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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)
311
I own it
35
I want it
36
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Comments

Total comments: 948
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increments
By increments (Sep 21, 2011)

"The One" What Is this? The Matrix?

Anyway... I was actually on board when I heard the sensor size rumour, thinking that the potential to be physically small with better IQ than compacts was a good compromise. (I still do.)

But, fastest lens at f2.8 won't cut it for either low light or DOF control (with 2.7x sensor).

And the killer is that there's no command dial for changing exposure settings on the v1. Pure consumer level P&S interface, fine for j1 sure, but not if they want any enthusiasts.

3 upvotes
Photato
By Photato (Sep 21, 2011)

Also Size and Price.
I was expecting smaller cheaper.
My Canon Pro1 has more manual controls than the V1 and a variangle LCD.

1 upvote
JesperMP
By JesperMP (Sep 21, 2011)

V1 is the more disappointing of the two. Clearly it is not aimed at the point-and-shoot crowd.
It is as big as NEX-7 (a few millimeters taller, a few millimeters shorter), but is nowhere near as well designed as that camera.

No grip. Just look at the size of the 10-110mm lens. You need a good grip for handling the camera with that lens. (I know, you will hold the camera by the lens, but you cannot do that ALL the time).

EVF placed in a hump in the middle of the camera. No reason why it couldnt have been at the edge and flush with the top plate like NEX-7.

Lack of controls. Am I wrong, but is the only dial the one around the OK button ? A camera like this should have at least 2 dials, or 3 like NEX-7 and other high-end cameras. And what is with the mode dial ? No PASM ?

And only an f2.8 normal prime.

6 upvotes
increments
By increments (Sep 21, 2011)

Actually, for those of us who use the right eye to the viewfinder, that's a plus point over the NEX!

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 21, 2011)

A plus ? You WANT your nose up the LCD ?

0 upvotes
JesperMP
By JesperMP (Sep 21, 2011)

So you use the right eye ?
If you use the right eye, the placement of the EFV to the left edge means you nose goes free of the camera body. That means you can freely place the eye as snug to the EVF that the view is unaffected by false light from the sides.

0 upvotes
increments
By increments (Sep 21, 2011)

I want to be able to hold the camera in in a stable position, not with both hands across my body, with no proper bracing at slow shutter speeds.

Following your logic people who use their left eye should hate the viewfinder positioned on the left because their noses will bash the LCD.

Ergonomics are subjective.

0 upvotes
petepictures
By petepictures (Sep 21, 2011)

Olympus Panasonic Sony Samsung already have a better cameras in this range, what is the point of bringing another system that is even inferior to those?
Disappointing Nikon !!!!!!!

4 upvotes
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Sep 21, 2011)

Ugly

2 upvotes
Van du Nord
By Van du Nord (Sep 21, 2011)

What is new here? Compact body, big but not fast lenses like do the competitors.

2 upvotes
Felipe Rodríguez
By Felipe Rodríguez (Sep 21, 2011)

All I have to say, after reading the V1/J1 specifications, is... LONG LIFE TO FUJI X100!

4 upvotes
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 21, 2011)

now let's see what Canon and Leica have in their interchangeable mirrorles-mind...

2 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

er, mirrorless leica? M8 and M9?

0 upvotes
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 21, 2011)

no, Leica will have their own APS mirrorless. According to Leica the sensor will not be smaller than APS...

3 upvotes
jhinkey
By jhinkey (Sep 21, 2011)

I think the V1 and J1 are fine for their intended audience, it's just that very few of them inhabit dpreview.

Now take this system and build me a V1 that has more external controls, a built-in flash, and some fast zooms and primes and my $$ will not be going to Panasonic or Sony.
Though it may be too late since Nikon is behind, very behind.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Sep 21, 2011)

And what's an intended audience of J1 and V1? Nikon fanboys? Cause I can't see anyone else who would find this camera "fine". (No offense for Nikon fanboys, cause actually today I seen a miracle - even they noticed that what Nikon developed is a crap for that price).

6 upvotes
BitFarmer
By BitFarmer (Sep 21, 2011)

My daugther teacher asked me for advice, she wanted a good travel camera. I said her not to go for DSLR as she wants point-and-shot, so I ponter her to some of the panasonic lumix ZF superzoom series, for about 350 euros she will get better shoots than using a entry DSLR...

Her answer: I gave it to my dougther, all my other travel pals use over 1000 euros cameras and that one can be good enough compared to theirs models.

OK, go purchase some mirrorless expensive camera that looks like a small, hello kitty DSLR and make your friends pale of envy.

The photo quality was NOT the issue, was the price and good looking of the model, she just not wanted to look as a stupid point-and-shoot among entry DSLR users.

THIS is part of the audience for those cameras without manual controls.

2 upvotes
cheddargav
By cheddargav (Sep 21, 2011)

I'm not usually one for over-reacting to this stuff, but the lenses they've announced leave me massively disappointed.

This actually starts to make the Pentax Q look alright... what a shame. Fingers crossed this pudding tastes better than it looks

2 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

Pentax Q system starts to look decent and "compact" :)

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

Stupid post, this has a far larger sensor than the Q, 73 point AF with the fastest AF of ANY camera Nikon makes, including dslrs, 10 fps with full focus

0 upvotes
neroangelo
By neroangelo (Sep 21, 2011)

I'll give you £100 for it!

4 upvotes
dgc4rter
By dgc4rter (Sep 21, 2011)

Well, at least I have a reason to keep my D7000 now. Won't be cancelling the Sony NEX-7 pre-order either.

Casual P&S photographers will want something cheaper, enthusiasts will want something better.

Sorry Nikon.

5 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (Sep 21, 2011)

why on earth would you want to get rid of your D7000 ? You've just bought it !
What I would want to complement my D7000, is a mirrorless compact camera with a large sensor (at least micro 4/3) and a 35mm equiv f2 prime usable wide open. f1.4 would be even better.

1 upvote
dgc4rter
By dgc4rter (Sep 21, 2011)

Wasn't inferring that I wanted to get rid of my D7K - I don't. But if Nikon had bought out a mirrorless with 16 Megapixel APS-C sized sensor for example, I might have considered trading it in.

The NEX-7 will be my light and portable backup/travel camera when carrying the DSLRs isn't practical.

0 upvotes
isvana
By isvana (Sep 21, 2011)

Yep - many owners of older DSLRs in this boat. If Nikon had produced something like a NEX that took a Nikon lens AF adapter, then they would have been shiney.
Sad fact is that developing lenses for this will distract development for their DSLRs. Slippery slope for Nikon?

0 upvotes
Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Sep 21, 2011)

An ugly, poorly specced camera clearly designed with little or no thought as to what users might want.

Finally, M4/3 users have something to look down on!

But some people will buy it because it's a Nikon...

10 upvotes
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 21, 2011)

been waiting for this mirrorless solution as I'm a long time Nikon user with extensive system - now, suddenly NEX-5n looks far more interesting! Kudos to Nikon...

3 upvotes
absentaneous
By absentaneous (Sep 21, 2011)

cameras look good. specifications are fine too. the 10Mpix are not too impressive but it's perfectly enough unless you wanted to print really large. now we need to see what this system is capable of in real life. if the image quality was on pair with the larger sensor cameras at least at lower ISO then I see no reason why not consider them especially if the price will be competitive as well.

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

nope, iso 400 is fine but not perfect with grainy, imagine that grain on 10MP (look for youself on nikon website). And this is 900 USD camera after all.

0 upvotes
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 21, 2011)

If I want 10MP I'll take my 5 yo D80 anytime of the day!!! and I'm not $900 poorer... sure it's DSLR, but h3ck the image quality is still far better!

0 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Sep 21, 2011)

It is a good thing that Nikon released a complete system, not just a body and no (or limited number of) lenses. Even if the lenses are not so fast, the range is very good and they are fairly small in size, definitely smaller than the NEX. Too bad that the 10-100 has electronic zoom control. I don't like that. I don't know about the optional flash, hopefully it triggers the SB flashes to extend the usability of the system.

What I think is the biggest mistake in this camera is the fixed, low resolution LCD screen. A camera with video and fixed screen is a not a very flexible camera, even if it has an excellent EVF. I think they should have used the same solution as the D5100 has, especially at the price the V1 has.

1 upvote
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 21, 2011)

Scary joke.... I thought 4/3 with 2x crop factor is already too limiting. Nikon wants to prove that there are more stupid ways to sacrifice image quality!! Why didn't Nikon just focus on the pro DSLR replacements??? Yeah I hear big laughs in Oly/Panny camp...

3 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Sep 21, 2011)

Don't forget that the M4/3 system is a replacement for the 4/3 DSLR line, not a complement like this one. The Oly/Panny camp can laugh as much as they want, but I am not dismissing a camera or call it a "scary joke" until I have seen the images it can take.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Sep 21, 2011)

olyflyer- but Sony NEX is a complement to DSLR and yet it offers everything better than this thing.

3 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Sep 21, 2011)

How did the designers think when they started to draw this camera? It is utterly ugly, the flash is a mediocre solution, the LCD panel is fixed and has very low resolution.

Hopefully it takes stunning images. Combined with excellent high ISO characteristics and the ability to fully use the F-mount G lenses it can be a good second body, replacing high end P&S like the Canon "G" series and the Nikon "P", but only for those who also have Nikon DSLRs. Lower price is of course necessary since at this high price... NEX and Panasonic are better alternatives.

In other words, I'll wait before I dismiss this camera and call it a failure. We better wait for proper reviews first.

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

look at the sample on nikon website (japan version), nope, iso 400 is useful but grainy.

0 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Sep 21, 2011)

According to Nikon site, the J1 have a 460 000 dots, the V1 a 960 000 dots. An adapter with 2.7x crop factor make wide angle lenses unusable.

0 upvotes
Siddharth
By Siddharth (Sep 21, 2011)

One ugly camera ...pretty surprising this is from Nikon.

0 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Sep 21, 2011)

They have used a shoe box designer for the external and the ergonomics.

1 upvote
mr moonlight
By mr moonlight (Sep 21, 2011)

A big disappointment. We have plenty of great small sensor compacts, but very few options when it comes to compact large sensor cameras. I expected something the size of M4/3rds at least! Something where I can at least get a marginally thin DOF. And yet another electronic viewfinder! Sure, interchangeable lenses are great, but if I'm going to carry around a bulky lens, I definitely want a good enough sensor to justify it.

I guess I'll stick with my GF1 for now. This seems more like an overpriced P&S to me. The Fuji X10 seems to be a lot more interesting with it's f2 lens and optical viewfinder.

1 upvote
magneto shot
By magneto shot (Sep 21, 2011)

well a sensor of 1" might be smaller than 4/3 but bear in mind that means the Image quality is better than any enthusiast compact u have seen including S95 and lx5.

1" is bigger than 1/1.8

no?

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

the question is in what price and in what size. Arguably pocketable, the body + zoom lens is with similar size with other system that use bigger sensor, and cheaper. So?

0 upvotes
Lardinio
By Lardinio (Sep 21, 2011)

When you start comparing the Nikon 1 to an S95 or LX5, Nikon has failed. no?

2 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

fail, in that price point :) but not if in the same price range :)

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 21, 2011)

failed in size as well. these sizes are right up there with NEX-C3 and NEX-7, not to mention MFT. but enthusiast ''compacts'' like the S95 are well... you can guess, compact !. so not one reason to choose this, not even if i'd consider moms and girlfriends.

0 upvotes
fattyu
By fattyu (Sep 21, 2011)

For the price of 2 s95? no thank you

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Sep 21, 2011)

There was a dream that was Nikon...

This is not it.

THIS IS NOT IT.

4 upvotes
neroangelo
By neroangelo (Sep 21, 2011)

Exec- We need to get into this mirrorless system
Marketing - But our compacts are still the biggest seller.
Exec- Hmmm.....Can we make a compact with interchangeable lens?
Engineer- emm, yeah, but the SNR is better with an APS (interrupted)
Accountant- So it can be done?
Engineer- Yes
Marketing - Great! The public will love it!
Engineer - Yeah, but, it would be better with a larger...(interrupted)
Exec - Can you put anything 'new' in it?
Engineer -Well, we have a hybrid AF system.
Accountant -GREAT! We can charge what we want for this 'new' gimmick!
Engineer - But what about image quality and low noise in high Iso? Shouldn't we be working on a system to compete with Sony.Olympus and Panasonic?
Marketing - OMG! Just think of it a camera small like a compact but with interchangeable lenses and a 'new' hybrid AF system.Loyal Nikonians will come in their droves! We will sell by the warehouse load!
Engineer- But shouldn't we...(interrupted)
Exec-Build it!
Engineer - (disheartened) Ok....

23 upvotes
candleJack
By candleJack (Sep 21, 2011)

Cute, I love it how in all these "plays" the engineer is the honorable one. :) I know so pretty despicable engineers. :)

1 upvote
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Sep 21, 2011)

+1
And I met one or two that might have been amazing in solving technical problems but that were otherways complete morons too.

0 upvotes
hondo2
By hondo2 (Sep 21, 2011)

I just looked at both models, lenses, and accessories at nikonusa. They asked me to take their survey so I did. At the end they ask for comments so I said tell us more about the super fast pdaf and the interaction of pdaf and cdaf. Also asked them to do something to make the V1 hump more pleasing to look at.

It's not all bad and does several cool things. If I had $1500 laying around for a small toy I'd order the whole 2 zoom kit, flash, grip, and whatever else I thought it might need. At the same time I'd order a Nex or two and whatever competitors are out there. But I know it won't happen unless I get one a few years down the road when it's just another outdated relic.

I have some camera gearhead in me but not all of us want or need a 24mp dslr or mirrorless. I'm betting the IQ will be decent enough for many of us. I'm not a nikon owner or fanboy and think all of these little cameras are over priced as are the accessories.

0 upvotes
Morty Black
By Morty Black (Sep 21, 2011)

Nikon 1 = FAIL.

3 upvotes
frozenlight
By frozenlight (Sep 21, 2011)

No manual controls? Oh good grief... more I look at this the more it looks like a "panic design" as in "quick, we gotta push something out there, just do it". Very sad for Nikon. It's still NEX + D700 + M6 + GA645 in my kit.

0 upvotes
njkdo
By njkdo (Sep 21, 2011)

V1 remember me something other, but this sure will not explode ...:)

0 upvotes
frozenlight
By frozenlight (Sep 21, 2011)

Nothing here to sway me to switch from my NEX. I need to shoot WWWIIIDDDEEE and 27mm equivalent this just won't cut it. No articulated LCD? They couldn't innovate a little and add 1:1 and 3:4 aspect ratios? Flash sync speed? Frankly I don't understand the value proposition here.

1 upvote
puffo25
By puffo25 (Sep 21, 2011)

Hi all, I know it is early to ask but if you are a semi-pro photographer and need this kind of Micro Four Thirds system camera, considering to go for bigger sensor and top quality, along with very fast images/second, which brand and model you would consider at first?

1. Olympus Pen- EPL-3?
2. Samsung NX10?
3. Panasonic GF3?
4. Sony Nex-5?
5. Nikon V1?

Any suggestion is VERY welcome!

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

er, actually only two of them are 4/3 camera. But I would suggest NEX-5N (the new one not the old one), since it has wonderful video and the lowest noise on high iso on that list. just compare the noise yourself on imaging-resource page, I dare you to compare the noise from NEX 5N to Nikon D3s :)

1 upvote
bluevellet
By bluevellet (Sep 21, 2011)

If you want high ISO above all else, get the Sony.

If you want an overall package of IQ, compactness, lens and body choices, go m43.

1 upvote
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

btw,Nikon V1 is not Four Thirds camera. Its sensor only 1 inch size.
Samsung NX-10 is APS size sensor camera, so do NEX system.
Four Thirds is a lens mount system based on 4/3 sensor which has half the size of full frame sensor/film.

0 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Sep 21, 2011)

If you want the best stills then it's Sony NEX-5N, no doubt, but if you want the best video quality then it's E-PL3 absolutely.

0 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Sep 21, 2011)

Only the Oly and the Panasonic cameras are Micro Four Thirds, the others are not. Anyway, from what is available today I'd go for the NEX5 is image quality is what counts and for the Panasonic G3 (NOT the GF3!) if usability and weight is important. The Nikon V1 is not available yet, I'd wait for the reviews before dismissing it. It seems to be very well build, so if durability is important it might be the winner in the game.

I don't know enough about the NX10, but is it really that much smaller than the Nikon D5100?

The Oly PEN and the GF3 would be my last choice, no camera without VF is usable for any serious work.

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 21, 2011)

Don't feed the troll ... (use forum)

0 upvotes
pjsalty
By pjsalty (Sep 21, 2011)

Panny g3, without a doubt. The price is nice, and M4/3 has the best lenses by far, plus the lenses are considerably more compact than those for Sony and Samsung MILCs.

0 upvotes
dentaku
By dentaku (Sep 21, 2011)

Style over substance - and that applies to both the camera and the laughable press release. This is one of the most painful press releases I have ever read.

But it does illustrate who the target market is - certain not readers of photo forums. This system is design for people who think photography is fashionable. The tiresome iPhone/Instagram/Hipstamatic brigade.

"electronic lens system enables the camera to keep pace with an active lifestyle" -- I'm sorry, what? Still the fanboys will love it.

For anyone in the UK, this belongs in Pseud's Corner.

Maybe choice of sensor format is a good one? Is it a good balance of size (sorry, "lifestyle") vs quality? Speculate all you like, but no one will know until it's put up against a Q, a PEN and a NEX.

But the complete lack of physical controls means there's no chance I'll be getting one. Ever.

5 upvotes
mungozan
By mungozan (Sep 21, 2011)

P&S with exchangeable lenses. Ugly as well. Someone said that 35mm film won over medium format, but forgot the fact that APS film never really win over enthusiasts. And the reason is same as in the digital formats today: the image quality was not good enough in APS. I think m43 is the optimum mirrorless format: larger than that and the lenses get big, smaller than that (Nikon) and the image quality & optical characteristics (DOF too large for some purposes) take a hit.

Not smart, IMO.

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

If you want pocketable digicam, this ain't it. There's plenty out there such as S95/S100, or Nikon/Fujifilm/Olympus counterparts, BUT this system is SMALL FORM FACTOR DIGICAM.

While Nikon and Pentax choice to use small size sensor on their small form factor digicam, Sony manage to brought "traditional" APS size sensor on its small form factor digicam (as also Samsung). Just look at the lenses. The smaller system lenses and the APS mirrorless lenses (and also micro 4/3) not very different in size and weight, because you just can't denied physic law. You can produce smaller lens but you'll lose light and range, and visa versa. So who'll win, those who have image quality. And those who have image quality has better sensor. Better sensor + bigger sensor.

0 upvotes
scott_mcleod
By scott_mcleod (Sep 21, 2011)

"Motion Snapshot" has to be the most pointless, flash-in-the-pan, agonizingly pretentious pseudo-feature I have ever heard of. The description of this alone made me literally roll my eyes (not to mention the dismal lens specs). Sorry Nikon, you missed the mark with this one so badly my head is spinning...

0 upvotes
Nic Walmsley
By Nic Walmsley (Sep 21, 2011)

Do you actually understand what it means. I don't.

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Nic Walmsley
By Nic Walmsley (Sep 21, 2011)

Did you notice it can take 60 frames per second using locked focus, and 10 using full auto focus. That it can help a user select the best shots? That it has an integrated social networking application for image sharing?

There's a lot of new, smart technology here. People are rushing so fast they seem to be noticing what the camera is not, and missing what the camera is.

I don't like it much myself. But there is a huge market for this. Upper middle class people who want to pay a bit more for a small but quality camera. The sales pitch is simple: "with the smarts in this thing, you just press go and it does the rest - you'll never miss a great shot ever again".

The images taken on these types of cameras are for the most part compressed down to a moderate file size when they are uploaded to the web. Considering that context, this camera system may perfectly fit its purpose.

2 upvotes
ck3
By ck3 (Sep 21, 2011)

"That it has an integrated social networking application for image sharing?" - where did you get that information?

0 upvotes
Ed Buziak
By Ed Buziak (Sep 21, 2011)

Exactly... Nikon will sell these so fast (particularly in the Far East) they will not stay on the shelves for more than a day... especially the Pink ones which will be seen as the young woman's "must-have" accessory along with iPads, Gucci shoes, etc. The camera is not for me (quite happy with my old D300 and three older manual Nikkor primes) but I'm sure Nikon will score big with their latest baby and it will bring many new customers to the marque.

0 upvotes
Nic Walmsley
By Nic Walmsley (Sep 21, 2011)

Press release 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.

0 upvotes
ck3
By ck3 (Sep 21, 2011)

Yeah, from their computers, but not directly from the camera...

0 upvotes
Daniel Villiers
By Daniel Villiers (Sep 21, 2011)

What people don't understand is that this market already has much better camera like the latest Sony Nex line which is even more affordable. It is already doing 10 fps, I don't think many people will be shooting much more.

0 upvotes
Copiare
By Copiare (Sep 21, 2011)

WTF? I'll Pass!

4 upvotes
tom sugnet
By tom sugnet (Sep 21, 2011)

Who wants compacts with interchangeable lenses? I'll pass.

2 upvotes
Thomas Richter
By Thomas Richter (Sep 21, 2011)

Small sensor size is possibly because Nikon (and likely also Canon) want to protect their DSLR sales. Their reckoning is probably that many potential buyers of such cameras don't put the highest focus on sensor size (upgraders from compacts may not have all the knowledge about IQ that is around in the forums here.)

1 upvote
Photato
By Photato (Sep 21, 2011)

LOL !
Damned if you do, damned if you don't !!

Many people that have tried APS-C mirrorless have come to the realization that is kind of pointless when you add a zoom lens, because it ends up being almost as large as a DSLR.

Then Nikon tried to solve that by offering this more balanced approach based on a medium size sensor and all that you hear is fan boys whining.

Jizz! PEOPLE GET A GRIP !!!

3 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

still drunk that kool aid huh ..
just look at those lenses! they bulky as hell. Is that what you call small, pocketable lenses? and to think that it's in small sensor system is laughable at best. So tell me, which would you choose, an APS sensor size arguably pocket camera or 1 inch sensor size arguably pocket camera? jezz nikon fanboy!

5 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Sep 21, 2011)

It's pointless to have a smaller sensor (albeit one with unique speed features) if your system lenses aren't neither FAST nor SMALL.

0 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Sep 21, 2011)

AREN'T should be ARE.

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Daniel Villiers
By Daniel Villiers (Sep 21, 2011)

It is extraordinary how a Nikon fanboy calls other fanboys so as to give what he says some credit. This camera is not smaller than any of the Apsc or 4/3 mirrorless camera, that is why it will be a failure. It does not bring anything new, if fact it is the contrary. Should the primes be f 1.0 or the zoom at f 1.4 / 1.8 at these size then perhaps it would have been interesting.

0 upvotes
sean000
By sean000 (Sep 21, 2011)

10fps with smart photo selector? Sounds like the ultimate spray and pray camera rather than a precise photographic instrument. Where are the exposure controls? On a menu?

0 upvotes
The A-Team
By The A-Team (Sep 21, 2011)

This camera does not excite me based on DOF considerations. Otherwise, the form factor is nice and the gimmicky shooting modes seem kinda fun.

0 upvotes
armen
By armen (Sep 21, 2011)

Nikon made a smart move here, much like Olympus and Panasonic did when they introduced 4/3rds years ago.
In this digital age, small and portable always wins over big and unwieldy.

This debate reminds me of how 35mm film dominated even though it was inferior in image quality to medium or large format film.
There was simply no arguing the benefit of a portable camera.

The difference today however, is that film resolution remained static for decades.
This is not so with digital sensors, now the limiting factor has become lens resolution.
And if I understand correctly small lenses can be made more precisely and at lower cost than large lenses.

So when these small sensors improve their low light and video capabilities there will be no advantage to larger sensor formats.
Image quality will simply become a mute point for 98 percent of the population.
When that happens what will happen to the DSLR production?

Manufactures all better be on board with a reasonably small form factor.

2 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

right *cough*, read comments below first.
There is no debate here. It's absolute rubbish (Nikon 1 system, not you of course)
Full frame still the king no matter you want to put in. The medium format still the god no matter what. You just can't denied physic principles, which by that what I mean is DOF, bokeh, low light iso sensor etc.

3 upvotes
armen
By armen (Sep 21, 2011)

I'll admit that I drool over the image quality of the medium format Pentax 645D but all the good it does me if I can't afford to buy it or even if I could would I really want to carry it around?

1 upvote
armen
By armen (Sep 21, 2011)

Isn't depth of field a function of the aperture relative to the image circle? That being said small format can also have shallow depth of field when ultra fast lenses are used. By ultra fast, I mean sub F1.0

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ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

sub F.10? try design that (small sensor size) lens and we would give you Nobel Prize LOL

0 upvotes
jpr2
By jpr2 (Sep 21, 2011)

@armen - sub f/1.0 means huge lenses, even with 2.7x crop :) !! to say nothing about vignetting, and PF on borders/corners

0 upvotes
Ivanaker
By Ivanaker (Sep 21, 2011)

@armen
DOF is more related to the focal length then to the aperture. 200mm 2.8 will allways beat 50 1.2. (not eqv, the real fl.)

0 upvotes
Daniel Villiers
By Daniel Villiers (Sep 21, 2011)

Looking at your argument it is as if Nikon is alone in this market. Tell me what it brings to the table compared to the lates line of Sony Nex camera. Is it smaller, cheaper, has better image quality... I guest non of these, I would argue that it has about the same size but worst image quality and I am not even talking about the esthetics of shallow depth of field.

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Sep 21, 2011)

I can see BIG discounts up ahead...

I mean... Giant Price Drops...

...not biting, though.

6 upvotes
Earthlight
By Earthlight (Sep 21, 2011)

I must say that the design of this thing is surprising. Maybe it will be popular, who knows.

0 upvotes
Photographer_C
By Photographer_C (Sep 21, 2011)

- the sensor is too small
- the lenses are disappointing
-...and...it's UGLY...it's like a small brick
Who is this camera intended for ? A true professional will never buy it because of the small sensor, even if it might have decent image quality...but it doesn't have that small DOF. For am amateur, it's too expensive, when there are so many better and cheaper alternatives. It's a shame that Nikon ended up competing with Pentax Q.

14 upvotes
krnjbifo
By krnjbifo (Sep 21, 2011)

"Nikon Inc. today announced a revolutionary new digital imaging system..."
The only revolutionary thing I can see is design - it's by far the ugliest thing I've ever seen in my life!

13 upvotes
Photographer_C
By Photographer_C (Sep 21, 2011)

I agree, it's so ugly...
That's even worse, assuming that this camera is intended for girls...

4 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

revolutionary talk BS just like that other company *cough apple*

3 upvotes
Bruce Crossan
By Bruce Crossan (Sep 21, 2011)

Do we get a Nikon CX Forum?

0 upvotes
NineFace
By NineFace (Sep 21, 2011)

yep it's called Nikon Talk....

5 upvotes
Bruce Crossan
By Bruce Crossan (Sep 23, 2011)

Sony get Sony Talk and Sony NEX Talk

0 upvotes
mpetersson
By mpetersson (Sep 21, 2011)

This wasn't very attractive to me. Not that I thought it would be, the 2,7x crop factor has been rumored for a long time. But I guess it will still sell pretty well considering how many Nikon-fans are out there. It feels like regardless of what Nikon/Canon releases, people with a strong loyalty to the brand will buy it, no matter if the competition is more attractive. I feel that the 2x crop factor of m4/3 is a bit stiff with legacy glass, 2,7x is unacceptable in that regard. And yes, it's a very ugly camera. I thought they would release something that was more in the vein of a classic Nikon, something like the X100... Oh well.

0 upvotes
njkdo
By njkdo (Sep 21, 2011)

We hope in Canon serious release....otherwise we go for Sony Nex 7 that really listened people needs.
Please how can I control aperture and shutter in this camera in anual mode?

3 upvotes
futile32
By futile32 (Sep 21, 2011)

I wondered the same... don't really see a simple way to adjust A or S... if indeed you actually can. From the video it looks like its Auto only.. bit weird, especially for a camera that shots RAW.

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Sep 21, 2011)

heard rumor that canon would release some product with code name: Nikon killer, I wonder if what it means is nikon 1 system killer hum hum hum indeed ;;)

0 upvotes
Kjele
By Kjele (Sep 21, 2011)

Most people fail to realize that these cameras are most definitely not meant for any of the people on this board. A 1 inch sensor camera will never be able to compete with APS-C cameras as far as quality goes. Just forget it. The system is targeted firmly at people who buy compacts today and want the best compact available but are put off by the bulk of a dSLR,
These cameras are for your mums and girlfriends, not for you!
Why do you thing they are available in white, red and pink but not in kaki or chrome?

4 upvotes
Sosua
By Sosua (Sep 21, 2011)

But its the same size and weight as the NEX-7...

3 upvotes
ck3
By ck3 (Sep 21, 2011)

Not so fast - Nikon explicitly states in their press release that the V1 "is for photo enthusiasts who value interchangeable lens versatility and desire a small form factor."

2 upvotes
futile32
By futile32 (Sep 21, 2011)

I scary thing is I don't think it even competes with my G10. Aside from adding interchangable lenses and HD video, it doesn't seem like much of a purchase, even for those shopping in their area. Especially given Nikon's asking price.... Its just plain expensive for what it is and who its aimed at.

3 upvotes
Photographer_C
By Photographer_C (Sep 21, 2011)

Indeed, these cameras are not meant for professional photographers, but for our mums and girlfriends they're too expensive and...ugly.

0 upvotes
Daniel Villiers
By Daniel Villiers (Sep 21, 2011)

and you get a lot of better choice camera in this range. More so that my mum and girl friend don't even know what Nikon is compared to Sony or Panasonic brand.

0 upvotes
wetsleet
By wetsleet (Sep 22, 2011)

I'll take the in-focus shot that captured the moment over a slightly blurred, just too late, yet noise free image with superior DR.

But nobody on this forum seems to care that you have to capture the shot before you can talk about noise, DR, DoF, etc.

0 upvotes
ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Sep 21, 2011)

Nikon is late to this game, and so tries to redefine itself using... Sony's ultra-high-speed sensor technology? I know Nkon has been using Sony sensors for years, but doesn't this sound like the latest update of the high-speed sensor tech Sony was only able to sell to the Casio EXILIMs? It certainly doesn't bump into Nikon's DSLR line (or Sony's A/E-mounts) in IQ and it is *much* more compelling than Pentax Q on features.

In any case, it sounds like a big win for Sony and a big problem for Canon.

3 upvotes
Aero Windwalker
By Aero Windwalker (Sep 21, 2011)

I think this camera has a lot of advantage over NEX series. I personally would go with a V1 instead of a NEX-5N.

1 upvote
futile32
By futile32 (Sep 21, 2011)

please elaborate, I don't see any advantages.

Same psychical size. But heavier. Same sizes Lenses but shorter Equiv length, and slower.

Only plus I see is the Slow-Mo capture, but it the resolution it does it, its hardly worth it.

Maybe I'm missing something key?

3 upvotes
rinkos
By rinkos (Sep 21, 2011)

lol i can get right now a nex3 + lens for less then 400$ and u want double that for 3X times smaller sensor cam?? what drugs are u on

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