New Nikon V3 focuses on speedy photographers

Nikon V3
No viewfinder anymore, but there is a touchscreen

Nikon has introduced a new V3 compact system camera which features an 18 million pixel CX format (one-inch) sensor and boasts super fast autofocusing.

The camera features Nikon's Hybrid AF system, with the V3 utilising 171 autofocus points (up from 135), 105 of which are phase-detection points which are claimed to be able to lock onto to the subject incredibly quickly.

The V3 has the capability to shoot at up to 20fps with continuous autofocus, or up to 60fps with the autofocus fixed in the first frame. This makes the camera's raw format continuous shooting speeds faster than a DSLR, with the new Expeed 4a processing engine facilitating such quick action.


As is starting to become the norm now, the optical low pass filter over the V3's 18.4 million pixel sensor has been removed, which should help with fine detail reproduction. Sensitivity runs from ISO 160 - 12800.

For the first time in the Nikon 1 series, the V3 boasts a tilting, 1037k dot LCD touchscreen. Built in Wi-Fi is also included, allowing for images to be transferred across to a smart device quickly and easily. Full HD video recording is also available.

Nikon has of course kept some of the unique functions about the Nikon 1 series, including Best Moment Capture, which now features a new Active Selection Function which takes up to 40 full-resolution images in less than a second and lets you choose the one to keep. A new Creative Palette allows you to select different effects to be applied to an image before you shoot.

Unlike previous V series cameras, the V3 does not feature a viewfinder, but one is available to buy separately, along with other accessories including a battery grip.

Launching at the same time are two new Nikon 1 lenses. A 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm lens offers the equivalent of 189-810mm (in 35mm terms) and so would be ideal for sports and events photographers. Secondly, a new, thin 10-30mm (27-81mm) f/3.5-5.6 power zoom kit lens is announced, which automatically retracts when not in use.

Price and availability

While Nikon doesn't give Australian pricing until sales go up, the Nikon V3 will retail from next month in the US for US$1,199.95 with the VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-Zoom lens, electronic view finder and grip.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.