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Nikon 1 V3: The Sports Photographer’s Mirrorless?

By Anthony Thurston on March 14th 2014

If there is one thing you cannot deny about the new Nikon 1 V3, it’s that the camera is an absolute speed demon. At 20 frames per second, the Nikon 1 V3 is faster than even the flagship DSLRs being sold by both Canon and Nikon currently. But the real question is a two parter.


1. Can the AF keep up with those 20fps in an action scene where you would actually need 20fps? If not, then 20fps is worthless because if only 5 of the 20 shots are in focus, you are just wasting space on your memory card.

2. How long can the camera keep up that 20fps burst (and can it do that 20fps burst in RAW mode)? Because if you can only get 1 second  worth of shots, you are just going to 20 shots and are just as likely to miss “the moment” as someone with 6fps. It would be better to have 12fps that can run on for half a minute, than 20fps that can only burst off 1 second worth of shots.

If you believe the video below, which is a promo video produced by Nikon (so ample grains of salt are needed), then the Nikon 1 V3, is indeed, a speed demon with great AF. The perfect compliment, or in some cases replacement for, a sports photographer’s DSLR.

I, for one, will be waiting until I see any real world reviews not paid for by Nikon to make my own decision. That being said, in the situations shown in this video, it does look to be pretty impressive.

If you are sold though, make sure to head over to B&H to preorder your copy of the Nikon 1 V3 now.

What are your thoughts on the Nikon 1 V3 after seeing this video? Did it change your mind at all or will you be waiting to see how the real world reviews go?

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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. Orlin Nikolov

    And there’s still something missing in the Nikon’s mirrorless lineup :) A full frame probably?

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  2. Brian B.

    Well let see how the new Nikon1 V3 on real testing , as for the price goes I think Nikon has once again over pricing, DXOmarks saying they see no improvement from previous V2

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