Few ISO 1600 shots with Nikon 1 V1 and 18.5mm/1.8 lens

Here are three shots taken with V1 plus 18.5/1.8 combo. All are ISO 1600 and I have done only very mild noise reduction in Lightroom 5. I found all these quite acceptable. What do you think about the amount and nature of the noise? Please, click the photos so they will open larger in Flickr.

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  1. I think the noise is totally acceptable. However all of these look like they were shot with pretty decent light. Maybe you should test a few in lower light or mixed lighting where there will be some underexposed areas that will show more noise.

  2. The second one was shot in quite dim lighting. One diffuse light source in the ceiling many meters away the subject. The first one was also taken in a dim light. The third one had the best lighting of these.

  3. According to what you said in the post and the comment above, these are very acceptable in my mind. I saw these first on Flickr and didn’t even notice the noise, I wouldn’t have thought twice about it without having read this article, so I would say this is a lot better than I would have guessed for the V1. Is this the result of the glass being a better lens? Didn’t you have trouble with noise when you had slower glass?

  4. Jeremiah, with that faster lens (18.5/1.8) you can get decent shutter speeds (in the above shots with ISO 1600) if you compare to a slower lens (like 10-30mm/3.5-5.6). All above shots are taken at f/1.8 and shutter speeds are 1/30, 1/40, and 1/160.

    With a slower lens you have to go up with the ISO to get even 1/30s shutter speed and I feel that ISO 1600 is the maximum usable with this camera.

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