Nikon Unveils V1 And J1 Interchangeable Lens Cameras

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.

Nikon 1 V1

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 high-speed AF image system

boasts the most focus points in the world and if you are shooting shiny or

moving objects, it switches to the 73-point Phase-Detection AF system

Nikon 1 V1


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.

Nikon 1 V1

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


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.

Nikon 1 J1

“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.

Nikon 1 J1

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.