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On September 21 2011, Nikon announced the iconic Nikon 1 system
, which represents a new category of camera that challenges conventional thinking, emphasizing a pocketable form factor with unbelievable speed, combined with the high image quality. The Nikon 1 J1 is an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses with the new 1 NIKKOR lens system that comes with a fast new hybrid Autofocus (AF), and fast speed with continuous AF. Users can capture a high quality image while simultaneously recording Full HD 1080p movies, together with the new Motion Snapshot mode that combines moving and still images. The J1 camera features the new Nikon developed CX-format, 10.1 Megapixels High-Speed AF CMOS sensor, supports ISO range of 100-3200 (6400 Hi-1), 73-point AF system, continuous shooting at 10 fps (or 60 fps with AF locked) at full resolution, and can capture Full HD movies at 1080p 30 fps, or 1080i 60 fps, with additional 30/60/400 and 1200 fps modes for super slow motion effects.
The Nikon V1 adds features such as a 1.4 million dot high resolution EVF, a high-speed electronic shutter, the magnesium alloy body, stereo microphone input, and a Multi-Accessory Port for attaching options such as the new SB-N5 compact speedlight, or the GP-N100 GPS module. The Nikon J1 and V1 will be available beginning October 20th. The Nikon J1 camera with 10-30mm lens kit is listed for retail at $649.95 and it's currently selling at around $647. Here's the summary of review of the Nikon 1 J1 by TrustedReviews, giving the camera a rating of 7 out of 10:
"In terms of sharpness, we were left suitably impressed by both the 10-30mm and, especially, the 10mm. As might be expected images are pin-sharp in the centre of the frame, but corner and edge sharpness is pretty impressive too - especially when the lenses are stopped down to their sweet spot of around f/8. There's no dedicated Macro lens as yet, but close focusing on small objects can yield quite good results. And so to general image quality. Overall, we have to say we were left quite impressed by the J1's ability to produce richly toned and pleasingly vibrant images. Even on the 'Standard' Picture Control setting the J1 delivered images with plenty of pop, which is sure to chime well with its target audience. While we're compelled to point out the J1's shortcomings elsewhere, there's no doubt that it produces an overall level of image quality that is leagues above what any regular compact camera is capable of. While the J1 delivers images that are tonally rich with good levels of sharpness and detail, depth of field is something that's undoubtedly compromised by the smaller CX sensor. Using the J1 next to an Olympus E-PL3, with both the kit zoom on each camera set to 28mm and focused on a static subject we found the area behind to be visibly more defocused and 'blurry' on the E-PL3 than the J1 at f/3.5. Against an APS-C equipped DSLR, the difference was even more pronounced. It is still possible to 'throw' the background with the J1, just not to the same extent it is with larger sensors. This may not be such a problem for the J1's intended audience of casual photographers, but for serious enthusiasts - especially those with an eye for portraiture - it does limit the J1 as a creative tool.
The Nikon J1 is a stylish looking compact system camera that delivers class-leading shooting speeds, super-efficient AF performance and vibrant, punchy images. However, given the highly competitive nature of the CSC market this isn't really enough to elevate it above its peers and many rival CSCs offer richer feature sets and better value for money. It's good to finally see Nikon in the CSC market, and the J1 certainly shows some promise, but it's not quite the all-conquering model we'd hoped for."
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Nikon J1 Mirrorless Camera Reviews Roundup
|Steve's Digicam: "Image quality from the Nikon J1 was pleasing in most situations. The camera produces nice still photos that show good exposure and dynamic range. Colors are a tad on the cooler side, but still quite pleasing. I did notice that when using the Smart Photo Selector mode, at times it would produce images that were much warmer. Dynamic range also seemed to be increased, as images look brighter with much more detail in th..." - May 06 2012 More »||N/A|
|MacWorld: "Nikon made some hefty claims about the J1's performance and, for the most part, those claims are justified. Autofocus, particularly in good light, is fast thanks to a hybrid AF system that utilizes phase detection or contrast detect AF, depending on the lighting conditions (in low light, contrast detection is used because it activates an AF illuminator). Unfortunately, it sometimes locked AF in the wrong place, but..." - Feb 15 2012 More »|
|LetsGoDigital: "The Nikon 1 J1 has the same processor and sensor as its larger brother the Nikon 1 V1. The fast autofocus is available for both cameras. The Nikon 1 J1 was able to do continuous shooting with 10, 30 and 60 shots per second. Further, next to JPEG, the trusted NEF (a.k.a. RAW) format is available. The Nikon 1 J1 has an ISO range from 100 to 3200. The image quality is good up to ISO 3200. Noise only becomes visible at..." - Jan 04 2012 More »|
|Imaging Resource: "The Nikon J1's new sensor size was controversial even before it was announced, with most wondering why the company would produce a smaller sensor compact when the race is more toward greater quality at higher ISO. It's no secret that Micro Four Thirds cameras have struggled to compete with the high ISO image quality available from companies making mirrorless cameras with APS-C sized sensors. The new Nikon 1 sensor,..." - Nov 23 2011 More »||N/A|
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