Excerpt: Nikon has entered the mirrorless camera market with a strong start by introducing their new Nikon 1 system, which includes the J1 and V1 cameras. They did not, however, take the same route as other manufacturers with a 4/3 system but came up with their own sensor size, which they call CX format...
Conclusion: Although the Nikon 1 J1 has a lot of pluses, we feel the negatives (and the competition) make it difficult to recommend unreservedly. It’s a good, but not great, camera. We’ve used the $449 Olympus Pen Mini E-PM1 and Sony’s latest NEX cameras , such as the NEX-5N.
Pros: Nikon’s first mirrorless camera, Quality images in good light, solid videos, Digital noise well under control
Cons: Photos not as good as competitors, Limited selection of lenses, Dated menu system
Summary: Like the Nikon 1 V1, the 10.1Mp J1 has a CX-format sensor, which at 13.2×8.8mm is smaller than an APS-C-sized sensor and it results in a 2.7x focal length magnification factor. This enables the camera to be made much smaller than an SLR.
Excerpt: Since 2008, mirrorless digital cameras with interchangeable lenses have been gaining popularity. So far the major players include Olympus and Panasonic’s Micro Four-Thirds system and Sony’s NEX , plus the Pentax Q introduced in mid 2011.
Conclusion: The Nikon J1 is a compact interchangeable lens camera that is capable of capturing sharp images at incredible speeds. Its autofocus is extremely quick and accurate, and the included lens delivers consistently sharp results.
Pros: Compact size. Fast, accurate autofocus. Good low-light performance. Built-in flash. Silent operation.
Cons: Pricey. Fixed LCD. No accessory port. Slow-motion video is not high-def. Limited lens selection.
Summary: The Nikon 1 J1 comes in a variety of kit options. With the 10-30mm zoom it’s £549 (RRP) and the 10mm pancake it’s £599. For £699 you can get the 10-30mm and 30-110mm twin lens kit. This makes the J1 competitive with rivals especially considering that the street price is likely to be a little lower.
Pros: Small size, Build quality, Impressive image quality at most settings
Cons: Poor battery life, Manual controls buried, Some missing features
Summary: Here in the United States, the advent of the mirrorless interchangeable lens digital camera dates back to mid-June 2009 and the Olympus PEN E-P1. By September of that year, Panasonic had entered the fray with the Lumix GF1, and since then Samsung, Sony, and Pentax have introduced products in this...
Pros: Good still image quality, Excellent video quality, Good AF performance
Cons: Very pricey, No viewfinder, Battery life less than stellar
Excerpt: The Nikon 1 J1 (priced from $649) is the entry-level model in Nikon's brand new line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The 1-System cameras feature a new 10 Megapixel CX-format sensor, which is smaller than Micro Four Thirds and APS-C, but larger than what you'll find on compact cameras...