If cameras were cars, the Nikon 1 V3 would be the Hennessey Venom GT. With a whopping 20 fps burst mode and a 1/16,000 maximum shutter speed, it's no wonder that, just a day after it was announced, it was listed as Amazon's #1 seller in the compact camera system category. A hybrid autofocus system with 41-autofocus points and features like subject tracking and facial recognition looks to make the Nikon 1 V3 a serious performer. With a electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen, the design is full of features too. The downside to the 1 V3 (and Nikon's 1 line in general), is that it uses a 1" sensor, smaller than Micro Four Thirds and APS-C mirrorless models. The smaller sensor means images won't have as much resolution. The smaller sensor however, is likely what allows for such speed, and cropped sensors also mean getting more out of zoom lenses. The newly announced Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm lens on the smaller sensor is the equivalent to a 189-810mm lens with the 2.7 crop factor. Released at $1,200 with a kit lens, it'll cost you just as much as the Nikon D7100 body. Because of the smaller sensor, the price is hard to swallow, but for those who don't print huge pictures and need a lot of speed, the Nikon 1 V3 looks to be a top contender.
Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.
It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.
Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.
Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.
Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.
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