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Nikon 1 interchangeable lens cameras, J1 and V1, launched and priced

Yesterday, Electroworld unveiled Nikon’s interchangeable lens cameras (ILC), the Nikon 1 J1 and the Nikon 1 V1. These types of cameras falls between your high-end point-and-shoot cameras and your DSLRs. They are compact, yet can accommodate different lenses and take almost DSLR-like photos.

nikon 1

At the heart of the Nikon 1 cameras is Nikon’s own and very new, CX sensor. It’s smaller than other ILC sensors out there but it doesn’t compromise on speed, dynamic range and image quality at all. Thanks to its EXPEED 3 processor, the Nikon 1 cameras feels really fast… from focusing, to processing and saving your picture. It packs a combination of Contrast and Phase-Detection AF in a single hybrid sensor that contributes to the fast focusing and the 135 focus points (my Nikon D90 only has 9) will make sure you’ll get the best results.

nikon 1 controls

I was able to try out these Nikon 1 cameras and I was really impressed with its all-around quick response, excellent quality even in indoor shots and very smart auto mode. The only qualm I have coming from my familiarity of the DSLR is its simplistic approach when it comes to dials. The only quick toggle I can do is shutter speed and aperture. If I want to change WB and ISO I need to dig into the menu, which to be fair is quite intuitive and simple.

Nikon 1 j1

The Nikon 1 J1 is geared towards the consumers who hasn’t handled a DSLR yet and not sure if they want to go that route. Or those who wants something small yet with DSLR-like controls. It’s smaller than the V1 and doesn’t have a viewfinder nor a hotshoe for external accessories. It comes in red, white, pink, silver,Ā  or black with a 10mm to 30mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. The Nikon 1 J1 retails for Php31,999.

nikon 1 v1 nikon 1 v1 02

The Nikon 1 V1 is for the enthusiasts or professional photographers who needs a secondary, less bulky camera that can do the job. It’s the bigger sibling of the J1 with a bright, 1440k electronic viewfinder, a mechanical shutter, and a covered slot (not hotshoe and no built-in flash) for proprietary Nikon 1 accessories. It can also take still photos while shooting Full HD videos without interruption. It comes in black, or white with a 10mm to 30mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. The Nikon 1 V1 retails for Php43,999.

ft1 mount ft1 mount adapter

If you’re already a Nikon DSLR owner, there’s an F-mount adapter that lets you use your Nikkor lens on any of these Nikon 1 cameras. No word yet on how much it costs here.

As of right now, only the black and white colors are available but the rest of colors (including colored lens) will be available early next year. You can buy these cameras at Electroworld and Nikon stores in the metro.

You might want to head to http://nikon1.nikon-asia.com to know more about the features of these cameras.

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  • Griswold

    I’ve read rave reviews about the Nikon 1 and i think it’s one camera to be considered when looking for an EVIL camera. pero my goodness what’s with the price? It’s not newbie friendly.

    • JmBalicano

      Some of Nikon’s own DSLRs are priced lower than this thing.

    • Griswold

      kahit sa kimstore nasa 28k. mahal pa rin.

  • so expensive! mas mahal pa sa dslr O_O

    • yeah… ganun talaga. pati yung panasonic GF1 which was the first ILC i think mas mahal compared sa ibang DSLRs

  • Jeany

    Mga kaylan magiging available yung Nikon 1 J1 *PINK*? And may Nikon 1 j1 na ba sa Trinoma or SM North?

    • meron ng j1 sa sm north annex yung nikon store there. yung pink baka sa feb pa. you might want to ask them na rin.

      • Jardean

        meron na bang adapter tinitinda for J1?

  • Jeany

    So what color available sa Annex? By Feb? Are you sure? And how much will it cost? The pink one

    • nope not sure sa color. yun lang sabi saken ng nokia reps that other colors will arrive early this year. black and white pa lang available when i checked last december.

      • Jeany

        Ohhh Wala ba sa Trino?

        • Morvz

          ask ko lng kung anu ung mas better ung effects itong Nikon J1 or ung DSLRs ? :)thanks

  • Meron na bang pink nikon 1 j1? sa sm North annex ?

  • meron na bang pink or white nikon j1 @ sM north ??

  • TSC

    hi, sorry for trolling, but we have just start a small online business here in japan.
    We are currently selling a special Brand new Pink nikon J1 for 13k. Its from an outlet sale. You may want to check it out. https://m.facebook.com/TokyoStoreConnection. We also cater some sort of “pabili” system in Japan. Please free to visit us, thnks!

  • Abby

    Thanks for this review. It's informative and simple. You talked from amateur's point of view. No jargons. I'm planning to get one. I might get the V1. Kudos!!!