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Somewhat late to the game, Nikon has finally released its Nikon 1 range of compact, mirrorless cameras which use a new CX-format sensor and a range of interchangeable lenses. Nikon 1 J1 compact camera The J1 model is currently the entry-level Nikon One camera The Nikon 1 range currently comprises V1 and J1 variants. Excellent …

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No slow motion sample footage?

The camera might be average in many respects, but being able to shoot at 1200fps (albeit only at 320 × 120) is quite remarkable and considerably better than most of the competition. Even if it only gets 70% as a standard camera, it would probably rate much higher if it were in the hands of someone with a need for specialist slo-mo footage. It's the sort of thing I would definitely consider for the next snowboarding holiday! If only the higher end cameras that have more powerful image processing systems that could manage greater throughput woul dstart adding these features too...

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"the J1’s Smart Photo Selector mode is able to automatically analyse and compare twenty such shots, picking the best five for you based on facial expression, composition and focus."

That is just awful. Death of photography, anyone?

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Could be quite handy, saves having to retake photos due to someone blinking at the wrong moment.

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A good workman never blames his tool, I blame the subject.

What's need is a deviced to stop my wife closing here eyes just when a picture is being taken. A friend has suggested a dummy shutter sound with a small delay before the real photo. This actually sounds like a good idea to me.

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Here here

So it pre-empts your shutter release, decides how many shots to take, and then decides which ones your going to keep.

I always knew these premium "point-and-shoots" were aimed squarely at the spray and pray crowd but this is really taking it to new levels, I wouldn't be surprised if the camera started demanding a photography credit next.

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It already gets one, often even when the photographer doesn't

The EXIF data tends to last the longest when photos are stolen.

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Old pro trick...

Subjects soon get "flash-shy", but this trick works well.

"Ready? On the count of three. One, two..." Then shoot.

"One more, on three. One..." Then shoot.

You'll get good shots but an angry wife.

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another lens mount.

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true but not really an issue as I'd guess most people who will buy this will either already have a Nikon DSLR so will just buy a pancake lens or two and then get the mount adaptor to use their other normal Nikon lenses. OR they havent got a DSLR so wont be bothered either way.

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WTF?

Is it just me, but did the review miss something?

Ok,

Sorry, I am an admitted fan of Nikon products having used them since the F1 my father handed down to me and my brother.

Now I have an 'old' D70 (By today's standards) and I still manage to get great shots.

I'd love to upgrade, but also at the same time, I'd love something I could put in to my pocket and carry it around to take snap shots.

I thought the new Nikon 1 would be a good fit.

What I didn't like about the review is that the author panned the camera stating it was too pricey against the competition. What does he think is the competition?

I wish he would really name what he felt the competition was to the Nikon 1 series.

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To name a few

I'd say the Micro 4/3 range from Panasonic and Olympus would be my number one choice. Sony's new range is also pretty good. Samsung and Pentax also have some offerings.

The micro 4/3 stuff has been around long enough for there to be a decent range of bodies and lenses, including third party offerings and there's a good second hand market. There are also two large manufacturers supporting it, so it won't be going anywhere any time soon. Sony is probably the next best to my mind, but because they've gone for a fancy large sensor (APS-C) the lenses are pretty big. The other two have okay devices, but they're small, closed systems which might simply not exist in a few years.

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Samsung NX

Samsung have the best system in this market segment, at least for my needs.

Their NX range has an APS-C sensor, the same size as a DSLR (except for full-frame models of course). This gives it an advantage over the m4/3 crowd in terms of image quality and DOF control, and puts it on a par with Sony's NEX range.

Most importantly, unlike Sony they have a great collection of high quality, wide aperture prime lenses, which are compact enough that you can actually slip the camera into a coat pocket with a lens attached. I carry my NX100 everywhere, whenever I can't be bothered to lug around a bag with my DSLR. Their new NX200 is even more desirable, but the NX100 is a real bargain right now.

Now if only Samsung's marketing department would work as hard as their technical department, and actually tell people that these cameras exist!

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Thanks for the review

When I initially saw the J1, I was really thinking I shouldn't have bought my Oly XZ-1. After reading your review, I'm quite happy I did. I really don't know what this offers that the XZ-1 doesn't - interchangeable lens, but there aren't that many to choose from, and the 4x zoom range of the XZ-1s is pretty functional. And the quality is right there too. Except that I really can pocket the XZ-1, unlike the J1..and it has a working PASM dial.

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