I tell you this. It will be interesting how well the F mount adapter actually works and how good the 3200 ISO is in reality. The video is interesting as well. I for one will be looking at this closely.
Hi Neil, long time. My wife is from Liverpool and in Liverpool the have an expression "I want doesn't get" (my son hears that often enough .
I think red to match her red Markins might do it (not that there is much connection on using the J1 on her tripod but matching accessories.
I am with Thom on this one...with the advances Nikon has put in the camera(we'll see) why no Wi-Fi. My wife shoots her D90 much more now days but uses her Facebook a lot so uses the camera in her Samsung Pad constantly (trust me she is not a kid!)
It appears that the cancer thing is in the past so now just the ever-present aging thingy ...life is good. Enjoying learning to shoot my son's sports career. Using the 500vr has made me work on monopod use, but not quite there!
I trust you and yours are well. Heck your 'little' granddaughter is probably in school! Cheers, Tom
Looks like there are a number of new features in the technical specs for the Nikon 1.
New crop factor - 2.7 times - wonder how this translates to the F mount.
10 mega pixel images with a tiny sensor - this implies a very small pixel pitch but they have managed to control noise at high ISO levels. This suggests a major step forward in high ISO performance. In other high ISO cameras the step forward was achieved with a larger pixel.
12 bit RAW only - no 14 bit?
LCD viewfinder with Eye sensor - WYSIWYG
Up to 60 FPS / 1200 FPS slow motion movie mode - sounds really interesting even though the image size is small.
135 AF points
AF-A and AF-F - what's Full Time Servo?
There are lots of things to think about with this camera. Many of the new features translate well to the next FX and DX bodies.
My thoughts are while I like the simplicity of the design, I'm thinking any modes other than full auto will be slow to operate. May be Aperature Priority won't be too bad, but I can't imagine how you control it in Manual until I see it.
I like the new SB-N5 speedlite. Nice that made it able to swivel for bounce.
Sounds like the image quality from the sensor will be good, but I will want to see some real world results.
I've been looking for a vacation "DisneyWorld" camera for a while, and holding out until this was announced. We'll see, but I just might pull the trigger on this one...
P.S. Wonder how well it work converted to IR...!
-------------------------- Rick Paul Tucson, Arizona
Interesting. I've held off from purchasing a small vacation/travel camera, waiting for that right balance of small, good image quality, and camera control. 10MP/12-bit NEF would suffice for me if the quality is there at 800ISO or so.
I think I would prefer an attached, retractable lens to keep the size to a minimum, but will certainly give this one a look.
I'm wondering why Nikon didn't join micro-Four-Thirds. As far as I can see the Nikon 1 has no unique selling point (high speed is already available). Agreements with other companies? Does anyone have a clue?
The V1 looks more interesting to me than the J1, because of the electronic viewfinder. It will be interesting to see how usable it is. I'm not quite ready to give up my viewfinder and frame all my shots by looking at an LCD on the back of the camera.
Quote>I have to say that I'm very disappointed in what Nikon is >offering in mirrorless. > >I was hoping for at least a micro-4/3rds sized sensor, or, >preferably, an APS-C sized sensor; a camera similar to the >Fujifilm X100, only much better in every way. >Quote
It took 4 years to develop this camera, but I expect an upgrade much sooner. Not sure if a APS-C sensor would even fit? I think they intend to keep this unique Sensor size (2.7x) for a long while. There will be 7 more lens available soon that will probably not even work properly with a larger sensor.
If the best of the new technology can be put in a DX D3200 or D5200 it should sell well.
So the fastest lens is the 10mm f/2.8. With a 2.7 crop factor, that's a lot of DOF, hence little subject isolation.
Interesting contrast with the new Fuji mirrorlesses. They (Nikons) seem less targeted at traditional photo enthusiasts and more towards a new kind of enthusiast that's less into manual adjustments and more into video and will see the burst mode (60 FPS!!!) as interesting.
Was it ZoneV Al that was predicting a couple years ago that the future of photography might be capturing video burst and picking the "decisive moment" out of that sequence? Gonna need new software and workflows (and disk and RAM) to deal with the massive number of images produced by this technique.
I hate to be the scrooge on this one, but at best my reaction is mehh. I was hoping for something that would blow away the competition in IQ, ergonomics and build quality. Looks like Panasonic is still the top player in this field.
I just viewed some image samples on dpreview. Looks to my like the NR is washing out details as it did with my (former) Olympus EPL2.
I don't understand why Nikon couldn't place a DX sensor in this new series of cameras? Size has nothing to do with it as this new mirrorless system has less components than a DSLR (mirror, optical viewfinder, top LCD, less exterior function buttons, etc.).
Nikon has had the technology to produce this type of camera for years but has chosen not to do so.
>> OTOH, with a 2x converter he'd have a 3240mm optical system — and no mirror slap to contend with!
That's the good news.
The bad news is that in order to take full advantage of the pixels (resolve lines one pixel wide) the lens must deliver the equivalent of 144 LPPM. For comparison a D300 needs about 88 LPPM.
But it gets worse . The theoretical diffraction limit is about f/5 - f/5.2, or thereabouts. There is a reason the 1 lenses only go to f/11 or f/16 instead of the traditional f/22. Rumor has it the Nikon engineers designed the lenses to go to f/8. The marketing dept added f/11 and f/16.
The lens with TC has to start at f/8, over one stop past the ideal minimum focal ratio. But only TC20E-III's purchased by well traffic-ed internet reviewers are razor sharp wide open. The rest of us get TC's that need to be stopped down (*).
And it gets even worse . As you stop down to make the lens diffraction limited (a tall order indeed with a 2x TC) it is softening much faster. By f/11 it will look like your D300 images look when stopped down to about f/16 to f/22.
Other than those minor inconveniences it should certainly be possible to photograph Warblers in Hawaii - while shooting from the coastal cliffs in LA - and get that nice sharp feather detail
I mention this just in case someone gets the idea of buying a 600/4 and a 1 to get that 3200mm. I am sure, though, that someone here with a 600 already will pop for a 1 just to test the numbers
(*) - That may just be another vicious unfounded internet rumor but the concept was seriously debated here in the not too distant past.
>I'm starting to see more sane reviews on the web. Sane in >that almost no one has been able to touch one yet. Those who >have said the build quality was excellent. > >Everyone has to remember this is the start of something, not >an end point. This is the beginning of a new system. Nikon >made that clear. > Granted what's mostly being reviewed at this point is specs and pictures, and the specs don't review well by traditional reviewers (small sensor, slow lenses, lack of manual controls, price, etc.).
I think the target market for this camera is either beginners or a new generation of camera buyers that's more interested the video capabilities, and not so much us more traditional camera gear heads. Most of the reviewers I read are more of the traditional gear head mentality so it's no surprise that they're not crazy about the specs.
>...I think the target market for this camera is either beginners >or a new generation of camera buyers that's more interested >the video capabilities...
A possibility down the road is that Nikon will make a camera more designed for photo enthusiasts that will use the same set of lenses. At this stage, for someone really interested in good-quality photos a D3100 would cost less and do a better job.
I can't answer for Randy - and I have no inside knowledge - but it's logical that Nikon might want to maximise their investment in this new system by extending the range upwards (and downwards...?) with other bodies in the future.
Brian answered along the lines I was thinking when I posted that. I wasn't assuming they'd introduce something like this, but hoping. With the new lens mount, they could broaden their offering to include cameras (and lenses) targeted more toward DSLR shooters who want a smaller package, rather than point-and-shooters who want interchangeable lenses.
I'd like something more portable than my DSLR, but everything on the market right now appears to have more compromises than I'd like. The new Sony NEX-7 looks to me like the best DSLR alternative right now.
My recollection is that every announcement day review of every Nikon camera made in the past 7 years has declared the camera a dismal failure . Especially something new and different verses an evolution of an existing body.
Those reviews are usually forgotten by the time people get them in their hands and actually find them useful
>My recollection is that every announcement day review of >every Nikon camera made in the past 7 years has declared the >camera a dismal failure . Especially something new and >different verses an evolution of an existing body. > >Those reviews are usually forgotten by the time people get >them in their hands and actually find them useful