Nikon 1 system

Nikon 1 system

Nikon 1 system

Nikon 1 system (Kf = 2.7x)

Mirrorless cropped system Nikon 1 system (Nikon CX) was announced 21 September 2011 yearslast camera was announced April 2 2015 years. The system, in fact, lived only 4 years. Now the system is not developing and is considered dead.

The Nikon 1 system has created as many as four lines of cameras (J, S, V, AW), some of them have undergone as many as five iterations:

  1. Nikon 1 J1
  2. Nikon 1 J2
  3. Nikon 1 J3
  4. Nikon 1 J4
  5. Nikon 1 J5
  6. Nikon 1 S1
  7. Nikon 1 S2
  8. Nikon 1 V1
  9. Nikon 1 V2
  10. Nikon 1 V3
  11. Nikon 1 AW 1

And not the smallest optics park:

  1. Nikon 1 Nikkor 10/2.8
  2. Nikon 1 Nikkor 10/2.8 AW
  3. Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5/1.8
  4. Nikon 1 Nikkor 32/1.2 N
  5. Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 / 3.5-5.6 VR
  6. Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-30 / 3.5-5.6 VR
  7. Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-30 / 3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM VR
  8. Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100 / 4-5.6 VR
  9. Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100 / 4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM VR
  10. Nikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5 / 3.5-5.6
  11. Nikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5 / 3.5-5.6 AW
  12. Nikon 1 Nikkor 30-110 / 3.8-5.6 VR
  13. Nikon 1 Nikkor 70-300 / 4.5-5.6 N VR
  14. FT1 adapter for some Nikon AF-S lenses

The system had a lot of interesting features:

  • burst shooting speed 60 frames per second
  • super slow-motion movie mode
  • really compact sizes
  • interesting lenses, for example, Nikon 32 / 1.2 or Nikon 10-100 / 4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM with electronic zoom
  • super fast autofocus
  • was a protected camera model Nikon 1AW1 for shooting underwater and at low temperatures


  • AW (All Weather) are weatherproof lenses. These lenses are best suited for a rugged camera Nikon 1 AW1.
  • PD Zoom (Power Drive Zoom) - auto zoom lenses. With these lenses, the focal length can be changed automatically instead of manually rotating the zoom ring. To do this, these lenses have a slider TW (Tele - Wide, for zooming in tele [Tele] range or wide-angle [Wide] range).
  • VR (Vibration Reduction) - built-in image stabilizer
  • N (Nano Crystal Coat) - nanocrystalline coating of optics
  • AF S (built in Auto FocuS motor) - built-in focus motor

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Comments: 27, on the topic: Nikon 1 system

  • Alexander

    You can add: there are adapters from manual lenses to Nikon 1 with focus confirmation. The small sensor and focal length allow almost any lens to be adapted to the system.

    • B. R. P.

      By focal length, you probably meant the working segment? A small matrix gives a standard fifty dollars a viewing angle like that of 135mm. portrait television.

    • wj

      I don’t see the point of adapting old manual lenses to Nikon 1. 2.7x crop is very demanding on the resolution of optics, and old lenses often have big problems with this. Well, the benefits of a 2.7x zoom primarily come out for telephoto lenses. But what are you going to shoot with old soapy manual telephoto cameras without autofocus and stabilization? It's hard for me to think of a scope for them. Except to play around.

      • Hair dryer

        Everything is fine with their resolution, with some exceptions.

  • Victor

    Nikon, of course, made a mistake with the choice of sensor size in these cameras. All that had to be done then was to put a 16mp sensor (possibly modified) from the d5100.

    • Rodion Eshmakov

      Yes, even such a matrix could be left, but fixed optics with a maximum relative aperture are needed for it. There is such a thing for technical cameras, but their lenses will probably not fit on this system, because again the stupid shaft of the matrix will interfere - they usually have very small rear focal lengths. I am sure that with some kit like 8 / 1.4, 12 / 0.95, 20 / 0.95 this system would take off, but in film production. And there is BMPCC with similar parameters)

      • Dmitry Kostin

        Rodion, I object - bmpcc 4k has a 4/3 matrix, bmpcc is a crop matrix.

      • tryamer

        OKP 1-35-1, and Ro 109 are good for this system. I made myself a simple focuser - a dense tube with a bayonet mount. the lens changes, the “focuser” is one for two lenses. Only RO caught low contrast. But OKP pleased.
        And all tricks (for example, slow motion) are possible only with native lenses.
        And for those who like to experiment with the left optics, a big plus is the matrix covered with glass.

        • Hair dryer

          Any normal mirrorless camera has a matrix under tempered glass. What was used to adapt the focuser?

          • Victor

            I don’t know what you mean by “normal”, but most mirrorless cameras have no such “glass” protection (like nikon 1).

            • Hair dryer

              On Fuji X and GFX, Nikon Z and Sony E, there is tempered glass on top of the matrix, and indeed, I last saw a bare matrix on the first penny.

          • tryamer

            I printed the shank, modified it a little with a needle file, and screwed a suitable tube to it - part of another lens. It would probably be easier to make a ready-made Nikon 1-L39 adapter and M39 macro rings.

    • wj

      No, I don’t think Nikon made a mistake in the size of the matrix. Small matrices, with the proper approach, also have the right to exist. Just look at phones - their matrices are even smaller, and nothing, people use it because it is convenient, and quality flaws are partially compensated by the capabilities of computational photography.

      The Nikon 1 system had a lot of other problems that eventually buried it:
      – Price. Nikon lifted it up to the level of SLR cropped cameras, although at the cost of the “units” the manufacturer was clearly cheaper. For example, a V1 kit with a lens at its end was sold for only 250 euros (and started from 850!), which never happened with DSLRs.
      - Inconvenient and stripped-down interface with no customization options and different from the F-line interfaces. Advanced users just cried.
      – Constant changes in the form factor of the V-line. And V1 and V2 and V3 were very different from each other and even used different batteries. It was not even worth talking about some kind of succession.
      – An overblown lineup of models with dozens of color variations. Logistically, it was probably just a nightmare. Well, I somehow didn’t see the point in S1 and S2 at all. But the lack of a continuation of the AW1 was very upsetting, it was a completely unique model.
      – Inconsistent development of the lens line. In fact, only entry-level lenses (dark zooms) and very expensive pro lenses (32 / 1.2 and 70-300) were offered. The system was sorely lacking in inexpensive light fixes, but apart from the “fifty kopecks” and stupid 10 / 2.8, nothing was released. The macro lens was completely forgotten, although it was shown as a prototype at exhibitions.

      • Victor

        In phones, the matrix size has already crept close to an inch (yes, there were models with it), but that's not the point. The phone is convenient in that it is ALWAYS there, which allows you to put up with the flaws in the picture of a small matrix (and they are, in comparison, of course). For the camera, as a separate device, the requirements are tougher.

  • wj

    I used this system for several years, until it became clear that they would no longer develop it. At that time, she had a big advantage in compactness compared to DSLRs, which she bribed. It also came in handy for me when traveling around non-First World countries, when it could be simply dangerous to “shine” with large expensive equipment. Another nice feature is the ability to play around with extreme tele-zoom using F-mount lenses via the FT1 adapter. But, unfortunately, it’s exactly what to play around with, since Nikon has cut too much focusing capabilities with adapted lenses, and not every lens “pulls” the resolution at 2,7 crop.

    Recently I decided to remember the past and take the secondary Nikon J5 with 32 / 1.2 and a couple of other lenses in the hope of using it as a second camera for my Z6II on trips. Alas, it didn't work out. The jambs of the J5 interface immediately surfaced, complicating effective control, and after a while the 32 / 1.2 aperture drive broke (this is a common problem with Nikon 1 system lenses). Spat on it all and sold the kit.

    • Victor

      Thanks for the feedback, it means that this problem applies to all lens models, even the “N” series, an annoying and unforgivable fact of the manufacturer's defect.
      At 30-110, my drive also began to chirp, while the camera advises contacting the service

      • wj

        I do not know about exactly all models, but many are definitely affected by the problem. I read several threads on this topic on the dpreview profile forum. In some cases, the repair can be relatively simple and it is enough to replace the small plastic wheel with its metal counterpart (sold on AliExpress). But this is more of a solution for craftsmen, not for everyone.

  • dragomir

    I did have a 1V1 for a year (besides my Pentax K5). I took the 1V1 with me pretty much everywhere. It was a joy to use and I liked the colors much and the B/W sooc images also.
    But I felt really dissapointed trying to take some images in the forest, even at midday. So noisy I thought it is the same as a Panasonic Gx1.

    Nevertheless, I would like to have a 1V again, for the fun of it. Very responsive, quick to focus. toy-like but quite serious results. Not serious as in professional, but for my kind of images, autumn leaves, street, my kids at the beach.. all fine.

    Greetings to all who don't need the newest/fastest/best. …also to the ones that do.

    • Andrew

      I have 1V1. I converted it to infrared. Works good. Yes, not the most convenient menu. Noah is enough for photography in “A” mode. For infrared another is not necessary. Not happy with the 10-30 PD lens. The edges of the image are not very sharp. The 30-110 lens is very sharp. The 10-100 lens is worse in sharpness.
      I also shoot at 1V2. Pretty handy camera. Of course, the image quality is inferior to my Nikon D600 and D4. You have to work very precisely in Lightroom to get a good image quality. A camera with a small sensor is sometimes more convenient than a full-frame one. For example, for shooting medium-sized objects or for catalog shooting. It is also convenient for street shooting – they do not pay attention to it. Yes, 1V2 is not a perfect camera, but for some cases I prefer it. You don't need to throw it away. Try to find an area of ​​application.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        nice :)

  • Jochen

    I stumbled on the 1 System early 2021 and was really fond of it, started with a V3 and achieved a J4 and AW1. I really like the auto panorama feature, and the camera and its lenses are very light. The only problem I recognized was with night shots – my full-frame DF is some classes better of course. The lenses and bodies are really cheap to get – except the 32mm/1,2 and the rare 70-300 zoom. For macro the 18mm/1.8 is nice to use with macro rings with electronic transmission. With FT1 adapter most DX lenses, eg telezooms, can be used also.
    Look at a series of pictures done with the V3 and the J4 here:
    There is an adapter to use C-mount video lenses of high quality but only fully manual but fisheye lenses are cheap too for it.
    I must admit the lenses have problems with the aperture blades which may need service.
    I hope I could use this collection for some more years.
    Hope this may encourage some other Nikon friends to use the Nikon 1 System.

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