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News – Nikon CX Format Mirrorless Cameras, the 1-Series Nikon J1 and Nikon V1 Officially Released

Nikon 1-Series CX Format J1 and V1 Launch

It’s officially out, after our last report about a rumored Nikon mirrorless release, it’s now official as the two models, the Nikon J1 and Nikon V1 greet us under the Nikon CX format, to which the sensor offers a 2.7x crop factor.

Along with the two camera bodies, four new CX line lenses are announced as well. Nikon boasts that you can buy lenses that matches the five body color schemes of the Nikon J1 and Vi (red, pink, black, silver, and white).

The lenses include three zooms and a prime:

  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom
  • 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6
  • 1 Nikkor VR 10mm f/2.8 prime lens)

Nikon J1 Specifications

The J1 seems to be the lower-end of the two cameras, sporting a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor that has a native ISO range of 100-3200 with 6400 expansion powered by the current EXPEED 3 processor. A pop-up flash is available as well.nikon_j1_cx_camera

The Nikon J1 has a 3.0-inch, 460k-dot TFT LCD monitor at the back.

Both Nikon J1 and V1 boasts a hybrid AF system that uses both focal plane phase detection and contrast detect AF that Nikon claims to be the world’s fastest as well.

The Nikon J1 is clearly catering to the masses and folks who want to upgrade from a normal P&S camera.

The minimalist design features flush panels and blocky appearance make it look like a typical 90s pocket camera. To be honest, it looks like a blocky version of the Samsung NX200.

Video capabilities include HD capture at 1080p at 30 and 60 fps as well as a staggering 1200fps for slow-motion capture.

Estimated price of $650 for the Nikon J1 with 10-30mm zoom lens kit.

Nikon V1 Specifications

nikon_v1_cx_cameraThe Nikon V1 is the higher end model, but is practically identical to the Nikon J1. The key differences are:

  • An electronic viewfinder with 1.4-million dots of resolution
  • Magnesium alloy body, and a mechanical shutter system (1/4000 max speed) in addition to the electrical shutter (1/16,000 max)
  • A 3.0″ VGA 960K dot resolution screen.

Other than that, the innards are pretty much identical to the Nikon J1.

Accessories and Compatibility

It’ll be a disappointment for many Nikon fans as both the Nikon J1 and V1 cannot use standard Nikon flashes. There’s no mention of Creative Lighting System (CLS) support so far as well.

For external flash, Nikon offers a new SB-N5 small flash for illumination.

Other accessories include a GP-N100 GPS unit and an FT-1 mount adapter for F-mount use.

Knee-Jerk Opinion About the Nikon 1-Series

It’s strange that Nikon has a teaser countdown page telling people that big news will occur at 12AM (US time) tomorrow (September 22) but DPreview already has the launch announced, as did Nikon’s own news site. Maybe there’s more than the CX line offering?

The 1-Series may be a way to annoy Canon as well (since it’s Canon’s flagship DSLR model line).

There seems to be quite a few mass-market gimmicks such as the Motion Snapshot feature as well that won’t really add credibility for these cameras to be considered as serious competitiors of the Fuji X100, for instance, or even the Olympus E-P3.

At $650 for the basic Nikon J1 kit, that’s considerably more expensive than the aforementioned APS-C sensor Samsung NX200, Micro 4/3 Olympus E-PL2, or even the popular Sony NEX 3)

Both cameras are clearly not marketed to the serious enthusiast crowd but more on the novice and casual P&S market looking for a better option than pocket digital cameras or large DSLRs. You can see the entire Nikon 1 <one> series page here.

It’s strange that after all this hoopla, this is all that Nikon came up with. I’m sure the die-hards will still think this is something exciting, even if it’s mediocre at best.

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