Nikon announced a $500 compact, 20-megapixel interchangeable lens cameras that claims to offer the world’s fastest continuous shooting with AF and the world’s shortest shooting time lag. The new Nikon 1 J5 can shoot at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full Autofocus. It has a new 20.8-megapixel Backside-illuminated (BSI) 1-inch CX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 5A image processing and a slew of creative modes. Users can also utilize the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
The J5 is capable of shooting at an amazing 20 fps at full resolution with Autofocus (AF), while even reaching up to 60 fps with AF fixed on the first frame. This amazing speed is made possible in part by the addition of the new EXPEED 5A image processing engine, resulting in faster shooting and enhanced performance and efficiency. The Nikon 1 J5 also gives users an impressively fast hybrid AF system featuring 171 Contrast-Detect and 105 Phase Detect AF points to further achieve and maintain focus on tough-to-photograph subjects. Nikon has also introduced a new Sports Mode in the J5, offering intuitive preset settings to help optimize focus when capturing the “photo-finish” at the racetrack or last second “buzzer-beater.” When catching the right moment matters, the camera also utilizes the world’s shortest release time lag to practically eliminate shutter delay for those moments when time is of the essence.
The J5 features a new 1-inch CX-format 20.8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that renders finer detail than ever before to the J-series, while allowing for cleaner images at higher ISOs. When the light is challenging, the J5 features a built-in flash and sports a wide ISO range from 160-12,800 that will help preserve precious memories even in the absence of available light. For extreme low-light situations, High ISO Noise Reduction captures and stacks four frames simultaneously to help reduce noise when shooting at 6400 and 12,800 (with noise reduction enabled).
With the Nikon 1 J5, the J-Series welcomes a new, innovative control layout that puts a full array of physical controls and creative modes at the fingertips of the photographer. Manual controls and PSAM exposure modes are now easily accessible via the Mode Dial, while the Command Dial allows settings to be changed quickly and easily. A programmable function button helps access often-used functions including ISO and white balance as well. The J5 features a high-resolution 3-inch 1,037k-dot touch LCD display with a 180-degree tilt to help users seamlessly navigate an enhanced menu system, frame shots and make focus point adjustments. The LCD screen tilts a full 180-degrees upward to help capture easy yet stunning self-portraits, particularly when using the new Self-Portrait Mode, to easily set skin softening, self-timer and exposure compensation using the touchscreen interface.
The J5 also offers a variety of Creative Modes and Scene Modes for stills and video designed to expand creativity and optimize settings for any shooting scenario. Seven new effects are now available including Nostalgic Sepia, Pop, Retro, High-contrast Monochrome, Fisheye, Skin softening (stills only) and Cross Screen (stills only). Nikon’s newest J-Series addition also features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC that allow for seamless connectivity via compatible smart devices, allowing for easy sharing with friends and family.
The Nikon 1 J5 sports an impressive set of video features and is capable of effortlessly recording high-quality 1080/60p HD video and shooting at up to 120 fps (at 720p) to create slow motion playback. Users can utilize a variety of fun and innovative creative tools to add their own personal touch to any movie, including Jump-Cut, Fast Motion, 4-second movie and the new Time-Lapse Movie mode that captures up to 300 stills and replays them as a 10-second sequence. An interval timer has been added as well, allowing up to 999 images to be recorded in intervals between 5 seconds and up to nearly 100 minutes (99:59) to create time-lapse movies via external software. Also new with the J5, creative effects including Selective Color and Cross Process are now available for video application. The Nikon 1 J5 can also capture high-resolution 4K video at 15p for those who want to experiment with higher resolution video clips. Users can browse and edit videos using Nikon’s free View NX-i software.
The compact J5 is compatible with the entire 1 NIKKOR line of lenses and accessories and many DX and FX NIKKOR lenses when using the FT-1 Mount Adapter.
Price and Availability (April 30, 2015)
The Nikon 1 J5 will be available in Silver and Black, Silver and White and all Black in multiple kit configurations starting at $499 with 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens.
- Effective Pixels: 20.8 million
- Sensor Size: 13.2mm x 8.8mm
- Image Sensor Format: CX
- Storage Media: microSD (micro Secure Digital), microSDHC, microSDXC memory cards
- Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 20 frames per second
- Fastest Shutter Speed: Electronic Shutter: 1/16,000 sec.
- ISO Sensitivity: 160-12800
- HD: 1920 x 1080/60p
- HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
- HD: 1280 x 720/60p
- HD: 1280 x 720/30p
- Slow-motion: 1280 x 720/120 fps
- Slow-motion: 800 x 296/400 fps
- Slow-motion: 400 x 144/1200 fps
- 4K movies: 3840 x 2160/15p (14.99 fps)
- Audio file format: ACC
- Movie file format: MOV
- Monitor Size: 3.0 in. diagonal
- Monitor Type: Tilting TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
- Battery / Batteries: EN-EL24 Lithium-ion Battery
- Battery Life: 250 shots per charge (CIPA) or about 60 minutes video
- Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 3.9 in. (98.3 mm) x 2.4 in. (59.7 mm) x 1.3 in (31.5 mm) Excluding projections.
- Approx. Weight: 8.2 oz. (231 g) camera body only