Nikon1


v2Welcome to Nikon1 camera system and the future of digital photography, mirrorless digital cameras. I love these little cameras, they are small, light and very versatile tools with a wide range of accessories which will allow you to release your inner artist as a photographer. If you have jumped into the Nikon1 system congratulations and I hope you find the pictures, video and time-lapse entertaining and the camera settings information a use full start to exploring the world with Nikon1.

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The Nikon1 V1 in front of its team-mates the Nikon D800 and Nikon D4 an All Star line-up

Nikon1 Settings

The Nikon1 System has 4 shooting Modes – Motion Snapshot, Smart Photo, Still Image and Movie. The settings discussed here are ones to get the maximum flexibility from you Nikon V1 or J1 in the Still Image or Movie Modes and serve as a starting point for more control and creativity from your Nikon 1 Camera.

Still Image Mode Settings

Exposure Mode – A, S or M
Image Quality  - RAW + Jpeg Fine
Images Size – Large
Shutter type – Electronic or Mechanic
White Balance - Sunny,  Auto or Preset (Set to produce Accurate or Emotional colour)
ISO – 100
Picture Control – Standard or Landscape
Color Space – sRGB
Active D-Lighting – On
Long exposure NR (noise reduction) – Off (unless shooting exposures of longer than 1 second)
High ISO noise reduction – Off (unless shooting at the Higher ISO Settings)
AF-area mode – Single Point
Auto Focus – Single Point or AF-C
Face-priority – Off (Unless I am photographing people or groups)
VR – ON unless on Tripod, Active for Handheld on Video
Built-in AF Assist – Off (Unless I am working in dimly lit situations)

Run Vancouver 24 hours of running through Vancouver (Click the picture to play the movie) Movie Settings – 1080p 30fps

Video Settings

S – Exposure Mode (Shutter speed 1/60th)
White Balance – Sunny, Auto or Preset (Set to produce Accurate or Emotional colour)
ISO – Lowest Possible
Picture Control – Standard (For simple Editing)
Picture Control – Standard* (For Advanced Editing) and the following adjustments

  • Sharpening – 1
  • Contrast Auto – Minus 2

Movie Sound Options – Level 2
VR Active or Off when on Tripod
AF Area – Single Point
Auto Focus – Single Point

See the short film shot on a Nikon V1 by  Sean Kennedy Santos called Larrikin

Time-lapse Settings

Vancouver Harbour life in Time-lapse (Click the picture to play the movie)

M or A – Exposure Mode
Image Quality RAW+F
Shutter type – M
White Balance - Sunny, Auto or Preset (Set to produce Accurate or Emotional colour)
ISO – 100
Picture Control Standard
Color Space – sRGB
Active D Lighting Off
Long exposure NR (noise reduction) – Off (unless shooting exposures of longer than 1 second)
High ISO noise reduction – Off unless shooting at the Higher ISO Settings)
AF Area – Manual
VR – OFF
Rear Display Off
5 second intervals to start with nighttime longer for start.

SB-N5 Flash Settings 

SB-N5 – Fill Flash or Rear-curtain sync

Remote Flash – If you own a Nikon Accessory flash  like the SB-800, SB-910 or other you can use in it SU-4 Mode on Manual mode and dial the remote flashes manual settings to get the power output you want. To Trigger a secondary Flash put the SB-N5 on your Nikon V1 and set to into Manual mode and reduce the power to 1/32. Set any Nikon Flash into SU-4 Manual Mode and it will be triggered by the SB-N5. (Note you will have to calculate you flash exposure either via the Nikon V1′s Histogram or use a flash meter.)

Bridget photographed with a Nikon V1, Lens: FT-1 Mount Adapter – Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 White Balance: SUNNY ISO: 200 Shutter: 1/160 Aperture: 1.8

GPS – GP-N100 for Nikon 1 V1

One of the cool accessories for the Nikon V1 is a GPS. With this device attached it will record your Latitude and Longitude position when taking a picture and this information is embedded in the Meta Data of your picture file.

A photo (left) with the GPS information captured in the Meta Data (right)

 

This Data can be reviewed in Nikon View NX2 and when connected to the internet it will display the satellite view and location of where the picture was taken.

 

In Nikon View NX2 the location and thumbnail of the photo is displayed

 

If you want to try peeking at photos linked to Google Earth click on this link. If you wanted to know more about GPS hardware and software I have some information linked in the Software and Links section of my website linked here.

 

Nikon V1 accessories (L to R) the FT-1 Adapter, the SB-5N Flash and the GP-N100 GPS



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