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Nikon 1 J4 camera, WP-N3 underwater case and SB-N10 underwater speedlight now available in the US

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The Nikon 1 J4 camera, WP-N3 waterproof case and SB-N10 underwater speedlight were already announced in Asia and Europe last month and are now also available in the US. The price of the J4 will be $596.95 (including a kit lens, see pre-order option). Additional information on the WP-N3 underwater case and SB-N10 underwater speedlight:

Nikon 1 SB-N10 underwater speedlight

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Product Description

Underwater photography is one of the most exciting—and challenging—ways to use your Nikon 1. The cameras' outstanding autofocus system and 1 NIKKOR lenses help you capture sharp views of fast-moving underwater subjects, but to really bring home the vibrancy and colors of your underwater adventures, you need an external flash. Introducing the Nikon 1 SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight, a powerful underwater Speedlight flash for all underwater Nikon 1 possibilities. Waterproof down to 328 feet and with a guide number of 28/92 (m/ft, ISO 100), it can illuminate even the deepest waters.

Powerful enough for deep dives

The Nikon 1 SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight is waterproof all the way down to 328 feet—far below the reach of natural light—and powerful enough to illuminate subjects at those serious depths (guide number of approximately 28/92 [m/ft, ISO 100]). Whether you're snorkeling over a shallow reef or diving the depths of a canyon, capture beautiful, colorful underwater scenes that wouldn't be possible without a flash.

A lighting solution for every underwater possibility

The Nikon 1 SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight works with every underwater Nikon 1 solution—J1 or J2 with the WP-N1 Waterproof Housing, J3 or S1 with WP-N2 Waterproof Housing, J4 or S2 with WP-N3 Waterproof Housing or the fully waterproof AW1. It easily mounts on the optional SK-N10A Underwater Bracket and SC-N10A Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable (add the SR-N10A Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable Adapter for use with the AW1), and it works with the AW1's pop-up flash for additional lighting power in deep water.

TTL and manual flash modes and a built-in Targeting Lamp

Take control of the flash strength and fine tune it for your shot. Easily select the auto TTL mode for use with the AW1, WP-N3, WP-N2, or WP-N1 or use one of the two manual flash modes when using the Nikon 1 SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight with the Nikon 1 AW1 or WP-N3. The Targeting Lamp shows where the flash will be directed and helps your Nikon 1 autofocus on subjects in shadow before the flash fires. Add the Wide-Flash adapter to increase illumination coverage to 120°.

Supplied Accessories

  • SW-N10A Flash Adapter
  • WP-G1000 Silicon Grease

Nikon 1 WP-N3 underwater housing

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Product Description

Your Nikon 1 can go everywhere you do—even underwater! Fully submersible to a depth of 147 feet deep (45 meters), the WP-N3 waterproof housing transforms your Nikon 1 J4 or Nikon 1 S2 into a waterproof, underwater camera that's perfect for SCUBA diving, snorkeling, boating, swimming, fishing, surfing or just having fun at the pool. Relive your nautical adventures with the stunning photos and HD videos only Nikon 1 can achieve.

Waterproof protection for your J4 and S2

The compact and stylish Nikon 1 accompanies you wherever you go, now take it on the adventures that involve water! Compatible with the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 and the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lenses, the WP-N3 waterproof housing lets you keep taking photos and videos whether you're above the sea or below. Add the optional SB-N10 underwater Speedlight and you can capture even more vibrant and colorful undersea adventures than a compact camera.

Stunning underwater photos and Full HD videos

If you've ever used a disposable waterproof camera, you know the photos just don't capture the magic of an underwater experience. But imagine having your Nikon 1 along with you while SCUBA diving or snorkeling, surfing or swimming—your photos and HD videos will be amazing! Nikon 1's ultra-fast autofocus will capture even the fastest action, and your Full HD videos will be stunning and life-like.

Access key camera controls quickly and easily

The lightweight and sleek WP-N3 waterproof housing perfectly fits the Nikon 1 J4 and S2 and maintains your access to key camera controls and buttons. The zoom ring, Mode dial, Multi-selector, movie recording, playback, delete and menu buttons are all easily accessible from the housing's exterior, giving you the same creative control you enjoy—on land or underwater.

Explore the depths of your creativity

The WP-N3 waterproof housing is fully submersible down to 147 feet (45 meters) so you can take it on serious SCUBA diving and snorkeling adventures. Capture spectacular still photographs taking advantage of the cameras' fast and accurate autofocus, high continuous shooting frame rates and creative effects—Full HD video with sound for life-like movies as well as special modes like Jump-Cut, Fast-Motion—make for uniquely crafted nautical adventures.

Supplied Accessories

  • WP-N3 Waterproof Housing
  • WP-AN1000 Strap
  • WP-AN2000 Front Cap Strap
  • WP-LC1000 Front Cap
  • WP-G1000 Silicon Grease
  • WP-IS1000 Inner-Reflection Prevention Sticker
  • WP-IR1010 Inner-Reflection Prevention Sticker
  • WP-OR1000 O-Ring Remover
  • WP-S1000 Silica Gel Desiccant
  • WP-ZG1020 Zoom Gear Sleeve
  • WP-ZG1010 Zoom Gear Sleeve

Press release:

The New Compact Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 are Built to Capture Life's Spontaneous Moments with Incredible Speed and Performance

The Newest Additions to the Nikon 1 System Allow Users to Unleash Their Creativity and Capture Even the Most Fleeting Memories

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the two newest additions to the Nikon 1 System of compact interchangeable lens cameras, the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2; each providing outstanding speed and innovative tools for those ready to take their photography and creativity to new heights. Whether seeking an advanced camera when leaving the D-SLR at home, looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot camera or stepping up from a smartphone, both the J4 and S2 are compact yet feature-packed options capable of capturing beautiful images and HD videos that can easily be shared with friends and family.

Also announced were several new Nikon 1 accessories, including the WP-N3 Underwater Case for both the J4 and S2, as well as the SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight, further expanding the versatile and growing Nikon 1 System.

“The new Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 offer the ideal combination of impressive speed, compact size, powerful imaging performance and creative tools that photographers of any level can appreciate,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Possessing the renowned rapid performance of the Nikon 1 System and the ability to instantly share amazing images and HD video, Nikon’s newest Nikon 1 cameras are great on-the-go companions for ensuring every unforgettable moment is captured.”

The Ideal Camera for Capturing Life’s Spontaneous Moments

When a split second means the difference between a good shot and a great shot, Nikon 1 users will appreciate the incredible speed and accuracy offered by both the new Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2. Like the recently announced Nikon 1 V3, both cameras feature the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate*(1) at an uncompromising 20 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution, ideal for capturing split-second moments that can last a lifetime. Additionally, the J4 sports an impressive 171 contrast detect focus areas and 105 phase-detect AF points for incredible autofocus accuracy when capturing either stills or HD video.

Both of Nikon’s newest Nikon 1 System offerings offer the latest in imaging technologies to help capture amazing moments with crisp detail, even in low-light. The J4 features a new 18.4-megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, while the S2 features a 14.2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor. Both employ the new EXPEED 4A image processing engine, capable of rendering family portraits, incredible landscapes or the game winning goal with true colors and amazing precision. When shooting in low-light settings, users can also utilize an increased ISO range, expandable up to 12,800, for better performance without the use of a flash.

Recognizing the importance of sharing precious moments, both the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 allow the user to take amazing photos and HD video, and easily share with family and friends via social networks. The J4 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity*(2) that allows the seamless connection to a compatible smart phone or tablet for effortless sharing, while the S2 can provide the same capability via the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.

Capture and Create Beautiful HD Video

With the J4 and S2, Nikon has also made several enhancements to the cameras’ HD video capabilities, as both allow the user to record crisp 1080/60p HD video for up to ten minutes per clip. Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) is also available during 1080/30p and 720/30p video recording, to help ensure smooth and steady movies, even while handheld. Furthermore, both cameras are capable of capturing simultaneous still images during video recording, using the new Auto Image Capture feature that saves full size images automatically throughout recording, saving the 20 best stills for the J4 and 10 best shots for the S2. Slow View Mode is also available for the Nikon 1 J4, allowing the user to slow down the frame and capture each and every moment.

Like the Nikon 1 V3, the J4 can also record slow motion movies in HD in 1280 x 720 resolution at up to 120 frames-per-second (fps). With a wealth of new video features, the Nikon 1 System continues to push the boundaries for video capabilities in compact interchangeable lens cameras.

Ergonomically Designed and Ready for Anything

Continuing in the spirit of the Nikon 1 System, the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 are ergonomically designed and extremely compact, ready to help capture stunning stills and HD video with ease, even during the most fleeting moments. The start-up time for both cameras is incredibly fast to ensure the perfect shot is never missed, while the J4, when paired with the recently announced 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD Zoom lens, is a nearly unbeatable combination when time is of the essence. Additionally, while the Nikon 1 S2 sports the traditional Nikon 1 multi selector for menu access, the J4 features a new touchscreen interface with touch shutter functionality that allows for extremely simple and intuitive shooting. Simply tapping the screen will instantly snap an unforgettable photo. In terms of storage, both new Nikon 1 cameras use Micro SD memory cards.

Bring Your Creativity to New Heights

The J4 and S2 bring a wealth of new creative enhancements to the Nikon 1 System that provides the opportunity for users to even further expand their creativity, resulting in a truly customized experience. Both cameras see the return of several popular creative modes from previous models including Selective Color, Miniature Effect and Easy Panorama Mode (exclusive to the J4), but also introduce numerous new creative options for shooting both stills and video. For still images, users can now utilize Cross Process, Toy Camera and Creative Pallet modes, with the latter allowing users to apply effects to a scene prior to capturing an image to help preview how it will affect the photo. Creative Pallet is accessible through either the wheel on the back of the Nikon 1 J4’s touchscreen display or by using the multi selector on the back of the Nikon 1 S2. Additionally, ISO Sensitivity Noise Reduction is now available to help render amazing images when shooting at high ISO ranges by “stacking” multiple (4) shots to help achieve clear and consistent photos even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios. Additionally, new video-specific options include Jump Cut, Fast Motion and Four Second Video, further expanding on an already impressive stable of video capabilities.

Bringing Nikon 1 System Cameras to New Depths

For those who want to take the Nikon 1 System underwater, Nikon has also introduced the new WP-N3 Waterproof Case for use with both the Nikon 1 J4 (with 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom) and Nikon 1 S2 (with 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6). Designed for those interested in deeper diving, without the hassle of bringing a D-SLR, the WP-N3 is capable of operating at a depth of 45m (approximately 147.6 ft.), allowing both new Nikon 1 offerings to capture amazing underwater photos and HD video.

For further versatility when shooting underwater, Nikon has also announced the SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight, adding yet another tool to the underwater photographer’s arsenal. This new Speedlight is compatible with the WP-N1, WP-N2 and WP-N3 waterproof cases, as well as the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof compact interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1 (when using the new Fiber Optic Cable Adapter). Waterproof up to 100m (approximately 328.1 ft.), the SB-N10 will help illuminate difficult to shoot underwater shooting scenarios with elegance and precision.

Price and Availability

Available in May 2014, the Nikon 1 J4, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, will be available in Black, White, Silver and Orange for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $649.95*, while a kit with the 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR lens will also be available for $849.95* SRP. Additionally, a Two Lens Kit including the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens will be available for $1,049.95* SRP.

Available in June 2014, the Nikon 1 S2, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, will be available in Black, White, Red and Yellow for $449.95* SRP, while a Two Lens Kit including the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens will also be available for $699.95* SRP. The WP-N3 Waterproof Case, SB-N10 Speedlight and Fiber Optic Cable Adapter will be available in May 2014 with final pricing to be determined.

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  • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

    I’ve been waiting for the speedlight for my AW1.

    The rest?

  • AlphaTed

    DxO … hurry up.

  • Spy Black

    Who buys this shít?…

    • Mardock

      Doesn’t matter. All that matters is that Christopher Chute’s prediction Nikon will be dead in 5 years now seems prescient.

      Nikon is cranking out turds faster than a goose on ex-lax.

    • zoetmb

      Maybe you should use one before you post meaningless nonsense.

      • Spy Black

        Maybe Nikon should just build a real camera at a real price instead…

      • phil

        I have a J1 and I still don’t understand why the heck did Nikon release a J2, a J3, a J4, a S1 and a S2.

        They are ALL THE SAME CAMERA !

    • Sergio

      Good question. I’d rather buy Sony RX100-II with underwater box. Cheaper, bigger sensor, better quality. And it is already 1 year on the market. C’mon Nikon, get down from the skies :-)

      • phil

        how is the 1″ sensor in RX100-II bigger than the 1″ sensor in J4 again ?

    • Henrik

      I’m planing to buy a Nikon 1 J4

      It’s better quality then a normal Point and Shoot camera. And the small sensor means a small lens. So I can have the camera in my jacket.
      The best camera is the one that you have with you. But I want something better then my phones camera. And I do not want to drag my DSLR (D7000) everywhere if I do not know that I need it

      • Spy Black

        I understand that philosophy, but putting aside all the other shortcomings of this camera the J4 is not that compact a camera, even with it’s lens retracted. The kind of camera you’re referring to is something like the Sony RX100 II, or the camera I’ve had for a while, the Canon S110. That’s the kind of camera that’s always with you, is TRULY compact, gives you good image quality AND are full-blown cameras with all the controls you’d expect as a photographer. The J camera is pure garbage, especially at it’s price.

  • http://www.theireys.com mrjirey

    looks like this will be a reasonably priced underwater system

  • BIG AL

    I’m confused now. S1 J4, 1 S2, S7 F2, JSF41SFIDON’TCARE1…. Nikon need to get these daft names sorted. The consumer is confused.

  • vwk

    An underwater camera without the need of a housing. Nikon used to build the best underwater camera – the Nikonos. It had interchangeable lenses. It took pictures under water, it took pictures out of the water. It was nearly indestructible. I was hoping the AW1 would be the Nikonos of the digital age. I like the convenient compactness of the 1-series. The claimed ruggedness seems suited for my research applications. Sensor technology has improved leaps and bound. Picture quality is reasonably acceptable for me. A stop or two more dynamic range and lower noise at high ISO will always be welcome. Will never have to blow it up to the side of a billboard. I just need the images to be good enough for scientific recording.

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