The Nikon 1 V1 has a 10 Megapixel CX size sensor (13.2 × 8.8mm which is a 2.7x crop factor), and has a 73 point hybrid phase detection/contrast detection auotofocus. The AF delivers 10 frames-per-second capture in autofocus mode and 60fps in manual mode. It handles ISO up to 3200 (6400 in expanded mode). The included 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens is equivalent to a 27-81mm after sensor crop.
The most noticeable difference between the 1 V1 and the a J1 is that the V1 has a 1.4 million dot high resolution Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) that automatically activates when the user raises the camera to their eye. The V1 camera also features Nikon’s new Multi-Accessory Port for attaching options such as the new SB-N5 compact speedlight, or the GP-N100 GPS module (neither are included). For those making movies, the V1 has a stereo microphone input for professional quality audio.
Summary of the differences between the V1 and J1 cameras:
- The V1 is significantly thicker front to back, the J1 smaller
- The V1 has a built-in electrical viewfinder and an accessory port, but no built-in flash
- The V1 has a higher resolution rear LCD screen
- The J1 has a small built-in flash
- The V1 has both mechanical and electronic shutter, the J1 only electronic shutter