Watch out! Daddy’s got a new camera, again, and he needs to test it. The kids and even Lucky are scrambling because I’ve entered my new camera testing mode.
It’s been a couple of months since I got my last camera, the Fujifilm XF1, so it’s time for a new one, right? I still love the Fuji XF1, it is my daily carry around camera.
So, what did I get? The Nikon 1 J1, for rock bottom clearance price of $199, brand new. The J1 along with the V1 was Nikon’s big entry into the mirrorless market. Things didn’t go as well as Nikon liked. Originally released for an ambitious $650, over the last 2 years, the price steadily fell.
I was always intrigued by the Nikon 1 line but thought it was overpriced. Enthusiasts panned it because it has a smaller 1″ sensor. I wrote 2 years ago that Nikon has an uphill battle because it wasn’t getting support from the Alpha camera nerds. Unfortunately for Nikon, my fears came true.
But now I get to use an interesting camera, at a low price. How does it compare to the Olympus Pens? How does it compare to the premium point and shoots? Actually, more than still photos, I got this camera for its video capabilities. The Nikon 1 is one of the first systems to have a hybrid contrast and phase detect focusing system. This allows really fast focusing stills and smoothly focusing video.
Believe it or not, with all the cameras I own, I still don’t have one device that does great photos and video. While I don’t expect the J1 to have that ultimate image quality, it should work great for casual snaps and casual video.
I’ll let you know how it goes in a series of upcoming posts. Let the testing and the fun begin.
Update: Just when I thought the prices couldn’t get lower… B&H Photo has some two lens J1 kits for $249. I bought my one lens kit for $199. Incredible.
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