Nikon has announced the Nikon 1 J2 as the successor to the Nikon 1 J1 less than a year after the original device’s launch. When it comes to new features, it’s rather a case of spot the difference.
We quite liked the Nikon 1 J1 when we reviewed it back in November 2011. We liked that it had decent image quality in a compact shell, and we were also fans of its solid build quality.
Of course, Nikon isn’t the only camera maker playing in the compact system camera (CSC) field, and the Nikon 1 J1 was found wanting in terms of both features and image quality when compared to the likes of the Sony NEX-C3. It was also considerably more expensive.
Perhaps that explains the quick turnaround with the J2. So, what does the Nikon 1 J2 have to offer?
Er, much the same as the Nikon 1 J1, as it turns out. It brings the same design, the same 10.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and the same Expeed 3 image processing engine.
So what are the differences? Besides a new metallic body, the Nikon 1 J2 comes with an improved LCD screen, sporting double the resolution of the J1 (more like the V1). Handy in a camera such as this that doesn’t have a viewfinder.
The J2 also adds a Creative Mode, which allows you to access various image filters and scenes. Creative Mode also promises to provide fast access to the PASM manual controls, which was an issue we had with the J1.
Arguably the most significant change in the Nikon 1 J2 is that it will launch at a significantly cheaper price than the Nikon 1 J1. At $549.95, that’s around $100 less. As a knock-on effect, expect the still-fresh J1 to receive a hefty discount in the shops.
There’s also been a new 11- 27.5mm super-compact zoom lens added to the Nikon 1 range, which should interest existing J1 owners as much as prospective J2 owners.
The Nikon 1 J2 will launch in the US some time in September. No news on any UK launch details as yet, but we'll keep you posted.