Nikon 1: A Tiny, Superfast Camera With Tiny, Swappable Lenses

Tiny cameras with giant sensors and swappable lenses are like, a big deal. Nikon just built their first brand new platform and lensmount system for the first time in practically 50 years. It's the Nikon 1. And yeah, it's kind of awesome.

There's a lot going on that makes it fantastic. It shoots video and photos simultaneously, without interrupting video — even at 1080p. Nikon's saying it's got the world's fastest autofocus. A new Motion Snapshot combines photo and video seamlessly — snap a photo, and it shoots a second a video simultaneously at 60fps. When you hit play, it spools out 2.5 seconds of slow-motion video at 24fps. Speaking of slow-motion, it records at 600fps at its super slowest.

Vital details for camera nerds:

• 10.1-megapixel CX sensor

• dual-core Expeed 3 sensor

• Nikon 1 lens mount system

There's two models, both out on Oct. 20 — the J1 is $US650 and the more heavyweight V1 is $US900. Nikon hasn't confirmed Australian pricing, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.


Comments

    was excited 'till I read this on Engadget:
    "CX-size (13.2mm x 8.8mm) sensor with a 2.7x crop factor"
    http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/21/nikon-unveils-v1-and-j1-mirrorless-cameras-10-1mp-cmos-2-7-inc/
    and the lens details from DPReview:
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1109/11092115nikonlenses.asp

    Don't get me wrong, super-slow-mo and simultaneous photo+video sound really good, and the bodies look nice and compact. But Sony packed a full-size APS-C sensor in the NEX cameras, which are about the same size. E-mount lenses aren't the best, and of course final judgment will be based on full reviews and sample shots, but at the moment NEX-7 is still topping my photographic wish list.

      The trade off with sensor size is that the bigger your sensor, the larger the lenses for that sensor need to be.

      Just look at the 18-200 for the nex cameras, it's huge!

      If nikon can keep the lenses small then the 1 system cameras should be a decent small carry everywhere camera.

      But if the camera + lens ends up a similar size to the other mirror less cams, then the other cameras should have an major advantage at least in terms of image quality. Especially at higher ISO's.

    Nikon 1 bodies are smaller than NEX (look at the hands on pics on DPReview).. but importantly the lenses. Nex fails because it's still regular DSLR sized lenses despite the tiny body. J1 + 10mm pancake looks not much bigger than an S95!

    I am liking the product the more I ready - but they do sound horribly overpriced.. i think they need to start about $499US

      Don't forget that's RRP, street price should be lower.

    F-MOUNT WHERE?

    I wanna see that (with adapter) on 300mm Nikon lens :) ... pink one please ! hahaha

    Considering the sensor size, the lenses really need to be smaller. And the look of the bodies suck. The fake mock-ups that were floating around pre-release were MUCH better.

    It's not gonna be my next camera, but I dig the retro look of the V1. Not the J1. The hump makes a difference. The J1 is like a woman with flat boobs. The V1 is curvaceous.

    I am fans of Nikon camera, I have the camera for several months, it works quite well.
    Are you interested in some Hands free camera, welcome to visit: http://www.bigbigeye.com/spy-cameras-c-1.html

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