Nikon 1: Holy Cow

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For the first time in almost 50 years Nikon has changed their entire stance on camera manufacturing. This is big, really big. It comes in the form of the Nikon J1 and V1.

What is so special about the Nikon 1 you ask? A lot, that’s what. It is small, like point and shoot small. Finally great pictures can be produced without dragging around a camera the size of a brick. Of course what would a camera be without the lens? In the trash that is where. Which is why Nikon has outfitted this camera with a completely new optics mounting system and produced four lenses to go onto it.

The thing is fast as well, shooting in full 1080p and being able to seamlessly switch to shooting pictures. But all of this comes at a cost. No longer will the camera sport a mirror. It will all be digital. With the newly designed CMOS sensor, expectations are high.

The specifications on this baby include 10.1 megapixel sensor, an sio between 100 and 3200, (expandable to 6400) a 73 point AF system, shooting at 10 frames per second, with video up to 60 frames per second, and of course 12 bit raw capture. All in the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera in the industry. Oh, and did I mention is can shoot slow motion at 24 frames per second? Yea, that too.

Of course, one question sticks in my mind. How will this play with older lenses? Time will tell.

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