Nikon has updated its 1 system with the launch of the Nikon 1 J4 mirrorless camera featuring a high-speed autofocus technology.
Mirrorless camera sales are looking good mostly in Japan so Nikon will not abandon this segment. The company has unveiled the flagship Nikon 1 V3 in March 2014 and now it has decided to release an upgrade for the mid-range 1 system camera.
It is called Nikon 1 J4 and succeeds the 1 J3 with new and exciting features, including some borrowed from the top tier 1 V3.
Nikon announces 1 J4 high-speed mirrorless camera with 18.4-megapixel sensor
Nikon’s product launch event has been focused on the mirrorless camera’s speed. The 1 J4 offers a 171-point hybrid autofocus technology, combining contrast and phase detection points.
The new device also sports a small shutter lag which could be a result of the EXPEED 4A image processor found in the 1 V3. Another “borrowed” spec is the 18.4-megapixel 1-inch-type CMOS image sensor that is compatible with CX-mount lenses.
The image processor and sensor combination is said to produce low noise, rich, and sharp photos. However, the more important thing is the speed. According to Nikon, the 1 J4 offers a continuous shooting mode of 20fps with continuous AF and up to 60fps with single AF.
Speedy Nikon 1 J4 offers 1/16000th maximum shutter speed
Sharing is also an important part of the Nikon 1 J4. As a result, the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera features built-in WiFi. The shooter can be easily connected to a smartphone in order to transfer files and upload them on social networking websites.
Furthermore, the camera is very easy to operate. Beside the dials, there is a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot LCD touchscreen on the back, which also serves as a Live View since there is no viewfinder in the 1 J4.
The new shooter offers an ISO sensitivity range between 160 and 12800 therefore we can say that it will be useful in low-light environments. If there is not enough light, then a built-in pop-up flash may be able to help with that.
When there is plenty of light outdoors or indoors, users can benefit from a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000th of a second.
Speed is king even when it comes to video recording
The Nikon 1 J4 is capable of shooting videos as well. The camera supports full HD video recording at up to 60fps. More speed can be achieved by reducing the resolution down to 1280 x 720, which also brings a frame rate of 120fps for beautiful slow-motion movies.
An important change in the 1 system line-up consists of a microSD card slot. Usually, cameras support SD cards, but Nikon has decided to preserve some space and has decided to go with a microSD card.
USB 2.0 and miniHDMI ports are available and the power comes from a new EN-EL22 battery. This is a lightweight and compact camera that measures 100 x 60 x 29mm / 3.92 x 2.36 x 1.12-inches and weighs 232 grams / 8.18 ounces.
The Nikon 1 J4 release date has not been announced, nor its price. However, the company has confirmed that the MILC will become available in the coming months in white, black, orange, and silver colors with a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens kit, while optional accessories, such as an underwater housing and speedlite will be available, too.