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Old Apr 1, 2012, 9:39 AM   #1
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Default Can the V1 replace my DSLR?

I have added a substantial post to my blog (link below) that deals with this question that I have had to consider.

I wrote it because I think it is the kind of subject that might be on the minds of quite a few enthusiasts at any one time.

It is NOT a hard nosed effort to show one system as being any better than another. It just outlines some of my reasoning for choosing a body, which is a personal thing for every individual and it has been written in that spirit.

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Old Apr 1, 2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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One thing that only an SLR will get you is a Phase Detect AF system, which is faster and more accurate than the Contrast Measurement AF system that lesser cameras use (exclusively. When using 'Live View', dSLRs are limited to Contrast Measurement AF, but their real strength comes from the PDAF when using the eyepiece.) For some things, that doesn't matter, but for others, CDAF just can't keep up.
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I agree - though the V1 has a hybrid system in which it uses both types of focus. In good light it uses phase detect which works directly off the sensor and in low light it goes to contrast detect.

Low light seems to be an area of weakness for the V1 compared to a DSLR.

Either way, a DSLR is definately more responsive, but having accepted that, there may be some remaining arguements that swing the decision for some people.

I know with the current lenses available to me that I have surrendered my capability to do birds in flight - is that going to bother me, well yes ... occassionally. Can I live with that occassional limitation - probably.
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It is a question that will continue to be asked. You covered the bases as far as I can tell, and the question for person "A" may be quite difference from person "B". In this case, if you are person "A", I turn out to be person "B", at least for now.

I did try a mirrorless system awhile ago, and just as quick as I jumpped in, I sold it off because it reminded me of all the things I hated about point and shoots. The entry cost seemed too high and the performance was limited in a few too many areas.

Since then I went from a DSLR with a crop factor of 2, to a full frame pro level DSLR. The weight of the new system in total is enough to ponder the possibility of a second, lighter system. For now I'm content to enjoy the very responsive DSLR and wait for the compact systems to mature a few generations, evaluating the new technology as it comes.

Its a great time to be a photographer. There are choices that simply didn't exist a few years ago.

Good luck with your new kit.
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A Phase Detect AF sensor in a dSLR uses light coming from a subject through different portions of the same large aperture lens, creating a rangefinder. How do you create a rangefinder with a single image sensor?
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I don't know - but this is what DP review say on the matter

'The J1 and V1 feature an all-new adaptive AF system that Nikon is calling 'Hybrid' AF. Hybrid AF incorporates both contrast-detection and phase-detection focus technology - the latter being used when the cameras detect favorable lighting conditions. Assuming that the light level is high enough, then the J1 and V1 switch to a 73-point focal-plane phase-detection AF system that offers fast and responsive 'single-shot' AF and impressive continuous AF tracking performance.'
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Won't replace it. I can say this with having two of them. It does add a new dimension of shooting. The EVF still lags in action type shooting as I experienced in shooting "Ice Racing".
More shots were missed in composition because of it. It is very fast to say the least in decent light. In low light it can hunt a bit. I do enjoy shooting the 10mm 2.8. The 10-100mm for movies is impressive.
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The dslr has it's place and the mirrorless has their place. I have both systems. And depending on what I am doing I choose the system that meets that need best. One can not replace the other. If I had to choose one, it would depend on what type of photo I will be willing to give up on taken.
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