Cameras and technology have changed so much in the past 12 months not to mention the last decade. I have been involved within the imaging industry now for over 13 years and have seen many advances from the first 1.3MP Kodak Easyshare camera to the ground breaking 36MP Nikon D800E. Throughout my time in the photography world one thing has always remained – the chase for the best camera design whilst still delivering perfect image quality – enter the Nikon 1 series.
You see at first I was sceptical when I first saw this camera. I thought to myself can such a small sensor produce sharp images; and the look of the camera…was this even a camera?…was Nikon serious? A day out with the camera was going to change my mind.
I jumped in the car with the small white camera in my hand and the spare lens nestled in my pocket. The sun was out and the streets were busy. I decided to head to the local markets – the famous Fremantle Markets.
I noticed a crowd had gathered near the entrance to the markets and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to photograph some candid portraits. In the past I hadn’t had much success with street photograph due to my big Canon DSLR – most of the time I was discouraged by local authorities – this didn’t even present as a problem with the Nikon V1. I was encouraged to join in the fun as the crowd encouraged the local entertainer to perform insane stunts. I found myself in awe of the talented busker. He had the myself and the crowd engrossed in the performance. I anticipated a perfect moment was about to present itself so I switched the camera to video mode and set the quality to Full HD. The busker didn’t disappoint, he proceeded to perform for the crowd thrusting whips in the air filling the busy street with deaf defining cracks as the two whips danced about above his head. The Queensland Crossover was in full swing and I wasn’t missing a beat thanks to the amazing video feature on the V1. This experience had summed up my day. The camera was amazing especially the video. Later on that day I played back the video on the high res screen and chucked to myself as I relived the moment.
I put together a small video showcasing some of the standout features I experience when using the camera. All the sample images are shown below most of which were photographed at ISO 1600 due to the low light in the undercover markets.
If I could pass on one piece of advice when thinking about buying a new camera it would be – you wouldn’t judge a book by its cover…so in turn you should never judge a camera by its cover until you delve into the features and experience the image quality for yourself.
Until next time.
ISO 1600 – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/60 sec
ISO 400 – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/60 sec
ISO 1600 – 30mm – f5.6 – 1/50 sec
ISO 1600 – 10mm – f2.8 – 1/125 sec
ISO 1600 – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/200 sec
ISO 1600 – 10mm – f10 – 1/1600 sec
ISO 1600 – 10mm – f4 – 1/320 sec
ISO 1600 – 10mm – f2.8 – 1/20 sec
ISO 1600 – 10mm – f2.8 – 1/80 sec
ISO 400 – 10mm – f7.1 – 1/800 sec
ISO 400 – 10mm – f6.3 – 1/640 sec – Split Toning