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Nikon 1 J4 interchangeable lens camera announced

Nikon has introduced a speedy new mid-range compact interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 J4.

The follow-up to last year’s disappointing Nikon 1 J3 is a similarly stripped back compact system camera, but with a number of key improvements.

From a design perspective, the J4 is both smaller and lighter than the J3. It has also switched to a squarer point-and-shoot style after the rounded look of the J3.

The J4 boasts an 18.4-megapixel 1-inch image sensor, which is up from 14.2-megapixel on the J3. It also has the faster Expeed 4A image processor of the higher end Nikon 1 V3.

This enables the implementation of an advanced hybrid autofocus system, and continuous shooting at 20 frames per second whilst AF is enabled. Without it, the J4 can manage an impressive 60fps.

Shooting video can now be done at 1080/60p, and there’s also the by now almost obligatory 120fps mode at 720p.

Elsewhere, the Nikon 1 J4 now has a 3-inch 1037k dot LCD display with touchscreen capabilities. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi.

Somewhat unusually, the Nikon 1 J4 uses smartphone-friendly microSD cards for storing photos rather than the industry standard SD format.

There’s no news on pricing or availability for the Nikon 1 J4 as yet, but when it launches it will do so in a choice of black, white, silver, and orange. Nikon is also launching an underwater case and light to accompany the J4, which tells you the kind of ‘active enthusiast’ market Nikon is going for here.

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