I'm excited about the new Nikon 1 V3 camera!

Nikon has taken a little while to catch up on the mirrorless camera bandwagon. Oh, they've had offerings, but none that quite seemed to compare to those by Sony, Olympus, Fuji, etc. Now they do. The new Nikon 1 V3 has just been announced for pre-sale on B&H and I want to be one of the first in line. Here's why.

The Nikon 1 V3

The Nikon 1 V3

It looks cool. 

OK, just kidding, there's much more than that. You can read the full specs on it here, but the main things that I like about it are:

  • Better hybrid autofocus (=faster & more accurate)
  • 1080p video at 60p (excellent quality video)
  • 720p video at 120 fps (nice slow motion video!)
  • Comes with detachable viewfinder and grip (compact when you need it, pro features when you need it)
  • Solid build with lots of external controls and custom FN buttons
  • Up to 20fps shooting in photo mode (great for sport and fast moving subjects)
  • Adapter available to use Nikon DSLR lenses too! Via the Nikon FT-1 adapter (can't wait to use my 50mm f1.4 on it)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (remote control and image sharing via your iPhone or Android)
  • Up to 12800 ISO (should be very clean images at 1600-3200 ISO)
  • Tilting, touchscreen LCD

There are a few little oddities that I'm not sure I'm excited about, however. It only takes microSD cards – which makes no sense to me as standard SD cards are so ubiquitous and the camera is obviously large enough to use them. It also lacks a direct external control (hard dial) for exposure compensation. This is one of the first things I look for in ANY camera and my most used control. I still don't understand why camera makers don't get this (yes, I live in my own little photo world). I'm sure you'll be able to quickly access exposure compensation via a custom button, but it's not as fast and intuitive as it could be with a dedicated dial. 

I'll be interested to see how it compares to my previous favorite MILC, the Sony NEX-6. I've used this for a year or so on various travel adventures (even had it stolen and re-bought my entire system) and it's been wonderful. There are things about the NEX-6 that I would improve upon as well, so I guess there still is no "perfect" compact pro-thusiast travel camera. Or is there? Do you have a favorite? Tell me about it!

The basic kit is $1196 at B&H and includes the external grip, the EVF (viewfinder), and a NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Lens (equivalent to 27-81mm)   
 

The Nikon 1 V3 with Viewfinder attached and beefy grip. Still a pretty compact package.

The Nikon 1 V3 with Viewfinder attached and beefy grip. Still a pretty compact package.