Hands-On Photos and Videos from Nikon J1 and V1

Today Nikon announced their Nikon 1 mirrorless system with J1 and V1. There were two events in Sofia, Bulgaria about official launch of the CX-format mirrorless cameras. I could only attend the second one, but I tried the Nikon J1 and V1.

I have few not-so-good photos and videos:

Nikon J1 vs Samsung Galaxy S Nikon J1 vs Samsung Galaxy S

Nikon J1 in the hands Nikon J1 in the hands

I am a DSLR user and this is my first encounter with digital mirrorless camera. Before I was not paying attention at this market but recently my attention was directed this way. I was ~75 days across Europe – Italy, France, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland.. and I carried almost every day the DSLR bag.

Tonight when I saw the Nikon J1 I was surprised how small the size of the camera is. It’s very small! You can see the picture comparator between J1 and my Galaxy S smartphone.

Ivan “Jumbo” Maslarov presented the new system with the help from product manager (I think?) for Nikon Bulgaria. They emphasize the positive characteristics of the Nikon 1 system – small size, easily fit in the pocket, simple operation, fast AF (hybrid autofocus system), Motion Snapshot, Smart Photo Selector, many accessories.

You can read about this stuff at the Nikon websites. Yes, they are working.

The lenses are good, I love the 10mm F2.8mm pancake – small, lightweight and bright. 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR PD-ZOOM is made for the video shooters. The zoom is operated by switch on the lens (like the “normal” digital cameras). Just to mention that J1 and V1 record 1080p30 video but they lack 24 and 25p.

We could’t use own SD cards, so I don’t have photos and videos from the camera. I saw the firmware version – 1.0.

Is Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras for me – no, Sony NEX is for me. I am filmmaker and I lovе the video capabilities of NEX-5n and NEX-7. With NEX-VG20 camcorder and a NEX mirrorless camera I can make a good system for video and photo :)

I think Nikon 1 is not aimed at professional photographers. Nikon carefully studied the market and know what they are doing.

My friend Nikola Balov made good photos from the first event. I will post some here, the rest are located at his blog.

Nikon 1 J1 Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V1

And one video of the menu system:

  • Antonio Coronado

    Good Post, dude !

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebarnabe zebarnabe

    Thanks for sharing… I think what is missing in the line up of lens is a bright aperture pancake (f/2.0 at the very least, f/1.8 or brighter would help) …

    Other thing would be some better dedicated manual controls over photography parameters, however, since the target market is not for pros I can see the appear of simplifying the interface.

    Looking at the samples available, quality in terms of noise is pretty impressive, micro four thirds needs to update their sensors instead of their image engines… or else Nikon will be poking really hard.

    On other hand, the price seems to be too high, but it’s the release price and there is always hope that it will go down

    Oh well… the system needs to mature and reviews need to be made so that we could judge it for real.

    • http://www.nikolaovcharski.com Nikola Ovcharski

      I agree with you – the price is high and the reviews will tell us is Nikon 1 system good.

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