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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
12
Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Aug 9, 2012)

It was a looser when it was first introduced and now they are trying to save it with a price reduction. Nikon made a big mistake here and they are trying to recover anything they can.

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

The Nikon J1 was the best selling CSC when released, and broke the previous record for the highest number of CSC models sold in one week. Yeah that's some mistake they made there.

7 upvotes
Bob Meyer
By Bob Meyer (Aug 9, 2012)

And how is it selling now? The name alone was probably enough to garner big initial sales. The real question is how well does it sustain sales over the long term. An "update" and price reduction this quickly would seem to indicate that sales dropped of pretty fast.

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

Various kit options are currently #7, #19 and #20 on the Amazon.co.jp best sellers list, so I'd say it's still selling relatively well in their target market.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/bestsellers/electronics/2285020051/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_e_1_4_last

6 upvotes
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Aug 9, 2012)

Amazon Japan is their target market?
It's not nearly doing as well in the USA mirrorless system Amazon market and Amazon isn't providing sound statistics for the market as a whole to begin with.

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

No the Japanese consumer market is their (and cameras like the GFx / NEX 3) target market, Amazon JP is just the easiest way to gauge general sales trend in a country. Plus on Amazon US they still have 2 bundles in the top 20. Can you find better statistics for all retail?

1 upvote
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Aug 9, 2012)

No, I can't find better statistics, that's why I'm not making claims about *general* market performance. And if the Japanese consumer is the target market, I wonder why Europe and the US get bombarded with ads for these cameras.

Comment edited 26 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Aug 9, 2012)

Have you printed an image from a Nikon 1 and compared it to another mirrorless camera, until you do you cannot make that statement... I have to A4 and there is no difference than a 10mp Nikon Dx image...

5 upvotes
dontbsme_1a
By dontbsme_1a (Aug 9, 2012)

THE SENSOR STILL IS A COMPLETE JOKE, but the price is better....

1 upvote
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Aug 9, 2012)

Have you printed an image from a Nikon 1 and compared it to another mirrorless camera, until you do you cannot make that statement... I have to A4 and there is no difference than a 10mp Nikon Dx image...

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

Not by much ! A few weeks ago I saw the Panasonic G3 4 3 camera for just £199 - now that's a price cut (and a good camera too). Sorry Nikon must try harder.

0 upvotes
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Aug 9, 2012)

This comment is for all the negative commentators on this site, with reference to the Nikon 1 cameras...
You just don't know what you are missing until you USE these camera's - I have the Nikon 1 V1 with 10-30mm kit lens - It is without doubt the best camera I have ever bought.. Better than the NEX cameras (and yes I've used those as well).. Just stop looking at the specs and the sensor size just get out there and try the cameras...
No matter what negative comments that people make Nikon are on to something with this series and you wont know what that is until you use the camera...
The whole series is awesome... Hopefully more to come...

9 upvotes
gl2k
By gl2k (Aug 9, 2012)

What exactly am I missing if NOT using this cam ?

3 upvotes
_Federico_
By _Federico_ (Aug 9, 2012)

Nothing special. I owned and used several cameras and systems as m4\3, Nikon 1 , Sony Nex 7 and top lenses... The Nikon cameras are the worst mirrorless , the less interesting, with slow and low quality lenses....
And , yes, I've printed many pictures with my R3880 , the Nikon are the worst files. I'm still using a nex 7 and it's totally a different league...

4 upvotes
CAClark
By CAClark (Aug 9, 2012)

Well said. There are too many 'pocket experts' (aka ass-hats) who comment all over this site because they know everything about everything, rather than having hands on experience of what they are talking about. Commenting has been a massive negative step to DPR because of it (IMO).

9 upvotes
fmian
By fmian (Aug 9, 2012)

I have had plenty of opportunity to handle and use many cameras.
As soon as you put either of the Nikon 1 cameras in the hand, it's an instant fail. From the lobsided weight, to the lack of grip, it's as if Nikon WANT their customers to drop the camera, and then buy another one, cause they will blame themselves rather than the cameras poor design.
I didn't think they could get any worse than the P7100 layout, with buttons all over the place on a comfortable camera (as long as you don't accidentally press a button while trying to hold the camera) But with the 1 system cameras they have managed to make things minimal, but still screw up the design.
Who cares what the images look like, when the camera is such a pain in the ass to use, it takes all the fun out of taking photos in the first place?
And the new lens? That's just more mediocrity for Nikon fans to lap up.

4 upvotes
thomas2279f
By thomas2279f (Aug 9, 2012)

The Nikon 1 is a good system; hope Nikon can punch out an Aps mirrorless camera even thou we may have another mount. Still hard for Nikon and Canon to mount a serious challenge to Sony Nex and their range of cameras and lenses.

0 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Aug 9, 2012)

If youre never going to change lenses (probably 80% of 1 users), then the RX100 is infinitely better than this.

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

If a user knows they will /never/ want to change lens then maybe so, but any ILC will allow a user to grow into their camera, starting off with the kit lens and then advancing to better lenses without having to get a new camera.

Of course the current lack of fast lenses for the 1 system will hold it back in that respect.

2 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Aug 9, 2012)

You hardly can "grow" with something using point & shoot sensor. Should have bought NEX or m4/3, or if you look seriously into "growing" with photography as a hobby - get a real thing: DSLR.

Sorry, but Nikon 1 is a system that limits you most of all from growing in photography. No lenses, no accessories, no advanced bodies, no real system to speak of. You can pack everything Nikon offers now into a box and put it on the attic - that's basically where it belongs in Photography world.

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Aug 9, 2012)

I''ve used both and they each offer a lot. Nikon 1 AF performance and FPS. IQ is also stellar from the Nikon 1. RX100 has the size advantage and for now a faster lens at wide angle. Infinitely better? No way.

Probably 80% Nikon 1 purchases probably bought the 2 Lens kit so they could have some kind of telephoto for the kids soccer game.

3 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Aug 9, 2012)

" IQ is also stellar from the Nikon 1" - as stellar as from RX100. Actually: RX got advantage at higher ISOs despite of much higher megapixel count which overall gives you by far better images even solely for the ability to crop them.

"Probably 80% Nikon 1 purchases probably bought the 2 Lens kit" - no idea where from you got this data, but in shop my friend works (which is largest camera centre in my city) 90% of people buying Nikon 1 get only 1 lens, a bag, and never return back again. If anyone has got any idea what "mirrorless camera" is - he either buys m4/3 or NEX in 95% of cases (with remaining rough 5% looking for NX or Fuji) - customers of Nikon 1 are either blonde girls or totally clueless guys who try to impress with "Nikon" stamp on it. Sorry if you don't like it, but that's how it looks like from sales person perspective.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 52 seconds after posting
6 upvotes
Deeso
By Deeso (Aug 9, 2012)

The nikon 1 cameras and specially this new J2 are interesting. The new model seems to address some of the main problems with the J1 and that was the lack of control over creative features and crappy LCD. The V1 seems a bit overpriced still...

Currently you can buy the J1 (which was more expensive than J2 at launch time) for about the same price as a Canon S100... And the nikon is definitely a better camera.

However, nikon still needs to release some fast pancakes to compete effectively with m4/3

0 upvotes
keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Aug 9, 2012)

Huh? The new lens is not the new kit lens but has almost the same specs (other than size) as the kit lens?

Really?

If you look at the nikon J2 page the two pictures are with the new lens, not the kit lens.

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/bodies/j2/index.htm

VERY misleading (and stupid) nikon!

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/bodies/j2/index.htm

2 upvotes
Mouser
By Mouser (Aug 9, 2012)

The new lens also does not have VR.
Which is rather unfortunate...

0 upvotes
MarcV
By MarcV (Aug 9, 2012)

There is so much hatred in the world...
If hating would be an olympic discipline many of you would go for a gold medal!

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
20 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Aug 9, 2012)

There is so much mediocrity in the world. But that's not enough. People find it neccessary to worship these companies and to not only buy the product but provide free advertising as well. People getting all worked up about products that will be forgotten or dramatically surpassed in a year or two.

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
4 upvotes
Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (Aug 10, 2012)

there's so much love in the world too, but it's almost impossible to love the nikon 1 series cameras at such high prices. i guess the only people that would love the 1 series cameras are 1) the wealthy soccer moms or wealthy sports spectators who don't want to shoot with DSLR, 2) the bird-in-flight shooters who want to shoot birds in flight with a mirrorless camera.

0 upvotes
Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (Aug 10, 2012)

so unless you need a mirrorless camera to track fast moving subjects, i really don't see why any one would buy the nikon 1 over the sony nex or m4/3 cameras.

0 upvotes
seta666
By seta666 (Aug 9, 2012)

I love the 1/16000 electronic shutter; if only it was APS-C..................

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Aug 9, 2012)

The best place for this J2 camera, and the the V1 and J1 before it, is the nice little button on the lower right of the back of the camera in the photo up there. ^^^

.

3 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Aug 9, 2012)

The whole Nikon 1 system looks pretty shaky, with Sony RX100 providing better value, build, and (I think) lens quality and image quality to those buyers wanting a small pocketable camera and M43 providing even more IQ and lots of lenses to those who are willing to spend $1000+ for a small camera.

This is definitely better than the Pentax joke called the Q. There may be a small niche for this camera, and it could sell to those who can spend a lot of money to get a quick camera that shots fairly average quality pics, but it is not looking good. You would think that Nikon would shelf this J2 after seeing the RX100, and rework it to get something more competitive.

4 upvotes
robmanueb
By robmanueb (Aug 9, 2012)

Except that Nikon is selling a boatload.

2 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Aug 9, 2012)

^^ I wouldn't say that. The Nikon J1 and V1 are languishing in 15th and 16th places overall in the compact camera rankings in amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Compact-System-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/3109924011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_4_330405011

3 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Aug 9, 2012)

O really? Good for them. Brand affixation, I suppose. I know people used to buy only TV if it has "S, o, n, y" on it even after Sony TVs are no longer so great as they once were 20 years ago.

2 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Aug 9, 2012)

@Sergey Borachev - yea, typical view of ignorant people. Guess all these Canon users are proud from owning a photocopier too? Don't jump out with this "Nikon superiority" and "dedication to photography" BS, it's getting boring.

Sony got one of best photography gear out there -their sensors are unmatched by anything else, compacts are one of the best you can get (next to Panasonic and Canon) while DSLRs/SLTs is a basically modern Minolta system, and just as Minolta used to do it - it's very innovative and brave company (even if some people don't like the changes, as it was with building the first AF DSLR ever back in 1987).

So sorry dude, but TVs don't have anything to deal with it.

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Aug 9, 2012)

@brendon1000

Amazon sales in the USA market do no equal world sales figures. In Asia the Nikon 1 is selling extremely well, but you wouldn't know that by looking a Amazon.

0 upvotes
fmian
By fmian (Aug 9, 2012)

@marike6

from:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1000&thread=42120859

Camera Market Shares for first half of 2012 in Japan

In DSLR category:
1. Canon @ 59.8%
2. Nikon @ 28.8%

In MILC category:
1. Olympus @ 30.7%
2. Panasonic @ 29.6%

In compact camera category:
1. Canon @ 16.2%
2. Sony @ 15.4%

So Olympus and Panasonic make up ~60% of MILC sales in Japan, leaving 40% between Sony, Samsung, Nikon, Pentax, Ricoh, and Leica.
And Nikon sure as hell ain't selling more 1 cameras than Sony is selling NEX models.

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Aug 9, 2012)

Haters gonna hate.

I hated the J1 / V1, hate this even more LOL

12 upvotes
gsum
By gsum (Aug 9, 2012)

You need to calm down and gain a sense of proportion. It's a camera, not Idi Amin.

7 upvotes
bullfinchphoto
By bullfinchphoto (Aug 9, 2012)

Haters gonna hate just because can't afford? It's just a camera.

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Aug 9, 2012)

Yea...it's just a camera...but still...I'm a hater... :(

They tried to make me go to rehab, but I say no no no...

5 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Aug 9, 2012)

@bullfinchphoto - can't afford throwing 750$ out of the window when for the same price you can get FAR FAR better cameras from competition?
Sure, I guess I can't afford it then.

5 upvotes
pwilly
By pwilly (Aug 9, 2012)

@plastek Soccer Moms are buying them, they get more in-focus shots than their friends with NEX or m43. Who cares about sensor size if the little soccer players are OOF!

3 upvotes
jtan163
By jtan163 (Aug 9, 2012)

Despite owning and liking my D7000 and Nikon generally, I can't bring myself to like the 1 series.

I bought an OMD EM-5 instead. Although since I only bought it this week, I fully expect to regret doing so when the Photokina Olymus announcements occur.

2 upvotes
BrianHalcYoN
By BrianHalcYoN (Aug 9, 2012)

It isn't an SLR replacement. It is a small camera that allows for easy snaps or fully obsessed manual shooting. It has great video capabilities and very impressive dynamic range for underexposing and lifting shadows in RAW files. This is a mild update to allow for a reboot of pricing. Still worth worth the asking if you use one.

1 upvote
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (Aug 9, 2012)

The whole system is a big mistake! Nikon can't even make a decent compact.

1 upvote
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Aug 10, 2012)

Funny, the Coolpix cameras seem to sell in decent amounts...

0 upvotes
nawknai
By nawknai (Aug 9, 2012)

Nikon needs to man up, admit they made a mistake, and introduce a "pro level" ILC line to go along with their Nikon 1 system. Keep the Nikon 1 system for those who want a lightweight camera system with consumer-oriented features. They still need a pro-level camera to stay in the game.

I don't want to see Nikon become the next Blackberry.

Comment edited 19 seconds after posting
7 upvotes
Koulang
By Koulang (Aug 9, 2012)

10MP is a bit funny for modern camera today. It reminds me about the Canon EOS M which has 18mp asp-c sensor.

2 upvotes
jon404
By jon404 (Aug 9, 2012)

Might be a good thing -- large photosites, like the D4 -- better in low-light than if it were 16 MP or so.

3 upvotes
bullfinchphoto
By bullfinchphoto (Aug 9, 2012)

Canon EOS M is 650D in different body. When people will start to matter image quality, low noise capabilities and not MP number?

1 upvote
Koulang
By Koulang (Aug 9, 2012)

When resize the 20MP to 10MP, IQ will be better and less noise. If the J2 can perform as low noise as 5D3, it surely has better IQ than Canon EOS M at high ISO, but if they have the same noise level, EOS M has advantage. In other word, if J2 even has higher noise than EOS M, its image quality would be farther different.

1 upvote
ponyman
By ponyman (Aug 9, 2012)

Yes, the fact that I can get surprisingly adequate pics with my 6MP Nikon D40 is a complete mystery.

6 upvotes
AlpCns2
By AlpCns2 (Aug 9, 2012)

Some idiots like me even get good pics out of a D80 and a D100. I guess they must be broken. Imagine, 6mp and 10mp. The horror!

2 upvotes
Koulang
By Koulang (Aug 10, 2012)

I totally agree 10MP is usable in most situation, but considering its competitors giving more than that. Sony and Samsung Mirrorless have 20+ MP and Canon EOS M has 18MP. We always prefer the better equipment.

0 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Aug 10, 2012)

"More megapixels" does not necessarily mean "better". Just witness the Canon G10, with more megapixels but worse IQ than the G9... Or Ricoh R10, same story relative to its predecessor.

The 6 Mpx and 67mm lens diameter of my Casio EX-F1 means the sensor gets plenty of light per receptor, allowing for faster shutter speeds than any other camera I have (1/40 000s). It's a bit lumpy compared to modern bridge/superzoom cameras though.

0 upvotes
Pootle2
By Pootle2 (Aug 9, 2012)

I don't understand the hate... this is THE best value camera if you have kids. The speed of focusing and shooting is amazing.

I just wish the pancake lense was more compact so that the camera could be a bit more pocketable and that we had some F2-ish lenses.

2 upvotes
random78
By random78 (Aug 9, 2012)

Personally I don't hate it. I am interested in the system. However in its current state I just don't understand why I should pick it up over either my S95 or my m43 setup. It has no size advantage compared to m43 - I can build an m43 setup which is the same size as this and yet has faster lens and larger sensor. Similarly it has no low light shooting advantage over my S95 because of the slow lens. The only trick up its sleeve is the PDAF based tracking AF. In single shot AF mode the m43 cameras are at least as fast as Nikon 1 if not faster. And honestly with slow lenses on an 1 inch sensor I doubt that you need great tracking anyway, the DOF is going to be pretty deep to start with.

8 upvotes
JacquesBalthazar
By JacquesBalthazar (Aug 9, 2012)

I like the Nikon 1 format and the system. It is a great compromise bringing together features that you cannot find together elesewhere. It will not be an alternative "do-it-all" system for keen photographers, as bigger sensor ILCs try to be, but complements a Nikon FF or APS system really well. As it is a very small package with great IQ and a long native reach (the 30-110 lens) I have been able to use it for concert shoots for example, without any hassle with organisers or fellow watchers (tks to V1 EVF), and am delighted by results. It also brings tremendous low cost/high quality extra reach for Nikon users who own long glass. It is fast in operation. Very snappy. So, for Nikon DSLR users, it does have its advantages and a place in gear bags. It is weak on the wide end though (nothing wider than 28mm eq) and has no native fast lenses. For pure amateurs who want to go beyond P&S without "drowning" in "scary" systems, it works very well. J2 is a bit of a yawn though.

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5 upvotes
Cheezr
By Cheezr (Aug 9, 2012)

even with the new vr-less lens?

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 9, 2012)

What they really needed was more pancake primes and faster apertures. Not a slimmer kit lens and a body re-work.

8 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 9, 2012)

The target audience does not buy primes. Ever. They needed a bright collapsible 8x-10x zoom, and WA zoom, and fast long zoom.

0 upvotes
pc168
By pc168 (Aug 10, 2012)

People need a pancake zoom like the pana X 14-42 but w/o the infamous 1/60-1/160 shutter speed deadzone blurry pic problem :)

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 10, 2012)

Yeah, nobody who buy these kinds of cameras would ever want a fast pancake prime. I mean the Pansonic 20mm is like the least popular lens on the planet.

0 upvotes
gl2k
By gl2k (Aug 9, 2012)

Tiny sensor, tiny flash, low res, P&S style handling but full size price.
I bet if it wasn't a Nikon brand absolutely nobody would buy it.

5 upvotes
Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Aug 9, 2012)

Nikon knows it will be difficult for them to compete in the market at the current price level hence the reduction. Canon M may find a better place in future.

0 upvotes
jimr
By jimr (Aug 9, 2012)

The Canon M is a total ripoff. Canon USA knows what a mistake that camera is. They won't even sell it with a kit zoom in the US. They will have limited distribution ..knowing it will be a sales disaster for Canon.
Then you get the Canon G1X with excellent IQ ....BUT with an AF that is competitive with point and shoot cameras that cost hundreds of dollars LESS than the G1X.
They need the RX100 AF system speed etc....or the Nikon 1 AF system speed....

2 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Aug 9, 2012)

Saying that Canon is looking by far the most innovative of the two giants is like saying that Budweiser is by far the best tasting of the three beer giants.

11 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 9, 2012)

You are making progress. Keep it up.

0 upvotes
acjohnson55
By acjohnson55 (Aug 9, 2012)

Nikon's in a weird position of having to keep pressing on with a bizarrely inferior CX format that maintains no connection to their pro line, or playing catch-up with Canon, who are looking like by far the most innovative of the two giants. It's really tough to imagine them doing both. Canon's clearly more open to disrupting its own high-end consumer product lines (the G1 X and the APS-C DSLRs). I'm having trouble finding a bright side, can anybody tell me what the 1 Series really has going for it, now or in the future?

4 upvotes
robmanueb
By robmanueb (Aug 9, 2012)

Making LOTS of money for Nikon so they can make better cameras?

1 upvote
gsum
By gsum (Aug 9, 2012)

"Canon, who are looking like by far the most innovative of the two giants"
You can't be serious. Nikon is running rings round Canon with the D800, D4 and a lot of new glass. All Canon have is the 1Dx vapourware that couldn't even make the Olympics

2 upvotes
Photo Pete
By Photo Pete (Aug 9, 2012)

The Nikon 1 system has a lot going for it. I have the V1 and it works well and quickly as a camera and takes very good images for printing out.
Autofocus is superb.
The first small camera I have tried that doesn't make me feel like I'm going to miss the action.
Each to their own, but I'll bet most people who are showing so much hatred for this system haven't tried it properly.

1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (Aug 9, 2012)

gsum - you know that D1X is in shops ever since before the Olympics, don't you? Sure you don't. Ignorant people never care.

1 upvote
gsum
By gsum (Aug 9, 2012)

Plastek:
How strange. WEX, Mifsuds and Jessops do not have the Canon 1DX in stock and don't know when they will arrive. As I said vapourware.

1 upvote
pwilly
By pwilly (Aug 9, 2012)

The biggest mistake a Pro can make is to show up at a major event with a new camera they are not familiar with. For this reason the 1DX was a major fail on Canon’s part.

0 upvotes
acjohnson55
By acjohnson55 (Aug 9, 2012)

gsum: I'm clearly not talking about high end DSLR's. I own a Nikon DSLR, and I'm pretty sure they've got the edge in that market. I'm talking about what they've got going on at the lower end. They've really put themselves in a box when it comes to comparisons with the other formats because it seems (to me) like they have chosen to cripple themselves with a small sensor, and therefore relegate themselves to the lower end of the market.

Photo Pete: So the biggest argument for the 1-series I've heard so far is AF speed. Fair enough. Anything else?

0 upvotes
pwilly
By pwilly (Aug 9, 2012)

@AC did you read Thom's review? Did you notice several Pro's including Thom and Rob Galbraith are using it for a carry cam.
"The good news is that the one area they didn't mess up is the performance. It has exceptionally good focusing for a small camera, it produces exceptionally good images for the size of its sensor, it has DSLR-like (and not just any DSLR, but high-end DSLR) lag, frame rate, and buffer performance. It has a ton of video capability including some manual controls that many of its bigger DSLR brothers don't have. When you discover those things about the Nikon 1 cameras, even the low end J1, you really, really want to like and use this camera. (Thom)"
"It's official: at long last, my weekend carry-about camera has arrived. And it's called the V1. (Rob)"

1 upvote
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Aug 10, 2012)

gsum: One of the most famous London 2012 shots was taken by a submerged Canon 1D X. Just because you cannot afford one does not mean it does not exist.

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Aug 9, 2012)

It is something. At least it is a much better effort than Pentax Q and offers something other system don't.

The gap that used to exist between P&S and APS-C is being fully filled with 1" P&S, Nikon 1, m4/3 and highend EVIL/mirrorless.

There is a camera for everyone. Hurray

5 upvotes
random78
By random78 (Aug 9, 2012)

I would have no issues with Nikon 1 sensor size if it gave me an advantage in lens size. But even with a 1inch sensor they can't do better than the 10mm 2.8 or 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 leness?!! I mean Panasonic 20mm 1.7, samsung 30mm f2 and canon 22mm f2 are all about the same size as 10mm 2.8 and yet each of these is significantly faster and covers a larger image circle. If you give me a smaller sensor than at least give me smaller lenses as a benefit of the smaller sensor. Why should I go for the smaller sensor if the lenses are the same size as larger formats and even slower.

17 upvotes
nawknai
By nawknai (Aug 9, 2012)

Sad to say it, but random78 is right.

In the beginning, I was in the camp that said there was a place in the market for the Nikon 1 system because the market loves its small cameras, and if the lenses are small, then it's a win for consumers.

However...........the lenses really aren't much smaller than m4/3 offerings. Even if it is, it isn't pocketable anyway. What determines the portability of a camera isn't just the size or weight, but the shape. A thin camera with a large lens will create an object shaped more or less like the letter "T", which isn't pocketable and may require a bag, or a large case. Weight is another factor, but as long as it's not too heavy (e.g. the Fuji X100), they're all comparable in terms of portability, whether they're smaller or not, or lighter weight.

My X100 is bigger and heavier than the J1, J2, or V1, but it doesn't have a large, protruding lens, so I feel it's more portable, and I don't need a camera bag.

Make more pancake primes, Nikon!

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4 upvotes
Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 9, 2012)

What kind of fool compares lenses without any regard for focal length equivalency. Photography is all about picking the right lens for the job. You don't just pick a lens because it is small when it is unsuitable for the job. That's like the tail wagging the dog.

2 upvotes
random78
By random78 (Aug 9, 2012)

Calling people names doesn't make your arguments stronger. You can make your arguments without assuming that others are incapable of thinking. The lens examples are there just to point out that other manufacturers have been able to make faster lenses in similar size despite having a bigger image circle to cover. It is not to suggest that those lenses are direct equivalents. If you insist on a direct comparison then Panasonic 14mm 2.5 is smaller, lighter and faster than the Nikon 1 10mm 2.8 despite covering a larger sensor and similar field of view. But point is not to make a lens by lens comparison. Point is that if using the smaller sensor doesn't result in any benefit either in terms of lens sizes or body size or cost then whats the motivation for going to a smaller sensor.

3 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Aug 9, 2012)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Nikon this is a joke right?

4 upvotes
bgbs
By bgbs (Aug 9, 2012)

basically J2 is a price reduced J1. I didn't know that reducing a price on an existing product means the launch of a new product line. I guess in the information overload age anything sells.

7 upvotes
maxnimo
By maxnimo (Aug 9, 2012)

So they decided to come out with another proprietary lens mount instead of adopting the MFT standard. I wonder if that was the best course of action to take. One thing I know for sure.... I'd have no interest in buying this camera.

1 upvote
Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (Aug 9, 2012)

lol no.
MFT ain't standard.

You only got Olympus and Panasonic.

Sony, Canon, Fuji, Nikon, and even Samsung didn't even bother.

6 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Aug 9, 2012)

well Technically there is Leica as well, who did produce the leica Digilux 3 (but I think it was a pana rebadge maybe)

1 upvote
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Aug 9, 2012)

Ryan, I don't think you understand the different definitions of "standard." You should probably consult a dictionary before acting like a know-it-all.

2 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Aug 9, 2012)

No, the industry standard (here means wide spread) for EVIL/mirrorless is APS-C with ~18mm flange distance. SONY, Fuji and Canon all use this standard even if the mounts are different. Samsung is off by 7mm but an adapter will easily correct this mistake.

0 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Aug 9, 2012)

Peiasdf, apparently you also don't understand the meaning of standard in the way that maxnimo used it.

There is no one standard for mirrorless cameras. APS-C is *a* (not *the*) standard, and m4/3 is also *a* standard. By your absurd logic neither Sony nor Fuji followed *the* standard of m4/3 since it already existed when they chose their system's sensor size.

1 upvote
Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (Aug 9, 2012)

@IcyVeins

Well Mr. Dictionary, can you define the "standard" in camera systems? and I'm talking about the lens mount that maxnimo is saying that m4/3 is the standard on mirrorless.

0 upvotes
jtan163
By jtan163 (Aug 9, 2012)

@Ryan - Well MFT is more standard than any other modern mount.

It's got twice as many companies making cameras for it than any other modern mount.

And it has a standard that is published and if your willing to pay the dollars, available.

I'm not sure any other mount can say the same. So while it may not be say a standard in the sense of say ANSI it is a lot more standard than any other mount.

1 upvote
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Aug 9, 2012)

You're wrong, Ryan. He didn't say it was the only standard. He just said that Nikon didn't follow it. Regardless, Micro 4/3 mirrorless came before aps-c mirrorless and has more cameras and lenses than any other mirrorless mount so it's perfectly legit to call it a standard.

1 upvote
Ivanaker
By Ivanaker (Aug 9, 2012)

Nikon F mount is a standard, Canon EF is a standard, Leica M is a standard, Sony A is a standard, Pentax K is a standard......

Nikon CX line is new test standard for CX mount lenses, so is Canon eos m, and fuji x and sony E..... so is M43.

I have seen Olympus loosing comatability with their earlier cameras/lenses, i have even seen Canon doing that.

If i have to pick THE standard i would have to say M mount, or even maybe F mount, nothing else.

2 upvotes
zkz5
By zkz5 (Aug 9, 2012)

"it has a standard that is published and if your willing to pay the dollars, available."

Just like every other lens mount in existence?

0 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Aug 9, 2012)

Yes. You all are missing his point which was that M4/3 already existed and Nikon had a great opportunity to join it but instead they needlessly made their own proprietary mount, and all that means is even more useless kit zooms, and this newest one is so bad it's not even part of a kit!

0 upvotes
Mouser
By Mouser (Aug 9, 2012)

@zkz5 No, standards for "every other lens mount in existence" are not published - otherwise you wouldn't get articles like this:
http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/sigma-wed-like-to-make-nikon-1-lenses-1069706

0 upvotes
Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (Aug 10, 2012)

And there you are a m4/3 fanboy after all. lol

You can call m4/3 a standard for mirrorless all you want, but you can only count Panny and Oly to support it. Others don't cared for it, and won't in the future.

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Aug 10, 2012)

Not sure if people here want "standard" to mean "common" or "has a label", but in both cases you are wrong. E.g. Canon EF is more of a "secret" that Tamron et al had to reverse-engineer the specs of in order to make third-party lenses. Some manufacturers might license out specs, but that still makes them proprietary instead of standard.

0 upvotes
zkz5
By zkz5 (Aug 10, 2012)

"@zkz5 No, standards for "every other lens mount in existence" are not published - otherwise you wouldn't get articles like this:"

Sure they are, if you pay Nikon or whoever enough for them, just like with the FT consortium. The MFT standards aren't just sitting on their web site for all to see complete with patents released into the public domain. The only difference is the price.

And the reason those MFT Sigma lenses exist is because Sigma joined the consortium. They paid the fees, signed the NDAs and got patent licenses and unpublished documents.

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nguyenthanhhieuthanson
By nguyenthanhhieuthanson (Aug 9, 2012)

why not 20 megapixel
why not APS-C sensor

0 upvotes
Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (Aug 9, 2012)

Stop kidding yourself. They won't make an aps-c nikon 1.

Nikon won't drop the Nikon 1 system anytime soon. Deal with it.

0 upvotes
pc168
By pc168 (Aug 9, 2012)

For APS-C sensor, we've to go for their D3200. That's what they want!

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Aug 9, 2012)

Maybe the V1 will have SONY's new 20mp sensor.

0 upvotes
dgreene196
By dgreene196 (Aug 9, 2012)

I don't think Sony's CX-sized sensor has phase detection autofocus capabilities (someone correct me if I'm wrong). The phase detection is a core feature of the Nikon 1 system.

And an APS-C sized sensor probably wouldn't work with the Nikon 1 mount or the lenses.

1 upvote
AndrewNewYork
By AndrewNewYork (Aug 9, 2012)

It would be nice to have 20 megapixel sensor from sony. But autofocus speed is so much more important that megapixel count. So I would prefer AF speed over megapixel count.
From all the reviews I've read it seems to super fast for BOTH photo and video. Watched some good reviews on u tube : digitalrev and shortsharpreviews. They are excelent tools for Video and Photos. No DSLR is good for AF in Video. The only good video focus is NEX7. A77 is good for video but not so good at high ISO. That being affected by the SLT technology. Consumers want Photo and Video in one simple package (NON PRO Photographers). Family photographers. I know I want!!! For about 5 years now, I carry Nikon DSLR AND Sony Camcorder on vacations, because there was no other choice until now.

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Nikon Man
By Nikon Man (Aug 9, 2012)

Why not indeed. The Sony NEX has APS-C sensor and look at the size of their lenses! The lenses are much bigger than the body which defeats the object. The Nikon 1 lenses are much smaller and will get smaller in future. As for noise, I don't even notice the difference between my NEX5 and my v1.

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Mouser
By Mouser (Aug 9, 2012)

@Nikon Man. I don't see much evidence that the Nikon 1 lenses "will get smaller in future" based on this announcement. Unless you're expecting to remove VR from all their lenses?

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