Nikon D4 and Nikon 1 Recipients of Germany’s iF Product Design Award 2013

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the Nikon D4 digital - SLR camera and the Nikon 1 system, which includes cameras, dedicated lenses, a dedicated Speedlight, a dedicated GPS unit, - have been awarded the "iF design award 2013: iF product design award. The iF design award is globally prestigious award sponsored by International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany.

The iF design award has been sponsored by International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany since 1953. Each year, recipients of these prestigious awards are selected from worldwide industrial products exhibiting superior design. The awards include the product design award, communication design award and packaging award, etc. This year, 4,352 products from 51 countries were evaluated and the awards are presented to 1,410 products. In selecting recipients, product aspects including quality of design, functionality, degree of innovation, universal design and brand value+branding are considered for the product design award.

Recipients of the iF Product Design Award

The Nikon D4

The Nikon D4 is Nikon's latest flagship digital-SLR camera. It is equipped with a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor (imaging size of 36.0 x 23.9 mm) and EXPEED 3, Nikon's latest image-processing engine. Together, these features enable superior image quality rich in detail along with excellent high-speed performance. The D4 responds to a number of demands from professional photographers working in the field with highly advanced functions and the ultimate in performance.

Nikon 1 system

Last year, Nikon released a new digital camera system that offers new forms of imaging expression. The cameras included in this system are described by Nikon as "Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses".

Award-winning products from Nikon 1 system:

Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 J2
Nikon 1 V1
1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8
1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
Speedlight SB-N5
GPS Unit GP-N100
Mount Adapter FT1

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  • RamesesThe2nd

    Nikon 1 won a design award? Either I have a really bad taste or this award is BS.

    • ericfry

      No, you are just not the target of this product.
      A lot of people enjoys this little P&S and a few of them are able to shoot very nice fotos with it. Design-wise I cannot see why this camera should be any worse than the competition. They all look more or less the same to me…actually the V1 looks a little funkier than most of them IMO

    • AnthonyH

      The *system* won the award, not a specific camera like the V1. I can see why the system won, with its smaller lenses, a zoom that turns the camera on when extended, and lightning fast focusing. The N5 flash is small and powered by the camera. Lots of neat ideas, good performance, and a workable form factor. You’re judging the book by its cover. If you actually bothered to read the book (e.g. use a Nikon 1), you’d understand what the judges saw.

      • SleeperSmith

        Like how it has a laughably small craptastic 2.7x factor sensor coupled with a rediculous price tag?

        Yeah. It’s like canon’s cameras. Awesome features, other than craptacular image quality.

        • AnthonyH

          Wake up, SleeperSmith! I can tell you’ve never actually used this system. In the hands of a real photographer, this camera produces fantastic images. Just because you can’t, it doesn’t make this a bad system. Your skills just aren’t up to it yet. Heck, you can’t even spell. I will also point out that similar criticisms were made of 35mm cameras by large and medium format folks regarding film area, but 35mm was and is still a great system. This is a system with a lot of promise, if Nikon continues to innovate.

          • SleeperSmith

            Rofl. These fanboys never gets its. Let me make it painfully clear for you.


            It doesn’t matter what image I make, it will be better technically on a m4/3 camera. Sorry it’s rubbing salt on your wounded ego, but that’s how it is. Truth hurts. Awww ouch.

            Rofl @ “real photographer”. Yeah, you mean the ones toting a Nikon 1 shooting for magazines? LOLOLOLOLOL. Just hilarious. FYI, let me teach you a little something. Real professionals paid worth a dime still use 35mm as the bare minimum ok? Please don’t comment on stuff you have not the slightest clues about. It just makes you look like a complete. utter. idiot.

            • AnthonyH

              LOL, I must’ve struck a nerve to get you so riled up and have you bring up Micro 4/3 system, with its bigger lenses and the larger physical size of the cameras and accessories. Working with CX, m4/3, APS/DX, and FX cameras-which I have actually done and you quite apparently haven’t–, each system serves a different purpose with distinct advantages and disadvantages. It’s clear to me that you haven’t a clue about the Nikon 1 system, other than to measurebate daily about sensor size. Wake up sleepyhead! The only idiot here is the one who goes to Nikon Rumors and brings up the m4/3 system with false claims about better lenses, lower costs,or better images. The reason your claims are false is because the m4/3 system is older, so there’s been more time for lenses to come out and some costs to be amortized. Comparing similar lenses though, the Nikon 1 lenses are smaller and perform better. Depending on the situation, the Nikon 1 system can get better images than m4/3, due to the design features of the system. The photographer has to choose the right tool for the situation; in other situations, a different system/lens combo might be better. I love the m4/3 for things like video, but for a small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera taking low profile stills with fast focus, the Nikon 1 system is definitely superior for my purposes. Here’s a lesson for you: it ain’t the camera. It’s the photographer. Here’s another lesson: not all photographers making money shoot for magazines. You write like a junior high kid, bad grammar and all. Here’s your last lesson: memorize the phrase: “Would you like fries with that?” You may need it.

            • SleeperSmith

              Yawn. Internet is serious business to some ppl like you. Kk, you won the internet. Congratulations!

              Keep piping more bs. ROFL.

    • gsum

      It’s the former – you have bad taste.

      • If and only if

        Bad taste as the Nikon 1.

  • Neopulse

    The Nikon 1 does look nice. I dig the design personally, too bad can’t say the same for the V2 line heh!

  • Spy Black

    I dunno man, I can’t remotely give the Nikon1 any credit for being any good, even to the P&S crowd it’s aimed at.

    • gsum

      Perhaps you should try using one rather than spouting about something that you have no experience of?

  • SleeperSmith

    Rofl, and here comes the Nikon 1 fanboys again. “IT HAZ GUD FEATURES…. just ignore the crap image from the camera, that’s trivial”

    • falcone

      Dude get a life and start shooting. Life is not just about crunching numbers and pixel peeping.

  • falcone

    Most of the detractors never even use the camera let alone own one, but can trash the product like an seasoned pro. I recently bought a J1 for casual use when I dun feel like carrying a DSLR, seriously the price I paid for makes me wonder who would buy a PnS, and the AF is nothing like I have ever seen on a PnS.

  • Concerned human being

    This Nikon D4 is the biggest load of rubbish i have ever had. we are all being ripped off

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