Top 5 Reasons To Buy Nikon 1 Mirrorless Camera

August 12, 2012

The Nikon 1 J2 is here and you are probably having some debates whether this should be your next camera. I assume that you’ve already decided that you will be going for a compact system camera, and also looked at the Nikon 1 J2 while doing so. In this article I will bring some of the top 5 reasons why you should buy a Nikon 1 CSC over other cameras.


Super Slow Motion Videos

The Nikon 1 J2 allows you to shoot super slow-motion videos at 1200 fps at 320×200 pixels resolution.  You can also shoot 400 fps slow-motion videos at 640×240 pixels resolution.

All Nikon 1 CSC canera do this, but that certainly a feature that you might find very exciting to use and can open up a whole new world of creative capabilities, for both stills and especially for videos.

I got my hands on my friend’s Nikon 1 V1 and I just couldn’t stop playing with it. The results are so amazing. This is a feature you you won’t find on any other CSC.

This is the same speed that you get with hi-speed cameras. The Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 is the only point-and-shoot camera that is capable of shooting at such hi-speeds, but now it’s available on a CSC.

Let’s take a look at a super slow-motion (hi-speed) video sample:

Nikon 1 V1 – 1200fps test clip from Matic Kos on Vimeo.



Up to 60 fps Continuous Shooting

Nikon 1  cameras are capable of shooting up to 60 fps burst mode. and in full resolution. The AF is locked on the first frame and it will shoot at 60 fps speed but only 30 in a burst, which means 30 frames in half a second. This is amazingly and ridiculously fast.

No other interchangeable lens camera from other manufacturer can beat the Nikon 1 J2, J1 or V1 performance, this is a very useful feature which is very useful for fast action photography and also widen the borders of creativity.


1/16,000 sec Max Shutter Speed

Nikon 1 CSC can shoot at 1/16,000 sec shutter speed thanks to the electronic shutter. This can become very useful when shooting at shutter priority mode and when you want to stop the action of very fast moving subjects. This is faster than any DSLR camera to-date. In comparison, the Canon EOS-1D C which costs approx. $15,000 can shoot at 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed.


Nikkor Optics

Many professional photographers choose Nikon for critical work. Nikon has proven that it’s among the best companies when it comes to lens’ optical performance and trusted by milliions. With the Nikon 1 CSC you are open to the world of Nikkor 1 lenses.

As for the time of writing this article, Nikon has only 4 lenses in the 1 Nikkor lens range. Not a large selection, but this will certainly change very soon.  Just mount one of 1 Nikkor lenses and you are a few moments of grabbing great moments, enjoying all the goods that Nikon lenses bring with them, including sharp and contrasty images, very effective VR image stabilization (on selected lenses) and all in various colors.

I believe in Nikon to bring us some great lenses in the future to come. You can be sure that when you choose Nikon as your camera, you are sure to enjoy very high-quality optics, necessary to achieve high quality photos.


Hybrid AF

Nikon’s Hybrid AF incorporates both phase detection and contrast-detect AF for ultra-fast and very accurate autofocus mechanism.This is the same autofocus technology utilized in the Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i. In this technology, the phase-detection AF is integrated into the camera’s sensor. This should allow the camera to focus extremely fast and together with the very fast shutter speed can give you, again, more room for being more creative and getting shots that you otherwise wouldn’t able to get.


Nikon 1 Cameras – Conclusion

I know the Nikon 1 J1 is selling so good and why so many people decide to buy Nikon 1 cameras. I gave you, what I think,  are the two most important reasons why you should also buy yourself into the Nikon 1 system.  This is of course just the start and Nikon will offer us plenty of surprises in the future.  I personally think that Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras are a great choice for both beginners and enthusiast alike. Those who know how to appreciate technology innovation that can really change the way you use your camera, technology that can widen your creative freedom and allows you to come home with create creations, something that other cameras fail to deliver sometimes.


Are you convinced? – What’s your opinion on Nikon 1 cameras, share your thoughts by commenting below. Thanks fr reading.


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