The Nikon 1 S1 is the first model in Nikon's S series of CSCs. It arrives firmly at the entry level of the 1 range and inherits a lot of the other '1' range features. Find out how it fares in our full Nikon 1 S1 review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon 1 S1

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:85%


  • Fast AF; Stable and clear screen; Excellent AWB and metering system; Superb video quality


  • Noise control isn't up to the standard of other CSCs; No VR in the kit lens


Nikon 1 S1 Review


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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.


Video:1920 x 1080, 30p / 60i
ISO:100 - 6400
White Balance:Auto, 8 preset
Lens Mount:Nikon CX
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Exposure Comp:-3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Compression:Fine, Normal, Basic
PC Socket:No
LCD:3in, 460k-dot TFT LCD
Output Size:3872 x 2592 pixels
Colour Temp Control:No
AF Points:135 in single-point AF; 41 focus areas in Auto-area AF
White Balance Bracket:No
Sensor:10.1MP 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS (Nikon CX format)
Max Flash Sync:1/60 sec
Dust Reduction:TBC
Focal Length Mag:2.7x
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes (electronic; processing based)
Metering System:Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot
Movie Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:PASM; Creative; Auto; Advanced movie; Motion snapshot
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:Hi-speed USB, miniHDMI
Power:Li-ion EN-EL20 rechargable
File Format:JPEG, NEF (Raw)
Dimensions:102.0 x 60.5 x 29.7 mm
Focusing Modes:Contrast detect; Phase Detect; Multi-area; Selective single-point; Tracking
Shutter Speeds:1/16000 - 30 sec
Drive Mode:15fps
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Verdict
  6. 6. Sample Image Gallery
  7. 7. First Look
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