Concert Photography with the Nikon 1 V1

Eddie Van Halen rocks Denver, May 24, 2012.

I had a cool opportunity to bring my Nikon 1 V1 to a concert in Denver last night. It seems as though the once draconian rules on image capture during concerts have been relaxed in this age of camera phones. Instead of “no photography or recording devices,” the message now is “no professional cameras.”

Well, the Nikon 1 V1 isn’t exactly a professional camera (it’s the same size as my previous compact, the Nikon P7000). So I brought it. No problem. I used the 30-110mm zoom lens in shutter-priority mode and spot-metering. I wanted to keep the shutter speed above 1/60s at all times. While not every shot was tack-sharp, I got a lot of keepers. And Van Halen still brings it like the best of ‘em!

And just for kicks, here’s a video I got with the V1.

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4 thoughts on “Concert Photography with the Nikon 1 V1”

  1. Impressive photos for a non-”professional” camera. The video looks pretty good, but it seems to hunt for focus from time to time. I assume the green colors are due to the stage lighting, not the camera.

    The guitar solo is not to my taste, but the sound quality is good. Did the venue allow you to use the ME-1 external microphone, or did you use the V1′s built-in mic?

  2. I assume you were in typical low light concert lighting, indoors? Were you using zoom or up close? Do reds and blue concert lighting drive the Nikon-1 crazy as with your typical digital camera? Thanks!

  3. What you see was pretty much right out of the camera. You can decide if you liked them or not. :)

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