Nikon mirrorless camera plus and minus

by Enche Tjin on September 11, 2011

Even though Nikon has not announce their new compact system camera yet, specs of the cameras (Nikon V1 and J1) has already leaked online.

Nikon Rumors reports the specs two days ago. Here are some of the plus and minuses.


+ Great for people who has nikon lenses so they can use F adapter. Because of the 2.7x crop factor, your Nikon telephoto lenses will be very long… 70-200mm lens will be 189 x 540mm which is great for wildlife or sport photography (if the auto focus works well).

+ Great for lightweight traveling. Because the small sensor size, dimension of the camera potentially will be very small, smaller than most compact system camera out in the market, including Sony NEX, Olympus and Panasonic micro four third system camera. It will be pocketable at last.

+ New processor (EXPEED 3) is the new and probably the fastest Nikon processor ever. New processor will ensure responsive camera performance with great image quality.

- According to the rumor, Nikon will release several lenses with two cameras.  There will be only four lenses, none of them has bigger than f/2.8 aperture. These lenses are:

  • 10mm f/2.8 pancake lens
  • 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (very short and portable)
  • 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
  • 30-110mm VR
  • - Price will be relatively high compared to competitors. According to the rumor, the new camera with lens might be around $800-$1200. These price range is quite high compared to Sony, Panasonic and Olympus offerings.

    - No traditional hot shoe flash like in Nikon DSLR and Nikon P7000/P7100. It means we can’t plug in your Nikon SB flash to these cameras. This is very unfortunate because I wish that I can use the famous Nikon CLS system with these system as well.

    Many people a bit disappointed with Nikon because these mirrorless cameras will have small sensor and small aperture lenses. However, we don’t know the cameras’ performance and image quality just yet. If Nikon delivers on speed and image quality, It might be very appealing for people who are waiting for pocketable cameras for travel and everyday use.

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