Nikon announced the Nikon 1 J5, a 20.8-megapixel mirrorless camera and the first Nikon to shoot 4K (ultra HD) video albeit at a languid 15 fps. Starting at $500 with a 3X kit zoom lens, the J5 is also the first interchangeable-lens Nikon with a BSI (backside illuminated) sensor, a technology that improves low-light performance.
The screen is now tiltable for the first time, and flexes through a full 180 degrees for those all-important high-res selfies. The J5 has a fairly substantial grip, unlike its boxy predecessors, and Nikon has adopted the now-ubiquitous silver and black retro color scheme.
Starting at $500 with a 3X kit zoom lens, the J5 is also the first interchangeable-lens Nikon with a BSI (backside illuminated) sensor, a technology that improves low-light performance.
Nikon has signalled its aim to attract the photography enthusiast by, for example, positioning a function button on the front (to which frequently used settings can be assigned) and adding a front grip for better control. The new sensor features both contrast-detection and DSLR-like phase-detection autofocus technologies, promising to be even quicker than the fast-shooting Nikon 1 J4.
Other features include a 171-point hybrid AF system (105-point phase detection), a 3in, 1.04-million-dot LCD touchscreen and a ‘super-fast’ Expeed 5A image processor. The 1-inch sensor (2.7x crop factor) has been upgraded to 20.8 megapixels from the J4’s 18.4, the autofocus system has 171 contrast-detect and 105 phase-detect points, and the camera features a new Expeed 5A processor that allows for 20 fps still shooting with continuous focus, or 60 fps with single focus.
Users will be able to take 20.8MP stills when shooting in full HD video mode, while a time-lapse function a first for a Nikon CSC allows up to 300 photos to be made into Fast performance and solid image processing have always been a hallmark of the 1 cameras, for all their other faults, and the J5 should continue this
Although the J5 doesn’t have a viewfinder, it’s equipped with a new, 7.62-cm (3-inch) touchscreen LCD that flips up 180-degrees for selfies and group shots. The camera also features a long list of creative effects including 7 new options ranging from high contrast monochrome and nostalgic sepia to HDR, selective color, fisheye and more.