The J1 is the less expensive of the two cameras that represented the Nikon's entrance into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market. The new Nikon 1 series introduced a new sensor size and a new lens mount (dubbed CX and Nikkor 1, respectively). Most notably, the J1 can take advantage of all Nikon F mount lenses when used in conjunction with an optional adapter. The J1 also features 1080p video recording and a 1200 FPS slow motion mode. The camera also has the ability to take stills during video recording.
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What You Need To Know
- Marks the first mirrorless interchangeable lens entry from either of the big two in photography — Nikon and Canon
- Critics found that instead of creating a cheaper and smaller DSLR, Nikon opted to make an expensive point-and-shoot
- One of the first two cameras to utilize Nikon's 1 mount
- An optional converter allows the J1 to use all of Nikon's F mount lenses
- Criticized for its small sensor
Small-bodied interchangeable-lens cameras are the future of photography, and everyone knows it. At their best, they bring DSLR-like control and quality to cameras with much smaller bodies. That’s what Sony went for with the NEX-3, and what Olympus and Panasonic did with their Micro Four Thirds cameras. Two big names have been missing from this list, though, and that’s Nikon and Canon. Neither camera goliath released an interchangeable-lens camera that isn’t a DSLR, until Nikon finally...
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||RAW, RAW + JPEG
||SD, SDHC, SDXC
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