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Nikon 1 S1 and J3 addition coverage

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It has been a week since the announcement of thew new Nikon 1 S1 and J3 mirrorless cameras. Here is some additional coverage from around the Web:

There's no main mode dial to worry about. The S1 feels rather like a compact camera in many respects, and if you do want to adjust settings then there are six main tiles that cover shooting modes, playback, special shooting modes, movie capture, image processing and set-up options. /Pocket-lint

Further changes can be found elsewhere in the Nikon J3's firmware. The unusual Motion Snapshot function -- which creates a brief slow-motion, high definition movie clip followed with a still frame from the action -- now records a longer initial video clip. The J3 also now offers a Slow View function, seen previously in the Nikon V2. /Imaging-resource

The S1 and J3 are really just meant for you to set it and forget it; or at least that’s how I feel. However the S1 incorporates new features that make their settings easier for consumers. For example, there is motion control which slows the shutter speed down to get the blur effect that some people love. However, it is in a simple interface and easy to understand terms. There is also background softening. /Thephoblographer

Sneak peak of the Nikon 1 J3 and S1 TVC shoot in Australia:

Nikon 1 J3 and S1 hands-on videos:

If you are still wondering what are the differences between the J2 that was announced five months ago and the new Nikon 1 J3, hopefully this table will help (J3 improvements in red):

Nikon 1 J3 Nikon 1 J2
Effective Pixels 14.2million 10.1million
Sensor Size 13.2mmx8.8mm 13.2mmx8.8mm
File Format Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control Standard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Portrait
Landscape
Selected Picture Control can be modified
User-customizable Settings
Standard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Portrait
Landscape
Selected Picture Control can be modified
User-customizable Settings
Storage Media SD
SDHC
SDXC
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Card Slot 1 Secure Digital (SD) 1 Secure Digital (SD)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 15frames per second with AF; 30/60 fps with focus locked on first frame 5 frames per second10, 30 or 60 fps using Electronic (Hi) shutter
ISO Sensitivity 160-6400 100-3200
6400
Focus Modes Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
White Balance Auto
Incandescent
Fluorescent
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Cloudy
Shade
Preset Manual
Underwater
All except preset manual with fine tuning
Auto
Incandescent
Fluorescent
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Cloudy
Shade
Preset Manual
All except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie HD: 1920 x 1080/60i
HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
HD: 1280 x 720/30p
Slow-motion: 640 x 240/400fps
Slow-motion: 320 x 120/1200fps
Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080/60p (plays at 24p)
Audio file format: ACC
Movie file format: MOV
HD: 1920 x 1080/60i
HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
Slow-motion: 640 x 240/400fps
Slow-motion: 320 x 120/1200fps
Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080/60p (plays at 24p)
Audio file format: ACC
Movie file format: MOV
Monitor Size 3.0in. diagonal 3.0in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution 921,000Dots 921,000Dots
Monitor Type TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
Battery / Batteries EN-EL20 Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL20 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge) 220shots (CIPA) 220shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5C Power Supply Connector
EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5C Power Supply Connector
Approx. Dimensions Width4.0in.(101mm)
Height2.4in.(60.5mm)
Depth1.1in.(28.8mm)
Width4.2in.(106mm)
Height2.4in.(61mm)
Depth1.2in.(29.8mm)
Approx. Weight 7.1oz. (201g)
camera body only
8.4oz. (238g)
camera body only
 Price $596.95  546.95 

Another difference, that is not officially mentioned anywhere by Nikon, is that the new Nikon 1 J3 and S1 cameras do not have an anti-aliasing (AA) filter.

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  • neversink

    Did i fall asleep….. Nikon 1 still a bore to me…. Enjoy it, but not my cup of tea..

    • gsum

      Perhaps you should experience 60fps before posting boring comments.

      • neversink

        So what… 60 fps on the Nikon 1 or on the D800. I’ll take the D800 – Thank you and I’m sooooooo bored with this piece of plastic that feels like a toy that I am going back to sleep. But have fun with it!!!!!! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        • gsum

          Thanks. I’ll have fun with the v1 for sports/birding and with the D800 for landscapes. Two completely different uses – both cameras have their strengths and weaknesses.
          Can’t understand why you bothered buying a Nikon 1 though – assuming that you’re posting from experience rather than just repeating hearsay.

          • anon

            I’m seriously considering the J3 mostly for birding (and macro, think about the working distance you get with a 105 mm for typical use). It is a very attractive alternative for a teleconverter (for a 70-200/2.8 or a 70-300): high pixel density, no additional glass, no f-stop loss, weight and price same order of magnitude as a TC-201 alone. If only Nikon would bring a non-AA sensor and EVF in the same body, and if only somebody would sell a reasonably priced F-mount adapter… Waiting for those, the J3 will get me through the next spring bird migration season.

          • neversink

            No hearsay… i have not bought the Nikon 1, but have tried a number of them out at my photo store and my neighbor has one which I borrowed for a weekend. My opinion: Two thumbs down for many reasons.

            Tell me what weaknesses the D800 has. I shoot with it side by side with my D4 on many of my shoots; and my clients have all been satisfied. It is a myth that it is not good for sports or action. Your shooting technique needs to be down pat, but I have had no problem getting great images from the D800 in all conditions. Yes, the D800 is more than just a landscape camera. I would never have purchased it if it would have limited me, but it doesn’t. It is quite versatile. I suggest that you don’t listen to hearsay. ;–}

            No one really needs 11 fps. 4fps is more than enough. it is similar to the fps of what many of the old motor drives for the Nikon film bodies F, F2 and F3 provided.

            I’d rather take my time and wait for the right moment with good composition than fire away blindly. But 4fps is enough to catch most moments. And with 36 mp I can crop to my heart’s content if I need to or want to. So, please,don’t believe all the myths out there. The D800 is one incredible camera is all types of situations.

            • Arkasai

              I like how you give the camera “two thumbs down for many reasons” then go on about the D800 for three paragraphs. Way to shore up an argument :D

            • neversink

              I gave the Nikon 1 two thumbs down for reasons I had discussed previously….

              * plastic toy-like feel

              * Ridiculously minuscule sensor

              * Shutter lag…. as slight as it is, it is there, and a fraction of a second in lag can make or break a photo

              * Expensive for what you get and you have to buy lenses for this camera. If I want a p&s type camera, why not the S100 by Canon. Wish Nikon made p&s as good as Canon. Not yet.

              The reason I discussed the D800 was due to comments on the D800 in this thread….

              Ciao :-]

            • Arkasai

              Hah nice, now you’ve got an argument…even if 3/4 of it was just tacked on. And you did bring the D800 into the conversation for who knows what.

            • neversink

              I only brought the D800 in because it was mentioned that the D800 was only useful for landscapes — a myth that needs dispelling. Also, I believe I brought it up in talking about 60fps. I went off track. Sue me!!!
              Here’s my problem with the Nikon 1 cameras. They feel as if they are only prototypes. I would love a serious little camera that I could take along with me in my pocket like the Nikon 1. Unfortunately, the Nikon 1 feels as if it is still in the R&D stage….

            • gerardeux

              Yes, please crop all your precious photo’s and throw away all the light that has fallen uselessly on your too big sensor! Instead i will take the adapter and a standard Nikon lens in front of the 1 series and enjoy 2,7x times more light on my sensor while making optically the same picture (also in Bokeh if I choose the lens right) even compared to an uncropped full frame.

        • Kamran

          I love the fact that you compare a simple csc camera with a full on providing dlsr. Of course the d800 is going to trump over the 1 series, but you forget to look at the target audience and the purpose behind the cameras themselves.
          Nikon 1 is a advanced point and shoot, designed to enjoy photography and not be bombarded with a huge camera.
          Nikon D800 is for serious photographers and money makers, you can’t expect everyone to own a huge DSLR now can you, and nor is it a camera that everyone can afford or have resources to process images of.
          Your comparing apples to oranges.

          • neversink

            You are correct….. I just wish that this camera had gone through more R&D… I could use something like a Nikon 1 with a bigger sensor and no lag time. Then it would be wonderful. I would even put up with the weird colors of the rainbow and the plastic feel. Just give me the bigger sensor first. I do make my living from photography, so now you may understand where my comments come from. And yes, they may be a bit out of place when talking about the Nikon 1 cameras. But then I again, perfection is demanded of me when I shoot, so why can’t I demand perfection from Nikon, even in a consumer oriented camera.

    • Groosome

      Pretty sure J3 is the crappest model name for anything ever made.

    • Sean McNamara

      I’m with neversink. I’m really trying to get excited about these offerings, but as soon as someone starts demoing the product, it just sounds like Charlie Brown’s teacher to me.

      60fps is sweet if you’re into that magic, but it’s not pertinent for many, if not most. I’m waiting for low-light breakthrough in this market; would help justify the non-pocketable nature of these guys.

      Aren’t we so spoiled nowadays, though? ISO 3200 produces useable images on just about any point and shoot worth a damn, and we (read: I) still want more. It’s pretty insane, but that insanity seems to be driving the manufacturers to try harder and harder at that type of performance. Good on us crazies! Keep up the good work. ;)

      • Experienced Photographer

        The low light breakthrough is already made by the MFT cameras. The Olympus E-PM2 i.e. is not only small, light and fast enough, but it also delivers great image quality in any light. The amazing Sony MFT 16 megapixel sensor (yes, it’s the same one as found in the OM-D) is much, much bigger, has a higher resolution and delivers excellent low light image quality. Many MFT lenses are very, very good too. Why invest in this inferior Nikon 1 system when all you need is already there? Really, try an Olympus PEN mini 2 with a good prime or zoom and you know exactly what I mean. Maybe pay a little bit more and win a lot more in image quality. In my opinion there’s no better camera (size-weight-image quality) at this moment.

  • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

    “There is also background softening. ”

    With a bigger sensor, this feature would be less relevant…

    • MyrddinWilt

      You mean bigger lenses.

      Increasing the sensor size means that a f/5.6 lens is also bigger because its a ratio. Increasing the lens aperture has the exact same effect.

      An easy way to remember it is that the lens multiplier works on the f stop ratio too.

      So far the fastest lens they have produced is only f/1.8 and that is equivalent to f/4.6 on an FX frame. Ooops.

      • Tommy

        Thanks for the insight. I’ll buy one of those and wait for a CX equivalent of a f/1.4 FX lens then. Ooops, indeed.

  • Martijn

    i think there are some nice improvements there. nothing shocking but theres improvement. but if it can shoot 60 fps and be able to handle that. why no 1080 60p?

    • tinglemustdie

      I think the same after playing with my V1 a little, I love the 1080-60i for the possibility of slowing down the action in post production, but i hate the artifact introduced by interlace the frames and they are annoying when filming sport, the exact situation when is more useful filming in 1080-60

    • MyrddinWilt

      Because 60p requires twice the bandwidth of 60i.

      The chips in these cameras are not quite up to compressing HD video at 60p. But give it a generation or two and they will be there. These are the low end models though.

      What the lineup really needs is a dedicated video camera with either XLR inputs or digital inputs and an XLR adapter (so the signal can be digitized at the mic rather than after a long coper wire).

      The line should be doing 4K video as well. That is already starting to push through in the high end TVs. And about time too as for some reason you can’t get desktop computer monitors that are higher resolution than HD video without a lot of hassle these days.

  • Mansgame

    I’ve asked before and I’ll ask again: who buys these things??

    • pointshooter

      Because these things are exactley what some people need. ;)

      • neversink

        Because these are exactly what some people think they need
        ;–}

    • Chicken

      This was a question I asked before the first model came out. Now, I figure there MUST be a market out there or we wouldn’t be looking at 6 different models with a fast growing lens collection. Not to mention all the different accessories.

      I feel that Nikon wouldn’t be churning out these products if they weren’t profitable.

    • malez

      j1 is one of the best selling camera japan

      search for it

    • Deep_Lurker

      Who buys these things? Compact camera consumers who want to upgrade but who find a D3100 or D3200 to be too big, too complicated, too confusing, and too much camera.

      At least, that’s who the Nikon One system seems to be aimed at.

      • Mansgame

        But with a sensor that small, what’s the point? Get a P7700

  • jk

    it’s not the camera it is the photographer….but not all cameras give you a chubber like an amazing camera

  • Drool

    Man, I just wish someone would make a camera that matters. That has it all. When the day comes we will joyfully be able to log onto Flickr and similar sites to see mind boggling masterpieces of side salads with juicy mandarin oranges and small beast like children with cupcake icing on their cheeks and drooling mouths! get it together NIKON! Get it together Sony etc. I want better side salad images!!!

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