It was time to replace SheryAnne’s compact camera (Casio Exilim) with something new. I felt it was time for her to go with one of the many new compact interchangeable lens systems. Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony were all on the list of potential systems, but I decided that the Nikon 1 system was the most stylish and it was definitely the newest being just released a few weeks ago.
The Nikon 1 J1 kit lens is a 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom. I also got her a 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 prime lens. I know it sounds crazy, but the crop factor of this camera is 2.7x so the effective focal range will be 27mm on the prime and 27-81mm on the zoom.
After tinkering around in low light, I was really impressed with the images it produced. Many pre-release reviews were littered with complaints of it’s price/performance ratio, small sensor size, and limited lens selections. Honestly, after reading countless reviews, I came to the conclusion that most of these reviewers forgot to consider the target audience. Most of the reviewers are pros so it became obvious that most of them would be disappointed. For a gal like SheryAnne, WOW – what a huge upgrade!
And from my amateur DSLR user perspective, I cannot believe how well the sensor performs for it’s size! The sensor is about 4x the size of a typical P&S but a little smaller than a micro 4/3 camera. I feel it performs just as well, if not better than most micro 4/3 cameras out there! And since the sensor was so small, they were able to generate the quickest AF system on any camera – even faster than Canon’s 1D! 35 AF points? Nope. 75 AF points? Nope. Try 135 AF points 🙂 Continuous shooting at 10 fps and 1080p at 60 fps…all extremely impressive!
Disclaimer: I am a Nikon fanboy. At least I can admit it.
No need for a technical review or list of key features. There are thousands of better writers out there that have published their reviews. Instead here are some pics I took with the camera:
As you can see, the camera’s low-light performance is astounding!
Unfortunately, it was already dark out, so I will have to wait until another time to really test out the sensor in good light.
Here is a quick video of the J1 shooting at 10 fps: