JWest: For a moment I misread that as "Canon launches $55 flash trigger". I nearly had a heart attack.
Maybe a $55 lens cap.
CameraLabTester: One of the greatest manifestation of a superbly designed gear is the beauty of the front lens.
The 10-30mm used as marketing release image is a CAD disaster.
The epitome of design laziness.
Ask any CAD operator.
I hope the back lens looks better.
1" is getting very interesting. Now where is my RX1 equivalent with a 1" sensor that I can put on my keychain? Sony - get to work on that and send me the prototype for testing.
Geekapoo: When looking for a 24/7 carry camera, I initially tried the Canon S100, which I sold to purchase an Olympus XZ-1. Neither camera gave me the type of performance I wanted. Was only when I purchased a Sony RX100 that I felt I was were I wanted to be re image quality...a compromise versus my APC and m43 cameras but much better than the standard P+S. Would have purchased a Sony RX10, but felt I had most of the range covered with my Olympus OMD EM5 with the f2.8 12-40 (Oly) and 35-100 (Panny) and going to 200mm was not where I wanted to be.
I see the FZ1000 as transformative, in the same way the RX100 (and the RX10)...but at a focal range up to 400mm and more with lower MP images/cropping. Much better than the $$$ and weight (the latter being more of a critical issue to me) to do something similar with a m43, APC or FF. I'll stongly assume be happy overall, given my experiences to date with cameras (unless Panny pulls a Fuji-like x10 disaster by capturing blobs LOL).
Jogger - I agree. Supertele is sort of a specialty. Wide to short tele is much more important for what most people do most of the time. Would love to have seen something like 20 - 100 equivalent f/2.8.
beavertown: The V1 and J1 produce better IQ than this 1200 bucks wannabe Leica toy.
rpm40 - I thought so too, but I don't have the technical numbers handy to back up what I am seeing.
Aspenz: As with its predecessors it's one of those cameras that really has something compelling going on despite all the negativity from the naysayers. I've used all 3 of them and will gladly get a V4 again when it comes out next time, together with the lenses there's nothing quite as fun as shooting with an N1.
Most people are quick to bash it for its IQ but then again many don't even venture out of JPEG or know how to get the best of out their bigger-sensor cameras anyway. With a consistent workflow, I've managed to get the IQ at exactly where I want it, sometimes up to ISO6400.
It's priced somewhat high per se but 1200 for the ultimate camera in a compact, complete system (18-810mm, 2kg in a small bag and that's with the 85f/1.4) seems about fair.
I agree - it has unique features not available in any other system of its size. BUT for me (I had 2 N1 bodies for a year) it was too much of a pain in post to get images I like, so I dumped it and went back to carry DSLR everywhere (and now, APS-C sized mirrorless).
ryan2007: The Cons to the review make this a deal breaker. A proprietary Hot Shoe, that was what the Minolta Film cameras used to be like and the selling point for Nikon Over Canon and Minolta at the time was how backwards compatible Nikon is.
With Fuji X, Sony, micro four thirds out there I think Nikon is banking on current Nikon users or just name recognition in the name Nikon that people will buy it just because of the name and being brand loyal is a #1 mistake and hand in hand with being emotionally attached to gear.
I also think just because others have a mirrorless camera they want a piece of that pie.
HowaboutRAW - I hope they also figured out what color profiles work with this sensor.
HowaboutRAW - yup, always shot raw.Well, I was shooting in conditions that I didnt really consider low light until I got the N1 system. It was indoors, but day time with light streaming in through several windows. But still, if ISO had to be higher than 800 to maintain shutter speed - it was trouble. Also, my 2 N1 bodies had this weird color to them that was hard to get rid of. Kinda yellowish. I tried hard as h@ll with grey cards and hours dorking around with colors in post - but it was a nagging problem. Ended up a lot of times just converting to B&W.
nerd2 - yes, I was refering to the Nikon 1" sensors from Aptina. I know the Sonys are better.beavertown - I agree - Nikon may do better with the N1 system if they would just buy the 1" sensor from Sony. The problem is, they may not get the AF speed and FPS speed with the Sony sensor. But, I think the V3 is a niche product anyway. Way too expensive for what it does.
I'll take this camera with a 1" sensor from NX mini and a fixed 10mm f/2.5 lens. Please.
Yup - I shot 2 N1 bodies for over a year before I sold everything. They just don't do well in low light. Even with the 18.5 prime. I bright light they are OK, but that is not what I do most of the time.
That my be true, but they all suck compared to the latest generation m4/3 sensors. I think 1" is interesting, but, until they can get IQ up, I think 1" should be in the lower cost catagory. I can't imagine Nikon will move a lot of these (after the initial rush of pent up demand from existing N1 users).
sandy b: I will get one just for birding, that makes it worth the price of the ticket alone. The V3 and CX70-300 cost over $2000, and is well worth it.
Look at the Nikon 1 forum at the BIF and other shots with the combo. Incredible. Hand held 810 mm equiv. with amazing AF. For low light I have my D600. For everything else I am getting a V3. I like how Nikon has reacted to the market and made the enthusiast model.
Now, either get the Sony sensor or tweak the Aptina, and it will be a do anything camera.
Good point Photo_AK. It looks like the D7100+SP 150-600 might be even better than V3+70-300. A little more reach, better AF, and most probably better IQ.
Yes, it seems for this one very specific thing - the N1 is the way to go. But for EVERYTHING else - there are better options.
brownie314: I can't imagine this camera will really have a huge demand. I expect a fire sale in about a year. There are cheaper bodies that offer more for the average photographer. Yes, if you need 60fps - this is the only game in town. But most people dont.
Imagine if Nikon could have pulled of the 1 system in APS-c format. Would have been spectacular. Not as small probably - but with incredible IQ and speed. What could have been...
I did try it. For almost a year. Yes, there are some unique things about it. But in the end, the IQ was just too low - specifically the dynamic range. I am sure this camera will find some niche that it does well in. But for me, and I think for average general photography, this body does not have it where it counts.
123Mike: The A6000 was in some cases back-ordered as well. Sony must be better at manufacturing than Nikon is. Besides, why bother, the A6000 is much better anyway.
blue - I was thinking more along the lines of m4/3 - a little bit larger than 1" (actually quite a bit larger) and has lots of wide options.
blue - slower continous shooting - yesSlower AF - we don't know that - no direct comparison done"friendlier with telecentric lenses" - yes, if you mean it has a much smaller sensor - true. Whether that is important only you can decide. I prefer wide friendly sensors myself.
I can't imagine this camera will really have a huge demand. I expect a fire sale in about a year. There are cheaper bodies that offer more for the average photographer. Yes, if you need 60fps - this is the only game in town. But most people dont.
hrt: DxO's analysis of Nikon's 1 cameras have been unimpressive compared to Sony's RX100 series with the same 1 inch sensor.
Likewise, NIKON 1's V Series is much larger and heavier than Sony's RX100 series.
Nikon's Coolpix P7000 series with 1/1.7 inch sensors have constantly been losing to Canon's G series as well as to other brands' high-end compacts.
Who are the target users for Nikon 1's V series, who are people other than those choosing Nikon 1's J series ????
Where is Nikon driving at, when it comes to high-end compacts ????
It seems Nikon's aim with the 1 system is super high fps and fast AF speed. IQ seems to be secondary. They achieved their goal, but lost a lot of customers in the process.