It has been long rumored that Nikon was going to introduce a mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera, and now they've done it—two, in fact. The new Nikon 1 cameras are the V1 and the J1, and both are built around a new 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that's about midway in size between Micro Four Thirds and the sensor in the Pentax Q. The camera bodies also fall between Micro Four Thirds and the Pentax Q in size, with the J1 being a bit smaller than the top-of-the-line V1. This makes them very easy to carry just about anywhere, even in tough terrain.
Set the mode dial to the Motion Snapshot icon, and the camera will record a frozen still image and a slow-motion sequence, ideal for many wildlife moments.
Multiple Video Formats
Both cameras can shoot 1920x1080 full HD video at 60i and 30p, and 1280x720 HD video at 60p, with stereo sound via built-in microphones. The V1 also has a socket for an external stereo mic. The cameras can do lower-res slow-motion video, 640x240 at 400 fps and 320x120 at 1200 fps. The cameras apply noise reduction to movie files and can record full HD movies for up to 29 minutes.
New 10.1 MP CX Sensor
The 1-series cameras introduce Nikon's new CX format, with a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that measures 13.2x8.8mm and has a 2.7x focal-length factor (a 100mm lens on the V1 or J1 frames like a 270mm lens on a 35mm camera—good news for wildlife shooters, not so much for landscape specialists). New EXPEED 3 processing enhances image quality and improves operating speed and battery life. The cameras can shoot compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW) files as well as JPEGs.
10 & 60 fps At Full Resolution Both cameras can shoot full-resolution images at 10 fps with autofocusing or 60 fps with focus locked. AF is via a new advanced hybrid phase-detection/contrast-detect system, with the phase-detection sensors on the image sensor.
Built-In Eye-Level EVF
The V1 features a built-in, 0.47-inch, 1,440,000-dot (SVGA) eye-level electronic viewfinder. The J1 doesn't, nor is one available as an accessory. Both cameras have 3.0-inch LCD monitors; the V1's features 921,600 dots, the J1 has 460,000 dots.
Compact, Simple Bodies
The new 1-series cameras have very compact, clean body designs. The V1's features magnesium-alloy construction, while the J1 is available in a variety of colors, including black, silver, white, red and pink (note that the latter two may cast their colors on close-up subjects like flowers and insects).
Both the V1 and the J1 feature electronic shutters with a top speed of 1⁄16,000 sec. The V1 also has a mechanical shutter, which provides a more traditional feel, and flash sync up to 1⁄250 sec. (vs. 1⁄60 sec. for the electronic shutter).
Image Sensor: 10.1-megapixel (effective) CMOS Sensor Size: 13.2x8.8mm (CX) Lens Mount: Nikon 1 mount Image Stabilization: In VR lenses LCD Monitor: 3.0-inch, 921,600-dot (V1); 460,000-dot (J1) Viewfinder: 0.47-inch, 1,440,000-dot EVF (V1) Video: 1920x1080/60i, 1920x1080/30p, 1280x720/60p, 640x240/400, 320x120/1200 AF System: Hybrid phase/contrast detect Shutter Speeds: 1⁄16,000 to 30 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄250 sec. (V1); 1⁄60 sec. (J1) Flash: Built-in auto pop-up (J1), GN 5 (in meters, ISO 100); wireless control ISO Settings: 100-3200, expandable to 6400 Continuous Firing Mode: 10 fps with AF, 60 fps with focus locked Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG Metering: Matrix, CW, spot Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC Power Source: Rechargeable EN-EL15 (V1)/EN-EL20 (J1) Li-ion battery Dimensions: 4.4x3.0x1.7 inches (V1 body); 4.2x2.4x1.2 inches (J1 body) Weight: 10.4 ounces (V1 body); 8.3 ounces (J1 body) Estimated Street Price: V1 ($899); J1 ($649); both with 10-30mm zoom Contact: www.nikonusa.com