57even: I drive an ugly car (by most peoples reckoning) but it's the only one that meets all my functional needs, fits in my undersized garage and can still cruise economically all day at 80MPH when I head to the South of France.
This camera has a unique blend of function, size and performance. If it's what you need, its looks don't matter. For a lot of family photographers this is just about perfect - everything from kids sports to holiday snaps and family videos without needing an SLR or a camcorder.
None of the other CSC cameras come close to Nikon 1's abilities regarding action photography and few match it's all-round video capability either.
Sure, it may not meet any of YOUR needs, but why is that interesting?
It remains to be seen if it actually works for action. J1/V1 were only so-so for continuous AF accuracy, and the tracking AF interface was very kludgy (have to press OK multiple times on the back to engage tracking every time). I found the Sony A37 or A57 to be MUCH better at sports/action continuous AF accuracy, not even close, even though they're bigger cameras. If that's what you're shooting then you should get something at the same price that does the job, not compromise just to save an ounce.
But where the J1/V1 beats anything is shooting video with electronic zoom control with the 10-100mm, having the ability to shoot full res stills during the video could be huge for some purposes. The V1 also has better battery life than any other CSC due to having a massive EN-EL15. For $500 it's a good deal.
V2 is interesting but I'll reserve my judgement till I can test how accurate that AF actually is, not just what they claim...
These are great for video and casual stills. The slowdown feature is really sweet. Different market category than other mirrorless cams, not sure why everyone feels compelled to compare it to OM-D or NEX-7 since they are totally different market segments.
I always put my photos on retina iPad first, then they go to the desktop computer. iPad is the fastest way to find 'blurry' shots and delete them, owing to its combo of fast SSD storage and super-high-res display.
The downsides? Unfortunately, I have found that there are many...
1) There is no way to rate pictures on the iPad or organize them into subfolders.
2) Any "albums" you organize your photos into are lost once they are transferred in via Image Capture. Aperture supports it but I don't know if Lightroom does...
3) Transferring files from iPad to the Mac is a huge, slow chore. You don't get direct Finder-level access to the contents of the iPad. You have to transfer in using an app that's compliant with Apple's PTP standard. The only fully free program included with Mac OS X that does this is Image Capture. It has limited metadata viewing, no filtering options, and I've had it freeze or transfer corrupt files every other time I used it.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Post ranks? Lame, encourages displays of bigotry. User rankings? Lame, encourages forum whores. I don't see any hint you're allowing longer messages or supporting Tapatalk or a custom mobile app or anything else useful.
Craigslist is still my favorite site because it runs lean and mean without all the crappy "web 2.0" frills that always bug out and never behave correctly across all devices. DPreviews old forums were some of the last decent, old school forums, free of stupid ranking systems, post-hiding censorship BS, and all the other nonsense you're adding.
Empowering prejudiced down-voters is no replacement for good community moderators, and just makes them lazy.
The Q&A feature is a rip-off of StackExchange; that's what the photography stackexchange site is for. It has no place being mixed in with your forums.
I am getting the one made from baby skin
PROTIP: Sony *makes the sensor* for D600. They probably agreed beforehand with Nikon on pricepoint etc. before agreeing.
A99 is a completely different camera than this. Rotating screen, much faster, built-in stabilizer, full speed AF during video, do I need to continue?
This is nothing more than an FX-format D7000, people.
kk123: D600 - unfortunately not the answer for replacement of the D300/s -D7000.
- Too low fps 5,5 isn't good enough!- Too low resolution for DX - only 24mp/2,25, not more than 10mp in the DX area.
Nearly useless for bird photos.
Maybe I should buy an old D2X - with 8 fps.
Why on earth isn't Nikon listening to its customers? I refuse to buy D600!
And where is an update of the 80-400mm? And a 300 f4 with stabilizer. And I could use a 500 f5,6. Come on NIKON!!
This is a camera for people upgrading from D5100/D7000, not for people from D300. Wait for the D400!
Henri Nikon: I hoped for a handsome FX-body with a far less heavy sensor than the magnificent D800. The rate of 24 Mp is much but not to much I guess. The light sensibility goes up to ISO 6400 as the D700 already does, but the D3s and D4 are the light champions up to ISO 12.800. The images of the D600 will certainly be very good but for what reason did Nikon mount such an unpractical menu-button/dial on the left side of the body?! This will slow down the work-speed changing ISO values as I continuously do while photographing. Why does this D600 have only 2 SD slots in stead of a CF and a SD as the D300s has?
They need to make a consumer-level 135-format camera if they ever expect 135-format to remain profitable to manufacture and sell. Sony and Nikon are betting together that they can produce X number of 135-format sensors in 2013. If they succeed, it will reduce manufacturing costs for 135-format and allow them to continue to make less and less expensive 135-format cameras. Until then, the sensors are prohibitively expensive.
Unfortunately I don't think $2100 for just the body is cheap enough to push sales. $1500? Maybe... expect to see heavy rebates on this soon, just like we have on the D7000 now. Because Nikon will twist their dealers' arms into buying boatloads of D600, and the dealers will do it because they will think it will sell like the D800, but I would be kinda surprised if it does... because what lenses are you going to put on there? 24-85 crappy version, really?
The RX1 on the other hand will drive sales because every rich person in the world will most certainly buy it.
All my DX lenses will crop on this camera! My 10.5 fisheye will only get a part of the pixels...! When will they finally make a camera that will be full-frame with my DX lenses?! I'm tired of waiting
It's 135 format... Not "full-frame."
X100 is full-frame. So is X10 and every other non-interchangeable lens camera. It goes without saying that the sensor and lens of a non-interchangeable lens camera is full-frame.
Quit calling 135-format "full-frame." where is your journalistic integrity or grasp on language?
OM-D is full-frame. EOS-M is full-frame. They are all full-frame because full-frame describes a relationship, not a size. Use language correctly please!
Selling books much?
Yep, owned by Amazon.
Just think, if you had an external HDMI monitor you wouldn't have to bend to the ground. Or a camera with a rotating screen.
Why doesn't Canon put a damn rotating screen on the Mark III? I would buy one if it had it.
raimaster: with OVF pentaprism 100%, WR body, dual dial, per lens AF adjustment, focus peaking and superb IQ but price of mid-level K-30 is obviously the king of mid-level camera.
Yeah it's pretty good. I still think Sony A65 / A57 are fair comparisons though. With A65 you get AMOLED viewfinder, and rotating screen, much faster performance... but Pentax gives you weather-sealed body, much better high ISO, optical finder, more of a traditional DSLR. I'd go with the Pentax, I think there are better lenses too... I love the D* pancakes. Too bad they have few dealers in the USA.
Looks pretty good Pentax! I've always liked Pentax.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a new DSLR. It just has to be something that works quick with the phase-detect lenses. Sony managed to make an adapter with a translucent mirror in it that lets all the old lenses work fine. Nikon built phase detect sensors onto the main sensor in the 1 series. Olympus, who was first in the mirrorless game with Panasonic, and was first to have Live View, ironically has lagged behind on focus speed with the old lenses. I wish they would just allow us to send in the old lenses for a motor upgrade to MSC motors.
But I still want E-7 to be a DSLR because it would be nice to actually see the stars in the viewfinder at night on an f/3.5 lens so I can focus.
Canon still sells cameras with mirrors in them?
May I ask... why?
I feel totally unimpressed and unsurprised. Canon had to do this at some point, they got dragged into it I guess. But it's so consumery and blah. Where is the innovation, daring, and excitement? All I see here is a late entry that is basically a copy of several other brands.
That's because Apple's products are based on more than just technical specs. They have earned their "hype" by, you know, INNOVATING while companies like Nokia were pumping out plasticky crud phones. Anyone remember what phones were like before iPhone? Or does your traumatic memory block it out?
Not to downplay the interesting features of this device. I'm impressed with Nokia's innovative design for the camera. Maybe they should make cameras. I would buy this if it didn't have a craptastic phone OS cobbled onto it.
Felix E Klee: A camera with apps would be incredible!
Just one use case that I had recently: Overlay an image on top of live view. In the end I had to revert to my Android phone with an app called Camera ZOOM FX and its Composite effect. Of course there are firmware hacks, e.g. for Canon cameras, that add features, but these hacks are comparatively primitive.
Polaroid announced an Android powered camera earlier this year:
Olympus has had the overview over live view feature on their higher-end ILCs for years.
Why is it "Nokia app" does this? How about the bajillion iPhone apps that already have been putting this pressure for several YEARS now?
Give me a break, DPReview, this is just poor reporting. Is Nokia paying you?
It's about time that camera makers open-source their firmwares or at least create an API for developers to run apps on the cameras. I'm so sick and tired of the terrible camera interfaces that Japanese makers come up with. Please just give me an OM-D or 5D Mk III body with a slot for my iPhone instead of the annoying Japanese interface..