Glad to have lens test back!
This lens extends quite long. The girls will be impressed.
This Sony sensor continues to amaze. And in a capable camera it is a bigger plus. Canon has yet to answer the low shadow noise / recovery capability it possesses.
I like the jpeg rendering. They give it a little "bite". Lens looks good too. Nikon is doing a good job luring me away from Canon.
plantdoc: Interesting device and probably what the "1" should have started as. However, for me, it's too expensive and too large to replace a modest sized Canon Rebel. Could be a good choice if moving from a P&S priced and sized camera without an investment in other lenses and accessories. Sensor would be nice in a RX sized camera.
The Canon Rebel is giant compared to this. The design makes it seem large in the picture, but it is quite small.
I look forward to the wide angle zoom, but still want a 18mm f/1.8 normal lens.The new 10-100 is a lot smaller, but lacks VR. It should hit the streets with a much lower price.
If this is as good as the Canon 70-200 f/4L, you Nikon folks should be happy. Its a sharp, medium speed lens that is not so tiring to lug like the f/2.8 big brother.
I like the new design. It has an actual grip. No more pinching a flat box between the fingers. It is proportioned that way due to the small size. It looks big, but if you have seen how small the kit zoom is, you know the camera is pretty small. Nikon listened an got the main functions out of the menu and into dials and buttons. Now you can customize!
People afraid of the smaller sensor have not seen images from raw. High ISO noise is less than 4/3rds. Less noise than some older APS-C and about a stop behind the current APS-C sensors. Of course, the new sensor performance remains to be tested.
Don't take my word for it. Go here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonv1j1/18 set ISO to 1600 and compare the shadow areas vs other cameras.
Finally, you will never get a kit zoom or tele lens nearly as small with 4/3rd or APS-C.
For me:Low priced compact with 10mp 1/1.7 sensor and 28-70mm lens.Mirrorless like Nikon 1 size but with grip and better interface (more button control).SLR not much to ask for here. They make so many good ones now.
logbi77: Is it just me or is the P7700 only 1 stop worse than the Nikon J1/ Sony RX100 in RAW?
Try putting the P7700 in ISO 800 and the J1/RX100 in ISO 1600.
To me, The J1 still has a finer grain structure at 1600 vs the P7700 at 800. The RX100 is about the same at 1600 to the P7700 at 800, but it has the resolution advantage. Sample it down to match and the RX100 looks way better.
The P7700 gets really noisy at 1600. Larger sensors are tough to beat when light gets low.
rhlpetrus: Excellent IQ, even in jpegs. Thanks for the test shots.
Agreed. If the lens holds up at other zoom settings and the camera is responsive, Nikon has a clear winner.
imbimmer: I actually think 1" sensor is a great idea but I simply doubt Aptina's ability based on what I see from the crappy output of the Nikon 1 series.
They have NOTHING to do with the RX100. Why do they keeping talking about other people's work AS IF they could also ahieve the same? :-)
Okay then, go see for yourself. Here is the link to the RAW samples...http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonv1j1/18Select any 4/3rds camera and set ISO to 1600 and look at the dark areas such as the black box with the thread spools. The Nikon is much cleaner than the 12mp sensor and about a stop cleaner than the 16mp. I'd say the 16mp 4/3rds sensor has the advantage given the high res, but in a straight comparison the Aptina clearly has less noise.
Come again? Check the Nikon 1 review RAW samples and look at the shadow areas. It is far cleaner than the 4/3rds camera they compared it to.
Very good camera. Jpeg output with some bite, good fast lens and good video.
The only annoyances for me is the typical dynamically compressed audio and the price. You can get into cameras with larger sensors for the same to a little more money.
Almost sounds like he is saying, "We want Olympus for the medical division. To heck with their cameras."
RedDog Steve: A cease-fire in the pixel wars ?
Look at any of the images from these 1/2.3" 16 MP compacts and you can see that the MP race has gone too far.
The JPEGs are soft to avoid moire. You can have have no AA filter and sharp JPEG processing if you can tolerate moire in some patterns. Spatially separated color sensing is the limitation of the Bayer color array.
You might think Foveon is the answer. While it can work good at low ISOs, color accuracy is horrid at high ISOs.
Princess Leia: Most of the bad comments are just haters of Sony. They could not even brought themselves to tell the truth.
Something with the lens on that golf course shot. Seems to be fair at the edges, gets very blurry as you move in to the center and is sharp at the center. The lens seems to have a complex field curvature issue at that focal length would be my guess.
With cameras like the 645D out resolving the old scene and the DOF issues, I agree it was time.
It is an interesting concept. However, I think the product needed further development. It seems to have been released at "alpha" level. It needs to output much larger images for one thing.
Lytro should take this case design and put in an ordinary camera. For one, it can be weather sealed and toughened with a decent aperture lens and zoom range. Most of all, it is small and doesn't look like a camera. Perfect for discreet photography.
Dan Ortego: These last few additional photos are impressive, and I'm caring less about the price at this point. The photos of the Books, Bottles and 'The Big 4' are my favorites.
I was more impressed with the daylight shots. The bottles and Big 4" are ISO 400. Not a big deal for the sensor. The model shots and other higher ISO images were something of a let down. The Sony 16mp APS-C sensor gives you pretty much the same high ISO performance at much less cost.