The Nikon 1 J1 is basically a simpler point-and-shoot version of the . It features the same CX format using a 1.0-in. CMOS image sensor and a new Nikon 1 lens mount with smaller and lighter lenses for its Nikon 1 System. The Nikon 1 System is targeted to the point-and-shoot crowd who wants a better camera with interchangeable lenses.
Build & Design
Like its brother the J1, the Nikon V1 body is predominantly a rectangle with rounded edges, excluding the hump on the camera top that houses the viewfinder. The body is magnesium alloy and in another slight deviation from the J1 recipe, offers a slight ridge in the lower right front that provides a tiny bit of a grip point. Overall, the body and Nikon 1 lenses appear well-built. The V1 body with the Nikon 1 10-30mm zoom lens measures about 4.4 x 3.0 x 3.2 inches and weighs about 17.6 ounces with battery and memory card onboard. The supplied camera strap adds about an ounce and Nikon also offers an accessory grip that adds about 2 ounces to the weight of the camera but is worth its weight in gold for the additional grip security it provides. Here’s a look at the grip by itself and in place on the V1.
Nikon 1-mount lenses : When crafting Nikon 1, Nikon’s engineers didn’t just focus on the new. In fact, when it came to the new Nikon 1-mount, they drew on more than 50 years of expertise: the last time Nikon created a totally new lens mount was the Nikon F-mount in 1959. The Nikon 1-mount is what allows you to use the Nikon 1 system’s range of interchangeable 1 NIKKOR lenses. Engineered to ensure each lens communicates perfectly with the Nikon 1 camera, it’s a key factor in the ability of Nikon 1 cameras to deliver still image and movie recording without compromise. The new Nikon 1 lenses deliver outstanding precision, resolution and contrast and have been created in perfect proportion to the camera’s small body. |
Of course, the FT-1 by itself will not allow you to make image captures, so it’s only after you’ve mounted some F mount glass that things start to get interesting. Currently, Nikon makes four Nikon 1 system lenses that cover the 27 to 297mm focal range in 35mm equivalents. Nikon also lists 65 current lenses that function with the FT-1, and without exception these lenses do not share the compact size and light weight of the system lenses. Nevertheless, some of the current generation Nikon lenses are surprisingly comfortable when hand held on the V1. Comfort level seems directly related to the barrel length of lens being used – shorter lenses handle better while longer lenses, particularly the big telephotos like my 400 and 600 really require tripod or monopod support (no different than with the DSLR). The 70-200 VRII zoom lens is about 8 inches long and weighs some 54 ounces yet is a very pleasant combination for hand holding and has the added benefit of having a lens foot that can attach to tripod or monopod. Here’s a handheld shot of an egret down the street at 200mm (540mm in 35mm equivalents).
The Nikon 1 AW1 Waterproof Shockproof Lens Camera is a point-and-shoot camera with a 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. It is an interchangeable lens camera that is waterproof and shockproof. In addition, this camera shoots 1080p high definition video and it has various modes including an underwater mode. It works with all Nikon 1 lenses, in addition to certain waterproof and shockproof lenses.