Nikon 1 V3 review

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Nikon V3
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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon 1 V3 with the Nikon 1 V2, Panasonic GM1 and Samsung NX Mini.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 V3

In terms of signal to noise ratio, the V3 fares worst compared with the other cameras on chart, including its predecessor, the V2. Here we can see that the Panasonic GM1 is actually the best performer on the chart - it's worth noting that the GM1 has a much larger sensor. As the V3 features an AA filterless design, the results here could be an indication of detail resolution being favoured over noise reduction.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 V3

Again, it is the V3 which performs worst on this chart when compared with the other cameras on test. The line follows a similar progress to the V2's, but again, puts in a worse performance. This can probably also be attributed to the design of the sensor producing more detail than previously. For raw format images, the Panasonic GM1 performs best for low to mid-range sensitivities (ISO 200 - 800), from where the Samsung NX Mini and the Nikon V2 take over.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon 1 V3

The Nikon V3 puts in quite a flat performance for JPEG dynamic range, which is reflected in real world shooting by images with a pleasingly warm appearance. It fares worse than all of the other cameras on test though, including its predecessor, the Nikon V2. It is the Panasonic GM1 and the Samsung NX Mini which are the best performers here.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon 1 V3

Again we can see that for raw format images, the Nikon V3 fares worse than its comparison cameras, one of which is its predecessor, the V2. Here we can see that the Panasonic GM1 performs the best throughout the majority of the sensitivity range, being over taken at the higher scores by the Samsung NX Mini.

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.