Nikon V1 and J1 Mirrorless Cameras to Surface in October

September 21, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Nikon’s mirrorless compact camera – a dream come true for photographers. The company has announced that it would be putting out a pair of compact “1 System” mirrorless cameras on the market.

Two of the shooters, namely V1 and J1, have similar specifications. The list includes10.1-megapixel CMOS sensors, HDMI / USB connectivity, a 1200fps slo-mo capture mode, 3-inch LCDs, 10fps shooting, high-res electronic viewfinders, and full HD (1080/30p) video capture ( though you get 720/60p and 1080/60i modes too).

The J1 packs a built-in flash, auto-noise reduction on movie clips, a 73-point AF system and a dual-core EXPEED processing engine. There’s a 29 minute cap on single movie files, which is a better enhancement than the five minute ceiling on its preceding DSLRs.

The V1, on the other hand, sports an EVF and there is support for an external flash as well as a mechanical shutter. The camera also bundles up a stereo microphone input, a “multi-accessory port” and a magnesium alloy chassis.

Both the models have been given a new CX-size (13.2mm x 8.8mm) sensor with a 2.7x crop factor, which you would find to be smaller than the APS-C sensor used in Sony’s NEX shooters and the Micro Four Thirds sensor from Panasonic and Olympus. But then, these are Nikon’s gifts to all the amateur snappers in the wild.

If you want to spruce things up a little bit, then you can make use of the “Motion Snapshot” mode, with which you can take stills while a video is rolling. Moreover, there’s support for geotagging if you can rope in the $149.95 GP-N100 GPS hot-shoe accessory.

Now for the availability and pricing. Both the models will be available in US stores starting October 20th.

The J1, coupled with the 10-30mm kit will be up for $649.95, while the V1, with the same baggage, will stand for $899.95. The prices are hard to ignore, and if you are into snapping at every bird and bee around your house, take a snap at this.

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