|1. The Mode dial has just four settings: Still, Movie, Smart Photo and Motion Snapshot. 2. The V1 has a built-in eye-level EVF; the J1 does not. 3. Nikon has introduced accessories like the Nikon 1 SB-N5 Speedlight to match the compact design of the new Nikon 1 system.
Nikon V1 & J1
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $899 (V1 with 10-30mm zoom); $649 (J1 with 10-30mm zoom)
Renowned DSLR maker Nikon has become the latest company to enter the mirrorless, interchangeable-lens market with the new V1 and J1. Both are built around the same 10-megapixel CMOS sensor in a new format that Nikon calls CX. The sensor measures 13.2x8.8mm and has a 2.7x focal-length factor (a 100mm lens frames like a 270mm lens on a 35mm SLR). These cameras are also the first to feature Nikon's new EXPEED 3 processing.
A new hybrid phase-detection/contrast-detect AF system is very quick, featuring phase-detection sensors right in the image sensor. Both cameras can shoot full-resolution images at 10 fps with autofocusing and 60 fps with focus locked. A new Motion Snapshot mode yields a frozen still image with a slow-motion movement sequence, with a built-in audio soundtrack, while the Smart Photo Selector mode pre-caches a series of images and presents the best five from which you can select your favorite.
Both cameras can do 1920x1080 full HD at 60i and 30p, and 1280x720 HD video at 60p, all with level-adjustable stereo sound via built-in microphones. The V1 also accepts an external mic. Both models offer two slow-motion video modes: 640x240 at 400 fps and 320x120 at 1200 fps.
The top-of-the-line V1 features a built-in, 1,440,000-dot eye-level electronic viewfinder and 3.0-inch, 921,000-dot LCD monitor. The lower-priced J1 replaces the EVF with a built-in flash unit and has a 460K-dot LCD monitor, and it's even smaller than the V1. Both cameras feature electronic shutters with a top speed of 1⁄16,000 sec.; the V1 also has a mechanical shutter.
Nikon introduced four lenses with the new cameras: the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 VR kit zoom, 1 Nikkor 10-100mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 VR power zoom, 1 Nikkor 30-110mm ƒ/3.8-5.6 telezoom and 1 Nikkor 10mm ƒ/2.8 pancake lens. With the sensor's 2.7x crop factor, this provides focal lengths equivalent to 27-297mm on a 35mm camera. There also will be an FT-1 F-mount adapter, which permits use of Nikkor SLR lenses, with autofocusing with AF-S and AF-I lenses.