This article outlines some of the things that many Nikon 1 owners would like to see from Nikon. Since 2017 is the Nikon 100th anniversary it will be interesting to see if any Nikon 1 developments materialize.
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This is a top priority for many Nikon 1 owners who have been patiently waiting for an update to the V3 for quite some time. Some got tired of waiting, sold their Nikon 1 gear, and have moved on to a different manufacturer.
There are many Nikon 1 loyalists who want an updated V-Series camera. This would include an updated CX sensor with (at a minimum) the same dynamic range and colour depth performance as the J5. Other common items on the wish list include compatibility with standard Nikon flashes, full weatherproofing, and battery commonality with Nikon DSLRs like the D810, and a return to standard SD cards. Having a built in grip and EVF are also high on the feature list of an updated V-Series camera for most owners.
A fully articulated rear screen, built in WiFi, bracketing capability, and a deeper buffer are some of the other common wants. Many would like to see 4K video at standard frame rates (30p and 60p), not the silly 15p that is currently offered by the J5. Adding other video-related features such as improved slow motion, focus peaking and zebras is also desired by some Nikon 1 owners.
While non-Nikon 1 owners seem to wish for a larger sensor in a Nikon mirror-less camera I don’t hear that very often from current Nikon 1 owners. It seems that many current users see value in the CX format and enjoy shooting with it. Without question if Nikon could enhance low light performance of CX sensors it would be a huge plus…even if it was to the current level of M4/3 which has about a one stop advantage over the Nikon 1 J5.
Tweak the J5
Many Nikon 1 J5 owners really enjoy this camera and would like to see some tweaks like bracketing, 4K video at 30p and 60p, more FX-mount lens compatibility when used with an FT-1, and a few other features. If there was an updated V-Series many users would likely shoot with a J-Series/V-Series combination.
Fix the AW
While the concept for the Nikon 1 AW-1 underwater camera was interesting, the camera has been plagued with water infiltration problems. Many Nikon 1 owners would like to have a camera with underwater capability but simply don’t trust the current AW-1.
More prime lens selection
The Nikon 1 system currently has three prime lenses:
10mm f/2.8 (efov 27mm), 18.5mm f/1.8 (efov 50mm), and a 32mm f/1.2 (efov 86mm).
Many Nikon 1 owners would also like to see a 7.5mm f/1.8 (efov 20mm), a 10mm f/1.8 (efov 27mm), and a 13mm f/1.8 ( efov 35mm). Some owners would like some longer Nikon 1 telephoto primes such as a 150mm f/4 (efov 405mm), and a 225mm f/4 or f/5.6 (efov 608mm). A good 1.4X CX Nikon 1 teleconverter to go along with these telephoto primes is also desired by a number of Nikon 1 owners.
Faster zoom lenses
Many Nikon 1 owners were somewhat dismayed to see the fast zoom lenses offered in the DL series. They felt left out and would like to see those same lenses offered as CX mount zooms for Nikon 1 bodies. These include a 6.7-18.5mm f/1.8-2.8 and a 18.5-32mm f/1.8-2.8. There is also quite a bit of interest in a constant aperture f/2.8 series of zoom lenses for Nikon 1.
Longer telephoto zoom for wildlife
While the majority of Nikon 1 owners who own the CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 love the lens, many would like to see Nikon go further with an even longer telephoto zoom lens for wildlife. A CX version of the Nikkor FX 200-500mm is often mentioned. This would give a CX 200-500mm zoom an equivalent field of view of 540-1350mm. With a constant aperture of f/5.6 it would be hugely popular with the Nikon 1 crowd. Weatherproofing would be a must. Many Nikon 1 owners would also like to see an updated CX 70-300mm with weatherproofing and PF technology.
Dedicated macro lens
Since there is currently no dedicated CX macro lens most Nikon 1 owners use an FT-1 adapter with their FX-mount Nikkor macro lenses, or use extension tubes. A dedicated macro lens would be warmly received.
This was a quick summary of the most common Nikon 1 ‘wish list’ items that I hear from readers. Whether any of them come to pass during the Nikon 100th anniversary remains to be seen. There are many people who feel that the Nikon 1 system will be discontinued by Nikon and at this point that eventuality is anyone’s guess. With the continued decline in camera volumes globally one could also speculate whether smaller camera brands like Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax will be able to survive. Only time will tell.
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