Mirrorless Nikon J1 and V1 cameras revealed

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Yesterday we told you about the countdown page that Nikon had put up, which was due to end with the launch of some new digital cameras. Now we can tell that the mirrorless Nikon J1 and V1 cameras have been revealed.

Nikon has decided to join the lightweight camera market with interchangeable lenses with the two new models. This Is My Next are reporting that the new 1 Series of cameras are 10.1-megapixel with 3-inch LCDs. Nikon are claiming that the devices have the world’s fastest autofocus, and are capable of 1080p30 video capture.

They are also capable of 10fps shooting speeds, and have a standard ISO of 3200. You will also find an EXPEED 3 processor, and they both come with a 10-30mm kit lens. If you decide to get the V1 it will provide a clearer image of what you are shooting as it has a 921,000 dot LCD, compared to 460,000 of the J1.

The V1 also adds an electronic viewfinder, which covers around 100% of the scene being taken at SVGA resolution. The new cameras are not exactly cheap though as the entry model J1 costs $649.95, and the V1 one is $899.95. There are a number of lenses available with the 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 costing $249.95, 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 at $749.95, and a 10mm f/2.8 for $249.95.

Owners can even add Nikon DSLR lenses using the optional extra F-mount adapter. It looks like the new Nikon cameras have been marketed more for the beginner and amateur photographer, and expect them to be hitting stores on October 20th.

Do you like the look of the Nikon J1 and V1?

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    It looks from the menu system that they’re targeting non-professionals.  The dials have some new features that make use of the fast processor but do they really need to be dedicated to the physical button?  The price point seems pretty high as well.

    I like the Nikon build and the design of the lenses looks really nice.  Looks like it has a matte finish to them.

    I can see why they produced a camera with the sensor size that it comes with (so it doesn’t cannibalize DSLR sales).  And from a common consumer perspective they can see the lenses are smaller than other mirrorless systems.

    The only real complaint I have is that their pancake 10mm lens is only f/2.8.  Should have been a minimum f/2.0.