Mark Roberts: Nikon has always designed their cameras to include proprietary connectors for shutter release cables, etc. Given how inexpensive digital cameras have become, so quickly, I'm constantly amazed that any of the manufacturers can stay in business. Making a relatively tiny profit on low volume accessories isn't much to complain about.
I've actually manufactured an accessory grip (for the D70). We had pretty nice comments about the quality, but it was still nothing compared to the quality from Nikon (luckily Nikon didn't make a grip for the D70). The amount of effort it takes to reverse engineer the connections, do the mechanical design with close detail to the surface feel, the way the dials move, match colors, design the firmware, fabricate the molds, develop a production process, test each unit, etc., requires an investment most people just don't comprehend. Frankly I can't conceive of even attempting to develop a grip like this, and then sell it for only $100. Amazing...
Welcome to the new World - I'm old enough to recall that 99% of cameras were made in Japan and going back to the 1970's a typical SLR was several weeks wages - move forward to 2012 and cameras even the expensive ones are a bargain. I've used paid £2.05 for a fake Canon hood for my 15-85 lens, I repeat I paid £2.05 INCLUDING P & P from HK, how the hell do they do it, when Canon try to charge £40 for their version?
PS - the hood fits fine is as well made as any of my Canon or Nikon lens hoods (apart from my 1980's Nikon hoods that are all metal) and it does the job. £40 for a Canon hood - they can whistle !
It's about time ! I get so fed up with companies like Nikon & Canon charging huge sums for their grips, I welcome having at least one more to select from. As long as it fits/ works I'd give it a home - with the money saved I'd got a decent chunk of cash towards another lens - perhaps the new Nikon 28 1.8 ? Roll on.
I've just ordered mine - NOT !
JWest: "It takes pictures in 4K resolution"
That's impressive. I've never owned a lens that takes pictures before. I assume this removes the need for a camera? No wonder it costs $20,000.
Surpose its cheap compared to a 'full cinema spec' lenses since its intended to fit 'cheap' DSLRs (5D3 etc) instead - but no! Check out that price.....
Sure to be another fantastic Zeiss lens I can't afford (are these all made by those bad boys at Consina?) just as well it doesn't fit anything I own!
FTW: Big Events, News and Publicity are same as religions, make up your mind and run in the direction they ask you to do. Who ever tries to swim against that mainstream, swims in pee-gutters. So, I do not express what I think about moon landings or that photos. I will wait until some day another human steps on that place and shows us, or brings back, the hassies, the flag, the moon vehicle, and so on. Until today, every information that can't be checked or verified by human normal citizen is for me scam. Be this sour rain, ozon holes, global warming, ice melt, and what ever humans have invented beside of god to let you pray and pay.
The USSR was committed to wining the race and many brave souls were lost - by 1968/69 it was all over. As a Brit I wish to thank the USSR & the USA space programmes for all they have given to the World. BUT - we must move forward on to Mars and beyond. If we fail to move forward we are in danger of becoming a World where the 'Fear of God' demands that people listening to music are beheaded as we fall backwards - so come NASA go for it !
bossa: The level of intelligence shown by the naysayers on this thread is terrifying. There's no hope if people like this are allowed to go on breeding I fear.
And so say all of us ! Rock on NASA !
kralyevski: Свиѓа ми се комбинација од Шведски апарат ,Германски објектив, Американски астронаут и свемирско возило сас Грчко име, дали знае некој филм од кој производител е направен?(I like the combination of Swedish camera, German lens, American astronaut and spaceship with Greek name, does anyone knows who was the maufacturer of the film on which the most famous photographs were taken?
KODAK ! I think they had something to do with film once. Sorry to see the giant dying, I recall walking around their museum just outside London way back. Impressive stuff and most enjoyable. The Japanese giants like Sony will be the next to go, just wait a few more years. Times, they are a changing....
God bless Armstrong and all his fellows - brave souls that dared to do the unthinkable. For all those who say it was faked I have one reply. Cast your mind back if you were there or read up your history if your too young - American was fighting a COLD war with the Soviets at the time, the World was a very different place, if for just ONE SECOND the Soviets could have proved it all was a faked they would have told the World from the highest mountain ! They would have LOVED to do so. From them - NOT A WORD - all the fakers have come along since and some have made a lot of money repeating their lies. Good people -don't buy their crap. Sorry - America was the greatest nation on Earth and could be again - but guys don't hang about too long. Mars is the RED planet - China would LOVE to get there first !!
Wonder if I can dig up and post some of my old images ? Sorry - not impressed, I don't wish to be critical but is this another case of being famous for being famous - then again I'd never heard of him until now so how famous can he be?
Love the idea of cameras working together with the web/cloud so speeding up and easing access to images etc ( who the hell prints anything anymore) so its sad that Samsung should drop yet another brick. Still as far as I am aware using their cameras is not a health risk - unlike the Canon 650D !!
When using the EF-S / EF adaptor on the camera is there any additional crop factor ? Been told there isn't which would really suit me fine - anyone know for sure ?
Again I have to agree - the Nikon 1 makes no sense and should be binned as a format. As a DSLR user I select which camera/ which lens/which format and am loyal to my brands - Nikon & Canon. Of these only Canon seems to have considered the question of what next when someone wishes to progress but doesn't want the full size etc of a normal DSLR. If I were in the market today and wanted another brand or wanted to have as small a camera as possible it would be Panasonic or Olympus, not Sony menus too complex, boring lens range - last on my list would be a Nikon 1.
Nikon really do need a rethink - I predict that sales of the 1 will increase as each new model comes along - however such sales will be miles behind their main rivals and now we have the Canon EOS M to look forward too, not good for Nikon.
Time running out Nikon - bin it and move on...
dontbsme_1a: THE SENSOR STILL IS A COMPLETE JOKE, but the price is better....
Not by much ! A few weeks ago I saw the Panasonic G3 4 3 camera for just £199 - now that's a price cut (and a good camera too). Sorry Nikon must try harder.
3a: its too early to thrash a new system. as the system and sensor evolves, i guess, nikon 1 will supplement a pro shooter well along with his/her DSLR.lets wait for fast primes and light weight telephotos. till then i am not buying it ;)and i really dont want more then 10 or 12 MP in my camera. and i think 99% of world's photographers doesnt need it on a regular basis.
If Panasonic & Olympus didn't ALREADY offer better performing 4 3 cameras and if Canon & Sony didn't offer much higher quailty APS-C cameras I would agree. Frankly I feel that Nikon have made a huge error with their 1 series - only a matter of time before they go 2 series which I guess will be 4 3.
Tord S Eriksson: First: English is not my native tongue, but bear with me, please!
Never before have a camera system with such a small sensor produced such good results. The reason is, they say, the novel design of the sensor, where light hitting one pixel has a very small chance of affecting the pixels around it, while a more normal sensor have problems with light spreading from pixel to pixel, thus they had to be physically bigger to give good, contrasty, results.
Some 7D owners have done comparative shots with their V1s and found the two very comparable. So these small sensors are as good as some full-size sensor cameras!
I have taken identical (as good as I can) shots with my V1, my NEX-5N, my K-5, and my wife's OM-D. And the differences at normal ISOs not that big, as long as you use the sharpest lenses you have (as the pixel density is high, low resolution lenses fall on their faces).
The best thing with a small sensor is that a comparable short zoom become a long zoom.
I love long zooms!
I think you make a good point - the Nikon 1 series are good if you don't expect much and don't push it beyond base ISO. And as a sub sensor they have lots of DOF. And that's the problem, there are plenty of good cameras able to perform at at least the same level and many are cheaper. Panasonic & Olympus also have some fab PRIME lenses.
I take pics on my S90 (Sony sensor) and on a 6 x 4 its as good as my DSLR's - however the image lacks punch and detail if you look closely.
I had a friend who always used long lenses almost as if he didn't want to become involved with his subject even if it was a family member...I think he was shy as none of his pictures were good despite all his care ! I love using tele zooms ( my Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR etc) so reducing the background clutter. My Canon 60 Macro is really good at this - lovely lens - but only fits my Canon APS-C. Shame.
Ian: Sadly the guys who write comments on this part of the site are not really interested in the camera, just making stupid comments on a camera which they would never buy one.
Very true Ian - perhaps its because as loyal users proud of our brands we expect more from the Number 2 camera brand in the world and since Nikon doesn't listen forums like it are the only places we can vent our feelings.
hammerheadfistpunch: This camera produces fairly good images (the J1) but I can't get over how cheap it felt in my hand and in use...and how expensive it was. I just think Nikon missed the boat here...sure you can put nikkor lenses on it...but if you're going to be carrying around nikkor lenses, just get a D series. and it seems like the CX format lenses aren't anything special and they just feel bad. I mean...cheap. An MFT camera is nearly as big and more usable with great lens selection (i know CX is new), and a D series nikon is in the same price range, and the RX100/LX7 give you just as good of images in a much smaller package...I just can't wrap my head around it.
Nothing to worry about my friend - format stinks, the early lenses are soft and the whole thing is a case of 'group think' (never a good thing look at the mess Europe is in) and to cap it all its too expensive.
I'm loyal to my main brands Nikon & Canon but can see no reason why I might consider the 1 format (other than using some Nikkor lenses via an expensive mount plate) - if I was going sub format and wanted to save money it would be Panasonic, If I wanted to go sub format with money it would be Olympus, if I wanted to go APS-C it would be Canon ESO M.
marike6: The J1/V1 are fun to use, no nonsense cameras. Blazing AF, burst mode, and image processing, super responsive menu systems, superb IQ especially at base ISO, and quite decent video with full manual control. The CX 2.7 Xs crop is not great for wide angle fans, but it's fantastic for applications where you need some reach.
People forget that the Nikon 1 system is in it's infancy, but when Nikon finally does get to announcing some fast primes, this is going to be an even more interesting system.
If I want this why wouldn't I buy a Panasonic 4 3 instead - which is cheaper, has better IQ and already has access to some great prime lenses ???
Nowerdays if tech doesn't sell it's dead.
Nikon will not have years to develop this system.
Nikon should stop digging a hole....
pc168: The IQ at base ISO is excellent for such a small sensor. However, high ISO performance is steps behind its rivals. That is unforgivable in nowadays technology.
As a Nikon (and Canon owner of long-standing) I simply can't believe just how poor these cameras are and how expensive they are. Me bitter ? Oh yep. I expect much more from a brand like Nikon. The brochure is telling - I have a copy here somewhere - the first two pages are from the designers of the cameras telling us how great the bits they worked on are. I suspect the idea was to place industry endorements and awards in this section - well that worked well !
Nikon go to Plan B and bring out the 2 System (APS-C) as soon as please.