Nikon 1 J5 camera shipping, currently in stock

→ Several different Nikon 1 J5 camera configurations are already in stock at Amazon, B&HBuyDig, Cameta Camera and Jessops UK.

→ The Nikon 1 J5 user manual is now available online.

Nikon 1 J5 jpeg fine @ ISO 6,400
→ Nikon 1 J5 samples at different ISO can be found on flickr (image above: jpeg fine @ ISO 6,400). See also this flickr album and this post.

→ Hands-on preview from DigitalRev (many other J5 videos explaining different functions and features can be found here).

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  • Anonymous Coward

    The 1 series needs CLS support and an EVF. Here’s a camera that does well with a lot of light yet it lacks the features that would let me use the camera (more easily) with multiple flashes and in bright sun.

    • Captain Megaton

      If you can afford and can bring lots of lighting with you, you can afford and bring a dSLR with CLS too. Same thing applies for tripod work: why bother with Nikon 1, just go FX. Nikon 1 is great ‘cuz its compact and light, take anywhere gear. It should be feature-light, fast and fun to use, not bogged down with these kinds of laundry-list options you should never use in the context of this camera system.

      (and anyway, if you *have* to, just run SB-800s (etc.) as slaves triggered from the SB-N5. I’ve done it, it works fine.)

      • stesk

        Agree – however the the speed when using a flash is limited. I need flash speed of more than 1/600 and the V1 max. is 1/250.

  • saywhatuwill

    This camera’s images look really, really good even at higher ISO. I know there are those that will say it’s not, but for pointing and shooting it appears to be up there in image quality.

    • Roy LaFaver

      I agree completely. If only it had an EVF for outdoors under a bright sun.

    • KnightPhoto

      Interesting, sounds like that new sensor and Nikon’s processing of it are a step up – thanks for your report,

  • Eno

    I can’t stand DigitalRev video’s. They’ve turned from bad to very bad.

    • ok, I will stop posting them

      • Eno

        You are doing a great job admin by always bringing the the latest news and samples and reviews (besides the long-standing rumors:D). Some people my like DigitalRev style, other like me not, but it’s good to find here all the news.

        • I don’t like their videos lately either.

          • I’m not saying I’m crazy about them, but at least they are different from all those serious (and largely useless) camera previews you see elsewhere. Lighten up a bit 🙂

        • dclivejazz

          This wasn’t one of their better efforts, possibly because they were only given access to a preproduction model they couldn’t even shoot.

          • Eric Calabros

            they think they are cool, but they arent.

            • mikeswitz

              actually, they think they are funny, but they aren’t.

      • I still like them — for the entertainment value.

        • Yes, I agree. It’s just a light hearted parody of the “hand-on preview” genre that nobody really finds that useful anyway. You won’t base a decision on a hands-on preview.

      • Andrew

        Actually, the video was quite entertaining. And besides, his perspective is always interesting. I like variety and nothing in his video was inappropriate – it was fun actually. I like the humor he brings and this one is different but no different from what you would see in a comedy with some seriousness sprinkled in between. So please don’t stop posting them. Just remember, most people who like the video will not comment, they will just be quietly entertained.

        • Heh, someone without a stick in his ass 🙂 Yeah, I found it funny, it’s a parody of the mostly useless “hands-on preview” genre. Let’s ban humor from this site!

    • Oh come on! Lighten up guys. Camera previews are boring, with hardly any useful information. At least DigitalRev are taking easy, I see it as a kind of parody of the genre actually.

    • bandman

      oh please the humor is much appreciated and its the best technical analysis on the web

      • Eno

        “the best technical analysis on the web”, how about the most unfunniest clown on the web?

  • There is certainly nothing in stock on Switzerland. My preorder date has came and went.

    My preorder went to the retailer most confident about getting them in time, alas.

  • animalsbybarry

    I understand Nikon’s decision to leave out the viewfinder to reduce the selling price of this camera, but I totally do not understand thier decision to not put on a hotshoe and allow use of the optional viewfinder they already have for the V3.
    To do so would incur minimal extra cost and add greatly to funtionality.

    • Piotr Kosewski

      …and greatly reduce the sales of V3 – still the top model in N1 system and AFAIK still selling relatively well.
      Looking at the specs and the button layout of J5 and V3, the EVF is the only thing an average buyer will appreciate. But it is a big one, so maybe someone will consider the V3 silly price acceptable.

      I would love an optional EVF, but I really want the J5. It will be my first camera without a viewfinder. 🙂

      • Eric Calabros

        Nope, your smartphone was your first camera without a viewfinder

        • AlphaTed

          Which reminds me, my first (digital) camera without a viewfinder was the Sony F505 from 1999 (2000).
          I still have it.

      • animalsbybarry

        The V3 will not sell any more.
        The J5 has a substantially better sensor, so no one will buy the V3 over it.
        I imagine the will come out with a V4 with the new sensor.
        Of course nikon deliberately put a non standard socket on the 70-300 lens just so thet could charge $50 for an adapter to a standard tripod socket….it would have cost them nothing to make the socket fit in the first place, and a 3rd party would charge $5 for a similar adapter.
        They can only get away woth this because the 810mm equivelent focal length reall does need to be tripod mountable.
        On top of that it doesn’t even rotate like a real tripod ring would.

        • stesk

          You can hold the lens at 810mm – no need for a tripod.
          Only if you want to make a 100% stable video a tripod is needed.

          • animalsbybarry

            Your pictures will come out better when you can use a tripod …even if you CAN shoot handheld.
            The lens does need to have a tripod socket, and it should not be a $50 option.

            • stesk

              Agree with better IQ from shots taken with a tripod – this is for all cameras.
              However sometimes you can’t use a tripod and it’s great shots even handheld.
              I have the lens and the tripod mount and agree it should have been included.
              If you buy the Nikkor 70-200 F4 and 80-400 you also have to pay for the tripod mount.

            • animalsbybarry

              Both of those lenses utilize a tripod ring, that allows rotation of the lens/camera.
              The 70-200 is more often used handheld and it is an option.
              The 80-400 is sold with the ring included.
              This practice has been around for a long time and is not unusual, as the ring adds both wieght and expense to the lens.
              The 70-300 however sets a new standard for ripping people off.
              It is just a tripod socket and the cost of putting a usable socket would havze been identicle to the cost of the socket that is currently on the lens just to attach the extra cost socket.
              It should eiither have been built in, or left flat to accept a tripod ring , which could have been optional.

            • stesk

              I agree and find the price for this mount tooooo high. In fact no shops in Hong Kong sell it. Even Nikon didn’t have it in stock and I had to wait 4 weeks before I got it.
              Nikon has learned from Sony to split up a camera in 1,000 pieces and then make a profit on the accessories.

    • Nimloth

      No hotshoe => complaints about not being able to add an EVF.
      Hotshoe => complaints about stingy Nikon not including an EVF.
      EVF => complaints about no inexpensive version without it.

      A hotshoe would still add some cost. Worse, it could affect the camera’s design negatively by adding an extra, ugly lump on top of it. And EVF not really needed on the J5 at all – it’s made for those used to look at the large screen when shooting, just as they would with their smartphone or consumer compact camera. I can’t really see the J5 getting anything but hurt this way.

      A V4 will come, hopefully soon, and bring the EVF etc. to the customers in need of a very different system than the J5.

  • Spy Black

    It’s a shame the cavalry has come over the hill too late…

  • Captain Megaton

    J5 impression (in japanese) and sample photos,

  • AlainCl

    First review for the J5 is out – seems like it’s what the J1 should have been in specs and price. Could be a good seller!

  • I don’t know how I feel about this. Nikon 1 J5 on the shopping channel.

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