Surprise!  Nikon has announced not one but TWO new cameras in the mirrorless line(Nikon 1), a line that is new to Nikon.

The Nikon 1 system will come in two models, the advanced V1 and more snapshot-oriented P1.  They are using a new CX format CMOS sensor, smaller than 4/3 sensor size with a 2.7x crop factor.

 

ISO 100 to 3200 – due to the smaller sensor size it is unlikely that we are going to see really low noise in the higher ISOs – 6400 ISO is available, just don’t expect it to be amazing.

The V1 actually uses an advanced hybrid autofocus system that combines phase detection AF, which enables faster focusing and superior subject tracking performance with moving subjects, with contrast-detect AF, which performs well in low-light conditions. – This is the first sensor to market which combines these two.  Their standard line here is “excellent focusing in low-light or with moving objects”   And this can all happen while filming video.

Stills at 10 fps and video at 60 fps including full 1080p video.

LCD on the back is 3″ 460k dot – not articulated.

Nikon has announced four 1 mount lenses to go with the cameras.

1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 (27-81mm equiv.)
1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 (81-212mm equiv.)
1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 (27mm)
1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM (27-270mm equiv.)

The J1 is the more compact, less expensive model in the line up. $649.95 Available October 20

Nikon 1 J1

The V1 adds a 1.4 million dot electronic viewfinder and an accessory shoe which works with an optional flash, microphone or GPS unit. $899.95

Nikon 1 V1

My Thoughts – Very interesting that they went with a smaller sensor – not clear to me why.  Maybe they are worried about cannibalizing sales of their entry level DSLRS?  Really won’t know how big a deal the smaller sensor is until we see some low light sample images and compare those to the 4/3 line of Panasonic and Olympus.  I am also disappointed that the LCD on the back is only 460K, that feels one release behind.  That all said(and its not that much) if I already owned some F-mount nikon lenses the idea of being able to throw those on (with adapter coming soon) and have a camera capable of some very serious video through gorgeous nikon glass. .  small swoon.  That could be quite amazing!

Update – the more I read the less excited I become.  It just doesn’t seem like that sensor is capable of producing the low noise we have come to expect from these higher end P&S and Micro 4/3 which it will be competing with, at least on a price level.  Actually on a price level it is competing with Entry level DSLRS!

Are you interested?  Everything is available for pre-order on Amazon

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Thanks for Reading,

Tobias

 

P.s. I will update this post as more information comes in.

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