Summary: While my initial thoughts after the Nikon 1 system was announced were rather
, after using the J1/V1 cameras actively for over a month, I got to enjoy them, especially the
Nikon 1 V1
Summary: The new Nikon 1 J1 is definitely the top of compact cameras with interchangeable lenses currently on the market and allows the end user, be it, a demanding amateur or a professional, pretty much everything you want without ever losing focus on the result.
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: 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.
Nikon 1 J1 Review – Quality in a Sexy Package (Video)
7 January 2012
Excerpt: Nikon arrived a bit later to the Mirrorless party with the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1 compact interchangeable lens cameras. What sets both mirrorless cams apart from the Micro Four Thirds crowd (pioneered by Olympus and Panasonic) is…
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.