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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nikon! You Should Have Release Them Earlier! (Nikon J-1 and Nikon V-1 news)

Well, in August 2010, I'd purchased the Sony NEX-5, a brand new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera concept for the brand at that time. What made the NEX series unique was it had a full scale DSLR sensor being fitted in such a small camera. Hence, it caught my attention and surprisingly, it performs better than the Nikon D80 I had since 2009. 

So far, I'm still impressed what this camera can do. However, there's a recent update in the camera market that shocked me. 

Nikon now releases their own version of mirrorless cameras - The V-1 and J-1! 
(Link and full details: here)

Well, it is interestingly enough to know that Nikon has register themselves into the mini interchangeable camera business alongside Sony and Samsung, as well as dealing with the Micro Four Thirds of Panasonic and Olympus. 

Generally, these 2 models are using a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, hybrid phase and detection auto-focus system, producing 1080p HD videos and even have a 1200 fps slow-motion mode for it. And they will be sold around $649.95 (Nikon J1) and $899.95 (Nikon V1). 

As for their kit lens: Nikon announces four CX format lenses: 

  • 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 pancake
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom
  • 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR PD-ZOOM
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6

Well, seems like it has more variables than the current NEX series' E-mount lens (3). 

This camera series will be out this coming October. And I'm still doubting, what if I fit my existing DX lenses into this camera. Most probably I would need an adapter to do so. And even if I have one, will it be fully in autofocus mode still? 

I wish I could compare my NEX-5 to this awesome newcomer. But nevertheless, I'm still happy with my Sony. It's just that I could have go for Nikon rather than Sony if this is released last year. 

I still believe that the NEX series is one great choice, though I'm a Nikon fan. 

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