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Nikon announces Nikon 1 system with V1 small sensor mirrorless camera

By dpreview staff on Sep 21, 2011 at 04:02 GMT

Nikon has announced the V1 enthusiast small sensor mirrorless camera. Built around what the company is calling a 'CX' format 10MP CMOS sensors, the cameras is part of the company's new Nikon 1 line. The V1 is intended as the higher-end model in the lineup and features magnesium alloy construction and a 1.4M dot electronic viewfinder. It also has an accessory port allowing the connection of the SB-N5 mini speedlight or GP-N100 GPS unit. Unlike the J1, it can switch between mechanical and electronic shutter. In common with the J1, in can shoot 1080i60 or 1080p30 video and combines phase detection and contrast detection autofocus, in movie shooting or 10fps continuous bursts. The 1" type sensor (13.2mm x 8.8mm) gives a 2.7x crop. The V1 kit with 10-30mm (27-81mm equiv.) lens will be $899.95 and will be available around October 20th. An adapter allowing the use of Nikon F-mount lenses will follow.

It may seem odd that Nikon would build its mirrorless system around a sensor so much smaller than the ones being used by its rivals. We think it makes a lot of sense for the company. Click here to read why.

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Press Release:

BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP: THE NIKON 1 SYSTEM BALANCES SPEED, STYLE AND SIMPLICITY TO CREATIVELY CAPTURE ALL OF LIFE'S SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS

The Nikon V1

The New Nikon J1 and V1 Cameras as Well as Four New Ultra-Portable Lenses are Engineered for Expressive Living

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Sept 21, 2011) – Nikon Inc. today announced a revolutionary new digital imaging system built from the ground up to empower users with new ways to tell stories through photography, driven by imaginative next-generation technology. The iconic new Nikon 1 system is designed to become one with the user and their lifestyle, providing a unique form of expression with amazing image quality, speed and portability.

From Nikon, a company with more than 75 years in imaging excellence, the Nikon 1 J1 is an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that opens the door to a fresh way to capture pictures and High Definition (HD) movies. This Nikon 1 system represents a new category of camera that challenges conventional thinking, emphasizing a pocketable form factor with unbelievable speed, combined with the high image quality that only Nikon could create. Thanks to a wealth of innovative technologies, the Nikon J1 camera is a simple to use conduit for creativity, seemingly anticipating a consumer's needs in any situation. Moments are instantly captured using amazingly fast new hybrid Autofocus (AF), and blazing fast speed with continuous AF. Users can also shoot with confidence knowing that the Smart Photo Selector will automatically capture the best possible image without a second thought. Furthermore, just a touch of the shutter button instantly captures a high quality image while simultaneously recording Full HD 1080p movies, and the exciting new Motion Snapshot mode captures fleeting moments like never before with a combination of moving and still images, bringing memories to life. To accompany this exciting new form factor, Nikon created the entirely new 1 NIKKOR lens system that seamlessly integrates powerful precision optics into a camera platform to capture more of the world around the user.

"The needs of the consumer are changing and the world is becoming one of visual conversation, which paves the way for the next chapter in image capture devices. The new Nikon 1 system is the culmination of more than 75 years of optical excellence and relentless pursuit to the unrivaled technological advancements in camera technology," said Bo Kajiwara, Director of Marketing, Nikon Inc. "Nikon's new 1 J1 camera allows consumers to have confidence in a new way to express themselves, with amazing speed, versatility, ease of use and portability."

One Purpose: A Revolutionary New System

The new Nikon 1 system is a completely original concept, engineered specifically to strike the ultimate balance of performance, intuitive simplicity and portability to chronicle life like never before. This breakthrough platform lays the foundation for future technologies, and the Nikon 1 system has been created for the consumer who wants to capture, share and connect to life. The fully electronic lens system enables the camera to keep pace with an active lifestyle and delivers amazing images and Full HD 1080p movies to connect with friends and family. Whether it's a spontaneous outing or a planned trek abroad, the versatility of interchangeable lenses in a convenient form factor will allow a consumer to take the camera with them wherever life leads. Furthermore, the J1 camera makes a personal style statement with a variety of matching colored camera bodies and lenses.

The heart of the new J1 camera is the new Nikon developed CX-format, 10.1 megapixel High-Speed AF CMOS sensor that helps make this camera the pinnacle of portable performance. The newly developed CMOS sensor has been engineered for amazing image quality in a variety of lighting conditions, with a native ISO range of 100-3200 (6400 Hi-1) for maximum versatility. Images captured with this new sensor exhibit striking colors, vivid hues and rich detail so lifelike, it's the next best thing to being there as memories unfold.

Nikon's exclusive new EXPEED 3™ image processing engine drives the system and is the catalyst behind the camera's rapid response, fast AF and high-speed performance. In addition, the new dual core EXPEED 3 processor works to maximize battery efficiency while yielding images and movies with low noise and vibrant tones. The Nikon J1 is engineered for maximum ease of use, featuring a clean button layout and intuitive graphical interface. Distractions and menus are minimized; creating a clear path to the camera's advanced functions, further unleashing creative potential.

The Fastest One

From first steps to first date, life moves fast and the Nikon J1 is the camera to keep pace. The camera seemingly anticipates action with amazing autofocus, response time and operation. The new advanced hybrid AF system is the world's fastest autofocus1, allowing consumers to capture more of their world than ever before. The Nikon J1 features new focal plane phase detection AF that reacts instantly to deliver incredibly fast, split-second response. Wherever action is happening in the frame, the 73-point AF system will get the shot. This newly developed hybrid system continuously evaluates the scene at hand for optimal results, and can switch between phase detection and contrast detect AF to best suit the scene. Whether shooting in low-light conditions like a late night block party, or a fast moving pick-up game, photographers can capture details with confidence.

When the action is happening, users can also shoot at a fast 10 frames per second (fps), with full adaptive AF for frame after frame of images with incredible sharpness and detail. Additionally, the scene can be captured at full resolution up to a staggering 60 fps (AF locked), which is the world's fastest continuous shooting speed2. So go ahead and capture a best friend's high dive at the next pool party, and then confidently share every aspect of the leap with stunning detail.

The One That Inspires a New Way to Capture with Motion Snapshot

Motion Snapshot is a new approach to capturing images that will dramatically alter the way we perceive digital photography. By selecting the Motion Snapshot icon from the Mode Dial at the back of the camera, consumers can capture fleeting moments with staggering depth and emotion like never before. The result unites a frozen still image with a slow-motion movement set to a built-in audio soundtrack to create a portrayal of an occurrence with maximum impact. With Motion Snapshot, users are now able to relive memories in stunning detail, as real movement and depth are included in the image. Motion Snapshot provides a way to once again experience someone's hair flowing in the breeze or relaxing scenes like waves crashing or rustling leaves that evoke an emotional response.

Consumers are also able to create masterpieces of moving images from multiple files using the included Short Movie Creator software. This easy-to-use, intuitive software works in conjunction with Nikon's View NX2 to make managing photos and movies fun and easy. With these programs, users are empowered to organize, share and edit photos, Motion Snapshots and HD movies. Users are also able to connect and share Motion Snapshot files using Nikon's my Picturetown, an online resource at www.mypicturetown.com.

The One to Set Trends

Both the camera technology and exterior design were inspired by the pursuit of balance, as a device that lives in perfect accord with any lifestyle. The lines are clean and minimalist, the colors are vibrant, creating a stylish accessory for every personality. The design is meant to inspire creativity, with a simple interface and easy-to-use camera controls, intuitively placed for any user. Switching from modes and accessing advanced features is easy, enabling the user to further push creative boundaries, whether trusting the smart automatic settings or creatively exploring the full manual control modes.

Control highlights include a Mode Dial, with the four main common functions readily available, in addition to a Command Dial with common camera settings. The new "F" (feature) button is a new design element to Nikon cameras, which automatically brings up relevant menus and options based on what mode the camera is set.

The Nikon 1 system is further complemented by fashionable, premium accessories tailored to perfectly fit a user's lifestyle. These accessories include a custom fit body case set available in a variety of colors, as well as fashionable, color coordinated leather neck and hand straps.

The Smart One: Nikon's Smart Photo Selector

The new Nikon J1 is an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that features new technologies aimed at creating better pictures, easier. Nikon's new Smart Photo Selector feature strives to deliver a perfect image every time. When a "can't miss" photo opportunity arises, users can switch to the Smart Photo Selector mode which uses the camera's pre-cache to start shooting and storing images. All of these images are analyzed within the camera, and the best photo is selected based on a number of factors including exposure, focus and advanced facial recognition. While the camera suggests the best image, five frames are recorded, providing the user a choice of their favorite photo. What's more, the J1 also includes favorite core Nikon technologies, such as Active D-lighting, Auto Scene Selector and Picture Controls.

One Device That Also Captures HD Movies

The new CX-format CMOS sensor produces breathtaking Full HD movies at 1080p (30 fps). Users can also shoot at a rapid 60 fps (1080i), or elevate the production with additional 30/60/400 and 1200 fps modes for super slow motion effects. The J1 is made to be flexible, and can capture both HD movies and high resolution images simultaneously. Simply press the shutter while recording to freeze the action with a high quality image file with sharp focus.

Additionally, the Nikon J1 applies noise reduction to movie files, giving the user amazingly sharp, crisp movies with deep black levels. This feature makes this the ideal camera for shooting movies when light is less than ideal, such as indoors or at night. A full HD movie can record a full 29 minutes, while the senses are further treated to sound sampled in full stereo for lifelike reproduction.

One Vision, Two Distinct Cameras

The Nikon J1 is the model designed for those consumers who use a camera as part of their connected lifestyle; always carrying it to bring passion and depth to visual storytelling. Both the camera and the lenses come in a variety of matching stylish colors, including white, pink, red, silver and black. Photos and movies are easily composed and shared on the bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. With the aid of the concealed pop-up flash, consumers can easily add fill flash as needed or shoot in most conditions including low-light.

The Nikon 1 V1 is for photo enthusiasts who value interchangeable lens versatility and desire a small form factor. In fact, it's the world's smallest and lightest camera in the world with interchangeable lens versatility and an electronic viewfinder (EVF)3. Aimed at the user excited about creating amazing images and movies, the Nikon V1 has added features including a 1.4 million dot high resolution EVF that automatically activates when the user raises the camera to their eye. In addition to the high-speed electronic shutter, the magnesium alloy body conceals a high performance mechanical shutter that affords tactile feedback and expanded shooting options.

The V1 camera also features Nikon's new Multi-Accessory Port for attaching options such as the new SB-N5 compact speedlight, or the GP-N100 GPS module. For those making movies, the V1 has a stereo microphone input for professional quality audio.

Price and Availability

The Nikon J1 and V1 will be available throughout the United States beginning October 20th. The Nikon J1 camera with 10-30mm lens kit will be available at a suggested retail price4 of $649.95. The Nikon V1 camera with 10-30mm lens kit will be available for a suggested retail price4 of $899.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

1: Based on performance with shooting using a standard zoom lens (10-30) at the maximum wide-angle position with AF-area mode set to Single-point (results based on Nikon test conditions)
2: The world's fastest continuous shooting speed: 60 fps (while the AF is locked in the first frame) (shot at full resolution (10M)). Among cameras with interchangeable lenses
3: Among cameras with interchangeable lenses with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF).
4: Suggested retail price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time
*Comparison models include the Nikon D3100, Sony NEX-5, NEX-2 NEX-C3 NEX-5N, Olympus E-PL1s, E-PL2, E-P3, E-PL3, Panasonic G10, GF-2, GH2, G3 Samsung NX-10, NX100

Nikon V1 specifications

Sensor • 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor
• 10.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 3872 x 2592
• 2896 x 1944
• 1936 x 1296
• 3840 x 2160
Aspect ratio 3:2, 16:9
Movie clips • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i/30 fps
• 1280 x 720 @ 30/15 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30/15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30/15 fps

Slow-motion movies
• 640 x 240/400 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
• 640 x 240/400 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
• 320 x 120/1,200 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
• 320 x 120/1,200 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps)

Motion Snapshot Motion Snapshot
• 1,920 x 1,080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps)
• 1,920 x 1,080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps)
Sensor output is about 60 fps
File format • NEF (RAW)
• JPEG

Movie:
• MOV
• H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding compression
• AAC audio
Lens mount • Nikon 1 mount
• Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (Nikon CX-format)
Focus • Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
AF are • Single-point (135 points)
• Auto-area (41 points)
• Subject tracking
Lens Servo • Autofocus (AF): Single AF (AF-S); continuous AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); fulltime AF (AF-F)
• Manual focus (MF)
Focus distance • Standard mode 0.6m (wide) / 1.0m (tele)
• Macro mode 0.2m - (wide) / 0.9m (tele)
• Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 1cm
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• High Auto
• Manual ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Hi 1 (6400 equiv.)
Exposure compensation • +/- 3 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
metering TTL metering using image sensor
• Matrix
• Center-weighted
• Spot
Shuttter speed Mechanical Shutter
• 1/4000 sec. –30 sec.
• Bulb
Electronic Shutter
• 1/16000 sec. –30 sec.
• Bulb
Modes • Programmed auto with flexible program
• Shutter-priority auto
• Aperture-priority auto
• Manual
• Scene auto selector
Shooting Modes • Still image (3 : 2)
• Smart Photo Selector (3 : 2)
• Movie (HD 16 : 9, slow motion 8 : 3)
• Motion Snapshot (16 : 9)
White balance • Auto
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• Direct sunlight
• Flash
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Preset manual
Picture Control system • Standard
• Neutral
• Vivid
• Monochrome
• Portrait
• Landscape
EVF • 0.47-in., approx. 1440k-dot color TFT LCD viewfinder
• 100% coverage
LCD monitor • 3.0" / 7.5 cm LCD
• 921,000 dots
Continous shooting • Electronic (Hi): Approx. 10, 30, or 60 fps
• Other modes: Up to 5 fps (single AF or manual focus, S Shutter-priority auto or M Manual exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Connectivity • DC input
• Combined A/V & USB output
• USB 2.0 compatible
• HDMI
• Multi accesory port
Storage • SD/SDHC/SDXC
Power Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (EN-EL15)
Weight (no batt) 294g
Dimensions 4.42"W x 3"H x 1.7"D
(113mm x 76mm x 44mm)
310
I own it
35
I want it
36
I had it
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Comments

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ZDP-189
By ZDP-189 (Sep 21, 2011)

The new Nikon J1 looks like a camp Pentax special edition of a Samsung NX100.

1 upvote
spiderhunter
By spiderhunter (Sep 21, 2011)

Nikon had blown it away - AGAIN! They had the opportunity to do this in APS-C format, if not FF. Damn! I had used Nikon (film days) for 25 years. It was king in the film era, no question about that. Then, it was whipped by Canon and I (and many others)changed system ... now this!!!! Unbelievable.

6 upvotes
odobo
By odobo (Sep 21, 2011)

looks like the camera is more about taking video than photos.... the main features they promote (1 sec "moving" photo, auto select best from 20 pictures etc) are all basically limited size video for best qualify IQ... its a smart way to utilize the buffer and the processor but sounds like the camera will do all the work... not the guy behind the camera

0 upvotes
Fraucha
By Fraucha (Sep 21, 2011)

Agreed.

0 upvotes
DesertLefty
By DesertLefty (Sep 21, 2011)

A hot shoe for my SB-400 (and SB-700) sure would have been nice.

Anybody know if it, at least, act as a CLS Flash Commander?

0 upvotes
Razgriz
By Razgriz (Sep 21, 2011)

Ive just seen a youtube video and there is a dedicated flash you will be able to buy for it. It tilts just like a SB600/700. But no dedicated hot shoe though. Looks pretty cool :-)

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

no dedicated hot shoe = not cool. It's really bad actually, useless. So you have to buy another flash, more money to Nikon. oh well.

0 upvotes
Tee1up
By Tee1up (Sep 21, 2011)

Yikes! I am sure the Sony peeps are popping corks right now.

4 upvotes
Razgriz
By Razgriz (Sep 21, 2011)

I wonder if Nikon are aware the last time a V1 came to England was in the shape of a flying bomb, lol!!!!

Alot of unhappy sounding people about. Personally I can't wait.

I have a Nikon D200 and lugging it around all day is a chore, so I bought a GF-1 for daily use, but sadly with the EVF attached, it is still a little bulky.

Nikon have listened to folk and built a camera with a viewfinder built in, Hoorah.

And to top it off, I can buy an adaptor to fit all my wonderful Nikkor prime lenses. Bring it on.

Look forward to the reviews

Raz

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

why it have to be this (still not released yet) Nikon when you have a lot of option on the compact market? Of course they're not Nikon but nevertheless, viewfinder built in, many cameras has it already. hmmm.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Sep 21, 2011)

Body design - NO DESIGN. Lenses are VERY SLOW for such sensor.

12 upvotes
CacoCardoso
By CacoCardoso (Sep 21, 2011)

Horrible press release. Interesting cameras.
The 10 mm f/2.8 looks fine.
At least one more fast and long prime lens like a VR f/1.8 100 mm equivalent is missing.
The zooms may be compact but are too slow, providing almost no DOF control.
IMHO the system has a long way to go. Nikon may run and come with the missing items soon, depending on which market segment they look for.

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

Bye bye Nikon!

3 upvotes
Fraucha
By Fraucha (Sep 21, 2011)

As you leave Nikon, please give me your old Nikon "Stuff". Go take up bandwidth on another forum's brand that you won't stick with either. Better yet, get off the forums and go do some photography, perfect your craft publish a book or STFU.
No, I am not buying into this system, just because it is not what I wanted I am not leaving Nikon.

2 upvotes
jotor
By jotor (Oct 3, 2011)

It always amuses me when someone goes on a forum and tells someone else to get off the forum and go do some photography.

:^)

0 upvotes
jotor
By jotor (Oct 3, 2011)

It always amuses me when someone goes on a forum and tells someone else to get off the forum and go do some photography.

:^)

0 upvotes
zapatista
By zapatista (Sep 21, 2011)

What will Ken Rockwell think?

8 upvotes
Faisalee
By Faisalee (Sep 21, 2011)

We will know eventually when he starts to "Think" :)

6 upvotes
Oliver Cardona
By Oliver Cardona (Sep 21, 2011)

I'm a bit underwhelmed, to put it nicely.

2 upvotes
C-Fu
By C-Fu (Sep 21, 2011)

well that confirms it. Bye bye Nikanon!

0 upvotes
RobG67
By RobG67 (Sep 21, 2011)

Oh, for the record, I shoot Nikon. 2 x D200, 2 x D700, 1 x D40X. This might be the Nikon I want, to carry to the places the big ones won't go.

1 upvote
zzapamiga
By zzapamiga (Sep 21, 2011)

Do all your cameras have to have a Nikon brand? There are superior mirrorless cameras made by other manufactures.

1 upvote
RobG67
By RobG67 (Sep 24, 2011)

Nope, they aren't. I also have a Canon S95, a couple of Fujis and a shedload of old film SLRs, most of which work and get used. Add in a couple of MF film cameras as well, and I'm chock full of photographic goodness.

And seriously, I doubt there's a mirrorless that touches the D700 for quality. I don't own an EVIL yet, and unless the 1 is the one, I probably never will.

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Sep 21, 2011)

73 point AF, Nikon claims worlds fastest AF.

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

Body design? nah, sensor size, nah. Nikon compact reputation? nah. BIG three nah are enough. :)
Nikon seem to be lose to Fujifilm X-10 this time.

2 upvotes
RobG67
By RobG67 (Sep 21, 2011)

Have any of you whingers used a Canon S95? Excellent image quality, even from a small sensor. Give the Nikon a chance, it may prove to be better than you naysayers expect. Yes, it's somewhat unpreposessing to look at, but are you photographers or fashion victims?

For mine, if the image quality is good, and the price is right (I live in Australia, so it'll be insanely over-priced, which means one of the big US shops might get my money), AND if it shoots NEF files, I'll be in it. I'm tired of swapping between converters to process RAW.

So how about the lot of you shut the h.e.l.l. up and wait for the results to come in. I know I'm waiting for real reviews before I condemn it.

1 upvote
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

the body design itself has already invited to be condemn IMO. Man, why Nikon can't go to retro look route? That's would be nice, imagine small Nikon FM-2 retro body, that's would be more interesting IMO. The sensor size even though probably not bad but still it's smaller than 4/3 or anything NEX's offering, so no surprise why so many people hated it already.

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Sep 21, 2011)

I did the retro look in the 60s and 70s. I'll take this one.

1 upvote
Roman Stedronsky
By Roman Stedronsky (Sep 21, 2011)

ezradija: I don't understand this retro-mania. Why should I want to my new car look like Ford Model A? What benefits from the usability point of view I could gain?

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

because, if you can't win in image quality (because of small sensor, slow lens, high noise etc), at least you could win on product design (retro look or whatever to trigger emotional attachment). This V1 and J1 has none of those. Arguably, this design not toward those who emotionally like retro for nostalgia shake, but its more to "girly/barbie/toyish" image. I bet this would sold out in Japan, at least in Shinjukus and Ginzas yuppies.

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

And you should consider other product that has already released such as Fujifilm X100 that succeed to awe the market, even if that's still a niche one. And also for its little brother X10. X10 has a lot positive reactions with it smart choice of style, size, sensor size and lens.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Sep 21, 2011)

lenses are really SLOW

4 upvotes
Gadget Intelligence
By Gadget Intelligence (Sep 21, 2011)

Bigger & heavier than the Sony NEX 5N - that's a bit disappointing if you only plan to use either with just pancake lenses. Was hoping for much smaller. :[

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Sep 21, 2011)

really UGLY....

2 upvotes
Mike Cialowicz
By Mike Cialowicz (Sep 21, 2011)

Of greatest concern: the V1 (with the viewfinder) doesn't appear to have manual controls. Where's the PASM dial? What about the front and rear jog wheels to adjust shutter speed, aperture, ISO, exposure compensation?

6 upvotes
DesertLefty
By DesertLefty (Sep 21, 2011)

Yup! For a small camera, I think the Fuji X10 looks more interesting to me...

2 upvotes
Arn
By Arn (Sep 21, 2011)

Exactly. Doesn't really look like a camera for a photographer. More direct control dials and wheels would be needed. Also quite expensive and the lenses are slow. It isn't even that small a system.

0 upvotes
TimK5
By TimK5 (Sep 21, 2011)

"Whether shooting in low-light conditions like a late night block part..."

How am I going to do that with outdated ISO performance? ISO 3200? give me a break.... sounds like an S95 with ok pic quality up to ISO 125...

0 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Sep 21, 2011)

to be expected with the small sensor, I'm afraid.

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Sep 21, 2011)

So you have seen the output?

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Sep 21, 2011)

Cool little video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gurU5UVnBuI#!

0 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Sep 21, 2011)

Just imagine If Nikon had made a camera usign Sony's e-mount, with a 10MP APS sensor.

2 upvotes
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (Sep 21, 2011)

... and couple of pancakes to boot.

I can't even imagine what kind of profound impact on mirrorless that would have had.

0 upvotes
ck3
By ck3 (Sep 21, 2011)

Well, Nikon came for sure. But that's a bit of an anti-climax, isn't it ;-)

4 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Sep 21, 2011)

Hmm...think I'll stick to my Leica M8 when I need portability. This Nikon would have been a cool camera if they could have squeezed a bigger sensor in there.

1 upvote
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Sep 21, 2011)

The Sony Nex cameras have a sensor almost 4 times bigger.

2 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Sep 21, 2011)

I mean, how is it that an electronics giant gives you a bigger sensor that a 'proper camera' manufacturer?

2 upvotes
futile32
By futile32 (Sep 21, 2011)

not a fan of the design, but glad to see nikon joining the mirrorless market. albeit it fells too little too late to me. But we'll see how it stacks up against the competition. I'm really surprised they didn't go for M4/3... have the specified any details to why a 2.7x crop? seems very extreme (ly small) compared to the competition.

1 upvote
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

That's exactly my point there, why Nikon can't go to retro route as Fujifilm does, imagine small Nikon FM2/FM3A retro-ish look or rangefinder look design?

0 upvotes
aleckurgan
By aleckurgan (Sep 21, 2011)

@ezradja : That's probably because Fujifilm's retro design says "Luxury", while Nikon's retro says "Cost reduction" ;)

0 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Sep 21, 2011)

Please explain to me how a 13.2mm x 8.8mm sensor is a 1" sensor? The diagonal definitely isn't close to an inch.

2 upvotes
fmian
By fmian (Sep 21, 2011)

Aren't sensors measured by the longest side? 35mm is.
Even so, this is still not 1 inch.

0 upvotes
pomoville
By pomoville (Sep 21, 2011)

Sensor size nomenclature is rooted in old TV technology, involving the diameter of the glass tubes in which the sensors were placed.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0210/02100402sensorsizes.asp

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 21, 2011)

It is a 1" class sensor. digital sensors still use standard from vacuum tube measurements. Check the dimensions of 1/2.3" sensors and 4/3 sensors, etc. They are all much smaller then the tube diameter measurement.

1 upvote
Zebooka
By Zebooka (Sep 21, 2011)

35mm is called because of perforated film, which has 35mm height. It is not related to frame width.
This sensor is 1" because these are vidicon inches, not imperial inches

1 upvote
Kurt_K
By Kurt_K (Sep 21, 2011)

From a purely aesthetics standpoint (obviously I can't judge IQ yet), I think they could have done much better. Shelf-appeal is definitely lacking, although I expect it'll still sell like hotcakes simply because it says Nikon on it.

0 upvotes
fmian
By fmian (Sep 21, 2011)

Groan.. another lens mount for the suckers/consumers to buy into.
And at the price of an APS-C DSLR, why bother?

Smaller ≠ Better

6 upvotes
fmian
By fmian (Sep 21, 2011)

That's supposed to read, Smaller (does not equal) Better

1 upvote
Fraucha
By Fraucha (Sep 21, 2011)

Sorry, not interested.

0 upvotes
Joesiv
By Joesiv (Sep 21, 2011)

Seems nifty, if only it was FF and had some pancake primes, I'd be all over it. I like the dual AF, C-AF and simultaneous video capture.

And is that a CMOS with electronic shutter? Did they make a breakthrough? Hopefully there are no IQ compromises.

if only it was FF :(

0 upvotes
PeterAlden
By PeterAlden (Sep 21, 2011)

Ok the camera comes in PINK! What does that tell you. Fuji X10 for my small carry-around.

0 upvotes
swijayanto
By swijayanto (Sep 21, 2011)

..at the end: pictures vs price...

0 upvotes
Tower
By Tower (Sep 21, 2011)

No matter what happens. The image quality always first. Also I DO NOT like the body so small.

0 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Sep 21, 2011)

I'm surprised they didn't include Social-Media apps on this, though.. a camera like this is going to compete against the iPhone and Android phones, and the biggest feature of the iPhone is its ability to publish photos on-the-spot.

4 upvotes
luqingyu
By luqingyu (Sep 21, 2011)

Why not large sensor?

0 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Sep 21, 2011)

They already have DX and FX cameras.

This is the camera to use when you need a smaller camera and lugging around a large-sensor camera is infeasible.

1 upvote
wmac
By wmac (Sep 21, 2011)

It is half the size of four third cameras.

2 upvotes
Cipher
By Cipher (Sep 21, 2011)

Looks to be the same size as a Panasonic GF-3.

0 upvotes
blue hour
By blue hour (Sep 21, 2011)

Awesome, Nikon hired a Volvo designer to design the V 1.

0 upvotes
PeterAlden
By PeterAlden (Sep 21, 2011)

Great, none of my Nikon flashes work on the thing, so much for my investment. And that press release, please. I was close to vomiting from the over the top language. You would think it was the 1950's and they just intoduced the revolutionary Nikon F. I don't think so.

I love Nikons but the first look is not good.

1 upvote
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 21, 2011)

What "investment"? Unless you are a professional photographer, any purchase of any technology/gadget is a "loss" in the end. You invest in stocks, not in cameras!

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Sep 21, 2011)

I like it. If the IQ is good, I'm in. pocketable, clean and simple.

1 upvote
Cipher
By Cipher (Sep 21, 2011)

Probably need a jacket pocket...esp with a lense attached...

0 upvotes
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (Sep 21, 2011)

Side-by-side comparison with NEX and m43 is sorely missing.

0 upvotes
AndyDunc
By AndyDunc (Sep 21, 2011)

Hell yea

1 upvote
The Photo Ninja
By The Photo Ninja (Sep 21, 2011)

Will it autofocus better than the D5100 for video?

Also, once you add the adapter, the camera seems just as big as a d3100 or d5100.

It's neat, but I think I'll stick with my SLR

0 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Sep 21, 2011)

Finally a proper compact camera system from Nikon..

what are the lenses?

2 upvotes
nosnoop
By nosnoop (Sep 21, 2011)

I am surprised dpreview is so slow in posting the offiical press releases. Anyways, here are the lenses:
1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8
1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM

http://www.nikon.com/news/2011/0921_lens_02.htm

2 upvotes
Razgriz
By Razgriz (Sep 21, 2011)

Looks like it could a be fun second camera to take out for the day instead of my dslr.
My GF-1 is my current 'take anywhere' camera, but with EVF clipped to the top, it can by a little awkward size wise.

I like the idea Nikon have included a built in EVF. Makes a nice inexpensive change.

Look forward to the reviews :-)

1 upvote
Aaron MC
By Aaron MC (Sep 21, 2011)

Well. This is a lot weirder than I was expecting.

0 upvotes
newlens
By newlens (Sep 21, 2011)

Price?

0 upvotes
snack
By snack (Sep 21, 2011)

Why did they bother? This camera is DOA.

0 upvotes
harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Sep 21, 2011)

Another ugly and disappointing design. Sign.

1 upvote
Copiare
By Copiare (Sep 21, 2011)

Disappointing and very disappointed.

:(

8 upvotes
Harold66
By Harold66 (Sep 21, 2011)

wonder what is the sensor size and image ratio ?

No words on the lens either

Harold

0 upvotes
Klarno
By Klarno (Sep 21, 2011)

"The 1" type sensor (13.2mm x 8.8mm) gives a 2.7x crop."

It's 3:2 aspect ratio.

0 upvotes
Leo "Zoom"
By Leo "Zoom" (Sep 21, 2011)

Big, big, big disappointment...

2 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Sep 21, 2011)

OK so how does it do the phase-detection AF on the image sensor? How much image detail is lost because of this?

0 upvotes
Dennis Linden
By Dennis Linden (Sep 21, 2011)

It's not what I was hoping for. :-(

0 upvotes
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