It's not however a cheap option and the V2 with a 10-30mm lens currently retails at £649 at Wex Photographic (costing more therefore than a Nikon D5200 mid range DSLR). Overall, I have mixed feelings about this camera at this price and I'll write more about that in due course, but there are a couple of features which are real eye openers that I thought I would share with you today. The model I'm using (shown below) is the V2, which is the 'professional' version of the 1 Series. It replaced the V1 but was in turn rapidly replaced by the V3 making me feel that even Nikon do not think they've quite got it right yet.
First the sensor: the sensor on the 1 Series is tiny and has a crop factor of 2.7x. It also features 14.2 megapixels which is huge for such a small sensor. We'll look at the impact of this shortly.
Second, while the camera uses dedicated 1 Series lenses, there is an adapter called the FT1 Mount that lets you use your Nikon DSLR lenses with the 1 Series camera and if they are AFS lenses, it even supports autofocus (centre point only however). Again, it's not cheap (£229 at Wex) but it opens up a whole new range of possibilities, especially if you have already invested in a range of Nikon DSLR lenses. Of course, once you attach these, it's no longer a pocket camera.
The first picture in the series is just to set the flavour. Taken on the D800 with a 200mm lens, about a mile and a half away you can see the Monument, that is, the monument to the Great Fire of London: a big red arrow points to it. Despite a 200mm lens on, it's still hardly anything in the frame.
It is worth noting however how hard it is to get a good picture using a 1,350mm lens because of the camera shake that occurs as you try to focus, even when you are using a tripod. I used the timer function to trigger the shot because even pressing the shutter button would have ruined the image due to the vibrations it sets off.