Nikon 1 System First Impressions
2 Body Design, Lenses, and Summary
Body design and features
In this section we're not aiming to provide an exhaustive view of the camera's design (we'll do that in our upcoming preview), but instead highlight some design elements that aren't obvious from simply looking at pictures of the cameras.
Camera body elements
Nikon 1 Lens System
The Nikon 1 system uses an all-new lens mount, which the company has unsurprisingly decided to call the 'Nikon 1 mount'. Communication between the lens and camera body is fully electronic. In this picture you can see the J1's protective glass screen in front of the sensor which prevents dust ingress.
Mr Suzuki says that the system does include software correction of distortion, to give the best balance of image quality and system portability. But, he says: 'these lenses do not require much correction.'
The philosophy behind the 1 system is clearly to deliver the goods without concerning the user about the process used along the way, for both stills and movies. And, crucially, to do so in a package sufficiently small that it won't get left at home all the time. As such, it's clear that it isn't a camera aimed at this site's core readership.
If it turns out to be capable of producing good results where existing cameras can often fail - school sports, for example - then it could easily turn out to be the long sought-after 'family camera' for users who want memorable pictures but have no interest in learning the technical minutiae of camera operation.
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