I'm looking forward to seeing reviews of these cameras. They're not meant to be DSLRs in a smaller body - people who were expecting that don't understand the market. The fast AF will be a boon to shooters, casual or serious, and the camera with the pancake lens looks nice and small. The ability to slap on my Nikkor lenses will be fun, though I think when anyone goes down that route, they might as well grab their DSLR...
I'm disappointed. The whole point of the micro four thirds system was to create a standard format across brands. Why develop a whole new proprietary one?
Did you expect Nikon to do anything else? There's Canon and Nikon, then there's everybody else. What's the stat? Something like 75% all digital cameras - or maybe it's just DSLRs - are Canon or Nikon? Would I have preferred to see Nikon do a micro-four thirds system? Maybe. I'm sure they had this conversation, but ultimately going their own way made sense for them...I'm personally pretty excited by these two cameras, but I need to see the images before I can make any judgments about whether they'll be what I need in a camera. Nikon has gobs of experience in noise control, so even though the sensor is small I'm holding out some hope that the high ISO noise control will be decent.
Also note that Sony didn't comply to that idea and has their own type of lenses for the NEX series. I like the idea but I think many are not going to do that right away to differentiate themselves.
Personally I am disappointed. It is really the combination of everything that makes me feel that way though.
The small sensor could be okay, but the price kills it for me.
There are a bunch of gimmicks like that slow mo thing, neat, but not useful for me at all.
Also the depth of field is going to be suuuuper long because of the sensor size and focal lengths.
The IQ will probably be great at lower ISOs, which is fine, but I have no interest in the overall package.
I should append to this. I wasn't too high on m4/3 when it originally came out either, but now that it has some great lenses and you can find some of the older bodies for super cheap...I love them.
I could see the even smaller bodied j1/v1 going that route in a year or two. I do look forward to see what other lenses Nikon rolls out.
The small sensor sounds like its quite problematic in low light. By most tests, does low light mean general indoor shooting?
I like the size of it but I'd want to see more sample shots and clips of it. It's always nice to get some specs higher and more powerful but this isn't their high end DSLR, just a portable camera with really nice extra features.
Yea, this all looks pretty unimpressive to me. Sony really seems to be killing it with the NEX line. Better all around, both with at the low end and high end.
these are actually very good looking devices. solid and awesome. it makes me feel different about mirror less digital cameras. love to get one of these!
May I ask...what, more specifically, makes you want to get one? The size? The aesthetics? The technical specs?
the camera I had before I had a regular point and shoot, was a 35mm Canon I inherited from my uncle with a tele lens. Sweet set up. That was my first professional camera. Now, ever since digital photography became big and more convenient, I've been looking for a mid-range camera that had the portability of a point and shoot and capability of a reflex(mirror system) camera. So, micro four thirds cameras are in that sweet spot, and I'm my opinion, the Nikon J1 is beautiful piece of hardware and also in my opinion I think Nikon is a great manufacturer and the pics on all nikons I've seen are gorgeous!. So, the answer to your question is: all of the above.
Thanks, yeah the build does look pretty solid.
Nikon's image processing is also known to be quite good.
It will be interesting to see if this is the crowd Nikon draws in. Either way I love the mirrorless trend in general.
I was gonna buy a Sony NEX-C3 or 5N but I'm gonna wait until some hands-on impressions of these come out. Looks awesome! I hope it's worth the wait!
Now that the camera is out...I'm disappointed. Looking at the sample images screams "Point and Shoot". The price point is all wrong. I'm likely going to get a Panasonic GX1. I really wanted Nikon to deliver the camera I was looking for, but for my needs, they didn't get it right.