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Japan Hobby Tool makes urban camouflage cover for Nikon 1 system

By dpreview staff on Aug 3, 2012 at 20:03 GMT

Japan Hobby Tool has announced a set of 'urban camouflage' covers for the Nikon 1 system cameras. In stark contrast to the nostalgia-tinged Gariz leather cases we've seen for various cameras, the Japan Hobby Tool coverings are distinctly modern, featuring a stylized pixelated monochrome design. The adhesive covers, created for the Nikon 1 J1, V1 and Coolpix P310, are available for around ¥1890 (roughly $25), plus shipping. (from DC Watch)

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Total comments: 51
Calico Jack
By Calico Jack (Aug 7, 2012)

Why not just get a roll of McNett Camo Form Self Cling Wrap if you want a reusable solution to say an expensive lens-coat or other application for your tripod, monopod, binos or virtually anything else? It leaves no residue and protects from knocks etc, and this gimmick is double the price and has a very limited use.

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Realfi
By Realfi (Aug 7, 2012)

Great..another my camera is better than yours p*ssing match! Yes the "1" system has it's limitations but it also has some worthwhile attributes. People should get a grip of the fact that our needs aren't all the same and absolute image quality is not the main criteria in every situation. I would not buy a V1 and expect it to match the IQ of my Nikon D80 with a nice prime lens, but I could certainly make use of one as a "carry everywhere" camera. For me with a 2 year old daughter it's all about having a camera with me pretty much all the time to capture those moments.

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Alaska Dad
By Alaska Dad (Aug 21, 2012)

No doubt. I have a just turning 3 and a 4 year old boy. The best camera is the one in your hand and usually chasing these guys means my iPhone 4S. The D700 still gets used but not nearly as much as I would like.

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CarvingPhoto
By CarvingPhoto (Aug 6, 2012)

The Nikon V1 may have a smaller sensor but can shoot 10/30/60 fps. Plus a pro nikon 200mm f2 with the 2.7x crop factor becomes a 540mm f2, way cheaper than buying a 500mm lens. It's so far the only mirror less to do this. I might just give up my nex-5n for a v1. Every camera's got their ups & down.

check this out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H22Jwb-6tas

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laquila65
By laquila65 (Aug 15, 2012)

How much longer this nonsense is going to drag on? The 200mm doesn't become 540mm. 200mm is the optical characteristic of the lens. The optics don't change just because you put the lens on this or that camera. The small sensor of V1 will capture only a small area of the image projected by the lens and then it will be blown up DIGITALLY on your computer if you compare it to the same image captured by a full-frame sensor. Gosh!

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onlooker
By onlooker (Aug 6, 2012)

Nobody . can . be . this . dumb .

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DrNoble1970
By DrNoble1970 (Aug 6, 2012)

I just can't understand the mentality. If you don't like the camera, or more hate the camera, that's your right.
Why in earth do all these people feel the need to go on forums just to denigrate the camera, everything about it and then just goad and insult people?

There are cameras I do not wish to buy; I don't buy them.....but I don't spend all my time insulting people who do,or deliberately winding up people on forum for the said model.

I own a j1, love it for what I need. Enough said.

Please, if you're not interested in this, go to a forum where you are interested in the product!

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hippon
By hippon (Aug 6, 2012)

I found another camouflage' leathers on Ebay.

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Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Aug 5, 2012)

Mr Nikon,

People got a right to their opinion. Your comments tell way too much about you. Like it or not the V1 is very limited except for use as a medium quality point and shoot. Poor control over DOF is a MAJOR shortcoming but it does ok for such a tiny sensor.

This camera was outdated before Nikon introduced it.

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Jonne Ollakka
By Jonne Ollakka (Aug 5, 2012)

There is no "more information" at that link. The info is actually even less informative than what is stated here.

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acidic
By acidic (Aug 4, 2012)

I'm surprised that a third party would make something for something nobody buys.

:-)

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Aug 4, 2012)

Now if only we could use this to camouflage Aston this would be perfect.

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d10694
By d10694 (Aug 4, 2012)

There is another version disguised as a Fisher Price, ideal for hiding the thing at playgroup. http://www.fisherpricecamera.co.uk/

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Jogger
By Jogger (Aug 4, 2012)

just for fun, they should make on that covers the Nikon logo and replaces with a red Leica dot on the VF hump

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SM7
By SM7 (Aug 8, 2012)

good idea, it's being manufactured now in chinese factories as I type this.

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ScarletVarlet
By ScarletVarlet (Aug 4, 2012)

For the camer owner who has just about everything (they already want)

I know, it's a fashion thing. I can't go out without seeing someone in Camo tops or bottoms or shoes or carrying a pack, bag or purse with camo. In 10 years people will look back upon it as campy.

If you think a camo camera case is going to get you that one picture of a bird, you need to work on your patience and stalking more than anything else.

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Aug 4, 2012)

Hmm. Nikon 1 cameras come with the same finish that's on a lot of refrigerators... think there's a market for "urban camouflage" covers for refrigerators? Perhaps as a dieting aid? ;)

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 4, 2012)

So now we have further confirmation - owners are so shy (shamed) by having a V1 or J1 that they can now hide it whilst using it!!

LOL.

This story is a gift to all of us who think Nikon have dropped a huge brick (made a mistake for our none British readers) !!

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JustDavid
By JustDavid (Aug 4, 2012)

more news about covers for Nikon mirrorless, please! because it is more important than review of Pentax Q which has never been done etc...

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SM7
By SM7 (Aug 8, 2012)

next article -- guy slaps on a piece of duct tape on camera! urban camo, hipster style!

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iTrax
By iTrax (Aug 4, 2012)

they should make a yellow version, it would look like a mini bizarre Pentax K-01

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TxCamFan
By TxCamFan (Aug 4, 2012)

I don't get all the hate either! This looks like a fun cover and I like the look of the Nikon 1 series cameras. This cover gives people an option to personalize theirs and have some fun, not unlike cell phone covers. Fun - what most people have when using their cameras. And different styles for different tastes. Why do so many have to spew hatred for a different opinion?

BTW, DP review admins, you might sweep this thread for spam. I'm not too interested in "making $83/hr on the laptop...." AND you might start limiting the number of negative hate posts - it gets very old very quickly. Almost not worth coming to DP Review anymore because it's always hate, hate, hate.

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JaFO
By JaFO (Aug 4, 2012)

why all the hatred ?
Because they're just jealous that they are still stuck with gigantic black bricks, unless they spend a ton of money on one of those covers that are limited to basic camouflage patterns ;-)

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (Aug 4, 2012)

i have the V1 with full set of lens...but frankly i have more fun and excitement using the nokia 808....
imho nikon should have used a much larger sensor....

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What do I know
By What do I know (Aug 4, 2012)

Cool cover to cover up uncool camera , this almost makes me want to buy a J1 "NOT"

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Aug 4, 2012)

Japan Hobby Tool will sell more covers if they make one that says: "This is NOT a Nikon J1." ($9.95) or "This is NOT a Nikon V1" ($8.95).

You don't have to be ashamed to be ashamed...

.

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Aug 4, 2012)

Why all the hate?
Is it against the code of ethics to stand out, to have a unique looking camera these days? If someone wants to stand out taking pictures that's one thing, then there's just wanting to have some fun...

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Aug 4, 2012)

Maybe that lump on the V1's top plate justifies what you call 'hate'.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 4, 2012)

Yay?

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cactusgeorge
By cactusgeorge (Aug 4, 2012)

It must really be a slow news day to feature this.

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Zeeshanb
By Zeeshanb (Aug 4, 2012)

As long as we the people keep buying the crap these companies are producing these days, they will keep making it!

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maboule123
By maboule123 (Aug 4, 2012)

That's what my grand father said about car air conditioning.

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Zeeshanb
By Zeeshanb (Aug 4, 2012)

I am sure this invention will eventually prove to be as innovative as the air conditioner. It will have a cool and calming effect on the photographers so they can be better photographers!

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jon404
By jon404 (Aug 3, 2012)

This is to make you less noticeable? Please. You want to fade into the background? Cover your camera with Disneyland stickers, make it look like the stupidest little point 'n shoot you can find at Walmart. Actually, why not dump that DSLR and get a little metallic purple P&S? They take pretty good pictures these days!

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balchinian
By balchinian (Aug 3, 2012)

I got a Nikon J1, and I love it. It is blazingly fast for grabbing shots before the moment has passed. I got one of the silicone covers from Japan Hobby Tool, and it's a lot like the OtterBox covers. It looks to be very high quality, so I can't wait to try it out.

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balchinian
By balchinian (Aug 4, 2012)

I just tried it, and the shutter button is hard as a rock. I can't get the camera to focus with it, so it's getting returned. Maybe the camo one is better since it doesn't cover the buttons.

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Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 4, 2012)

haha. Can't you tell the dummy floor model at the store from a real working camera?

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balchinian
By balchinian (Aug 4, 2012)

WTF are you talking about?

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Aug 3, 2012)

Lolwut?

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lapsa
By lapsa (Aug 3, 2012)

Now when you get in the way of a person holding a weird shape you can apologise by saying "Sorry I didn't see the camera"....... think about it

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Aug 3, 2012)

Proof that it is impossible to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. The old saying 'you can't polish a turd' also comes to mind...

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JaFO
By JaFO (Aug 4, 2012)

Actually you can polish a turd as Mythbusters have shown :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiJ9fy1qSFI

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Aug 4, 2012)

Lol, those guys at Mythbusters are completely insane. Once they ran a car with square wheels! Thanks for posting.
Still I think what Japan Hobby Tool did was to tarnish a turd. Don't get me wrong, I'm fond of Nikon DSLRs, but the V1 competes with the Pentax KO-1 for the UCE (Ugliest Camera Ever) award.

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Aug 3, 2012)

This might explain why I can't find any Nikon 1s in the local shops. And why I rarely see them in people's hands. They're camouflaged!

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mpetersson
By mpetersson (Aug 3, 2012)

Anything to cover up that ugly camera. But honestly that camouflage makes it look even worse.

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alendrake
By alendrake (Aug 3, 2012)

Yeah, to hide yourself in this digital world you need a digital camouflage!
Why Nikon 1 users need to camouflage their camera? It's not that bad to hide. At least those who have bought it do not seem to regret it. Love this kind of news, pity that DPR post these so rarely! :)

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bearseamen
By bearseamen (Aug 3, 2012)

the "stylized pixelated monochrome design" is called digital camouflage, btw.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (Aug 3, 2012)

Next week: "New startup offers camera and lens covers featuring adorable and humorous pictures of cats"

But whatever: Covers are useful, makes no difference to me whether someone buys plain, camo, a cover blanketed with photos of cupcakes, etc.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Aug 3, 2012)

*face palm*

Man, Im ex military and still....come on now...black is enough "urban camo"

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Aug 3, 2012)

What? Are you nuts?
This is far stealthier on a bright red t-shirt... :-P

Best for stealth - if you're into street photography - is a camera that looks old, battered, something that is not perceived as too advanced and sophisticated.
Something that cannot possibly be harmful.
So pick up the duct tape and off you go.
This one's for show-offs, not for camo.

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bearseamen
By bearseamen (Aug 3, 2012)

Call of Duty fanboys rejoice

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