Secondly I like the 'photographic' nature of what it offers. Interestingly, some of the headline features, such as the slow motion video options and the 'smart snapshot' or whatever it is are the most gimmicky and least successful, though 60fps at full resolution is undeniably impressive.
Thirdly, the lenses are excellent. Again well-made and providing decent image quality.
As usual, its the images that count, and the biggest surprise to me is how they look. I've written several times about how they look like images taken with a larger sensor. This was brought home to me yesterday when I was editing some images taken with the Sony RX100 I had over the summer. I know it has less pixels, but my V1 images look nicer to me. The RX100 files don't like being under or over exposed even a little and attempting to lighten them particularly, results in a fair amount of noise. The Nikon 1 images are surprisingly flexible, however. Not that this is a problem, since the V1 has excellent accurate metering.
So it is a nice surprise, and from a camera that didn't cost a lot. (Though this is because of a pretty hefty discount.) And it is most definitely fun to use. So much so that I haven't really got round to seriously looking at the Nikon D7100 yet.
Discoveries like this are a genuine pleasure, and this one more so, since I was so rude about the system in general before actually trying it out. As I wrote before preconceptions are a barrier to discoveries like this and while I try to avoid dogma and closed thinking, I must plead guilty to suffering from it from time to time. Fortunately, I have the capacity to reconsider and make u-turns without hesitation, so I've got there in the end.
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