I honestly like the design! The black one especially - I think the seeming imperfections on it give it character - the Pentax K-01 is just plain boring (and ugly in its plainness). Best of all, it addresses nearly everything I had against the Nikon 1 series (lack of direct user control). But it still has one major flaw - the price. At $900, I could get a Sony A57 kit + prime or a refurbished OMD kit. Just like my comment before on the V1 when it was launched, the V2 only makes sense at $499.
subzerohf: I carry an iPhone 4S everywhere I go. The camera on it is as good as most (if not all) compact cameras. In my opinion, the 1" sensor is truely another marketing scheme to prolong the death of compact cameras. But hey, who am I to stop the mighty marketing machine? People will love it and be happy to pay up. Besides, "one-inch" sensor sounds pretty awesome to the ears of the untrained. People like round numbers.
I am not saying larger sensors are not superior. I'm just saying it is the skill of the shooter that matters more than the sensor size. Check this out: http://connect.dpreview.com/post/2863436371/leaving-my-dslr-at-home-iphone-experiment
@lecoupdejarnac aplogies to your Nokia 808... these darn phones are just so hitech now and I believe as much as you do that they will replace the cheap point & shoots eventually. I see myself with a DSLR + cameraphone combo for all my digital photography/videography needs very soon - just need to decide on which DSLR to get and upgrade from my Samsung Galaxy S1.
You have an iPhone for chrissakes and then you talk about 1" sensors being a marketing gimmick and those who fall for it are "untrained"? Seriously!
The iPhone 5 (uses a Sony sensor) and the Nokia 808 have possibly the best sensors for phone cams right now, but they will not compete with an RX100 or the Nikon 1s just yet. The sensors on these will seperate themselves from the phone cams more obviously when it comes to low-light situations. In broad daylight under the sun, sure - phone cams can compete with the 1" sensor but to dismiss some real advantages of going to a larger sensor is just silly.
ybizzle: Fuji X10 still beats it in terms of high ISO!
RX100 still beats the X10 in terms of high ISO!
Thank you to all who voted!:D
So far, my favorite picture here in DPR! Mood, lighting, composition - all perfect! Gratz!
Except for the awful looking lens exterior, this will definitely be an interesting upgrade to current superzoom users like myself. For me, the bigger 2/3" sensor is the centerpiece of this XS-1 as it is automatically different from the rest in its class and possibly, just by virtue of the size, have the best IQ. I'm very interested! I wish all the other superzoom makers follow suit.
Doug Frost: "For now, the company will focus on compact camera users as the target for its mirrorless cameras. Luxury ILCs (such as Sony's NEX-7) represent a very small niche. Nikon, he says sees 'much greater potential' at the lower end of the market."
Well, there we have it from the horse's mouth. The Nikon 1 is a low end system. Case closed.
"I thought the products expressed that pretty eloquently already."
With it's high-end pricing, it doesn't.
Octane: Impressive little cameras. I can see these to be very appealing to people who want to get more into photography after being fed up with their camera phones or compacts.
The technology in these two little cameras is amazing.
IMHO if the people you refer to want to get more serious with photography, they should first start playing around with PASM modes. Once they master that on their compacts, then they can move up to u4/3, NEX, or NX cams for the benefits of ILCs. If they don't want to master the manual modes, then any of the u4/3 set on auto should be better than these Nikon 1s. The only time to consider these Nikon 1s is if it's video performance they are after and if it's that, they have the NEX (and it's other advantages) or the Panasonic GH2 to think about as well.
vFunct: Nikon pretty much obsoleted the m4/3 and Sony NEX system.
The m4/3 & NEX systems are too big for discrete use (can't pocket them), and their sensors are too small for quality photography (might as well go with DX with fast AF). They're really useless.
Nikon just owned the market with this system.
The lense mock-up shows it's just as big as u4/3. Depending on lense, its pocketable to not at all pocketable (which is the same predicament of u4/3). As someone not invested into a system yet, Nikon's J1 offering just falls flat for me compared to u4/3 and NEX options.
Reminds me of my mom's cookbook.
As a superzoom user, I think Olympus has this overpriced. For significantly less (albeit with much less zoom too), you can get the Z981 which has the same 14MP, a useable EVF, 26x zoom, full manual controls, AND RAW mode for $199. If you want all of those with higher zoom plus a CMOS sensor with slightly less mp (12MP) for not much more money, you can get the Z990 for $249.99 (dell.ca). Then, for $70 more (staples.ca) than Olympus' asking price, there exists the Canon SX30 IS (14MP, 35x zoom, tilt screen). Unless the IQ is above that of the Kodaks, I can't see much value in this offering.