Nikon 1 S1: Conclusion

May 9, 2013 by Andy Stanton Reads (54,935)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Expandability
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Nikon 1 S1Conclusion
The Nikon 1 S1 is an attractive camera that I enjoyed using for the most part. It’s conveniently small and lightweight. It has very good performance and excellent image quality, even at high ISOs. However its video was disappointing due to a consistent jittering effect. Also, it lacks several features present in the 1 J3, which is not that much more expensive. I really missed the mode dial, as being forced to access the menu every time I made a mode adjustment was annoying, especially in the absence of a touchscreen. The kit lens does not support vibration reduction, which might have resolved the video problem I encountered. Almost all digital cameras have a panorama mode, but it is lacking in the 1 S1. Overall, I can recommend the Nikon 1 S1 if there’s a significant price difference between it and the 1 J3. If not, go for the 1 J3, which is the better camera.


  • Small size, attractive appearance
  • Quick performance
  • Excellent autofocus system
  • Very good image quality, even at high ISOs
  • Manual controls


  • No mode dial so all mode changes require accessing the menu
  • Kit lens lacks optical image stabilization
  • Videos are jittery
  • No panorama mode
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