Now in more flavors.
It’s been a little under a year since Nikon first introduced its line of mirror-less compact camera system, the Nikon 1 series, and at the time it left a lot to be desired from the iconic camera maker. For those that still think that mirror-less systems are just a passing fad consider yourself disappoint – Nikon announced their (incremental) update to their 1-series of cameras, the Nikon 1 J2.
The J2 offers some incremental upgrades from the existing J1, like a slightly faster burst mode (12fps up from 10fps in the J1), additional art filters (hooray! Instagram on your camera *sarcasm*), and the implementation of a hybrid AF sensor that allows you to shoot stills like a move – those of you with an HTC One or any other phone that uses Scalado’s technology should be familiar with this type of image capture function that allows for continuous image capture so either you or your device can pick the best shots.
Announced along with the J2 was a brand new underwater enclosure and a new 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens in just as many colors as J2 bodies. Here the underwater housing seems to be the most notable item since it allows for the use of zoom while in the enclosure.
It’s hard to say if this is worth picking up; if you’re the type of shutterbug that is into high end point-and-shoots this may be worth looking into but it can be cost prohibitive (the current pricepoint heavy weight champ is Sony’s AX1000 at nearly $650). For more serious enthusiasts and prosumers, the Nikon 1’s lack of EVF and lack of any serious glass makes it a tough sell, even as a rangefinder style secondary camera.