Nikon moves into 4K with its compact and highly affordable new 1 J5 Mirrorless camera
Stephan Jukic – April 2, 2015
Legendary camera maker Nikon’s most serious business is building and selling its entry level and high-end DSLR cameras but even when it comes to point-and-shoot and mirrorless shooting devices, the company also has a lot of importance in the market.
This is becoming a particularly crucial point in these days as the cheaper technologies of mirrorless and point-and-shoot cameras slowly get overtaken by constantly improving video/photo shooting technology found in our modern smartphones. What was once a primitive and extremely inflexible way of grabbing photos and movie clips has now become remarkably professional and versatile as the camera technology of the latest phone models not only broadens its features but also dramatically heightens video and photo resolutions.
For this reason more than any other, Nikon is now definitely entering the market with a new compact but reasonably well equipped mirrorless 4K camera called the J5. Part of the company’s 1 series of small shooting cameras, the J5 comes with an awesome new 20.8 megapixel VFI CMOS sensor in the DC format, an XP5A image processor, a very decent ISO range of 1600 to 12,800 and robust wireless connectivity support in the form of NFC and WiFi connection technology.
Furthermore, the J5 offers its owners a not half bad 3 inch high-res LCD display that is perfect for selfies and certain other shots with similar angles thanks to the screen’s ability to tilt vertically by 180 degrees.
Finally, as for video, the J5 can manage 1080p HD at 30 to 60 frames per second, 720p at 120 fps and 4K video at a modest 15 frames per second.
While these above-mentioned HD and 720p shooting frame rates are perfectly decent, the 4K shooting speed of 15 fps is a bit of a let-down. Even some of the smartphone 4K cameras out today can manage 4K video at 24 to 30fps and tiny, compact action cameras like the GoPro Hero 4 and its rival action cameras from Sony and Panasonic can all also do the same.
However, Nikon says that their new 4K camera is more about dipping the company’s toes in the waters of affordable 4K video and thus we can assume that improvements on the frame rate will soon be arriving.
There is also a very decent continuous shooting mode that allows you to capture shots at 20 frames per second with focus enabled and 30 to 60 fps on a locked focus setting.
Whatever users might think of its potential as a decent and highly compact photo/video camera, the J5 from Nikon will be going on sale very soon at a retail price of just $500. Nikon hasn’t given a specific release date quite yet.
Story by 4k.com