Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Nikon 1–Potential Game Changer


I was able to get my hands on an pre-production copy of the Nikon 1 at  The Camera Store’s Digital Photo Expo on Sunday.

The release date is October 20, 2011 (in the US, Canadian ship date not confirmed) and at present it will ship with 4 available lenses for the 2 bodies ( J1 and V1).

  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
  • 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
  • 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8
  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom

Obviously the Speedlight SB-N5 will be another option as well as a hotshoe adapter for the V1. The J1 has only the Live View viewfinder but it does have a popup flash which is missing from the V1.

One of the most exciting features, for me, is the F-Mount adapter that will allow me to use this camera with my Nikon DSLR lenses. The smaller sensor in the N1 has a 2.7x crop factor.  I think that this will be a big factor when I’m travelling. I can take the N1 as a backup body without using up much space or weight. It will be an excellent camera for street shooting, with it’s small size. If I’m packing my 70-200mm f/2.8 as my longest lens, the N1 turns it into a 540mm equivalent, or with a 1.4x teleconverter, a 756mm f/4 lens!


Sorry about the shaky iPhone pix.

There is also a new GPS unit for the N1 cameras, and did I mention color? Being a basic black kinda guy, it’s not something I worry about. The V1 comes in black or white, while the J1 adds silver, red and pink.

Can you see one of these in your future?

In the best light…

2 responses

  1. Barbara

    Looks real handy as a travel tool. Is it mirror-less?


    September 26, 2011 at 10:52

    • Yes it is Barbara, the V1 has an electronic viewfinder and they both have Live View on the LCD. I’m excited about the F-Mount adapter.


      September 30, 2011 at 01:08

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