Nikon has announced the sequel to its J1, but the Nikon 1 J2 is more of a slight tweak than a complete overhaul.
The J1 was Nikon’s entry into the mirrorless market dominated by the likes of the micro four thirds brigade. It scored three out of five in our review.
So what’s new? Well Nikon has added a higher resolution LCD (with twice the resolution of its predecessor), along with some photo effects and scene modes that didn’t appear on the J1 (Panorama, Selective Colour, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting, and Night Portraits). You access these through the mode selector dial.
Same body, new brains
The camera also turns on when you extend the lens, and switches off when you retract it. Sometimes the small touches make all the difference.
There’s a new grip on the camera, but only on the red and pink models, not the white. It seems an odd decision, especially seeing as the more conservative white is likely to be far more popular.
The camera’s dimensions remain the same, as does the 10-megapixel CMOS sensor. The ISO, shutter speed, 1080p videos, and battery life are all the same as well.
There’s still no viewfinder, but it does have a built-in flash, just like the J1. The price has also come down, from $649.95 for the J1 to $549.95 for the J2. (There’s no word on a UK price yet, we’ll bring you more as we get it.)
Nikon is also bringing out some new accessories. The 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is almost 30 per cent smaller than the 10-30mm lens, while the WP-N1 waterproof case will keep your camera safe up to 140 feet underwater.
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