somewhat. And now brace yourselves for the bad part…are you ready? The kit consisting of the V3, the new 10-30mm PD lens, DFN1000 add-on EVF and GRN1000 hand-grip, will cost you a whopping £1049.99/$1199/€1249. The V3 together with the 10-30mm PD will set you back £799.99/ €949. In continental Europe there will finally be a body-only option, which will cost €849. Canadian buyers will supposedly be able to purchase the camera with the EVF, but without the 10-30mm PD and the hand-grip, which is the best//cheapest option for photographers looking to upgrade from their V1/V2, like myself. Nikon_1_V3_10_30_PD_DFN1000_GRN1010_angleHere are the most interesting specifications:

  • Effective pixels                    18 megapixels
  • Sensor size notes               No optical low-pass filter
  • Processor                            Expeed 4A
  • ISO                                       Auto, ISO 160-12800
  • Autofocus assist lamp         Yes
  • Number of focus points       171
  • Articulated LCD                   Tilting
  • Screen size                          3″
  • Screen dots                          1,037,000
  • Touch screen                       Yes (Touch focus, shutter)
  • Viewfinder type                      Electronic (optional)
  • Viewfinder resolution             2,359,000
  • Minimum shutter speed        30 sec
  • Maximum shutter speed       1/16000 sec
  • Video res.                              1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
  • Other modes                         High speed: 1280 x 720 (120 fps), 768 x 288 (400 fps)
  • Storage types                       microSD/SDHC/SDXC (why!?)
  • Wireless                               Built-In
  • Microphone port                   No
  • Wireless notes                     smartphone app allows for photo sharing
  • Remote control                    Yes (Wireless)
  • Battery description               EN-EL20a lithium-ion battery and charger (why!?)

For a more detailed list of specifications, visit As you can see Nikon has once more managed to screw up some aspects of a Nikon 1 pretty badly. For example, what is the reason for yet another battery and charger? So that V1 and V2 users have to carry two sets of spare batteries and chargers? Why use microSD cards when every other camera in this class uses standard SD cards? Why is there no Mic input? My V1 has it!

Considering the steep price, I’m not sure whether I will be pre-ordering the V3. If you are certain that V3’s shortcomings won’t bother you, go right ahead, AmazonUS is one of the first to offer a pre-order option.

First V3 samples can be found at Nikon Asia, Nikon France and

Nikon 1 V3 sample video:

Nikon 1 V3 product tour:

Nikon V3 doing 20fps:

Behind the scenes with Davis Bell and the new Nikon 1 V3:

Additional V3 images:

Nikon_1_V3_10_30_PD_DFN1000_GRN1010_front Nikon_1_V3_10_30_PD_DFN1000_GRN1010_top nikon-v3-front nikon-v3-backOptional electronic viewfinder DF-N1000 and hand-grip GR-N1010 (sold seperately or as part of kit):

Nikon_DFN1000 Nikon_GRN1010Press Release:


Announced Alongside the New 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is the Ideal Companion Camera for the D-SLR Shooter Looking to Pack Light and Move Fast

MELVILLE, NY (March 13, 2014) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact, yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed to make no sacrifices when it comes to speed, performance and image quality, the blazing fast V3 sports an impressive Hybrid AF system and the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate1 at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus, a speed that outpaced even pro D-SLR cameras. Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the new Nikon 1 V3 offers a top-class feature set that includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new EXPEED 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity2 and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether searching for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a D-SLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.

Further expanding on the growing stable of 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon has also introduced the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lenses, providing even more impressive lens options for Nikon 1 shooters.

“The versatile Nikon 1 V3 allows the photographer to capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity and ease,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With an incredible feature set, a newly crafted ergonomic design and sporting the elite high-speed performance that has become a hallmark of the Nikon 1 System, the V3 is ready to help users make amazing images and HD video.”

Capture the Shots That Matter With Uncompromising Speed and Quality

The Nikon 1 V3 makes no sacrifices in terms of speed, performance and image quality, as Nikon continues to innovate and invigorate the Nikon 1 System. The camera sports the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at a blazing fast 20 frames-per-second (fps), faster than other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and ideal for capturing fast-moving action and sports. Combined with an outstanding Hybrid AF System, every fleeting moment can be captured with incredible precision and accuracy. With 171 contrast detect focus areas and the center 105 areas supporting phase detection AF, the V3 provides super-fast AF response and accuracy when capturing still images or HD video in addition to exceeding the AF abilities of many D-SLR camera offerings.

The Nikon 1 V3 also features elite imaging specifications that help ensure superior image and HD video quality and impressive low-light performance, including the addition of a high-resolution 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor and new EXPEED 4A image processing engine. Together, they help render true colors and incredible detail, whether shooting an exotic safari or the local swim meet. The V3 also carries an ISO range of 160-12,800 with high ISO noise reduction, providing the versatility to effortlessly capture images in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.

Exceptional Video Performance and a Dynamic Feature Set

When still images are not enough, the Nikon 1 V3 sports an outstanding number of video features that today’s multimedia photographer can take advantage of. The V3 is capable of recording Full HD video at 1080/60p with Movie e-VR (Electronic Vibration Reduction) which helps to eliminate camera shake to record smooth and clear movies. Full-time continuous AF is also possible during video recording, helping maintain critical HD focus, while the versatile CX-format sensor assists in creating video with a beautiful shallow depth of field. The V3 can also capture slow motion video at an impressive 120 frames-per-second (fps) in high quality 720p HD. Additionally, users can capture full resolution still images during video recording, rounding out an impressive and comprehensive stable of video features at the user’s disposal.

In another first for the Nikon 1 series, the V3 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity2, helping users seamlessly share every unforgettable moment. Connect to a compatible smart phone or tablet and share precious photos with friends and family by uploading them to social networks. The Nikon 1 V3 also empowers the user to unleash their creativity, with fun and unique shooting options for all levels of photographer. The V3 offers a wealth of creative modes previously found in models like the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 J3, including Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama and Selective Color, in addition to new modes like Creative Palette, Toy Camera and Cross Process, for a truly customized photography experience. Mainstay Nikon 1 System features such as Slow View, Live Image Control and Motion Snapshot return in this iteration of the V-Series, further enhancing a dynamic and versatile feature set for even the most demanding of photographers.

 Elegant Styling, Superior Operability

The Nikon 1 V3 has been ergonomically designed to allow the user to shoot comfortably and confidently in a variety of shooting scenarios. The extremely compact yet sophisticated body sports conveniently placed external controls with two programmable function buttons, allowing the enthusiast to tailor their camera to their own personal shooting style. An additional function button is added with the optional GR-N1010 grip, a lightweight option that provides steadier handling, as well as an additional shutter button and sub-command dial that will be familiar to D-SLR shooters.

Another innovative addition to the Nikon 1 Series is the V3’s new tilting, touch-panel 3-inch LCD monitor that allows photographers to compose brilliant images and HD video from various new angles. This thin and versatile monitor is a convenient tool for adjusting settings on the go, affording the user the ability to quickly trigger the shutter when capturing a photo or change the focus point when capturing video by simply touching the screen. Playback is seamless and a new Highlight Display function helps the user to spot washed-out highlights after shooting. Additionally, a Virtual Horizon feature with pitching detection helps frame landscapes and architecture with rich detail and beautiful focus.

As part of the versatile Nikon 1 System of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is compatible with eleven 1 NIKKOR lens options ranging from ultra-wide-angle to telephoto, while users can also employ their arsenal of NIKKOR glass using the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter. Users can also take advantage of the Nikon 1 System’s 2.7x crop factor for increased range when shooting sports or wildlife, making it an ideal companion for the D-SLR shooter. Nikon also offers an optional external high resolution 2359k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), the DF-N1000, and optional multi-accessory grip, the GR-N1010, alongside the Nikon 1 V3 for increased control and handling. The V3 also maintains compatibility with Nikon 1 external flashes and the ME-1 external microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter).

Go Farther with New 1 NIKKOR lenses

Announced alongside the Nikon 1 V3, Nikon has introduced two new 1 NIKKOR lens offerings. Kitted with the V3, the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is an evolved compact zoom lens, ready for nearly any situation. Sporting a useful 3x zoom (27-81mm equivalent), the new 10-30mm lens is equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zoom capability, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD video.

Additionally, Nikon has also introduced a powerful new telephoto zoom lens option that takes Nikon 1 users farther than ever before. The new 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens features a super-telephoto focal range (189-810mm equivalent) that can get the photographer up close to sports action or wildlife from a distance. The first 1 NIKKOR lens crafted with Super ED Glass, the 70-300mm lens is equipped with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghost and flare.

 Price and Availability

The Nikon 1 V3, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and the GR-N1010 Grip will be available in April 2014 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,199.95*. The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses will also be sold separately for $299.95* and $999.95*SRP, respectively.

1. Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses as of March 10, 2014, based on Nikon research

2. Cameras having Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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  1. Arion

    V3 and two new lens is good news to nikon 1 users because the previous news about sales records in Europe make fans concern the future of Nikon 1. I hope Nikon should release more lens to enrich the lens line up, I wish to see fisheye, pancake(body cap lens like olympus 15mm f8.0) and macro lens delicate for Nikon 1.

  2. Ivan

    It would be good news if the camera was priced reasonably. As things stand, I and many other Nikon 1 users will have to look elsewhere for an upgrade to the V1.

  3. All recent HQ cameras of any brand are pretty high priced! This V3 probably isn’t perfect nor are any of the others. But it can do amazing stuff and together with the new 70-300mm you can achieve great photos I hope. Like during soccer games and other outdoor sports and activities.

    I dropped all Canon (pro) dslr gear in favor of Micro Four Thirds by the end of 2012. Not perfect, but no regrets either. The main thing missing is C-AF for sports. And I’m not sure the recent E-M1 is good enough yet for tracking autofocus.

    For my press-photography MFT is great. For sports like soccer and sailing boat championships I might consider this V3. At lightweight 189-810mm equivalent lens sounds tempting, no matter what price.

    • Ivan

      I know what you mean, I also like small and light gear. but this part is not really true:

      All recent HQ cameras of any brand are pretty high priced!

      Look at the rumored Samsung NXF1, according to the leaked info, it will cost $449 with the pancake 9mm f/3.5 lens and $549 with the 9-27mm zoom. That is a whole lot less than the V3 body only. And both cameras have 1″ sensors and lack integrated EVFs. The NXF1 seems to have a much better battery, allowing for more than double the amount of shots compared to the V3. It also has a port for external flash units or EVFs. But we will have to see whether Samsung will announce an EVF. All in all the new Samsung looks like a bargain compared to the Nikon.

      • Yes you are right, the NXF1 sounds promising and is cheaper also. Samsung has a good reputation also. Hope we see a real life camera soon!!

        My guess is that the V3 will have better C-AF, the main reason I would by into this system as is the 2.7 crop. I make a living with photography. And I don’t want to spent more money as necessary of course, but I think the V3 will be worth it. With the extra grip, EVF and that crazy new zoom lens, this might be great for the sailing championships I shoot during the season.

        Just hope the Samsung is soon in the stores also, so I can have a look at both 🙂

        • Ivan

          Well, I hope Samsung will release a higher end version of the NXF1, with better controls, ergonomics and an integrated EVF at a later date. I also hope they stick to the modest pricing of the leaked lenses and the NXF1 body. That could be “my” Nikon V3. Nikon’s V3 is just insanely priced for an amateur enthusiast, such as myself.
          Judging by your needs, the V3 could be well worth it to you. I’m also willing to pay more for tools, if I know that they will make my job easier or help me make more money. 😉

  4. Forgot…

    Only concern is the flash… I don’t read anything if it is possible to trigger wireless flashes??? If you use the EVF(a must with the telelens) you only have the pop-up flash.

    • Ivan

      Yes, this is a pretty huge limitation for a camera costing this much. But so are the new battery and the microSD cards. If you need spares, it drives the cost of the camera even higher. And the V3 is already very expensive.

      • Although I don’t understand the choice for microSDcards… I don’t see that as a problem. These cards nowadays are fairly cheap. You can lost them easy however, so small. Most of the time a SD adapter comes with it, so you can use them in different cameras.

        The flash I don’t need for sports, but not having wireless flash is a miss. But we’ll wait till the camera is in the stores.

        • Ivan

          Yep, I think that the optional EVF, microSD and the new battery are all wrong choices considering that the camera is priced so that it will only appeal to enthusiasts and pros. An integrated EVF is alway sturdier than an add-on EVF, as you have said microSD cards are fiddly and can be lost easily which is yet the wrong choice for the target group. Yet a new battery is also a bad sign for demanding users, who most likely have tons of different gear and don’t appreciate having to carry yet another charger and spare batteries. I, as a V1 user, don’t appreciate not being able to use my V1 battery and SD cards with the V3. It makes the V3 even more expensive and negates somewhat the small size and weight advantage of the system.

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