Read our full hands-on preview of the Nikon 1 V1 and the Nikon 1 J1 here.
We reported last week about Nikon’s impending release of a pair of compact system cameras and today it has gone official, announcing the Nikon 1 digital camera system and announced the first two cameras in the line the Nikon 1 V1 and the Nikon 1 J1.
Nikon claims that it’s new cameras are the world’s smallest interchangelable lens cameras (among those with sensors larger than 1in) and offers the world’s fastest autofocus system and continuous shot mode offering up to 60fps in full high-definition, fixed-focus mode.
Taking its place alongside Nikon’s existing DX and FX-format sensors seen on the company’s DSLR cameras, the all-new (and significantly smaller) Nikon 1 CX-format (13.2mm x 8.8mm) CMOS image sensor has been designed specifically for the Nikon 1 system and promises “superb colour reproduction with 100-6400 (extended) ISO, low noise, RAW shooting and 10.1 megapixel resolution.” The new CX-size sensor has a crop factor of 2.7x.
The new EXPEED 3 processor inside the cameras has two engines capable of processing 600 megapixels a second. This processing grunt will allow for pre-post capture technology meaning that even before you fully press the shutter button, and after you release it, image recording continues.
The EXPEED 3 power will also allow you to ability soot full resolution stills at 60fps and even snap a full res image while recording film.
Looking at the cameras individually, the Nikon 1 V1 is the flagship model incorporating an 1440k-dot electronic viewfinder and multi-accessory port, USB/HDMI connectivity, a 1200fps slo-mo capture mode, full HD (1080p30) and a 3in LCD. The V1 is available in black or white.
The Nikon 1 J1 looks pretty similar to its older brother and offers similar freatures but lacks the EVF and comes with a built-in flash. The 3in LCD screen also only boasts 460k dots compared to the 921k-dot LCD found on the V1. The J1 comes in five colours: red, black, silver, pink, and white.
"Our engineers have managed to house an incredibly powerful processor and sensor in a sleek, minimalist Nikon 1 body design: people will be able to take shots they didn't believe were possible,” said Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager, Nikon Europe.
Looking at the lenses launched with the new Nikon 1 system, as well as the 10mm-30mm kit lens (27-81mm equivalent, and approximately 3x zoom), there is 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6, a 10mm f/2.8, and a 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6. You will be able to use your old F-mount lenses too via an adapter, and there will be a Speedlight (SB-N5) flash and the GP-N100 GPS unit available.
Looking at the cost, the V1 with the 10-30mm kit lens will set you back £829 while the J1 with the same kit lens will cost £549. Lenses on their own will cost: 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 (£179.99); 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 (£229.99); 10mm f/2.8 (£229.99) and 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM (£679.99). The cameras and lenses will be available from 20 October.
The F-mount adapter will cost £229 (available from 1 December), the GPS unit will cost £109.99 (available 20 October) while the SB-N5 Speedlight will set you back £129.99 (available from 20 October).
We are at the official launch of the new Nikon 1 system cameras as we speak and will be hoping to get some hands-on time with the new cameras so stay tuned for more from us.