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Latest Nikon 1 V3 Rumors Suggest Complete Redesign In the Works

By Anthony Thurston on March 1st 2014

To say that Nikon’s mirrorless offerings so far have been lackluster is putting it a bit lightly, but if the latest rumors are to be believed, then that could soon be changing. Something, I think, that both Nikonians and fans of mirrorless alike would welcome.


According to a report posted earlier on Nikon Rumors, the latest specs on the latest Nikon 1 V3 camera start with a complete redesign. The design, which matches up with the sketches we shared a while back, will be all black with the red Nikon swoosh under the shutter release.

More Nikon 1 V3 Rumored Specs

  • New external grip that will not take any batteries, but will have a shutter button and front dial.
  • Optical viewfinder w/ optional EVF
  • Expeed 4a imaging processor
  • Complete redesign, based on the sketch seen above
  • The official announcement is expected in March (most likely in mid-March)
  • New Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD VR zoom lens
  • 180° swivel LCD screen
  • 18MP sensor
  • Very Fast “Everything”

There is no word yet on if the new camera will sport a small sensor like the previous Nikon 1 designs or if it might feature an APS-C sized sensor, something that many people have requested.


Personally, I think that this is wonderful news. I wish Canon would follow suit and revamp their own mirrorless offering – though it appears more likely that Canon is abandoning mirrorless all together – at least for the time being.

[REWIND: Canon’s Loss Is Your Gain, The EOS M]

What are your thoughts on these rumored Nikon 1 specs? Do you think this could be what Nikon needs to get a foothold in the mirrorless market? Share your thoughts in a comment below to join the discussion.


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Fredrik

    @Juan … all Nikon 1 shoot RAW so that is a guaranteed.

    @Tom it is rumoured to have a standard hotshoe instead of the proprietary ones that are used by the current V1 and V2, we’ll just have to wait and see. However, I have a hard time believing that the hotshoe will determine whether or not it is a pointless platform. Perhaps for you, but there are probably more important issues when you’re competing against other mirror-less cameras from Olympus, Samsung, Panasonic etc.

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  2. Tom Weis

    If it isn’t going to have the standard Nikon hotshoe like the other Nikon mirrorless bodies, it’s still a pointless platform in my opinion.

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  3. juan

    Do you know if it will be capable of shooting RAW format. THX

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