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Nikon Compact System Camera Coming Soon

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In a move that is as inevitable as Wayne Rooney sooner or later finding himself back on the front pages of the tabloids, Nikon is set to launch a compact system camera (CSC) to rival all the others currently on the market.

Along with Canon, Nikon is the only major camera manufacturer who has yet to release an interchangeable lens camera system but that oversight should be fixed very soon. Rumours abound regarding the imminent release of the Nikon J1 and V1 which will do battle with the plethora of CSCs out there already.

Reports from Reuters and Nikon Rumours suggest that Nikon's new offerings will go on sale priced between $900 and $1,300.

According to Nikon Rumours the cameras will come with an F-mount adapter meaning that existing Nikon lens owners will be happy.There will also be four new mirrorless lenses announced along with the two new bodies.

Nikon Mirrorless Camera System

It is believed that the J1 will be the entry-level model and won’t feature an electronic viewfinder (EVF) but will come in five different colours including pink and red. The V1 on the other hand will feature an EVF and be available in either black or white.

Other rumoured specs include a 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor, a 3in LCD screen, built-in flash (with the V1 having a multi-accessory port which will support external flash and a GPS device), full HD video capture and Expeed 3 processors.

We expect Nikon’s entry to the CSC party to come sooner rather than later (as soon as next week some sources have told us) and the company is also promising innovations not yet seen in other similar cameras – though we’ll have to wait and see just what these are.

Source: Reuters and Nikon Rumours

simon jackson

September 13, 2011, 8:27 pm

I've been holding off on an ILC, waiting for Nikon to pull their finger out and release something, so this is welcome news. I'm bought into their lens system and want something more portable and less obtrusive than a 3DS i can take to gatherings with family/friends and traveling.

I'm in two minds about the f-mount thing though. Part of me thinks its great, because i've invested a lot of money in quality glass. But another part thinks that quality glass is far too big, bulky and heavy to be practically mounted on a pocket-sized ILC. I'm a wedding photographer, so other than a couple of small primes (50 f1.4 and 85 f1.8) my only pro lenses are the 24-70 and the 70-200 VR II. These will be HUUUUUUGE on a small body - they're big enough even on a D300.

So, whilst i'm of the mind "better f-mount than not", I'm sure there will be a new range of lenses specifically for these ILCs which in order to fully leverage their small size one will need to invest in ;)

I'm guessing crop sensors in both of these? i.e. crop body DSLR sized. Sorry if that's in the article - i didn't spot it if so.

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