I saw this incredible price a couple of days ago and I’m surprised it’s still available.
B&H Photo in New York City has a brand new black Nikon V1 on sale for $299. To underscore how incredible this price is, back a little over a year ago, this camera was introduced at $900. All I can say is Nikon’s pain is your gain. B&H is one of the premier camera stores in New York. It is not some disreputable, hole in the wall.
What’s interesting is that while the less expensive J1 has also fallen in price, it still sells for more ($399) than the premium V1. The V1’s main advantage, it has an electronic viewfinder (EVF). Its disadvantage, it’s larger, heavier, it doesn’t have a built-in flash and it’s not as cute (no red and pink models).
I’ve been a bit critical about Canon and Nikon lately but the V1 is a great camera for a certain type of person. If you want a small camera with fast focus and nice video, this may be your opportunity. Of course it will run circles around any point and shoot in both speed and image quality. It is really DLSR responsiveness in a smaller package. And unlike other mirrorless cameras that tend to be weak for action and sports, this V1 should do great.
Am I going to get one? I’m really tempted but probably not. The image quality of my Olympus cameras are better and they are physically smaller. Unlike many “serious” photographers, I’m fine without an EVF. While the speed is nice, I don’t shoot sports with my mirrorless cameras — I still have my DSLR for that. About the only thing that I really want is a better video but that isn’t a big enough reason.
Should you get one? This could be a spectacular deal for some people. If you want a small, mirrorless camera with really snappy performance, this could be it. I hear the camera is also popular with the birding and digiscoping crowd. Also, if you are a Nikon DSLR shooter with Nikkor lenses, it might be interesting to use your lenses (with an adapter) on this little V1.