Unleash your creative streak with the V3. With the world’s fastest shooting speeds*1 that surpass even the quickest D-SLR, you’ll never miss out on the moments that matter. A lightweight marvel that also delivers unparalleled performance, this compact interchangeable lens camera empowers you to take your flair for photography further.

Unsurpassed performance

Be inspired to let your creativity run free with the power of the V3’s 18.4 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor. With its new EXPEED 4A image-processing engine and a wide range of ISO sensitivities ranging from 160 to 6400 (expandable to 12,800), day or night, the V3 enables you to craft stunning shots.

Blazing ahead of the rest

The V3 will surprise you with its lightning fast performance that can rival even a D-SLR camera, thanks to its super high-speed autofocus (AF) CX-format CMOS sensor. In fact, it possesses the world’s fastest shooting speed*1 of approximately 20 frames per second (fps) when the autofocus is on and up to around 60 fps when the focus is locked.  With the world’s fastest*2 shooting time lag, you’ll capture absolutely every moment of the action. The enhanced controls on the V3 ensure each button has one dedicated function for improved usability.

Take charge with intuitive controls

A first for a camera in the Nikon 1 series, the touch screen controls on the V3 ensure you can switch quickly from one function to the next. Shoot from a variety of different angles effortlessly with the V3’s vari-angle monitor. The Virtual Horizon feature detects both the rolling (horizontal orientation) and pitching (vertical orientation) of your images, which comes in handy especially when you are perfecting the composition of shots which involve landscapes, architecture and still objects.

Share moments as they happen

Wi-Fi has been intelligently built into the V3 so that you can send photos and videos*3 to your loved ones’ smartphone or tablet, straight from your camera. Simply use the free Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app (available at the App Store and Google Play) to make transfers in the blink of an eye.

*3 Wireless transfer of videos is available only on Android OS.

Let your creativity go wild

The V3 is equipped with a number of creative features that do all the work so you can focus on honing your artistic skill. With Creative Palette the intuitive touch screen allows you to change settings such as the colour, brightness and saturation of an image with just a simple trace of the finger in a ring-like movement. Creative Mode lets you create unique, memorable images with simple image editing such as portrait enhancement, fine-tuning ISO sensitivity, cross-processing and a toy camera effect.

Light in weight, heavy on features

Not only does the V3 impress with superior image quality, its compact and lightweight body also makes it the ideal travel companion. Specially created with an ergonomic design, the V3 fits perfectly in your hands. With the V3, you can enjoy the freedom to explore your passion, as you take your photography to the next level.

High-quality movies in a flash

Enjoy superior movie performance with the ability to film Full HD movies at 1080/60p. Be part of the worldwide trend in capturing slow-motion movies by recording HD video at 120 fps and playing them back at 30 fps. You’ll love the updated Advanced Movie Functions like “Jump cut”, “Fast motion” and “4-second movie” which give you the flexibility to indulge your creative impulse. With Auto Image Capture, you can select up to 20 images from your movie and automatically save them as still photos.

No limits to your creativity

Expand your creativity with a selection of accessories for the V3. Enjoy a wide range of 1 NIKKOR lenses and a body case set in genuine leather that can hold all your essentials: camera, accessories and lenses. And that’s not all – the handy electronic viewfinder and external grip (both optional) give you more control over your shots so you can express your artistic flare.


*1 Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of 13 March, 2014. Statement based on Nikon research.
*2 Measured in accordance with CIPA standards. When a CX-format digital camera is used; measured with the zoom lens at the maximum telephoto position.

Keith and Mark Sutton of Sutton Images test and review the Nikon 1 V3

Follow renowned photographers Keith and Mark Sutton from the world's largest independent motorsport picture agency as they test and review the Nikon 1 V3 in this video made by them. With its fast shooting speeds that surpasses and autofocus tracking, this compact interchangeable lens camera is a refreshing switch for the brothers who have captured many dramatic and memorable moments in motorsports history.

Keith and Mark Sutton from the world's largest independent motorsport picture agency test and review the Nikon 1 V3

Tech Specs

TypeDigital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens mountNikon 1 mount
Effective angle of viewApprox. 2.7x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Image sensor formatCX
Image sensor typeCMOS
Sensor size13.2mm, x8.8mm
Dust-reduction systemImage sensor cleaning
Effective pixels18.4million
Image size (pixels)Still images taken in auto, P, S, A, M, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than easy panorama (aspect ratio 3 : 2) 5232 x 3488 3920 x 2616 2608 x 1744 Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 120 : 23) 4800 x 920 Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 8 : 25) 1536 x 4800 Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 240 : 23) 9600 x 920 Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 4 : 25) 1536 x 9600 Still images taken during movie recording (aspect ratio 3 : 2) 5232 x 3488 (1080/60p, 1080/30p) 1472 x 984 (720/60p, 720/30p) Motion Snapshots (photo portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 5232 x 2936
File formatNEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8) compression, NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control systemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
MediamicroSD (micro Secure Digital), microSDHC, microSDXC
Card slotsingle
File systemDCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Depth-of-field previewYes
Shooting modesauto; creative, with a choice of the following options: creative palette, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process, and toy camera effect; programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, and manual; best moment capture (Active Selection, slow view and Smart Photo Selector); advanced movie (HD movie, slow motion, jump cut, fast motion and 4-second movie), Motion Snapshot
TypeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane mechanical shutter; electronic shutter
SpeedMechanical shutter:, 1/4000to, 30s, in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control) Electronic shutter: 1/16,000–30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control) Note: Bulb and Time end automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash sync speedMechanical shutter: Synchronizes with shutter at, X=1/250s, or slower Electronic shutter: Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/60 s or slower
ModesS (single frame), Continuous, Self-timer, Remote, Interval timer shooting
Frame advance rateApprox. 6, 10, 20, 30, or 60 fps
Self-timer2 s, 10 s
Remote release modesDelayed remote (2 s); quick-response remote
Metering systemTTL metering using image sensor
Metering methodMatrix, center-weighted, spot
RangeCenter-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
ModeProgrammed auto with flexible program; shutter-priority auto; aperture-priority auto; manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation–3–+3EV, in steps of1/3EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at metered value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)200to, 12800, in steps of1EV, ISO 160; 6400 (NR); 12800 (NR); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160–6400, 160–3200, 160–800) available (user controlled in P, S, A, and M modes)
Active D-LightingOn, off
Autofocus systemHybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servoauto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Full-time AF (AF-F), Single AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Manual focus (MF)
Focus areaSingle-point AF: 171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
AF-area modeSingle-point, auto-area, subject tracking
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Face priorityOn, off
Built in flashRaised by pressing flash button
Guide numberApprox. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Controli-TTL flash control using image sensor
ModeFill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when flash is fully charged
White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor, TTL metering using image sensor
Frame size (pixels) and frame rateHD movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps) 1280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps) Slow-motion movies 1280 x 720/120 fps (aspect ratio 16 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 768 x 288/400 fps (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 416 x 144/1200 fps (aspect ratio 26 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) Fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4-second movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) Motion Snapshots (movie portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps)
File formatMOV
Video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording formatPCM
Audio recording deviceBuilt-in or optional external ME-1 stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Maximum recording timeAuto, creative, P, S, A, and M modes: 10 minutes Advanced movie mode HD movie: 10 minutes Slow motion: 3 seconds Fast motion: 20 minutes Jump cut: 20 minutes 4-second movie: 4 seconds (The approximate maximum recording times for individual movies shot at the default frame size and rate in each shooting mode)
Monitor size7.5cm (3in.) diagonal
Monitor typeTFT vari-angle LCD touch screen with brightness and angle adjustment
Monitor resolutionApprox.1037k-dot
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 16 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie and panorama playback, slide show, histogram display, auto image rotation, and rating option
USBHi-Speed USB equivalent
HDMI outputType D HDMI connector
Audio inputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Multi accessory portUsed for designated accessories
Wi-Fi® StandardsIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Communications protocolsIEEE 802.11b: DSSS/CCK IEEE 802.11g: OFDM
Operating frequency2412–2462 MHz (channels 1–11)
Range (line of sight)Approximately 10 m/33 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Data rate54 Mbps Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
SecurityAuthentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK Encryption: AES
Wireless setupSupports WPS
Access protocolsInfrastructure
Supported languagesArabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
BatteryOne rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL20a battery
AC adapterEH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5C power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx.110.9, x65.0, x33.2mm (4.4, x2.6, x1.3in.), excluding projections
WeightApprox.324g (11.4oz.), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 282 g (9.9 oz), camera body only
Operating environmentTemperature: 0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesBody Cap BF-N1000, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20a (included with terminal cover), lens (supplied only if lens kit is purchased with camera), Battery Charger MH-29 (plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), Strap AN-N1000, USB Cable UC-E20, ViewNX 2 CD

Sample Images

Sample Videos


Nikon 1 V3 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM

Nikon 1 V3 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM

This kit includes a light and compact lens that perfectly complements the Nikon 1 V3’s superb image quality. With a power drive zoom, the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lens covers a versatile range of 27-81mm in 35mm [135] format – perfect for wide angles, portraits and close-ups from as close as 20cm. With its advanced optics, you’ll capture crisp images with beautiful background blur. The cap-less design features an electrically controlled lens cover so you can quickly shoot after powering up.

Nikon 1 V3 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM and Electronic Viewfinder

Nikon 1 V3 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM and Electronic Viewfinder

Enhance the versatility of the Nikon 1 V3 with this kit that includes the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lens and an electronic viewfinder (EVF). The EVF’s wide viewfield offers a sharp 2,359k-dot resolution and 100% frame coverage so you can precisely compose your shots. Its circular eyepiece prevents incoming light for optimal viewing – offering a level of familiar operability similar to a D-SLR. Diopter and brightness can also be adjusted for maximum sharpness.

The light and compact lens features an electric power drive zoom, electrically-controlled lens cover and a focal length of 27-81mm in 35mm [135] format.