The Nikon 1 series is a mirrorless camera range, known as compact system cameras (CSCs).
Small in size and easy to use, much like a compact camera, the 1 series also features more DSLR-like features such as interchangeable lenses and a 1-inch sensor size (which is far larger than that found in almost all compact cameras).
The Nikon 1 series is best for those wanting better quality images than a compact camera can offer, with some of the versatility and control that a DSLR camera can provide. The 1 mount is unique to the Nikon 1 system, which means lenses can't be swapped between DSLR or other CSC brands.
Nikon 1 J2
Price: £400/AU$600/US$550 (with 10-30mm kit lens), 10.1MP, 1080p video
Unlike other systems, Nikon uses a smaller, 1-inch CX format sensor in the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 J2, which enables a smaller overall body size. Perhaps Nikon is keen to avoid cannibalising its already successful lineup of beginner and enthusiast-level DSLRs, but the Nikon 1 system is so far straying pretty far away from full manual control.
More of a tweak here and there than a full-blown upgrade from the J1, the Nikon 1 J2 boasts a 920k dot screen and is a good camera that is more than fit for purpose. The extra resolution on the screen is a welcome addition, as is the ability to more quickly access creative modes.
Read our Nikon 1 J2 review
Nikon 1 V2
Price: £750/AU$1,100/US$900 (with 10-30mm lens), 14.2MP, 1080p video
The Nikon 1 V2 is a sophisticated CSC that is more likely to appeal to advanced photography enthusiasts than the previous iteration, thanks to the addition of a mode dial and improved ergonomics. It has a new 14.2 million pixel CX format 1-inch CMOS sensor. This is accompanied by a new processing engine dubbed Expeed 3A.
According to Nikon, this sensor and processor combination has enabled it to push the sensitivity range of the Nikon 1 V2 a stop higher than before, extending it from ISO 160 to ISO 6400 instead of ISO 100-3200, which should prove useful in low light.
Read our Nikon 1 V2 review
Nikon 1 J1
Price: £400/AU$680/US$500 (with 10mm lens), 10.1MP, 1080p video
Aimed at those ready for a step up from conventional compact digital cameras, the Nikon1 J1 is designed to be compact and, above all, easy to use. The modest 10.1MP resolution is among the lowest found on current CSCs, but since each pixel should have a larger area to react to light, this should help the camera's performance at high ISO sensitivities. A built-in flash is available for extra illumination.
The sleek, compact body is available in a range of five colours, enabling you to choose the one that suits you best. In addition to the HD video feature, which can record 1080p resolution footage, full resolution still images can be taken during recording, which is quite a handy feature. Fast action can be captured at a blazingly fast 60fps at full resolution too.
Read our Nikon 1 J1 review
Nikon 1 V1
Price: £300/AU$550/US$350 (with 10-30mm lens), 10.1MP, 1080p video
The Nikon V1 is very similar to the J1, except that it has a higher resolution 3-inch LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder, but lacks a built-in flash. A hotshoe is provided for attaching the new Speedlight SB-N5, which is an optional extra.
A Smart Photo Selector and still image capture during movie recording are present, as is the ability to take shots continuously at 60fps. Slow motion video at 400fps complements the HD video feature, which records 1080p video at 60fps.
Read our Nikon 1 V1 review