Nikon 1 V3 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Nikon 1 V3? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Nikon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the V3 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Nikon 1 V3 below.
In any case, the V3 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was officially introduced on March 13th, 2014, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3181 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the V3 from Nikon.
Nikon's reference manual for the V3
The camera's reference manual is 296 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the V3 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Nikon 1 V3 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Nikon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Nikon 1 V3 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Nikon 1 V3
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your V3 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Nikon 1 V3 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Nikon 1 V3 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the V3.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the V3?
The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Nikon equipped the V3 with the EXPEED 4 image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the V3?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 160 to ISO 12800.
Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Nikon provides the DF-N1000 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Nikon 1 V3?
Nikon does not publish a shutter rating for the V3. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my V3?
Nikon embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your V3 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Is completely silent shooting possible with the Nikon 1 V3?
The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?
No, the Nikon 1 V3 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Does the Nikon 1 V3 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The V3's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
Does the Nikon 1 V3 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the V3 use?
How does the V3 stack up against available alternatives? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. An an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Nikon 1 V3.
|Camera Model||Nikon 1 V3|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Nikon 1 mount lenses|
|Launch Date||March 2014|
|Launch Price||USD 799|
|Sensor Format||1" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||15.9 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||18.2 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 232 x 3 488 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||2.52 μm|
|Pixel Density||15.71 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/60p Video|
|ISO Setting||160 - 12 800 ISO|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 4|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||52|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||20.8|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||10.7|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||384|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1037k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||No front-flip|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||60 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||Electronic Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||mSDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|External Flash||no Hotshoe|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Battery Type||EN-EL20a power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||310 shots per charge|
111 x 65 x 33 mm
(4.4 x 2.6 x 1.3 in)
|Camera Weight||381 g (13.4 oz)|
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