Overview

Lock onto action with the Nikon 1 V3. Offering top-speed professional performance, nothing gets past this portable system camera.

Nikon’s game-changing hybrid AF system captures split-second wonders with pinpoint precision, and the 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor with ISO 160–12800 ensures beautifully detailed RAW images and HD movies in any light. The responsive tilt-screen touch monitor puts vital shooting functions right where you need them, and dedicated 1 NIKKOR lenses give you a creative edge. Intelligent Nikon 1 ergonomics and flexible system accessories put D-SLR level control at your fingertips.

Now you don’t have to imagine your perfect step-up or secondary camera. It’s in your hand.

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Key features

Game-changing speed

Lock onto action with the 171-point hybrid AF system. Achieve split-second timing with shooting speeds of up to 20 fps with continuous AF.

Game-changing speed

Fast 18.4-MP sensor

The large Nikon 1 CX-format CMOS sensor delivers beautiful detail even in low light. Boasts an effective ISO range of 160–12800.

Fast 18.4-MP sensor

Nikon 1 portability

Enjoy top-speed pro control in any situation. Small, speedy, and solid, our fast Nikon 1 system cameras partner with premium 1 NIKKOR lenses for maximum flexibility.

Nikon 1 portability

Tilt-screen touch control

Tap the responsive touch panel monitor to focus, shoot, and adjust key settings. Tilt down or up to capture shots from creative angles.

Tilt-screen touch control

Expandable system

Expand your system with optional Nikon 1 accessories including a solid grip and an electronic viewfinder. Use NIKKOR D-SLR lenses with the FT1 Mount Adapter.

Expandable system

Go cinematic

Go cinematic

Nikon 1 movies are a joy to behold. Shoot with precision subject tracking thanks to Nikon’s game-changing hybrid AF system, control the drama with unique creative modes, and take full resolution images while you film.

EXPEED 4A

EXPEED 4A

Capture pristine, low noise images with Nikon’s acclaimed image processor. Two powerful engines drive the camera’s class-beating speed and rich dynamic range.

Connect, share, create

Connect, share, create

Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to do more with your images via a smart device.¹ Quickly and easily share high quality Nikon 1 shots, or tap into a world of creative photo apps via your smart device.

Remarkable image quality: the Nikon 1 V3’s large 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers extraordinarily detailed photos and HD movies. Designed without an optical low-pass filter, this fast CX-format sensor makes the most of every megapixel to sharply capture even the finest textures and render clean, crisp images.

Wide ISO range: with an ISO range of 160–12800, the V3 delivers pristine images in low light. An auto ISO range of 160–6400 allows the camera to set the perfect ISO, and you can increase sensitivity up to ISO 12800 in order to shoot without a flash in dim settings. Two sophisticated noise reduction settings reduce noise when shooting at ISO 6400 or 12800.

EXPEED 4A engine: Nikon’s world-class image processor keeps you shooting spectacular images and HD movies at speed. Equipped with two powerful engines, EXPEED 4A ensures superior noise reduction, extraordinary sharpness, and richly graded images. Processor-intensive creative modes, high ISO values and rapid write times are handled with ease.

Professional control: Nikon 1 V3 ergonomics let you fine-tune and create without taking your eyes off the subject. A command and sub-command dial, programmable function buttons, and PSAM shooting modes give access to professional-quality functions. The solid body features a beautifully moulded front-to-back grip for stability with larger lenses.

Touchscreen operation: the responsive 7.5-cm (3.0-in.), 1037-dot LCD monitor enables clear operation even when the monitor is tilted. Simply tap to focus and shoot, make intuitive adjustments to camera settings, preview creative functions, or disable the touchscreen. Four monitor buttons offer speedy access to display key settings and the camera’s menu.

Optional EVF: never lose sight of your subject thanks to the Nikon 1 DF-N1000 detachable electronic viewfinder. This 2359k-dot EVF delivers high-contrast, high-resolution performance, displays vital shooting information, and can magnify subjects for precise manual focusing. Near 100% frame coverage allows you to compose your shots with absolute precision.

Optional grip: Nikon’s tough, functional GR-N1010 Grip adds stability to the camera for reliable telephoto performance. Shoot precision action shots through long lenses and retain control over vital functions: the grip’s controls are angled to allow comfortable access to the shutter-release button, and there’s an extra function button and subcommand wheel.

Advanced hybrid AF: the breakthrough Nikon 1 hybrid AF system uses 171 autofocus points to lock quickly onto your subject. The system instantly switches between 105 phase-detection AF points that spot movement at breakneck speed, and contrast-detect AF, which extends to the edge of the frame so you can focus sharply on peripheral subjects.

Lightning-fast FPS: with RAW format shooting speeds that are faster than a D-SLR, the V3 leaves nothing to chance. The camera takes 40 images in a rapid burst, delivering continuous shooting at up to 60 fps with focus fixed at the first frame, and up to 20 fps with continuous AF. Uncover the wonders hidden in a split second.

Reliable shutter mechanism: equipped with mechanical and electronic shutters, you can rely on the V3 shot after shot. The mechanical shutter is tested to 100,000 cycles, and the camera uses the electronic shutter when shooting at ultra-high speed.

Virtual horizon: centre the camera to avoid photos with sloping lines and keep distortion to a minimum. A graphic is displayed over the image on the LCD monitor to show the camera’s orientation relative to the horizontal plane. Roll (horizontal inclination) and pitch (forward or rear inclination) information can be confirmed via the LCD monitor, or the external viewfinder.

Highlight display: avoid blown highlights caused by overexposure. This feature causes highlight areas in the image to blink black on the LCD monitor during playback, alerting you to possible exposure problems.

Professional quality movies: for everything from Full HD movies to colourful travelogues, Nikon 1 is your perfect movie partner. Hit the record button to start filming instantly, or take manual control over settings. Relive every heartbeat in Slow Motion, which plays back a three-second, 120 fps HD movie clip over 12 seconds. E-VR keeps your movies sharply focused, even when filming at full zoom.²

Photos while filming: why choose between movies and photos when you can capture both at once? With Nikon 1 you can capture high-resolution stills while filming simply by pressing the shutter-release button, or use Auto Image Capture, which analyses every frame and automatically snaps photos when conditions are best.

Creative movie modes: Fast Motion, Jump Cut, and 4-Second Movie features put the cinematographer in you centre stage. Energise your street scenes with Fast Motion, put an animated stop-motion feel on the passage of time with Jump Cut, or get expressive with concise 4-Second Movie clips (you can stitch eight together).

Best Moment Capture: Nikon 1 always gets the best shot with Active Selection, Smart Photo Selector, and Slow View. Active Selection snaps up to 40 full-resolution shots in less than a second, and you choose the ones to keep; Smart Photo Selector recommends technically perfect images; Slow View lets you review and pick the shot that says it all.

Motion Snapshot: add movement to everyday snaps and show more of a moment. With Nikon’s unique Motion Snapshot, the camera creates an easy-to-share ‘living image’ that starts as a 4-second slow-motion clip and ends with perfectly focused still image.

Live image control: quickly and intuitively enhance photos before you take them. Simply adjust the control bars that appear next to your image in order to fine-tune brightness, depth of field, and contrast. Watch the changes take effect on the LCD monitor or in the detachable electronic viewfinder: what you see is exactly what you’ll get the moment you press the shutter.

Creative Mode: use Nikon 1 effects to add a creative twist to shots. Put more detail into high-contrast scenes using High Dynamic Range, or apply artistic filters like Miniature, Toy Camera, and Cross Process to still images before you shoot.

Creative Palette: apply artistic, studio-quality filters to photos before you shoot. Creative Palette adjusts brightness, saturation, and white balance as it cycles through various effects: all you need to do is slide your finger around the ring on the touchscreen, or rotate the multi selector, and the on-screen image changes. Take the shot the moment you see the look you want.

Built-in flash: add some extra light to photos with the built-in flash. For more professional lighting, use the optional SB-N7 Speedlight, a compact and powerful flash unit that’s a great way to get more creative with the light.

Wi-Fi enabled: the Wi-Fi function on your Nikon 1 V3 lets you connect, share, and create with ease. Store images on your smart device, access creative photo apps or send high-quality images straight from the camera to your smartphone or tablet for instant sharing.¹

Remote shooting: connect to a smart device and extend your shooting options. Take great self-portraits or wildlife shots by using the connected smart device to release the camera shutter from a distance. Achieve the perfect composition by previewing shots on a large tablet screen.

1 NIKKOR lenses: the 1 NIKKOR range puts a fine selection of portable interchangeable lenses at your disposal. Shoot distant action with the 1 NIKKOR VR 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 super-telephoto zoom. Achieve beautiful bokeh with the fast 1 NIKKOR 32mm prime lens. Go wide with 1 NIKKOR 6.7–13mm lens, and shoot movies with the 1 NIKKOR 10x power-drive zoom.

 

¹ To use the built-in Wi-Fi, simply download the free Wireless Mobile Utility to your smartphone or tablet. Compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices, the utility can be downloaded for free from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

² E-VR (electronic vibration reduction) enables blur-free footage for HD movies shot at 1080/30p or 720/30p.

Technical Specifications

TypeDigital camera support for interchangeable lenses
Lens mountNikon 1 mount
Effective angle of viewApprox. 2.7x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Image sensorCX, CMOS, 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Dust-reduction systemImage sensor cleaning
Effective pixels18.4 million
Storage - Image size (pixels)Still images taken in auto, P, S, A, M, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than easy panorama (aspect ratio 3 : 2) 5232 x 3488 3920 x 2616 2608 x 1744. Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 120 : 23) 4800 x 920. Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 8 : 25) 1536 x 4800. Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 240 : 23) 9600 x 920. Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 4 : 25) 1536 x 9600. Still images taken during movie recording (aspect ratio 3 : 2) 5232 x 3488 (1080/60p, 1080/30p) 1472 x 984 (720/60p, 720/30p). Motion Snapshots (photo portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 5232 x 2936
Storage file formatsNEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8) compression, NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control SystemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Selected picture control can be modified; storage for custom picture controls
MediamicroSD (micro Secure Digital), microSDHC, microSDXC
File systemDCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Shooting modesAuto; creative, with a choice of the following options: creative palette, 5HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process, and toy camera effect; programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, and manual; best moment capture (active selection, slow view and smart photo selector); advanced movie (HD movie, slow motion, jump cut, fast motion and 4-second movie), motion snapshot
Shutter typeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane mechanical shutter; electronic shutter
Shutter speedMechanical shutter: 1/4000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control) Electronic shutter: 1/16,000–30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Flash sync speedMechanical shutter: Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s, or slower Electronic shutter: Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/60s or slower
Release modeS (single frame), Continuous, Self-timer, Remote, Interval timer shooting
Frame advance rateApprox. 6, 10, 20, 30, or 60 fps
Self-timer2 s, 10 s
Remote control modesDelayed remote (2 s); quick-response remote
Exposure meteringTTL metering using image sensor
Movie - metering methodMatrix; Center-weighted. Spot, Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame. Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area.
ModeProgrammed auto with flexible program; shutter-priority auto; aperture-priority auto; manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation–3–+3EV, in steps of 1/3EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at metered value with (AE-L/AF-L) button
ISO sensitivity200 to 12800, in steps of 1EV, ISO 160; 6400 (NR); 12800 (NR); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160–6400, 160–3200, 160–800) available (user controlled in P, S, A, and M modes)
Active D-LightingOn, off
AutofocusHybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servoAutofocus (AF): auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A). Full-time AF (AF-F). Single AF (AF-S). Continuous AF (AF-C). Manual focus (MF)
AF-area modeSingle-point AF: 171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF; Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
AF-area modeSingle-point, auto-area, subject tracking
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flashRaised by pressing flash button
Guide NumberApprox. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Flash controli-TTL flash control using image sensor
Flash modesFill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when flash is fully charged
White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie - meteringTTL metering using image sensor
Movie Metering methodMatrix
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rateHD movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps) 1280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps). Slow-motion movies 1280 x 720/120 fps (aspect ratio 16 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 768 x 288/400 fps (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 416 x 144/1200 fps (aspect ratio 26 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps). Fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4-second movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps). Motion Snapshots (movie portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps)
Movie - file formatMOV
Movie - video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording formatLinear PCM
Movie - audio recording deviceBuilt-in or optional external ME-1 stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie - maximum recording timeAuto, creative, P, S, A, and M modes: 10 minutes. Advanced movie mode HD movie: 10 minutes. Slow motion: 3 seconds. Fast motion: 20 minutes. Jump cut: 20 minutes 4-second movie: 4 seconds (The approximate maximum recording times for individual movies shot at the default frame size and rate in each shooting mode).
MonitorSize: 7.5 cm (3 in.) diagonal. Type: TFT vari-angle LCD touch screen with brightness and angle adjustment. Resolution: Approx.1037k-dot
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 16 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie and panorama playback, slide show, histogram display, auto image rotation, and rating option
USBHi-Speed USB equivalent
HDMI outputType D HDMI connector
Audio inputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standardsIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) communications protocolsIEEE 802.11b: DSSS/CCK. IEEE 802.11g: OFDM
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range (line of sight)Approximately 10 m/33 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency2412–2462 MHz (channels 1–11)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) data rates (actual measured values)54 Mbps. Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) securityAuthentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK. Encryption: AES
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) access protocolsInfrastructure
Supported languagesArabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
BatteryOne rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL20a battery
AC adapterEH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5C power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 110.9 x 65.0 x 33.2 mm (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.3 in.), excluding projections
WeightApprox. 324g (11.4oz.), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 282 g (9.9 oz), camera body only
Operating environment - temperature0 °C – 40 °C (+32 °F – 104 °F)
 

Kits

Power Zoom Lens Kit

The Nikon 1 V3 Power Zoom Lens Kit takes you from wide-angle to telephoto without weighing down your bag. The kit includes the ultra-thin 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm PD-ZOOM lens, which zooms incredibly smoothly thanks to its electrical zoom. Vibration Reduction ensures clear results, and the retractable lens mechanism ensures superior portability and instant start-up.

Power Zoom Lens and Accessory Kit

This versatile Nikon 1 V3 kit includes a power zoom lens plus an external EVF and grip. Get the creative edge and enjoy a professional shooting experience with the ultra portable 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm PD-ZOOM lens, the high-performance DF-N1000 external electronic viewfinder (EVF), and the tough GR-N1010 grip.