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.
$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.
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
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.