On August 9 2012, Nikon announced the J2 Nikon 1 mirrorless camera - a new 10.1 Megapixels compact system camera offering a novel Creative Mode, a metallic body and high-resolution LCD screen. Retaining the features of its predecessor, the Nikon 1 J2 comes with a 10.1 Megapixels CX-format CMOS sensor, Advanced Hybrid Autofocus system, EXPEED 3 image processing engine, 3-inch 921,000 dots LCD, 10fps continuous shooting with AF (and 60fps without), and Full HD movie recording.
In Creative Mode, there are several shooting modes including Panorama, Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night Portraits. By selecting these modes, the camera will automatically adjust the settings for optimal results. The Creative Mode will also provide fast access to manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M), similar to those found on Nikon DSLR cameras. Priced at $549.95 including a 10-30mm kit lens, the Nikon 1 J2 is available in white, black, silver, pink, red and orange. Here's the summary of review by TechRadar, giving the camera a rating of 3.5 out of 5:
"It's fair to say that although the Nikon 1 J1 was incredibly popular, it wasn't met with a huge amount of critical success. Many Nikon users were left disappointed by the choice of the smaller sensor than those seen on other CSCs, and this update obviously won't do anything to change their minds. More of a tweak here and there than a full-blown upgrade, the Nikon 1 J2 nevertheless is a good camera that is more than fit for purpose. The extra resolution on the screen is a welcome addition, as is the ability to more quickly access creative modes. It's a shame that digital filters couldn't be a little better, or more varied, but perhaps Nikon is holding something a little more advanced up its sleeve.
We liked: The new screen is wonderful to use, even in bright light, while also showing off stored images in the best possible way.
We disliked: It's not a huge upgrade from its predecessor, and if we're completely honest, we'd still like to see more in the way of direct manual controls on a Nikon 1 camera.
Final verdict: The Nikon 1 J2 is likely to capitalise on the success of its predecessor, but it's certainly not worth existing users upgrading. For those looking for their first compact system camera, the Nikon 1 is a good investment, while those who already own DSLRs may like to consider it for a second camera."
Nikon J2 Mirrorless Sample Photos on Flickr
Nikon J2 Mirrorless Camera Reviews Roundup
|PhotographyLife - Dec 25 2012|
"The Nikon 1 system has an interesting story to tell. When Nikon initially launched its first mirrorless system, it positioned two cameras for different segments - the Nikon 1 J1 for beginners and those who wanted to move up from a point and shoot, and the Nikon 1 V1 for photo enthusiasts and advanced photographers, who would look at the V1 as an everyday ca..." More »
|Photography BLOG - Oct 26 2012|
"The Nikon 1 J2 has a better screen, some new creative effects, more colours, a textured grip on some models, and a slightly lower price tag, but otherwise it's purely an incremental upgrade of last year's J1 rather than a full-blown replacement. The Nikon 1 J2 offers most of the key features of its more expensive and bigger, the V1 model, in a smaller, ligh..." More »
|ePhotoZine - Oct 13 2012|
"The Nikon 1 J2 is the more compact, and more stylish looking camera from the Nikon 1 series available in six different colours, with matching lens colours. With a smaller sensor than the Micro Four thirds system, it allows smaller lenses, and the 10 megapixel sensor achieves an amazing 60fps shooting, high speed video and full HD recording. Nikon has used t..." More »
|Amateur Photographer - Oct 11 2012|
"The relatively small size and low resolution of the Nikon 1 sensor has been a fly in the ointment for many more discerning users. For fine detail, the sensor has been unable to match the results of the micro four thirds sensors used by Panasonic and Olympus, let alone those APS-C units used in Sony and Samsung CSCs. As there appears to be no change in the s..." More »