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There was nothing misleading in the post and I was doing my best to moderate the forum. I kept my personal views out of it. I'm not playing favorites here at all. If you want to go back in history you will see I've also moderated posts that others on this thread have been on.
Now for my personal opinion since I now have the NEX 5N, V1 and M4/3.....
The V1 does feel heavier than expected
The expanding lenses are a bit of a PITA but I also like being able to make the system more compact. The Olympus collapsible lenses open and close faster.
I do feel like m4/3 is better at single AF.
I like the flash on the V1 because it is small but the swivel and bounce are great.
A number of times I've changed a setting but didn't hit OK (just did half press like on other cameras) only to not have the setting changed.
I wish I could see the ISO the camera is choosing rather than just that I have it set to Auto ISO.
>A number of times I've changed a setting but didn't hit OK (just did half press like on other cameras) only to not have the setting changed.
I had that a few time today :-)
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I agree with Uwe and Peter, and I have tried the NEX cameras too.
I add that I think the AF on the V1 is not only many times faster than I expected but much more accurate as well.
However, everyone experiences new cameras differently.
Perhaps Terry got a "bad copy" like I did with the D300?
I am practically the only one that does not rave about it's greatness.
And, because we are all different in our needs and preconceived needs, isn't it great that there are so many Camera brands and models to choose from?
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as I said I had the EP2, EP3, GH2, NEX5 and now I work with the V1. I did not just jump into the 1 system because it is new, I was rather sceptical first, but after trying I found that even with it's flaws it is much preferable to the other systems - at least for me.
Build quality I find excellent, it is fast, lenses are small when collapsed, high ISO is fantastic etc etc.
Again, I really like about this forum that yiu can talk openly, but in the case of Lonnies post about the J1 it was all is bad with the Nikon and all is better with the others - and this in a Nikon thread. Thus I found this not appropriate and thus I raised my voice.
And - you are doing a great job as moderator and I understand it is hard to do everybody justice, keep going like you do!
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Played with both J1 and V1 some time ago.
Things on both:
- Interface has been designed with average consumer in mind (i.e. more snapshooter than photographer). Best shot mode, movie mode, still mode, no PASM dial.
- Buttons feel of the same cheap plastic as lower end P&S. This includes the dial wheel - which is an interface I hate pretty much on all compacts since it's easy to change a setting by accident or pressing a button turns the dial, etc. I could to some extent understand this on the J1, but not on the V1. The V1's body is of excellent build except for these.
- Very fast AF, at least in decent to moderate low light (not bad).
- PASM modes buried in a menu - ok, given it's aimed at average consumer. What I don't find OK is for example, once it's set to aperture priority you have to tap on the zoom buttons up or down to change it. Why they didn't use something else I will never know, doesn't make sense to me at all.
- sensor is fine and good.
- lenses feel of good build, are sharp, but slow. But that is supposed to change soon.
On J1 specifically:
- didn't like the build much.
- didn't like the pop up flash housed in a plastic stick. Seemed like it would eventually break or something.
Overall seed like a high end point and shoot for average Joe.
- Great solid build, except for the buttons in the back and that plastic dial ring.
- a bit heavy
- excellent battery (but contributes to the heavy)
- wish it was smaller, but I can see several people preferring the size it is
- EVF is pretty good
- Flash attachment - the flash is great. It's cute, small, uses battery from the camera (which is fine since the battery has a lot of charge) and you can bounce it in all directions. I wish a flash like this was available on other cameras with these characteristics- even if you still have to put a battery to it.
I would have looked at this system if the V1 was more like "Nex 7" ergonomics wise and a bit smaller. But I really think the market Nikon is aiming with these is not the photographer per se but the average Joe/soccer mom, etc. Maybe a "Nikon Z1" will have good buttons, get rid of that dial wheel, put PASM back and come with a fast prime. That would be really cool.
There will be a V1s, V2 or whatever.
You can be sure that Nikon is not done with improving System 1 yet.
What they did not count on was the high percentage of sales to DSLR owners.
I've had nearly every Nikon DSLR but found a need for a "Pocket Camera".
I've tried the NEX cameras but the V1 is the first that I've been able to hand hold steady enough to get an unblurred picture.
The fast and accurate FullTime AutoFocus is especially appreciated when taking "Home Movies" and VideoGraphing Church Services.
I use mine at Church, visits to Friends, Trips, and Hikes.
I will be using my AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 with the FT-1 this Sunday.
What I want next is any kind of AF-S 20mm f/1.8 as this is the perfect range for most of my Video needs.