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Hands-on images from the Nikon 1 launch, including mock-up lenses

By dpreview staff on Sep 21, 2011 at 05:42 GMT

Live report from the New York launch of the Nikon 1 system. Dpreview.com attended the unveiling of Nikon's new mirrorless camera system, which included the launch of the J1 and V1 cameras. We had a chance to handle the cameras and their associated accessories. Here are our images from the event, including mock-ups of possible future lenses.

Images from the Nikon 1 system launch

Nikon J1 in-hand
Nikon V1 with and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 and SB-N5 compact speedlight
Nikon V1 with and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6, showing accessory port on leftNikon J1 with 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 extended.
Portrait prime lensLandscape wide-angle zoom
High-power zoom lens (For travel)Super-telephoto zoom (For sports)
Close-up (Macro lens)Pocket-size (thin-normal zoom lens)
Pocket-size (thin-normal zoom lens)Portrait prime lens
Projector accessoryExternal mic and LCD finder
LED video light with bracketExpect to see the J1 in many colors

Comments

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fucile
By fucile (Sep 21, 2011)

I thought I would never see the day when Nikon would need to look at Samsung for pointers on how to design a proper camera.

3 upvotes
CoasterTim
By CoasterTim (Sep 21, 2011)

big deal.

1 upvote
Klimt z
By Klimt z (Sep 21, 2011)

So far so good. Just what I want. Has a lot of the latest tech and a size weight vs IQ ratio that makes sense. Lens size nicely in proportion with body size. True size and weight advantages.
The real serious camera folks won't buy one. Adventurous folks will because the phone cam has revealed to them how great it is to travel light.
The tripod guys will never buy one but they never get far enough from the SUV to take a unique photo. The snarky ones will always need to display their beige Canon lenses, while the great fun is being had outside the envelope.
Maybe I will get a red one.
Hope it succeeds but who knows. Besides we don't want the back country to get too crowded

9 upvotes
.Sam.
By .Sam. (Sep 21, 2011)

There are already smaller interchangeable lens cameras with much bigger imaging chip in the market. and they are even less expensive!

3 upvotes
Nikon-Freak
By Nikon-Freak (Sep 26, 2011)

about those beige Canon lenses. did you know that 55% of the sport photographers dont even know sh1t about photography.. Big lowlight lens, speed, push the button... 8 to 10 fps... deliver the images and finished.. however.. thats the canon story !! this new keyword of nikon is nice, but prefer to see this system in high end pro material and not in toys

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joyclick
By joyclick (Sep 21, 2011)

What's wrong with Nikon?

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Jackie Q Acomson
By Jackie Q Acomson (Sep 21, 2011)

Nikon CEO should be sacked immediately!

1 upvote
Deusex
By Deusex (Sep 21, 2011)

Indeed, it is looks like Nikon R&D worked in vacuum and do not notice other mirrorless cameras. Shame on Nikon

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S Staley
By S Staley (Sep 21, 2011)

Nothing really appeals to me in this lineup I'll stick with the D-3000

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happy snapper uk
By happy snapper uk (Sep 21, 2011)

Im not sure which one to choose...lime green or puke yellow or buy them all so i can match them with my outfits

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happy snapper uk
By happy snapper uk (Sep 21, 2011)

A Sigma SD1 and this rubish will really impress you mates down the pub

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petepictures
By petepictures (Sep 21, 2011)

There is no one thing to catch my eye or to make me exited about this line up at all. There is nothing unique or great to long for.
Shame Nikon.

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Knallberto
By Knallberto (Sep 21, 2011)

you're right ... an old way to get consumer's money ... yawning ... viewer with 144.000 pixels from 1998 ?

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sandy b
By sandy b (Sep 21, 2011)

Dude, thats the eyepiece, not the screen

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Izu
By Izu (Sep 21, 2011)

1.4M dots is not 144.000... you forgot a 0!

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Jackie Q Acomson
By Jackie Q Acomson (Sep 21, 2011)

Agree with you 101%

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BitFarmer
By BitFarmer (Sep 21, 2011)

A nikon "semi pro" without manual controsl? No M/S/A modes?

Hum... for me, just a good looking, decent quality, point and shoot model to show to your friends. Not my second camera for some situations.

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wmac
By wmac (Sep 21, 2011)

It for sure has those modes. But who is going to use menus every time to do that?

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wmac
By wmac (Sep 21, 2011)

I guess that F button switches between modes (Functions)?

It has some of the manual functions on the body like AE-L/AF-L and compensation too.

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role_of_72
By role_of_72 (Sep 21, 2011)

For me the design looks like Nikon was in a hurry and they released a prototype/development phase camera. This (body) design simply cannot be a finished one..

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magic_carpet
By magic_carpet (Sep 21, 2011)

Same for me. Also the naming, "Nikon 1", that sounds like a prototype code name.

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Jackie Q Acomson
By Jackie Q Acomson (Sep 21, 2011)

It is really ugly camera.

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Klimt z
By Klimt z (Sep 21, 2011)

Disagree. Design is excellent.

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blofelder
By blofelder (Sep 21, 2011)

These cameras scream CONSUMER. Pathetic user interface, no control wheels for aperture and shutter speed? No P/A/S/M -wheel? Bye bye manual controls. Design is quite box-like, which I personally find ugly. Even the typography engraved on the lenses looks cheap and dated.

I was hoping that they would get the video features right with these, because the sensor size is awfully close to super 16mm… Unfortunately no.

Full manual controls during video, if they even exist, are probably buried deep into menus. No 24 & 25 fps? No 50 & 60 progressive fps?

Those ridiculously fast sub-VGA resolution high speed videos are silly little gimmicks. And wrong aspect ratio too.

How about a moderate 120 frames per second with 720p resolution? Expeed 3 processor could handle that with a reasonable bitrate?

Nikon - The One to Fail.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 21, 2011)

"Pathetic user interface, no control wheels for aperture and shutter speed? No P/A/S/M -wheel? Bye bye manual controls"

There's clearly the now standard control wheel round the 4-way control, and all manual shooting modes will most certainly be available (a camera with an AFL/AEL button but no manual modes? Don't think so some how. Don't forget not even the NEX7 has a PSAM wheel) but, you know, don't let that get in the way of your little rant there.

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Klimt z
By Klimt z (Sep 21, 2011)

We are all consumers. Ease of use is a good thing. This is now the phone cam generation. They want to take it with them everywhere they go but get better photos. Very daring effort tho.

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Sosua
By Sosua (Sep 21, 2011)

These concept lenses all look like NEX lenses!

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vFunct
By vFunct (Sep 21, 2011)

Wow these are very interesting... really shows the potential of the new format.

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Sep 21, 2011)

What potential is that then?????????

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framboulatos
By framboulatos (Sep 21, 2011)

The potential for unlimited suckage.

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Klimt z
By Klimt z (Sep 21, 2011)

The potential to take a good picture no matter where you go.

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kevinschoenmakers
By kevinschoenmakers (Sep 21, 2011)

no photos from the J1's back?

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kevinschoenmakers
By kevinschoenmakers (Sep 21, 2011)

I mean v1

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Sep 21, 2011)

Try refreshing the page, we just swapped one in.

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come shine come rain
By come shine come rain (Sep 21, 2011)

What about the build quality Scott?

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Robert Daniels
By Robert Daniels (Sep 21, 2011)

2nd I wonder if these lenses VRIII tech.

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wmac
By wmac (Sep 21, 2011)

I wonder whether they have any VR capability at all (in body or on lens)?

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pjsalty
By pjsalty (Sep 21, 2011)

What is the function of the projector? To project images onto a wall or screen?

Is anyone really going to blow a bunch of cash on accessories for a camera with a 1" sensor? I'll be very interested to hear what the iq is before I leave my m4/3 cameras.

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EricoftheNorth
By EricoftheNorth (Sep 21, 2011)

I always wondered the same thing, but I get people coming in to my store carrying the accessory booklet that came with the camera asking for all kinds of crazy stuff.

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dgreene196
By dgreene196 (Sep 21, 2011)

I'm not sure this system is going to strongly appeal to people already invested in a mirrorless system. Maybe if the autofocus is truly a dramatic upgrade, especially on a shot-to-shot basis?

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Joele
By Joele (Sep 21, 2011)

dgreene196:

Exactly what I was thinking, so the sensor is smaller than u4/3 but the lenses are bigger/heavier and/or slower?

Nikon 10mm F2.8 = 74g
Panasonic 14mm F2.5 = 55g

I was waiting to see what they offered as an alternative to u4/3, but this doesn't really tempt me back to Nikon... We will have to see what they release in the future and how they perform I guess.. I am starting to think u4/3 really is the sweat spot for mirrorless systems..

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sens72
By sens72 (Sep 21, 2011)

Ahhhhhh, I wan't that little baby flash!!
What a cute little one.

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Dimitrios Pikros
By Dimitrios Pikros (Sep 21, 2011)

I can't imagine any advantage over the rest mirror-less systems, except for the brand...

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Jote
By Jote (Sep 21, 2011)

The advantage? Smaller lenses

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RestyF
By RestyF (Sep 21, 2011)

The lens is bigger than Olympus m4/3 format due to its in-lens stabilization. They should put the image stabilization on the body.

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Rich
By Rich (Sep 21, 2011)

So just how DO you set the aperture, shutter, ISO etc with this thing? I know it can't be *that* dumbed down

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wmac
By wmac (Sep 21, 2011)

@RestyF , where did you find there is stabilization on lenses? I cannot see any identifier in the lens name. Nor it has been mentioned about a in-body system.

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Rate1
By Rate1 (Sep 21, 2011)

I was putting my hopes to get this camera as a back-up. Now when it's out and we can see it... Never going to happen. What a disapointment.

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Klimt z
By Klimt z (Sep 21, 2011)

The others use lenses that are disproportionately large for the body

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SaltLakeGuy
By SaltLakeGuy (Sep 21, 2011)

I can only say that IF (and it's a huge IF) these cameras focus faster and more accurately than the Sony's or Pannys and Olympus, AND they render as little or less noise above ISO800 than the others and have no glaring foibles with these new lenses being up to Nikkor standards they COULD have a hit on their hands. Do I think they will do all the above in a superb fashion? Nope but I sure want to be pleasantly surprised. :-)

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Sep 21, 2011)

advantages, smaller bodies and potentially smaller lenses, yes. possibly IQ as well (over compacts) if the technology on sensors is outstanding can also match some how to 4/3, APSC, possibly but not very easily.

Other advantage is gadgetry and cool colors, guys don't forget there are loads of small guys dont wanna hang out with huge FF bodies, they are enjoying Pentax Q, I saw many of them on Jessops yesterday, they will like this camera system for sure.

Can only conclude the rest after seeing the Sensor IQ and lenses performances, but for sure I can only list cons at this moment and very very few pros for myself at-least!

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AnHund
By AnHund (Sep 21, 2011)

Looks cute.

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hemsleyj
By hemsleyj (Sep 21, 2011)

Looks like they hired R&D guys from Casio. I have seen similar features on Elixim models for some time. I was hoping for something better than a GF1 and on a par with X100. Somethings I like but mostly feel have been missed. Nikon 1: The camera for the FaceBook generation!

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Pandaemas
By Pandaemas (Sep 21, 2011)

I think Nikons approach is geniunely interesting, however for a smaller sensor size, the lenses are quite large!

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Ademeion
By Ademeion (Sep 21, 2011)

I was expecting something that could compete with Sony NEX models on image quality, but now I can see that that's not going to happen. Now it's up to Canon to bring us something that can do that–together with advanced manual controls.

What a disapointment!

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DPFranz
By DPFranz (Sep 21, 2011)

Looks like it has focus button independent of shutter release - good.
Thom says PASM resides in the menus - fine, I don't switch a lot while shooting.
I'll be very interested to find out if the EVH on the V1 is decent - is 1.2M dots competitive with other EVHs?
Very curious about the shutter delay - my LX5 is too slow. I want something under 100ms.
A lot of negative, mocking replies. It's not what I would have chosen exactly, but I'm not sure it is as bad as these posts would imply. I'm still curious to find out more...

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David Gwynne-Evans
By David Gwynne-Evans (Sep 21, 2011)

Oooh, ooh! I've found something positive!
With an almost 3x crop factor, if that be a 1:1 lens, then the macros are going to provide insane close ups!

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skrulm8
By skrulm8 (Sep 29, 2011)

I have this dream of using ultra large apertures (say f/0.7) to film my productions in natural light. I know this can't be done on a full frame camera because the depth of field would be too shallow for movies. So I figure I need a smaller sensor to get the large apertures at smaller apreture diameters...

I was hoping that this is exactly what the Nikon's mirror-less system would provide. After all, isn't it vastly cheaper to make large aperture lenses for small sensors?

Well, apparently not, because instead of that they give me a low resolution 1" sensor compact with slow lenses, and do so at the price of a 550D with a really nice set of f/2.0 lenses.

Looks like a pretty bad deal to me.

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