New Nikon 1 Cameras and Lenses, Same Mistakes

Nikon 1 J3 Front

We may be a bit late to publish this particular announcement, but it did take some time to comprehend what Nikon has done, or, to be precise, hasn’t done. Along with the USA availability of their D5200 DSLR camera, they have also introduced two new Nikon 1 cameras and lenses. Firstly, there’s the J3, which is a successor to the J2, which was announced less than half a year ago (click here for our review). If, previously, the J-series were thought to be entry-level Nikon 1 offerings, such positioning has changed with the introduction of a lower-end S1 camera. The two lenses are 6.7-13mm F3.5-5.6 VR wide-angle zoom (18-35mm equivalent) and 10-100mm F4-5.6 VR super-zoom (27-270mm equivalent).

Nikon 1 J3 Front

Key Specifications and Commentary

Lets start with the recent update to Nikon 1 J-series, the J3.

1) Nikon 1 J3

1.1)Specification Highlights
  • 14.2 megapixel CX (1″ sized) CMOS sensor with 4608 x 3072 image size and 2.7x crop factor
  • Tough metallic body construction, as with previous Nikon 1 cameras
  • Well-received Hybrid AF with both contrast- and phase-detect systems for very fast and accurate focus acquisition and up to 135 focus points
  • 3″ 921k dot LCD screen
  • Shutter speed range of 30s-1/16000s
  • 15 frames per second shooting speed
  • 1080p/60 video support with max 1200 frames per second recording at 320×120 resolution for super-slow motion playback

In short, this is a Nikon V2 camera in a J2 body. If previously the J2 was only a minor update to the original J1, this time the newest camera in J-series gains 14.2 megapixel sensor from its bigger brother. As usual, it is very fast in both shooting speeds and autofocus, offering 15 frames per second with continuous AF. The high build quality is also a reassuring factor, no doubt. However, all is not so good when you take a closer look at what Nikon has done with the controls. I am about to rant now.

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