Excerpt: Nikon has finally joined the EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) world with the introduction of their first mirror-less cameras. Nikon unveiled two new "Nikon 1" models, the V1 and the J1. The J1 is a compact interchangeable lens camera that encompasses speed and ease of use with powerful specifications, which combined give you the opportunity to capture amazing photos from such a compact package.
Tiny but mighty, the Nikon 1 J1 holds its own against larger competitors
14 February 2012
Excerpt: (1 items) Nikon launched its first mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the Nikon 1 J1 and its more advanced sibling, the V1, last fall. The Nikon 1 J1 is the smaller and more affordable of the two, although both were designed from the ground up around a 10 megapixel (effective) CMOS sensor and feature a new lens mount and a few matching lenses.
Pros: Advanced video features, Fast, Very small form factor
Cons: Less than stellar video/audio quality, Minimal external controls, Menu dependent for most functions
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. Although they too have their flaws, overall they’re better than the J1. We hope Ashton steps up for the next generation of Nikon 1 models.
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
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.
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. On September 21, 2011, Nikon announced its long awaited mirrorless entry called the Nikon One system. Initially this system consists of two bodies, the consumer-oriented J1 and the higher-end V1 plus four lenses and accessories.
Conclusion: The Nikon J1's new sensor size was controversial even before it was announced, with most wondering why the company would produce a smaller sensor compact when the race is more toward greater quality at higher ISO. It's no secret that Micro Four Thirds cameras have struggled to compete with the high ISO image quality available from companies making mirrorless cameras with APS-C sized sensors.
Pros: Better image quality than one might expect given the sensor size, Good dynamic range in RAW files, Very small body relative to an SLR, and among the smallest CSCs, Smaller lenses than most CSCs, Reassuringly solid build quality, feels well-engineered, Nice 3-inch, 460k-dot LCD, Very good quality kit lens, Good color accuracy, Reliable exposure, Lightning fast AF with phase detect (unique for CSC), Generous number of AF points, Very fast burst shooting with good buffe...
Cons: Not much smaller than APS-C and Micro Four Thirds system cameras, Noise performance not as good as some CSCs; some noise visible at base ISO, High ISO noise reduction can't be completely disabled, even in RAW files, Below-average battery life, No dust reduction, Lenses lack focus rings, Rather weak popup flash, no external or wireless flash, Flash won't fire at all if the camera thinks the subject is out of range, Very slow 1/60s flash sync due to electronic shutter,...
Summary: The J1 will reward point-and-shoot upgraders with a noticeable bump in image quality, but often fails to deliver acceptable results in lower-light settings when operated in its fully automated mode.
Pros: Good image quality (comparable to 12MP Micro Four Thirds sensor output), Very good, print-ready JPEGs - nice color reproduction, and a good balance of NR/detail, Fast and accurate phase-detection tracking AF as part of adaptive 'Hybrid' AF system, Exceptional continuous shooting rates - up to 60 fps, Effective (automatic) in-camera correction of fringing/CA and vignetting in JPEG files, Smart Photo Selector works very well in day-to-day shooting (and is great for grou...
Cons: Conservative Auto ISO behavior can result in dangerously slow shutter speeds indoors (especially frustrating for social photography and continuous-advance shots of indoor sports), No 'live' simulation of exposure compensation, nor on-screen histogram, Few direct access buttons and no 'quick menu' - some basic exposure parameters (such as ISO, white balance and exposure mode) can only be accessed via the main menu, Very little customization possible, No control over Hy...
Summary: Nikon's innovative CSC debut takes the growing convergence between still and video capture to the next level. The J1's minimalist design may not be to everyone's taste but its size and simplicity, along with its blistering speed, should chime with its intended audience. Its image quality is better than we have any right to expect from such a small sensor and good enough for most consumers, few of whom will ever make an A3 print and then scrutinise it with a magnifying...