Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1

The S1 launched recently along with yet another MILC from Nikon, the J3. It is the smallest MILC that has been launched by Nikon yet and is aimed directly at users looking to migrate from a point and shoot to a DSLR like camera minus the complexity. This camera is best in the hands of those who are looking for a lightweight yet flexible system with a slightly larger sensor than what a point and shoot offers. To be retailed starting in February 2013 at $500 this is the new entry level Nikon 1 series camera so to say. It has a 13.2mm x 8.8mm CMOS sensor with an effective megapixel of 10.1.

The S1 has a Hybrid auto-focusing system with both phase detection and contrast-detection and boasts 73 AF points. It can shoot at 60 fps for a maximum of 15 frames in one burst when AF is locked. With continuous AF it can shoot at 15 fps. The CMOS sensor of the S1 is slightly more sensitive in low light compared to the J3 and has a range of 100-6400.

Promo Video

The S1 takes still images of max size 3,872 x 2,592 pixels a well as shoots full HD movies at 60i /30p and 720p HD movies at 60p/30p. It has a 3” TFT LCD screen that has a resolution of 460,000 dots.

The S1 is compatible with most of the popular storage cards including SD, SDHC and SDXC. The external dimensions of the camera are 4.0 x 2.4 x 1.2 and it weighs only 197 grams. The S1 will be shipped together with the 11-27.5mm lens.

Sample images by Nikon 1 S1 on flickr

Nikon 1 S1 Specifications

Camera Type
Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Nikon 1 mount
Angle of view
Approx. 2.7 x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Effective pixels
Effective pixels
10.1 million
Image sensor
13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon CX format)
Image size (pixels)

Still images (aspect ratio 3 : 2)

  • 3872 x 2592
  • 2896 x 1944
  • 1936 x 1296

Still images (aspect ratio 16 : 9)

  • 3840 x 2160 (Motion Snapshot mode or 1080/60i, 1080/30p selected in advanced movie mode)
  • 1280 x 720 (720 / 60p, 720 / 30p selected in advanced movie mode)
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression
Control system
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
SD (Secure Digital), SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
File system
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Shooting modes
auto; creative, with a choice of the following options: P, S, A, M, night landscape, night portrait, backlighting, soft, miniature effect, and selective color; best moment capture (slow view and Smart Photo Selector), advanced movie (HD—P, S, A, M only—and slow motion), Motion Snapshot
Electronic shutter
1/16,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; BulbNote: Bulb ends automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash sync
Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/60 s or slower
  • Single frame, continuous
  • Self-timer
Frame advance rate
  • Approx. 5, 15, 30, or 60 fps
2 s, 5 s, 10 s
TTL metering using image sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix
  • Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame
  • Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
  • P programmed auto with flexible program;
  • S shutter priority auto;
  • A aperture-priority auto;
  • M manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation
-3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO sensitivity
ISO 100-6400 in steps of 1 EV; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100-6400, 100-3200, 100-800) available (user controlled in P, S, A, and M modes)
Active D-Lighting
On, off
Hybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single AF (AF-S); continuous AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); fulltime AF (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode
Single-point, auto-area, subject tracking
Focus area
  • Single-point AF: 135 focus areas; the center 73 areas support phase-detection AF
  • Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Face priority
On, off
Built-in flash
  • Auto; Soft, Miniature effect, Selective color (Creative mode): Flash pops up automatically and fires as required
  • Night portrait, Backlighting (Creative mode): Flash pops up automatically and fires with every shot
  • P programmed auto, S shutter-priority auto, A aperture-priority auto, M manual (Creative mode): Manual pop-up
Guide Number
Approx. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C / 68 °F)
i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Auto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync, off
Flash compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
White balance
White balance
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, underwater, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
TTL metering using image sensor
Metering Type
  • Matrix
  • Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame
  • Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Frame size (pixels)/
recording rate

HD movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9)

  • 1920 x 1080 / 60 i (59.94 fields/s*)
  • 1920 x 1080 / 30 p (29.97 fps)
  • 1280 x 720 / 60 p (59.94 fps)
  • 1280 x 720 / 30 p (29.97 fps)

Slow-motion movies (aspect ratio 8 : 3)

  • 640 x 240 / 400 fps (plays at 30 p / 29.97 fps)
  • 320 x 120 / 1200 fps (plays at 30 p / 29.97 fps)

Motion Snapshot (aspect ratio 16 : 9)

  • 1280 x 720 / 60 p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24 p / 23.976 fps)
File format
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Audio recording device
Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
7.5 cm (3 in.), approx. 460 k-dot, TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, auto image rotation, and rating option
Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Supported languages
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power source
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL20 battery
AC adapter
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5C power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
1/4-in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 102.0 x 60.5 x 29.7 mm (4.0 x 2.4 x 1.2 in.), excluding projections
Approx. 240 g (8.5 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 197 g (6.9 oz), camera body only
Operating environment
0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
85 % or less (no condensation)
  • * Sensor output is about 60 fps.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully charged battery operating at the temperature specified by the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA): 23±3 °C (73.4±5.4 °F).
  • Nikon reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware and software described on this page at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for any damage that might result from any errors that this page may contain.

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