Nikon 1 system is different to the others on offer due to the size of the sensor being used.
The system is built around a 1” sensor measuring 13.2 x 8.8mm which results in a 2.7 x crop factor compared to the traditional 35mm standard. Nikon have named this sensor size ‘CX’ which will sit alongside the existing DX and FX formats. This sensor format is around 3 times larger than the average size used in compact cameras, but between 2 and 3 times smaller than those used in the other CSCs on offer from Nikon’s rivals. It may at first seem strange that Nikon have made the decision to go head to head with their rivals using a much smaller format, however I think there is a good reason for this. Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony are all very well established brands but they do not have a significant presence in the DSLR market, they are trying to wrestle market share from Nikon and Canon’s entry level DSLRs with their CSC offerings. Nikon it seems are filling the gap between the existing compact cameras and their current DSLRs such as the D3100 and D5100.
The two cameras Nikon are launching the 1 system with are the J1 and V1, both using a 10MP CMOS sensor. Both cameras also share Nikon’s new Expeed 3 image processor which is designed to handle the ultra high speed the cameras are capable of operating at.
Both models can capture full-resolution images at 60 frames per second as well as movies in Full HD 1080/60i. For super slow motion scenes you can reduce the resolution to record at an incredible 1200fps!
The J1 is the entry level model with a minimalist design and smooth lines. It has a high resolution 3” LCD screen on the back for composing and reviewing images and features a discreet pop-up flash. More advanced users may prefer the added features of the V1. The body is magnesium alloy which should provide greater robustness but the main advantages are the electronic viewfinder and accessory port. The V1 has a built in 1.4 million dot EVF for composing images, much better in bright conditions and a preference for many photographers used to using traditional SLRs. You can also expand the usefulness of the V1 by utilising the electronic accessory port. So far Nikon have announced a GPS unit called the GP-N100 and a new SB-N5 compact speedlight.
J1 or V1 will give you the equivalent field of view as a 219-1080mm zoom lens! Consider that on safari: You can shoot 10MP images at 60 frames per second at over 1000mm where most DSLR users would be struggling to even make out the subject!
The 4 lenses Nikon are launching with the J1 and V1 cameras are named 1 Nikkor lenses and are as follows:
- 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm F3.5-5.6 (standard lens offering 27-81mm equivalent)
- 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm F3.8-5.6 (telephoto zoom offering 81-297mm equivalent)
- 1 Nikkor 10mm F2.8 pancake (wide angle prime offering 27mm equivalent)
- 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 (27-270mm equivalent with a power zoom facility designed for video use)