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Nikon 1 J2 mirrorless camera refreshes 1 System's consumer model

By dpreview staff on Aug 9, 2012 at 04:01 GMT

Nikon has released the J2, a slightly updated addition to its 1 System of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The J2 is gently-reworked version of the more basic J1 model, gaining a higher-resolution rear screen. It also inherits a handful of feature modes from Nikon's Coolpix compacts on an additional position on its mode dial, and is now available in orange. Probably the biggest change is the price tag - its suggested selling price of $549 is $100 below the original launch price of the J1. In Europe the J2 will cost around €539 with the 10-30mm VR lens and €519 with the 11-27.5mm zoom.

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Press Release:

NIKON EXPANDS ITS POPULAR NIKON 1 SYSTEM WITH THE ADDITION OF THE NEW NIKON 1 J2 CAMERA AND 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5MM F/3.5-5.6 LENS

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 9, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the expansion of the popular Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System with the addition of the Nikon 1 J2 camera and the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens to provide users with amazing image quality and stunning 1080p HD video in a portable, powerful package. The Nikon 1 System, including the new Nikon 1 J2 and the
1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm lens, is engineered from the ground up to give users the freedom to capture and connect with others to share life experiences.

The Nikon 1 J2 improves upon the Nikon 1 J1 with new features such as a Creative Mode that provides a variety of photo effects to users, a metallic body, a higher resolution LCD screen and the addition of stylish new color offerings. Made for those seeking portability without compromising stunning image quality and quick performance, the J2 is the camera designed to empower users to capture their world like never before with stunning and sharp image and HD video quality. In addition to the camera, the 11-27.5mm lens is a super-compact zoom lens that offers a helpful 2.5x zoom range in an easily pocketable size.

"Building on the success and popularity of the Nikon 1 cameras and lenses, the new J2 and 11-27.5mm lens are welcomed additions to the ever growing Nikon 1 System," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "Expanding the Nikon 1 System demonstrates Nikon's continued dedication to creating compact and portable advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses that are easy-to-use and allow users to explore and redefine their creativity."

Expanding the Nikon 1 System: The New Nikon 1 J2 Camera

The new Nikon 1 J2 offers a new Creative Mode accessible from the Mode Dial of the camera to let users express themselves in new creative ways. When in Creative Mode, photographers will be able to take advantage of several shooting modes including Panorama, Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night Portraits. By selecting these modes, the camera will automatically adjust the settings for optimal results when capturing an image, yielding fun photos for a variety of
conditions. The Creative Mode will also provide fast access to manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M), similar to those found on Nikon D-SLR cameras, for the ultimate in creative control and flexibility.

In addition to the new Creative Mode, the J2 will sport a metallic camera body and Mode Dial giving the camera a sharp look and comfortable feel in hand. To match users' varying styles and color preferences, the camera will come in a variety of fashionable colors including White, Black, Silver and Pink, as well as two new colors, a deep Red and Orange. The Red and Pink varieties of the J2 will have a textured grip to complement their vibrant color schemes. What's more, the camera's new high-resolution 3.0-inch, 921,000 dot LCD monitor provides sharper detail when sharing and composing images and HD videos.

True to the Nikon 1 promise, the J2 is the ultimate marriage of performance and ease-of-use wrapped in an attractive package. The new Nikon 1 J2 features a 10.1-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 3 image processing engine to give users images and HD video with amazing fidelity and color, along with the ability to capture images in challenging lighting situations. The highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system gives users a superfast shooting speed, allowing them to capture fast action with stunning clarity while the camera's 73 point AF array will ensure accuracy and super precise focus, even on moving subjects.

The Nikon 1 J2 retains user-friendly features such as Full HD video recording, and a reputation for blazing fast speed with the ability to capture rapidly moving subjects at an astounding 10 frames-per-second (fps) with AF, or up to 60 fps with AF locked on the first frame. For even more creative freedom and to capture fleeting moments, Motion Snapshot Mode gives the ability to capture a spontaneous moment as a still image and combines it with a slow motion movie vignette. To help ensure the best shot every time, Smart Photo Selector captures multiple shots and lets the camera select the best one automatically.

Expanding the 1 NIKKOR Lens Lineup: The New 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Alongside the new Nikon 1 J2, the versatile 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm lens will inspire shooters to take their creative expression on-the-go with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight lens. With a 2.5x zoom (30-74mm equivalent), this is an ideal lens for general shooting including landscapes, portraiture or even as the go-to lens on the next family vacation. The 11-27.5mm lens will be offered in Black and White, and will be compatible with the Nikon J2 as well as the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1.

New Underwater Case for the Nikon 1 J2 and J1

Nikon has also announced the addition of a new accessory to the Nikon 1 System, one that will allow users to use their Nikon 1 cameras during water-based adventures and vacations for even more creative freedom and expression. The new WP-N1 is an underwater case that can house either the Nikon 1 J1 or new J2 in addition to the versatile 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm lens. The WP-N1 is ideal for users that enjoy the versatility of their Nikon 1 cameras but seek a way to protect their camera during their active lifestyle. The WP-N1 will allow users to bring their Nikon 1 camera on a beach vacation or water sport adventure like kayaking, jet skiing, snorkeling and surfing without having to worry about damage from the water. The case is waterproof up to 40 meters (approx. 131 feet), allowing consumers to enjoy the sun and surf while bringing back stunning photos and HD videos to share with their family and friends.

Price and Availability

The Nikon 1 J2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in September 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $549.95*. The 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will also be available in late September 2012 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $189.95*. Additionally, the new WP-N1, the underwater case for either the Nikon 1 J1 or the Nikon 1 J2, will be available in September 2012 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $749.95*. For more information on these new Nikon 1 series products and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Nikon 1 J2 specifications

Price
MSRPSuggested retail price: $549.95
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMetallic body
Sensor
Max resolution3872 x 2592
Other resolutions3840 x 2160, 2896 x 1944, 1936 x 1296
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels10 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors12 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Image
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationUnknown
Uncompressed formatRAW
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points135
Lens mountNikon 1
Focal length multiplier2.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDNo
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
  • Creative Mode
Scene modes
  • Panorama
  • Selective Color
  • Miniature
  • Soft
  • Night Landscape
  • Backlighting
  • Night Portraits
Built-in flashYes (pop-up)
Flash range5.00 m
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation-3–5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type C)
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL20 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)238 g (0.52 lb / 8.40 oz)
Dimensions106 x 61 x 30 mm (4.17 x 2.4 x 1.18)
Other features
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

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Total comments: 237
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kokuwana
By kokuwana (Sep 7, 2012)

At this point I don´t see any reason to leave my Nikon DSLR. This may be the announcement of a good/very good type of cameras but the lack of a viewfinder is still making the huge diference...In the real world, when the sun is bright I see owners looking to DSLR shooters that never miss that particular shot/action...Thanks DP!

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Pankaj Dobariya
By Pankaj Dobariya (Aug 14, 2012)

Its very nice and beautiful camera i like it...

http://resultsweb.in/

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 45 seconds after posting
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Justin Francis
By Justin Francis (Aug 14, 2012)

The small sensor really kills it. No doubt the image quality is good but then almost all cameras nowadays (including some smartphones) produce very good IQ. The key is DOF control. Even with fast primes, it would be a struggle. MFT just walks all over this system.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Aug 14, 2012)

Large sensor cost you a huge lens. However The Nikon 1 have a good DOF it a lot of better than compact or phone camera.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thanatham/7159089919/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thanatham/7159093913/in/photostream/

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 14, 2012)

To the person with the unpronounceable name: If you want to see a huge lens, check out the 10-100mm zoom for the Nikon 1 System, phew.... Talk about HUGE, eh? Especially for such a tiny camera like the J and V.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/nikon/lenses/nikon_1_10-100_vr_pd

Also, at $750, it's probably one of the most expensive 10x zoom lens out there, period. Especially one designed for a 2.7x crop factor camera.

"Large sensor lenses" from Rokinon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc. can cost less -- and give you more.

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gadgets
By gadgets (Aug 14, 2012)

DOF is waste of time, casual shooters like me don't care about artsy crap, huge prints, and lenses. We just want best point and shoot we can get in small size to shoot kids and pets and vacation photos. This camera does it all and has THE fastest AF in good light of any non-slr, which is a million times more important than MFT sensor size and lenses. I am not even going to buy any lenses beyond kit lens.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Aug 15, 2012)

Nikon 10-100 is 10X with electronic zoom. It's stand out. :)

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 15, 2012)

"Nikon 10-100 is 10X with electronic zoom."

Yeah, its a power zoom/servo zoom lens. Same type that your 26x to 42x superzoom compact digital cameras have in the $200 to $400 price bracket.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Aug 16, 2012)

That camera cannot change the lens and I think color is not good as Nikon 1 too. However if you need sample of small lens please compare it to another mirrorless, Nikon 30-110VR is very small if you compare it with 55-200 or 70-300 lens.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fW1RmmWaP4o/Tp4glJFruJI/AAAAAAAACkY/eGxHJWOkp-k/s1600/photo.JPG

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 14, 2012)

The worst thing with the J1 & V1, is the mode dial, that seems to be exactly as before, that is, too easy to move accidentally. Some tape their mode dials rigid to the camera body, I've made a flap covering mine, avoiding most accidental movement, if not 100%.

My 30-110 lens has a lot of dust inside, and my retailer tells me it is very expensive to get it cleaned - great news, eh?!

That there is no fn button (the OM-D has two!), that you can assign to the function you like, is another real miss!

Other than this I love the Nikon 1 system!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 13, 2012)

Make the price $149.95, and we'll seriously consider it.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Aug 14, 2012)

You have no money right?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 14, 2012)

And you are (hopefully) in the market right about now for a new, inexpensive first name. And last name. Right?

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Aug 15, 2012)

J1 and V1 make a money for me and I don't need to buy expensive supertele lens, with 2.7x my 70-200 is turn to 189-540mm.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 15, 2012)

Shortest focal length lens made for Nikon's 1-series is 10mm (27mm equivalent in FF 135 terms). Not exactly fisheye or UWA.

Better get a superzoom-cam w. 24x to 42x zoom ranges, some of these start at 24mm and even 22.5mm UWA equivalents on the wide end, wow!!

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Aug 16, 2012)

Compact or Camcorder is smaller because it's have a smaller sensor and it's design not need to care about how to change a lens. ^^

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D200_4me
By D200_4me (Aug 13, 2012)

Regarding the V1 (not J1)...I really hope Nikon addresses all the concerns related to customization and more functions on the mode dial. For the higher end model (V1) they really do need to address a few concerns to make the camera even more fun than it already is (and yes functional). Even if they don't do anything with the sensor, some common sense additions to the V1's functionality will go a long way. If they DO end up tweaking the sensor or upgrading it in the next V1 upgrade, that would be awesome. As it is, it does make great photos. Those that haven't used it should be careful not to dismiss it as a toy. I have a gallery loaded with great photos from the V1. However, I do always wish for me....more ease of access to functions such as ISO adjustment, etc.

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StevenE
By StevenE (Aug 13, 2012)

small sensor, no swivel screen, limited lenses ...

.... what does this system offer?

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wariag
By wariag (Aug 13, 2012)

Think behind the system. This sensor gives really decent images and can live without mechanical shutter.
With JPG normal setting, AC adapter and 32GB card I can capture about 50 000 frames in 1936×1296 resolution - for 25 fps timelapse movie it gives more than 30 minutes of material.
Would You do this to the mechanical shutters of Your i.e. Olympus PEN or APS-c NEX camera? What if it fails? You shall have a spare one.
This small sensors working without mechanical shutter in Nikon 1 camera is the kiler feature for nature photographers.
With 1000mm lens and 2,7x crop factor You are sporting equivalent of 2700mm FF lens. And when You use pilot for shutter release You will not have ANY vibrations induced by camera. Virtually all other consumer grade APS-c and m4/3 cameras on the market use mechanical second shutter curtain - with such long lenses it makes the difference.
I've been waiting too long for both "mirrorless" and "shutterless" APS-c camera to not take a chance with Nikon 1.

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christiankoehler
By christiankoehler (Aug 13, 2012)

I don't think anyone who uses a 1000mm lens will even consider a camera that does not have a viewfinder and hides manual controls deeply in the menu.

Being able to take pictures without a mechanical shutter is an interesting idea. I hope we will see that (at least as an option) on future cameras with larger sensors.

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FTW
By FTW (Aug 13, 2012)

so, 1 to maybe 1000 arguments in favor of this camera against x thousand worldwide against. The Good can no exist without the bad and in every bad is something good. I know, it's esoteric teaching, but it applies to photo-business too. It is what it is and it will serve someone anyway, just not the most of us who seek for something better, or at least awaited something better from Nikon prior to this gadget.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 14, 2012)

As you can use any of the Nikon system lenses (with the help of an adapter) with retained auto-focus, and fully functional anti-shake (if the lenses have it to begin with), I wouldn't call that 'limited', and the Nikon V1 lenses have proved to be among the sharper there is on the market (the exception being the motor zoom, which is intended for videographers).

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 14, 2012)

Using DPReview's excellent Interactive Studio Shot Widget, it is quite clear that the Nikon 1 cameras are about as good as the three year old D3S, so with a fairly cheap AF-S 70-300 VR, and my Kenko 1.4X I get a camera kit that is about as capable as a D3S with a 1000+ lens, and with functional anti-shake, and excellent auto-focus, that weights a fraction of a kit based on the D3S, and that cost a fraction!

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Aug 12, 2012)

4 years waiting for anything concerning the D700. Nikon seem more concerned about their toys now.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 13, 2012)

The 1-series: an entry-level consumer class camera priced in the semi-prosumer league?

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 14, 2012)

Francis wrote:
> The 1-series: an entry-level consumer class camera priced in the semi-prosumer league?

About as good as a D3S, so not that bad an offer!

Seriously, I have been amazed at the picture quality, for such a small camera, and it has made me seriously considering selling off all my DSLR gear.

On my wish-list is an intelligent adapter for Nikon G lenses, so you can use them on a NEX camera, as the Nikon 35/1.8, 50/1.4 & 85/1.8 lenses are far better than the Sony-branded lenses there are for the NEX range, while the NEX-7, and the NEX-5N, are excellent cameras!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 14, 2012)

Agree with you on the lens situation, Tord. Best get the amazing Sony camera bodies -- in my case, SLT Alpha 57. But do not get the Sony-branded lenses. I am just not "buying" Sony as a serious lens maker. Someone else has got to be making their lenses for them, anyhow.

Re. the Nikon 1-Series, there are advanced digital cameras and superzooms with fixed lenses that are probably just as good as the 1-Series, but w/o the hefty price tag of a J1, J2, and V1.

Getting an interchangeable lens camera may make sense -- if there is at least one single matching lens for the body that one can consider outstanding and hard to match. Unfortunately, I have yet to see any lens from Nikon for their 1-Series that I would actually want to get and use.

If money is a consideration, one is much better off going with the considerably cheaper APS-C sensor camera & lens route.

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wariag
By wariag (Aug 11, 2012)

I agree that the Nikon-1 system needs more&better lenses. Meanwhile, the 30-110mm zoom is OK, opposite to 10-30 "kit" which IQ is definitely behind "kit" lens from my Samsung NX camera.
I'm opportunist - I've moved from my EOS 350D to Samsung NX because of good sensor, 3 decent AF lenses, no FF/BF problems and better legacy lens compatibility.
I use Nikon J-1 because if it's sensor; to be more specific - because of absence of mechanical shutter + intervalometer and slow-motion video as a bonus.
With J1 I can capture something which usually needs more shots&luck than skills&attention, or create over-HD quality stop motion animations or nature timelapse movies - all without worrying about trashing mechanical shutter of my NX after over - let's say - 50 000 shots.
With J-1 I can use 1000mm lens without ANY shutter vibrations.
J1 can be completely silent - I can try to capture really shy animals without worrying about shutter sound.
APS-c version of such sensor would be nice :)

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MEBEE
By MEBEE (Aug 11, 2012)

I had very high hopes when rumors started about new Nikon 1 system.
And then when it came it seams to me Nikon made all wrong decisions.
Sensor size and resolution I could actually live with, but no useful dedicated controls, body too big and slippery very uncomfortable to hold, ugly viewfinder on V1, not compatible with Nikon Speedlight flashes, slow and boring lenses ... nothing to like really.
And now we have this "new" J2 model and new 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that is same speed as kit 10-30 lens but without VR and will be sold separately ... I really wonder if Nikon really lost it with system 1 ...

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 11, 2012)

Again I have to agree - the Nikon 1 makes no sense and should be binned as a format. As a DSLR user I select which camera/ which lens/which format and am loyal to my brands - Nikon & Canon. Of these only Canon seems to have considered the question of what next when someone wishes to progress but doesn't want the full size etc of a normal DSLR. If I were in the market today and wanted another brand or wanted to have as small a camera as possible it would be Panasonic or Olympus, not Sony menus too complex, boring lens range - last on my list would be a Nikon 1.

Nikon really do need a rethink - I predict that sales of the 1 will increase as each new model comes along - however such sales will be miles behind their main rivals and now we have the Canon EOS M to look forward too, not good for Nikon.

Time running out Nikon - bin it and move on...

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Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 11, 2012)

As a DSLR user, why do you assume you even need a mirrorless?

The lens is the limiting factor when it comes to overall size and bulkiness. What is the point of attaching an thinner unbalanced body which has a lower weight limit at the lens mount onto a full size lens?! Now you have to use both hands to support the camera so that you don't stress the mount.

From a usage standpoint, you are still shoving a huge lens into people's faces, which does not encourage candid photography. Or security at special events will see your large lens and tell you to leave when the N1 owner is left alone with his deceivingly small zoom.

I don't think sales figures are indicators of anything. The newbie/mom/pop market is much larger than the enthusiast market. Even if all the enthusiasts bought into a format, it's the rest of the market that influences the overall sales figures. So when people brag about a camera being a best seller, they are essentially bragging that it is popular with newbies.

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T3
By T3 (Aug 12, 2012)

@Jared Huntr, have you even seen a mirrorless lens in real life!?!? Even "large" mirrorless lenses are quite small compared to their DSLR counterparts! Furthermore, even a "large" mirrorless lens on a mirrorless body results in a significant weight reduction compared to a comparable DSLR lens on a DSLR body. Weight reduction is weight reduction.

As for your comment: "Now you have to use both hands to support the camera so that you don't stress the mount"...wow, you're complaining that you might have to use BOTH hands to support the camera!?!?! LOLOLOL. Seriously?!?! I use my Canon 70-200/4L on a tiny Oly E-PM1 mirrorless body. Yes, I use both hands. Why in the world would I ever want to shoot with this lens using just one hand, regardless of the lens mount? That's ridiculous. Your statements are just foolish. BTW, it balances just fine because every lens/body combo has a center of gravity.

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Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 13, 2012)

T3:
Face it, you don't save a lot of bulkiness with a APS-C mirrorless compared to a compact dSLR. Physical size of APS-C mirrorless was the point I was making, not overall weight. If you have problems carrying your gear, work out.

If you truly have a small camera and lens, you don't need both hands for stability if you have an EVF to stabilize against your face. This is especially useful for biking or hiking where the other hand isn't necessarily free. A small mirrorless is a lot more agile than trying to swing around a large white Canon 'pipe' around. You simply don't get it because you've never used an EVF mirrorless with an ultra compact featherweight zoom greater than 200mm. I don't think you realize how low the weight limits are on mirrorless mounts+adapter where even the lightest EF-S or DX lens will surpass the manufac. spec'd max unsupported weight.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 14, 2012)

Jared,

Do you actually ride your bike while holding your camera to your face?! Brave man!

But otherwise, I totally agree that an EVF is more or less essential!

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schaki
By schaki (Aug 11, 2012)

To call this update a J2 is a bit strange. J1.5 would have been more fair.
Even though the Nikon 1 has its nice features which can be very useful for candid and streetphotography. Though I still not quite see how this concept are going to be a real success, trying to sell it to professionals.
I can swear that even these want smaller and lighter gear to lug a around and probably not smaller sensor-size than Aps-c or 4/3 as worst.

Olympus for example never quite managed to break through and challenge the big boys, like Canon and Nikon, when the major part of the DSLR war still was going on. That although them initially used nice Kodak-ccds and had a reputation of having some great lenses.

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geoson
By geoson (Aug 12, 2012)

Whoever said Nikon was trying to sell the "1" series to pros? Or even enthusiasts? Having Ashton Kutcher in their commercials should tell you where they're going with the Nikon 1.

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Aug 11, 2012)

Its very difficult to understand Nikon these days.........very confusing product lineup.......

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BelDDB
By BelDDB (Aug 11, 2012)

greedy

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FTW
By FTW (Aug 10, 2012)

100$ below original launch of J1, but now 50$ more than it's price for getting same camera wit updated screen only. Nikon should admit that a new 20 mpix sensor is on the market, sell the remaining stock 30% cheaper and put the 20 mpix on the market right away. Then,for the price it costs it is far too expensive compared to what other similar models offer, mainly in sensor size and picture quality. The J system makes good pictures if one considers the sensor size, but, for a camera manufacturer like Nikon who has a reputation to keep up, we where awaiting something else. Or do they not want to compete with there dslr program. They should be worried, since if they do not themselves, others will, and they do. I passed from Nikon to Sony recently buying a NEX-7 because Nikon could not offer to me a same or similar item that fits my needs. When the J and V system appeared and I saw the data, I was deeply disappointed.

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Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 11, 2012)

Why is Nikon obliged to design a camera that fits your needs only instead of the needs of countless other photographers in search of the attributes in the N1 system?

If the N1 doesn't fit your needs, move along and buy a camera that does fit. There is no shame in having to break your loyalty to Nikon.

Just realize...the N1 was never designed for you. Stop trying to jam a square peg into a round hole and then crying about it when it doesn't work.

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FTW
By FTW (Aug 11, 2012)

Repeat that on all the critics it earns on this forum. Hope you get tired from writing. We all await a mirrorless from Nikon, something that has skills and well thought, not a 10 mpix tourist camera for newbies with a little bigger sensor than a pocket. Nikon has produced this camera for newbies, but certainly not to enter and challenge the mirrorless business, and it is just that we all wait for, and those comments relate this in a clear way. Canon has made a bit better, but there also, old shoes in a new box and the most important missing, in some way a J1 with a bigger sensor. But, after all, they announce it as a video camera. I do not think that many photographers search for the N1 system, you better write "future photographers". I agree that one needs to start with something and often it is the "thing" that the vendor in the shop washes in your brain. By time you get smarter and look for serious stuff, and the N1 system belongs not to that category.

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Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 11, 2012)

This sensor outperforms those in professional and prosumer dSLRs from several years ago. Does that then invalidate all the work that was created by dSLRs of the past and render it 'newbie' quality?

The fact that you keep harping on 10Mp suggests that you are more of a newbie than you think. Dpreview is really mainly a forum of gear and toy collectors that want an excuse to keep upgrading to the latest and greatest features with little regard for the fundamentals of picture taking. They get frustrated at not being able to maintain brand loyalty when their own brand does not produce models that allow them to justify purchases for immediate self gratification rather than actual need based on some deficiency in their existing camera.

Cameras are just tools. It's up to the photographer to make the picture. Only an unskilled photographer would blame his tools.

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nikoninmybag
By nikoninmybag (Aug 12, 2012)

Very well said Jared.

"Cameras are just tools". and many dpr posters are just tools too ;o)

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Then4
By Then4 (Aug 10, 2012)

I try to understand Nikon strategy....but i cant.

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dholl
By dholl (Aug 10, 2012)

not interested as for some reason it still has the same unusable 640x240 slow-motion video resolution.

Anyone know why they couldn't offer us 640x480? Or at least a normal wide-screen ratio of 16:9, so something like 640x360.

But 640x240 is clearly far too wide.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 10, 2012)

So, I have two questions: 1: What happens to the V1 model now? 2: Why haven't Nikon woken up and dumped the whole lot in the nearest bin?

Sorry Nikon but your 1 format is never repeat never going to be a huge seller (unless it becomes very cheap - which it won't) as current 4 3 cameras are already better and your main rivals Canon & Sony have gone APS-C, which is MILES better.

I predict that Nikon will HAVE to bring out another new format - guess - APS-C to compete. 2013 ? Just watch!

Kinda makes me glad that as a Nikon owner I didn't get sucked into this 1 format that SUCKS!

2 upvotes
rtogog
By rtogog (Aug 10, 2012)

Did you remember that m4/3 predicted a dead system many year ago (against APS-C sensor)? Technology in sensor development is keeping moving to offer better performance.

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FTW
By FTW (Aug 10, 2012)

4/3 is still today an unwanted format among ancient photographer and pro's. 4/3 works because of brand fans, newbies, and so does J1 format with Nikon. The brand and the newbies make a format work. Serious ancient hares in picture taking will not step over to 4/3 from an APSC or FF anyway. Today, so many 4/3 owners have a lens park, so they stick to the format. When OMD came on market i had a fair look at that camera that has all one looks for, I stepped back because of the format that does not fits me. First i do not step down to a smaller sensor, APSC is for me the ideal format. I get the sharpness in depth when needed, even where the FF fails, I get the DOF when needed, where FF has too much of it at base,I get good corner sharpness what is a challenge on FF, and it offers good glass at fair prices, where FF cost a lot more.

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FTW
By FTW (Aug 10, 2012)

Now, using NEX-7 i buy Minolta FF and other hybrid glass for peanuts, so any Sony FF will then take the lenses, what will still not let me go away from APSC. The NEX-7 can compete with any FF anyway in IQ. So, there is a future or a market for just any format, newbies get brainwashed by shop owners and they buy. If that was not the case, they would not produce all that crap. Look the offer on P&S cameras over years, some are so crappy that they just fit the waste bin, but all got sold, some better, some less good, but they got sold, with all there advantages and clues. Anyway, no photo you print will ever publish the camera and the sensor it was shot with, so what you see is important and if it fits you, all is ok.

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Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 11, 2012)

FTW:
Your arguments against anything less than APS-C seem rather strange.

You are like a fat man that criticizes a small car because you can't fit inside the car. Just because the car is small doesn't mean it isn't high performance or it does not satisfy the needs of many other photographer for which the importance is the overall picture taking experience rather than obsessing over equipment.

When we look at an amazing photo years in the future, no one is going to obsess over the fact that it was taken with a smaller format sensor. But what they will see in poor photo is that the equipment was wasted on a bad photographer.

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FTW
By FTW (Aug 11, 2012)

You miss the point, we do not speak about cars here, we talk cameras. The last chapter of your comment repeats only what i wrote in the 3 last lines of mine. You are the same fat man in some way, my opinion is my opinion and does not need to be your opinion, nor does it needs to fit you. If i had to respond on all comments that do not match my opinion, i would stop sleeping and starve. Small cars can have big performance, so compare your car to Sony's NEX-7 and you are on the right place. If Sony can do it, why do the others do this kinda crap. No need to do the same as Sony, there is much to do better to challenge them. J1 was made for those who want to use that, not for those that expected a dslr replacement or challenger from NIkon. Canon did a bit better, but is a deception too. If Nikon brings on the market a serious weather-sealed mirrorless, i will certainly have a close look at that. Same for any other r band.

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Ian
By Ian (Aug 10, 2012)

Sadly the guys who write comments on this part of the site are not really interested in the camera, just making stupid comments on a camera which they would never buy one.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 10, 2012)

Very true Ian - perhaps its because as loyal users proud of our brands we expect more from the Number 2 camera brand in the world and since Nikon doesn't listen forums like it are the only places we can vent our feelings.

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Lenz
By Lenz (Aug 10, 2012)

I do not own one of these and do not plan to buy one.. But if I do need a small camera for some reason or I've gone into birding, I will seriously consider one of these. Imagine having 2.7x crop factor onto 70-200/2.8 + TC2. That's one 1080m/5.6 lens you will have there.. Or a 189-540/2.8 lens for your kids' onstage performance at 1080p video.. I do not have the need yet, so I am not buying yet.. In the future, I do not know..

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GlobalGuyUSA
By GlobalGuyUSA (Aug 11, 2012)

That's NOT true at all -- I want a TINY camera with TINY pancake primes to COMPLEMENT my D700 -- not to replace it. But to replace my P&S.

Nikon has delivered something that is as large as Canon's APS-C cameras (STUPID, Nikon!) and is making DARK, HUGE lenses for it -- rather than slender primes.

Not to mention its slippery as heck -- they need to put a rubber grip on it and 5 programmable buttons. YES, I wanted to buy this. For a small system to complement my large system. Stop saying we didn't want to buy this or never would -- many of us were very much looking forward to it. But right now its worse than a P&S because its 3 times more expensive and has none of the pocketability.

Stupid, stupid, Nikon. Bad call.

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flipmac
By flipmac (Aug 10, 2012)

Gotta admin, max shutter speed of 1/16000s is impressive, but still not interested. Still no real hotshoe, expected more from the on sensor PDAF, no touchscreen, still expensive, and so on.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 10, 2012)

How often does anyone use such a high speed? Also be careful as Nikon CHEATS on its specs- example 60 FPS - YES - but only for 12 fames - Super slow motion - YES - but only at super low res. So as I said Nikon cheats on its specs - best not believe all you read!

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Aug 10, 2012)

With their slow lenses, I 1/2000 is more than enough

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Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 11, 2012)

qwertyasdf wrote:
"With their slow lenses, I 1/2000 is more than enough"

Not when you use the FT-1 to attach fast f1.4 or 1.8 lenses.

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Michael Knight
By Michael Knight (Aug 10, 2012)

I'd rather get the Sony RX100!!

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Low Budget Dave
By Low Budget Dave (Aug 10, 2012)

The RX100 is the best point-and-shoot I have ever used. I tried both in the store, and decided on the RX100 because of the size. Having said that, though, the J1 had the fastest autofocus I have ever seen on a camera. The Sony is good, but the J1 was quite a bit faster.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 10, 2012)

I wonder if Nikon could make a RX100 like camera using their sensor and AF. Even if it was in the P7100 body.

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Aug 10, 2012)

Maloy:

Put card in camera on display in store, shoot at various ISOs in raw, take card home, process raws; that's how to tell things about a camera only in the store.

1 upvote
Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (Aug 10, 2012)

Being a news paragraph that Nikon is revealing a new machine, the comments are all about good VS bad of the old machine. No one has mentioned any exciting points about any improvement. What does this mean? And, can anybody tell a nice-enough reason of revealing this new "J2" version? (Technology innovation is nice, better specification is also nice, price drop is not.)

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 10, 2012)

new year, new model. That's how most consumer level lines run. Gotta have a new model to market as the latest and greatest, even if little has changed.

1 upvote
pc168
By pc168 (Aug 10, 2012)

The IQ at base ISO is excellent for such a small sensor. However, high ISO performance is steps behind its rivals. That is unforgivable in nowadays technology.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 10, 2012)

As a Nikon (and Canon owner of long-standing) I simply can't believe just how poor these cameras are and how expensive they are. Me bitter ? Oh yep. I expect much more from a brand like Nikon. The brochure is telling - I have a copy here somewhere - the first two pages are from the designers of the cameras telling us how great the bits they worked on are. I suspect the idea was to place industry endorements and awards in this section - well that worked well !

Nikon go to Plan B and bring out the 2 System (APS-C) as soon as please.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Aug 10, 2012)

Sad Joe:

Do you own a Nikon 1 series camera?

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pc168
By pc168 (Aug 15, 2012)

Plan B is to enhance and enforce plan A.

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Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (Aug 10, 2012)

I just went to Nikon's website and compared the J1 to the J2. The list price of the J2 is $100 lower, it has a better (920,000 "dot") rear LCD, it weights 0.1oz MORE, and it is CIPA rated for 10 FEWER shots per battery.

That's all.

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marike6
By marike6 (Aug 10, 2012)

The J1/V1 are fun to use, no nonsense cameras. Blazing AF, burst mode, and image processing, super responsive menu systems, superb IQ especially at base ISO, and quite decent video with full manual control. The CX 2.7 Xs crop is not great for wide angle fans, but it's fantastic for applications where you need some reach.

People forget that the Nikon 1 system is in it's infancy, but when Nikon finally does get to announcing some fast primes, this is going to be an even more interesting system.

5 upvotes
Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 10, 2012)

If I want this why wouldn't I buy a Panasonic 4 3 instead - which is cheaper, has better IQ and already has access to some great prime lenses ???

Nowerdays if tech doesn't sell it's dead.

Nikon will not have years to develop this system.

Nikon should stop digging a hole....

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fmian
By fmian (Aug 10, 2012)

Marike6 wrote: 'The J1/V1 are fun to use, no nonsense cameras.'
If by nonsense you are referring to good handling, direct access to the exposure triangle, and exciting lenses, then yeah, I guess these cameras have none of that.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Aug 10, 2012)

Sad Joe:

A lot of the Panasonics have loud shutters. The auto focus speed on the Nikon1s is amazing.

But yep, Samsung and Panasonic beat the Nikon 1s for lenses.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 9, 2012)

First: English is not my native tongue, but bear with me, please!

Never before have a camera system with such a small sensor produced such good results. The reason is, they say, the novel design of the sensor, where light hitting one pixel has a very small chance of affecting the pixels around it, while a more normal sensor have problems with light spreading from pixel to pixel, thus they had to be physically bigger to give good, contrasty, results.

Some 7D owners have done comparative shots with their V1s and found the two very comparable. So these small sensors are as good as some full-size sensor cameras!

I have taken identical (as good as I can) shots with my V1, my NEX-5N, my K-5, and my wife's OM-D. And the differences at normal ISOs not that big, as long as you use the sharpest lenses you have (as the pixel density is high, low resolution lenses fall on their faces).

The best thing with a small sensor is that a comparable short zoom become a long zoom.

I love long zooms!

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 10, 2012)

I think you make a good point - the Nikon 1 series are good if you don't expect much and don't push it beyond base ISO. And as a sub sensor they have lots of DOF. And that's the problem, there are plenty of good cameras able to perform at at least the same level and many are cheaper. Panasonic & Olympus also have some fab PRIME lenses.

I take pics on my S90 (Sony sensor) and on a 6 x 4 its as good as my DSLR's - however the image lacks punch and detail if you look closely.

I had a friend who always used long lenses almost as if he didn't want to become involved with his subject even if it was a family member...I think he was shy as none of his pictures were good despite all his care ! I love using tele zooms ( my Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR etc) so reducing the background clutter. My Canon 60 Macro is really good at this - lovely lens - but only fits my Canon APS-C. Shame.

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3a
By 3a (Aug 9, 2012)

its too early to thrash a new system. as the system and sensor evolves, i guess, nikon 1 will supplement a pro shooter well along with his/her DSLR.
lets wait for fast primes and light weight telephotos. till then i am not buying it ;)
and i really dont want more then 10 or 12 MP in my camera. and i think 99% of world's photographers doesnt need it on a regular basis.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 10, 2012)

If Panasonic & Olympus didn't ALREADY offer better performing 4 3 cameras and if Canon & Sony didn't offer much higher quailty APS-C cameras I would agree. Frankly I feel that Nikon have made a huge error with their 1 series - only a matter of time before they go 2 series which I guess will be 4 3.

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jessicajp
By jessicajp (Aug 15, 2012)

I always found if interesting nikon called this "nikon 1 series" as if it was hinting that there will be a "nikon 2 series" and "nikon 3 series" system in the future.

I really think Nikon was smart with "1 series". It is selling very well (to advanced compact camera buyers who want something better than their 3year old compact and their iPhone, but who do not want too much camera). I suspect/guess that "1 series" is aimed at the advanced compact camera market (panasonic LX5 and fuji X10) much more than other mirrorless cameras (m43 or NEX). I see a lot more "nikon 1 series" on the streets of Tokyo than I would have guessed (more than GF3/GF5 or EPL3).

I am guessing that within 3-5years "nikon 2 series" will come out which will be nikon's APS-C sensor / DX-G-lens-adapted mirrorless when the APS-C DSLR market starts getting squeezed out between the m43/APS-C mirrorless and the cheap FullFrames (D600 children).

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Mariusz of PL
By Mariusz of PL (Aug 9, 2012)

the size of the sensor mattered most so far. Now, it occured it does not matter! well, the ladS selling cameras in MEDIA MARKT and FOTOJOKER say so, the guys from different magazines say so, ... so I ask-what is goin' on?Why do you prize so much the camera with such a small sensor while other compact cameras using the same or simiral are gone down?

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (Aug 9, 2012)

For starters, it really isn't the size of the sensor so much as the pixel density, so you have to know that. Secondly, as technology advances, the ability of these sensors gets better and better. Sony and Nikon together are doing some pretty crafty stuff with sensors in the past few years. Pentax has also taken advantage of it. For example, the sensor in the Nikon D5100, Pentax K30, and Sony A580 as well as several other cameras by those companies do pretty much as well as or better than full frame cameras from just a couple years prior both in low light, noise and dynamic range. They clearly are the best at this size.

The Nikon technology derived from the D2H's 4 megapixel sensor was used in the D700 and D3 sensor to create an unbelievable, at the time, sensor for low light performance.

So what do we have with this new sensor? Ive not followed it carefully, but we have some things we've never had before in a sensor. We have phase detection AF right on the sensor. Amazing.

5 upvotes
Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 9, 2012)

Never had a MediaMarkt seller push the V1, preferring to encouraging you to buy big, heavy, & expensive, DSLRs, like the D300S - my wife wisely veto-ed that purchase ;-)!

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richard cohen
By richard cohen (Aug 9, 2012)

i just recently bought a j1 kit with 10-30 and 30-110 lenses and while still learning the system, so far am pretty pleased. i am hoping to use this not as my primary (the d3s with a bunch of fast and heavy glass will have to soldier on for that), but more as a carry around camera primarily on mtn bike rides, hikes and other outdoor activities. what i like about the camera so far is size, fast focus, decent iq, and if you don't mind digging into menus, reasonable flexibility on how you shoot. also the price for these has collapsed (no surprise given the j2 announcement). i paid $500 for the kit in mint condition (with some other goodies), and the new kit is only $650. i am likely going to be selling my p7000 p&s once i'm all comfy with this. while the camera isn't perfect, it seems to have the attributes that most of the target audience wants...

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (Aug 9, 2012)

Personally, I'm waiting for an enthusiast model which will eventually come along, something with manual controls on the outside and maybe a better EVF. This and my current crop of F lenses should do well for long distant birding. My 500 f/4 with 2x converter should give me a 2700mm field of view that will still autofocus and still do VR. Very cool.

I'm also wondering about the macro capability, but mostly I'd like to see future glass before jumping. M4/3rd support their cameras with glass, but Sony really hasn't with the Nex. Let's see if we can count on Nikon to supprt the Nikon One line. I hope they do.

There sure are a lot of whiners and naysayers here putting in less than their 2 cents worth. It's amazing just how silly so many are to put down the small sensor and rest of it without ever trying it to see if it all works well. If they'd get the controls the way I like, I know I could have a ball with one. When you look at what the whiners do with an SLR, you have to chuckle.

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hammerheadfistpunch
By hammerheadfistpunch (Aug 9, 2012)

This camera produces fairly good images (the J1) but I can't get over how cheap it felt in my hand and in use...and how expensive it was. I just think Nikon missed the boat here...sure you can put nikkor lenses on it...but if you're going to be carrying around nikkor lenses, just get a D series. and it seems like the CX format lenses aren't anything special and they just feel bad. I mean...cheap. An MFT camera is nearly as big and more usable with great lens selection (i know CX is new), and a D series nikon is in the same price range, and the RX100/LX7 give you just as good of images in a much smaller package...I just can't wrap my head around it.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Aug 10, 2012)

Nothing to worry about my friend - format stinks, the early lenses are soft and the whole thing is a case of 'group think' (never a good thing look at the mess Europe is in) and to cap it all its too expensive.

I'm loyal to my main brands Nikon & Canon but can see no reason why I might consider the 1 format (other than using some Nikkor lenses via an expensive mount plate) - if I was going sub format and wanted to save money it would be Panasonic, If I wanted to go sub format with money it would be Olympus, if I wanted to go APS-C it would be Canon ESO M.

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edm78
By edm78 (Aug 9, 2012)

I used to think the J1 was crap too, until I saw some pictures rendered by the j1, and it changed my mind. I think a lot of people are focused on sensor size and specs and are not really aware of a cameras performance. Sensor size is just one aspect of the camera, and in theory, a bigger sensor should always render better looking images, but we all know that it doesn't. In any case, I think Nikon was smart by reducing the price which in my opinion was a little to inflated.

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Ulfric M Douglas
By Ulfric M Douglas (Aug 9, 2012)

Aiming for the Netherland market, now available in Orange.

5 upvotes
carlos roncatti
By carlos roncatti (Aug 9, 2012)

J...stands for joke...lol...and a new lens without VR...put the RX100 sensor inside the 1 series and give us GOOD FAST PRIMES...35,50 and 85mm EQ...J2? more of a J1s

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57even
By 57even (Aug 9, 2012)

Why can't DPReview members can't tell the difference between "I don't want one" and "this camera is rubbish".

When designers are thinking about a new camera, they don't always have you in mind. Tragic I know, but there are other people out there many of whom are not "gear heads" and they are buying these in droves because the auto modes work so well. That's why there are plenty of cameras to choose from, so you can be happy too.

Why should some people not be happy with a J1 or J2? It's still the only mirrorless that can shoot high speed action in still or video mode. For people with kids thats a big deal. With the 300mm equivalent tele zoom, even sports day is possible. No SLR required. Want manual control? Buy something else.

I know a few people for whom this would be perfect, and a few for which it would not. End of story.

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Octane
By Octane (Aug 9, 2012)

+1

Yeah, it's a funny thing. People can't just think, oh OK that's not a camera I need. Instead many feel the need to trash talk a camera instead.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul

I love this video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFCsy2uVnfU

3 upvotes
3a
By 3a (Aug 9, 2012)

as the system and sensor evolves, i guess, nikon 1 will supplement a pro shooter well along with his/her DSLR.

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ar bee
By ar bee (Aug 9, 2012)

I like my J1, but wont buy a J2 based on specs above

for my J1

(1) high FPS is really helpful
(2) with the 10mm it fits into my jeans pocket - and I'm NOT XXXL size ;)
(3) J1 flash does exactly what it is supposed to do
(4) todays firmware update fixed the well criticised issues
(5) im familiar with the Nikon NEFs
(6) scene mode gets the exposure right almost all the time, histos look good

yes I would like a bit more choice iro lenses but I can wait; in some difficult light situations AF is struggling, but that doesnt happen very often.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Aug 9, 2012)

Seriously, in all fairness, the new lens (according to the MTF charts) fixed the corner/edge softness issues with the 10-30 (and added an ED element). It's a shame they dropped the VR to do it.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Aug 9, 2012)

GREAT!! I was holding off on purchasing a 1-system camera until they wised up and launched it in orange! Getting rid of that silly gimmicky "VR" nonsense is just icing on the cake! :)

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ANAYV
By ANAYV (Aug 9, 2012)

Hahaha

good one...needed a laugh today!
Thanks

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TheChefs
By TheChefs (Aug 9, 2012)

I've noticed few posts saying that it's better than Pentax Q and my opinion differs.

First of all, no M, A or S modes on mode dial.
Q has nifty dial at the front for selecting post processing modes etc...
According to DXO Mark, the Q has half the ISO performance compared to Nikon J1, but it's prime and zoom are twice as fast. Which makes the ISO performance on par.
So the performance of the cams + lens is pretty much the same. Q is smaller + Lighter + Smaller lenses.

Saying all that I'm getting Q for my woman, since she wants easy to access artsy modes and only prints 4x6 or 3x5 (most common photo size in Japan) photos.

And it's small enough that it fits in her handbag. I'm not exactly sure what kind of market Nikon was aiming at with j1/2.

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57even
By 57even (Aug 9, 2012)

"I'm not exactly sure what kind of market Nikon was aiming at with j1/2"

Judging from the sales charts, about 100X as big as the one the Q was aimed at.

5 upvotes
highwave
By highwave (Aug 10, 2012)

What sales charts? Link please?

100X seems like an amazing claim

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Aug 11, 2012)

Had a Pentax Q and the Nikon 1 produces far superior image quality, no contest - not even close. The Pentax Q is a lot of fun to use, but it's more of a novelty and gadget than camera.

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Aug 9, 2012)

$100 dollars lower because no one wants to buy them

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 9, 2012)

Actually, $50 higher than the current street price for J1. Whatever, RX100 made it obsolete too.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Aug 9, 2012)

It seems that Nikon 1 is in an unsatisfying middle ground:

On one end, the Sony RX100 is more pocketable.

On the other end, the Canon EOS-M and Sony NEX have larger/better sensors.

7 upvotes
Xellz
By Xellz (Aug 9, 2012)

In the middle m4/3, most balanced mirrorless system for now and Nikon 1 is somewhere on the edge. Sony RX100 seems obvious, for when need to go smaller.

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David H Dennis
By David H Dennis (Aug 9, 2012)

Could some kind soul tell me the advantages of the 11-27 lens over the 10-30? Why would you produce two lenses with specifications that close?

I like the ideas behind the Nikon 1 system. It prioritizes operational and autofocus speed over resolution, just like the Nikon D4 does. The smaller sensor makes focus less critical, which means the autofocus doesn't have to work as hard, which means it can be very fast in operation. This seems like a good compromise for many.

I checked amazon.com and I'd say sales are fine. It's sold in a lot of different colors and packages, which splits up its market share. I found Nikon 1 series cameras at #20, #27, #31 and then I stopped counting but I think there are at least six more models out there. And of course the bestseller list includes cameras and lenses, so it's higher up in the camera list than it looks.

So it's here to stay and has some nice features. Hating it is a silly waste of time; if it's not for you, well, it's not for you.

D

5 upvotes
joejack951
By joejack951 (Aug 9, 2012)

The new lens is more than 25% shorter in length (11mm less than the 42mm long 10-30).

1 upvote
bcalkins
By bcalkins (Aug 9, 2012)

Ask Olympus and Panasonic - MFT has how many 14-42mm lenses now? :)

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bibi0012
By bibi0012 (Aug 10, 2012)

11-27 is sharper, esp. towards the edge and corners (based on Nikon's MFT chart). 11-27 is more packetable. 11-27 does not have VR. To be honest, I'd rather get 11-27 than 10-30 because it is better lens optically (has one ED element, one AS element).

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sibarkernator
By sibarkernator (Aug 9, 2012)

the mode dial was all but useless on the j1/v1 and now it appears one the j2, you have to trawl through 2 or 3 menu screens to find the manual controls, which is half the point of this camera. The other half will just use auto. Im responsible for selling cameras n people love the design n idea but layout puts them off, panasonic g and gf cameras are preferred with a lower price tag and more lenses. great lcd on this however.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Aug 9, 2012)

When I read this I realize that Nikon is saying "Ok our electronic shutter and hybrid autofocus technology has been tested with the 1 series. Time to kill that line so we can charge much more for the D8000."

2 upvotes
xoio
By xoio (Aug 9, 2012)

I'm getting sick & tired of this manufacturer imposed 'TREND' where they're loosing the EVF or Viewfinder, thus forcing us all to have to wave these camera's around in front of our faces like bloody Iphones.
Pathetic!

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 9, 2012)

Did you forget about the Nikon V1 line?

3 upvotes
Nikon Man
By Nikon Man (Aug 9, 2012)

LOL.

0 upvotes
BJL
By BJL (Aug 9, 2012)

Every mirrorless system except Canon's has models with EVF and models without, so no-one is being "forced" --- except maybe Canon loyalists who refuse to consider any other brand.

Maybe you are one of those people who is bothered by the existence of an option that does not interest you.

1 upvote
happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Aug 16, 2012)

Yes, because everyone knows one eye is better than two and apple sold 16,000,000 of those bloody things last ...quarter. Pathetic that Nikon would wnat to make money.

0 upvotes
Ganondorf
By Ganondorf (Aug 9, 2012)

WOW that is totally not very interesting

15 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 9, 2012)

WOW that comment is totally not very interesting

6 upvotes
Marcelobtp
By Marcelobtp (Aug 9, 2012)

I really had a good time with the Ganondorfs comment. =D

4 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Aug 10, 2012)

The energy expended by you writing that comment could probably power a couple of snaps on that camera. See? You need to focus your energy use.

0 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (Aug 9, 2012)

It's more like a J1.1 than a J2. (meaning not much of an upgrade.)

4 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Aug 10, 2012)

Its marketing names. It's not like Windows 95 was 30 times better than Windows 3.1.

0 upvotes
wepwawet
By wepwawet (Aug 9, 2012)

I've actually read several reviews from photographers who were quite surprised with the 1's good IQ (at high ISO especially, considering sensor size).

Another crowd is using the 1 with the F-mount adapter to make cheap 800-900ish lenses from 300mm F-mount glass, complete with AF - and they have shown several BIF pictures to prove that it works!

4 upvotes
fmian
By fmian (Aug 9, 2012)

You really only have Nikon 1 owners to blame for this. If people stopped buying these cameras, Nikon would stop updating/rehashing them. They are only giving the public more of what they are already being fed.

7 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Aug 10, 2012)

Yeah. Stop making it a success, fools!

0 upvotes
bargello
By bargello (Aug 9, 2012)

Nice design and ergonomics are back again :D

0 upvotes
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