Friday, August 31, 2012

Nikon V1's Going Cheap......

I'm not sure what to make of this, but the Nikon V1 price just drove off a cliff this week - Amazon currently have the Nikon 1 V1 with 10-30mm VR 1 Lens (Black) listed for $596.95 - previously this rig was breathing the rarified air found at it's $899 list price.....

I am not paid the big bucks to sit around not drawing outrageously unfounded conclusions from stuff I see on the interwebs - so here goes....

I think this is a really bad sign for the Nikon 1 series of cameras less than a year into their perky, petite little lifespans.

These are really good cameras - I have only played with the V1's little sister the J1(it was a girly white one) and I was amazed by it. Gordon Laing has the world's most comprehensive review of the VI at cameralabs (put aside a Saturday afternoon to read it) and he really rated it.

However, like me, most of the world has no idea what the 1 series cameras mean to them - they are (were) expensive and not as fully featured as a similarly priced DSLR and they have a tiny sensor.  And then there is Sony, who are kicking it with APS-c models in the V1's category.

Personally, I will be doing a lot of comparison shopping before I enter the mirrorless market - and I won't be buying a Nikon just because I shoot their DSLRs.  Me-thinks Nikon has been taken to school and given a spanking with the V1's pricing (anyone remember the D3x, anyone?)....

I would love to hear your thoughts on the V1 / J1 below.

Cheers - Todd

6 comments:

  1. Well, you may have screwed me with my trademe auction for the one I won! haha, thanks! http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=507602989

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    1. hehe - lucky noone reads this blog Mark - you made some coin off that win!

      Cheers - Todd

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  2. I have the Nikon V1 and it's a great little camera to always have with you rather than the "big stuff." My best and most obvious guess is that they are blowing out existing inventory for a V2 soon to be announced. As to whether it's a good camera to have, if you are a Nikon shooter, the FT1 lens adaptor turns this little baby into an excellent tele kit. I love my V1 with the 70-200!

    While a bit noisy above 800 iso (as expected with the small sensor), I'm having a blast with it!

    Cheers,

    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Yes, they are remarkable little cameras, I just don't think that the general market understands them very well (nikon's marketing is crappy) especially for the price.

      It will be interesting to see how this product line develops.

      Thanks for commenting - sorry I didn't notice this had come in.

      Cheers - Todd

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  3. Just saw this this camera on reddit. Looking to purchase a body and a lens to go with my 600D.


    toxicstudioinc.com

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