Excellent video presentation, short and to the point with ample professional polish. Makes one look forward to the final review/preview.
Perhaps in the coming months when dpreview does the full review on the v1 camera, another on the j1 camera, mini reviews on all the new lenes Nikon offers for this system, an interview with the chief Nikon v1 designer and various other Nikon v1/j1 stuff - the expensive yet slow glass, the expensive yet small sensor cameras will seem increasingly better value, beckoning a time when we all want and must have one.
The ability of one group to propagate ideas to the masses until they believe those ideas to be their own is a long proven strategy. If one doesn't like the message, don't read it, don't listen to it, don't look at it; this is an equally long proven defence of that same strategy.
dpreview is fast turning into a Nikon v1 advertising site, the system has had so much coverage I am beginning to feel like I have experienced the disappointment of owning a V1 first hand.
I am always fascinated by how small the Leica lenses are, for that matter how small their full frame camera is too. For all the hype the kit looks rather innocuous, take away the red dot and not many people would notice you, not like the attention a d3 brings. I saw a fellow the other day with an m6 decked out with a 35mm, just looked like a fancy instamatic, no one except me seemed to take much notice as he snapped away.
Dispute the poor quality and very ambitious pricing, look on the bright side, in the final review this may be the first interchangeable lens sub full frame Nikon that dpreview isn't compelled to again include their now famous Nikon aps-c caveat:
"...an odd quirk that first appeared way back on the D300. ...what it won't then do is readjust the diaphragm 'live' if you change the aperture setting. ...This behavior is, simply, a bug (albeit a long-standing one)..."
You know, I have never been able to find that important snippet of information in any of the Nikon asp-c camera manuals, odd that.
ksgant: Thanks for posting this. I had the M9 loaded in the shopping cart at B&H and was a split second away from hitting "buy" when I saw this post. You just saved me $7K and countless thousands for lenses.
Seriously though, for $7K I was at least expecting parity with image quality. I understand the "feel" of the camera and how well it's put together and the look of it and all, and if you're a long time Leica shooter, this may make sense to you. But I'd be interested in seeing how many new adopters that Leica gets now a days in relation to people just staying with the system because they have so much invested in lenses.
lol... Arrogance at its finest.
Excellent comparison dpreview, especially against the d3s, quantity verses quality at its finest. That infamous Leica look lasts to iso 400 in these samples at a pixel level, thereafter one cannot swim in the Kodak models eyes. From iso 800 the Nikon low light performance strides ahead, all be it with a continuing sterile brisk walk.
Leica continues to be beautiful gear, mockingly simple and effective - my Mercedes may not be as fast as a Subaru WRX, though its still wonderfully timeless to drive her and feel the rich ambiance along the way. I had similar feeling viewing this compassion between the Nikon and the Leica offerings.
I really hope this live view 2/3 sensor delivers at 6mp in the 2 exr modes, 24-620mm with fast glass would be a dream with all that room around the manual focus and manual zoom rings. Velvia, Provia and Reala modes roll off like film, a huge bonus. I hate waiting, so much promise, too much anticipation - lol.
Fast quality glass with a beautiful camera thrown in for $600, that's the Fuji promise - if the sensor delivers this will be a very exciting enthusiast camera. In the 6mp modes this little baby has the potential to fly.
Fuji really seem to be on a mission to change the enthusiast camera landscape, many will be looking very closely at the quality of this new 2/3rd exr sensor as x10 examples become more prolific. Given the pre order prices I've seen, if the sensor delivers, the x10 will be a bargain.
The sensor is clearly straining under the weight of that translucent mirror and all those pixels, low shutter lag live view comes at a price. That said, seeing what the sensor sees is a revelation in photography, in old terms its seeing what the film sees which is fundamentally a mighty step forward in the pursuit of photographic excellence.
Perhaps the poorer high iso performance will be offset by the improved perception of final outcome that low shutter lag live view gives, only time will tell. Some of the a55 shots I've seen with better glass have been stellar.
This is the 6th consecutive news item about this new Nikon, surely there must be some other photographic news worthy of a news post. Nikon have had a very good publicity run and the reaction had been overwelmingly poor.
Perhaps much of the unfavourable response spawns from the anticipation of something very special from Nikon in response to the game changing Fuji X100. The sales pitch plays on that anticipation, yet the offering itself delivers something well short - indeed both Nikon and dreview seem to be pushing this system very hard here, as if this community was the intended audience for thex system.
Small sensors behind slow lenses are not likely to win over photographers.
Perhaps Nikon think if they ignore the Fuji X100 it will go away.
Anyone looking for a $900 pink camera to hang around the neck at weddings - this is it! :)
digby dart: The pink one says it all.... lol
lol... in the hills of Afghanistan, the rebels all know not shoot at the chap or chap'ette with the pink nikon gear - that's the photo journalist. :) They all hold very still too as they know the pink lenses don't let in much light.
The pink one says it all.... lol
About as exciting as a new smaller sized xd card. The Fuji X1 looks safe as king of the compacts for a while longer.
Nikon could always buy x100 & x10's and re badge them for the Japanese market, while still selling the old technology stuff outside of Japan where it still makes them lots of money. Perhaps another option would be to buy Sony mirrorless cameras and retro fit Nikon mounts instead of just using Sony sensors.
Great stuff! For those who feel there gear is not listed some companies provide the necessary codec’s as listed here for Microsoft ICE. Some of these have been now superseded by this latest Microsoft release, which is good. Here is the link: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/codecs.htm
Like many of these exposés, the ignorance of normal well meaning people is being preyed upon. Simply reminding people, in polite terms, what you believe the law allows in any spot in the world is usually enough to diffuse a potential situation. Security people and the like are not lawyers, simply people doing as they are told and or their job.
The too-ing and fro-ing over the public/private parts of the footpath, shows a condescending behaviour that is beneath contempt. The evasive manner of the street photographers, clearly to illustrate their superior understanding of things was and is indefensible. Not at all the sort of odd chaps one would ask around for a meal. :D