I have no real idea why I bought this; it was completely on a whim. I have a perfectly good (better) digital camera that I love so this really is a mystery.
It happened in a kind of blur… I read a couple of reviews and then fatally checked out that auction site… some days later a package arrived on my doorstep.
Apart from my Nikonos underwater cameras I have never been a Nikon owner.
I guess what interested me about this camera was the look it has; very simple minimalist lines (a sleek black slightly round cube). Reviews had been mixed; the picture quality was excellent but the user experience with regard to the controls and menu are appalling. If you use a fixed setup then you will be rewarded.
When I received it in the post it was not working properly. It turned on and all looked fine but then, when I opened the lens it died, just black on the screen. I could only get a picture with the lens at it’s first setting and even then it was not reliable. This was a known issue with this camera and I was well aware of it before receiving mine. There is a built in power off when you close the lens similar to how some compacts work and that mechanism had a design fault.
Nikon admitted this fault when it was fist released and they offered owners a recall service where you send the lens back for the fix – a fixed one has a small black dot hidden in an opening on the back of the lens. Mine showed it had never had this fix. I checked the Nikon website and my lens was still eligible under the recall, I printed the free shipping label and sent it off. A couple of weeks later the lens came back and now all works perfectly. I must say I am very impressed with Nikon in this respect.
I can agree with what I have read. The obscure symbols on the camera’s controls are far from intuitive and navigating the menu is not great. However, having set the thing up for monochrome and aperture priority I got good results.
Not having used a zoom lens for a while, this was a change for me and I remembered how useful they could be.
This is an early mirror-less camera and I understand there is a good range of lenses available for it being as the ‘Nikon 1’ series continued to other models.
Although it performed well, ultimately I didn’t really get on with it and have decided to move it on for someone else to enjoy. There’s nothing wrong with it per se and I enjoyed trying something different for a while, I just don’t really see it in my armory of cameras; I don’t have a real use for it. I did find the mode switch is far too easy to knock when you pick it up meaning I could start shooting video when I wanted stills – very annoying.