Nikon 1 S1 review

First Look


The Nikon 1 S1 is the first model in the new S-series, with the intention for models to be fast, stylish and straightforward, an aimed at appealing to users of compact cameras looking for better performance and image quality, while it sits below the J-series in the Nikon 1 hierarchy.

As such, the Nikon 1 S1 features an uncluttered interface with simplified controls and digital menus, along with a host of simplified, creative controls. These include Live Image Control that allows you to adjust settings to freeze action, tweak lighting or blur backgrounds, while you can preview these changes before you take a shot.

Motion Snapshots takes a ‘living image' by capturing a short, slow-motion movie that ends with a still image, all in a single click and output as a single .mov file. There's also Creative Mode, allowing you to apply a host of filter effects to the image, while there is direct access to manual control as well.

Unlike the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 V2, the Nikon 1 S1 maintains the 10.1MP 1in CMOS sensor with an ISO range from 100-6400, while just like the Nikon 1 J3, Full HD video clips can be captured at 60 and 30fps and 60i, 60p and 30p frame rates, while full-resolution images can be shot while filming.

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Features 19/20
Design 18/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 18/20
Value 17/20
Overall Score 89%