Nikon V3 Review

 
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Model Name: Nikon V3 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Nikon V2
V2 vs V3
Successor:  
General
Model Number: V3
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $1199.95
Street Price: $1,065.23
Date Available: 2014-04-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 14.3 oz (404 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.3 in.
(111 x 65 x 33 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 18.4
Sensor Format: 1 inch
Sensor size: 116.16mm2 (13.20mm x 8.80mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 2.52 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.7x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:  
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: Yes
DxO Sensor Score: 52
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 20.8
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 10.7
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 384
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 5232 x 3488 (18.2 MP, 3:2),
3920 x 2616 (10.3 MP, 3:2),
2608 x 1744 (4.5 MP, 3:2),
9600 x 920 (8.8 MP, Other),
4800 x 920 (4.4 MP, Other),
1536 x 4800 (7.4 MP, Other),
1536 x 9600 (14.7 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), Compressed 12-bit NEF RAW, RAW+JPG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 60.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60p/30p)
1280x720 (60p/30p)
1280x720 (120p)
768x288 (400p)
416x144 (1200p)
Movie File Format: MOV H.264/MPEG-4 AVC with PCM audio
Composite Video Out: No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Nikon 1
Lens: 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR PD-Zoom
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27 - 81 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (W)- f/5.6 (T) - f/16 with 7-blade rounded aperture
Normal Focus Range: 20 cm to Infinity
7.9 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom:
Digital Zoom Values:  
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF): Single-point AF: 171 focus areas, the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF; Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas; Subject tracking; Face-priority AF
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: EVF
Viewfinder Type: Included, detachable DF-N1000 EVF: 0.48-inch, 2359k-dot color TFT LCD, 100% coverage, eye sensor, 16mm eyepoint (-1.0 m-1; from viewfinder eyepiece protective glass), -3 to +1 m-1 diopter adjustment, eye sensor, brightness adjustment
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: 2,359,000 dots
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 1,036,800 dots (345,600 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom:  
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 160
ISO Settings: Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Preset Manual (custom); All except preset manual with fine tuning
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/16000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Matrix, Center-weighted (4.5mm), Spot (2mm)
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Scene modes (Portrait, Night Landscape, Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, Auto); Creative mode (includes creative pallet, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process, and toy camera effect); Best Moment Capture mode (includes Slow View, Active Selection, and Smart Photo Selector); Advanced movie mode (includes HD movie, slow motion, fast motion, jump cut, and 4-second movie); Motion Snapshot
Self Timer: 2, 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Fill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync
Flash Guide Number: 5.0 m / 16.4 ft.
Flash Range Description: Range is lens aperture dependent
Max Flash Sync: 1/250 (mechanical shutter), 1/60 (electronic shutter)
Flash Exposure Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Nikon 1 Accessory Shoe
Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: Compressed 12-bit NEF RAW, RAW+JPG
Movie File Format: MOV H.264/MPEG-4 AVC with PCM audio
Included Memory: 0.0 MB
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: Yes
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional ML-L3 IR remote
Connections (extended): Micro (Type D) HDMI, stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm)
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): <0.3
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): <0.3
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 70
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): <0.3
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 60.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 40
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 60.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 40
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 58.7
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 40
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.07
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.049
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.34
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.047
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF shutter lag, wide-area AF mode = 0.120s
Startup Time: 2.0
Play -> Record Time: 0.6
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 1.9
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary EN-EL20a
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary EN-EL20a Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 310
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: New 18.4MP CX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4A image processor, 20fps full-res burst mode with AF (up to 60fps with AF locked), 1080p60 Full HD movies, built-in Wi-Fi. New 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and GR-N1010 Grip included in bundle. Available in black only.


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