The Nikon 1 misses the mark, in my humble opinion. Or more correctly, Nikon missed an opportunity. The opportunity to develop a micro four thirds mount camera that showed the competition how to do it right, and leveraged all the good will that the M 4/3 system has generated in the past 3 years. There are plenty of sound business reasons for Nikon to produce yet another another camera system (as if we don’t have enough already). But those same reasons trump what would be good for photography enthusiasts.
There’s no question about it, I love the Micro Four Thirds (M 3/4) system. It fits the way I shoot (hiking, motorcycling), and the image quality is worlds beyond what I really need, since % 99.999 of my photos are used on the Web. With the use of an adapter, there are thousands of lenses that can be used with the system, in addition to the M 4/3 lenses offered by Panasonic and Olympus.
There is quite a bit of tooth-gnashing, whining, moaning, and complaining on the forums and blogs where the Nikon loyalists hang out.
It would have been pretty to think that Nikon was going to enter the M 4/3 arena, do it right with a superior camera, and help build an even stronger M 4/3 market. But the company didn’t.
What it did do was build a very advanced compact with an interchangeable lens and attractive video capabilities. It is a mass-market camera and perhaps better positioned because of that to do what it was intended to do: Make money for Nikon.
What I was expecting was a bulldozer made by Caterpillar, but what appeared was a John Deere tractor. It looks like it might be a good tractor, though. Can I get it in John Deere Green?
For your reading pleasure, links to various reviews of the Nikon 1 are listed below.