Nikon 1 S1 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 7
      • Features
      • 7
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 6
      • Performance
      • 8
      • Expandability
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Small size, attractive appearance
    • Quick performance
    • Excellent autofocus system
    • Very good image quality, even at high ISOs
    • Manual controls
  • Cons

    • No mode dial so all mode changes require accessing the menu
    • Kit lens lacks optical image stabilization
    • Videos are jittery
    • No panorama mode

Quick Take

The Nikon 1 S1 is the little brother of the Nikon 1 J3, which is a "slick little camera." It has a 10.1 MP sensor, 11-27.5 mm kits lens, and lacks some key features.

The Nikon 1 S1 is a compact interchangeable lens camera, similar to the Micro 4/3 models put out by Panasonic and others, as well as the Sony NEX series, which are suitable for users that want the simplicity and compact size of a point-and-shoot, but the image quality of a DSLR. It looks much like the Nikon 1 J3 and has many similar features. That\’s good, because DigitalCameraReview called that a \”slick little camera.\” Among the features in common are CMOS CX sensors measuring 13.2 x 8.8mm (with a 2.7 crop factor), the ability to shoot in RAW format as well as JPEG, use of a sophisticated hybrid autofocus system which employs a combination of phase detection and contrast detection with up to 135 autofocus points, manual exposure modes including aperture and shutter priority, and movie modes up to 1080i and 1080p, as well as the ability to shoot in slow motion. However, there are some significant differences as well. The 1 S1 is shipped with a different kit lens, an 11-27.5mm zoom lens. The 1 S1 has a lower resolution sensor then the 1 J3, 10.1 megapixels compared to 14.2 megapixels.

\"NikonUnlike the 1 J3, the 1 S1 cannot shoot in RAW and JPG simultaneously. The Nikon 1 S1 has a lower resolution LCD monitor, 460,000 dots compared to 921,000 dots in the 1 J3, and lacks the more expensive camera\’s mode dial mounted at the top of the camera. While the 1 J3 has an easy panorama mode, which enables the user to take panorama pictures by sweeping the camera horizontally or vertically, the 1 S1 does not have any panorama mode, auto or manual. The 1 S1 also lacks the 1 J3\’s filters (such as sepia), which can impart an overall hue to the image.

The 1 S1 comes with an 11 x 27.5mm kit lens, though it can use any of the lenses currently available for Nikon 1 cameras (there are currently eight). The kit lens does not support optical image stabilization (which Nikon calls vibration reduction). Nikon provides an abbreviated user manual, a body cap, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a battery charger, a USB cable, a shoulder/neck strap and two CD\’s containing Nikon\’s ViewNX2 photo organizing software, a movie creator and a full user reference manual. The camera can use SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards. The camera DCR received for review was in an attractive dark red and there are four other colors available, white, black, pink and khaki. The manufacturer\’s suggested retail price is $499.95 for the body and kit lens, although it can be found for less.

Check out DigitalCameraReview for a full review of the Nikon 1 S1, including performance and specs.

by: Andy Stanton


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