Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera unveiled

Nikon has added a new camera to the mirrorless 1-series, the Nikon 1 J5.

The J5 brings a new design style to the series, though it’s that appealing silver-and-black retro style that we’ve seen lots of elsewhere (think the Fujifilm X100).

Another welcome external addition over the Nikon 1 J4 is the J5’s proper P-A-S-M mode dial, offering greater manual control than its predecessor. Also notable is the J5’s new 3-inch monitor, which can be tilted and flipped through 180 degrees. It’s another first for the 1-series.

With NFC and Wi-Fi also supported, the Nikon 1 J5 is looking like quite the modern camera.

Internally there’s a new 20.8-megapixel BSI 1-inch image sensor, as well as an Expeed 5A image processor that enables 20fps shooting with continuous autofocus. It can manage 60fps with fixed focus.

Speaking of AF, the Nikon 1 J5 can manage 171 contrast-detect and 105 phase detect autofocus points.

Elsewhere, the J5 can shoot 4K video, although only at a meagre 15fps.

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The Nikon 1 J5 won’t be beating most DSLR setups for sheer image quality, but Nikon is really pushing its greater shooting speeds and portability, whilst outdoing the likes of the Sony RX100 III with its interchangeable lens system.

The Nikon 1 J5 will be available soon (that’s as specific as Nikon gets), with prices starting from $499.95 (£337) for the camera with a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. You can throw in a 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens for $749.95 (£505).

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