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...
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.
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