Nikon 1 series is Nikon's first foray into mirrorless interchangable lens system.
There are two versions. J1 and V1 (with viewfinder).
Similar to other 3/4 systems, size is always attractive. For DSLR users who fancy something lighter and smaller, Nikon 1 is another choice. But two things capture Daddy's attention.
Speed - 10fps, and 60Fps continuous !! (Our D5000 is only 4fps)
Autofocus - Using Phase (instead of Contrast) delivers faster and accurate auto focus.
Nikon claims they are fastest in both features above.
If we are photographing active kids, Fast auto-focus will be a big help!
Love the grip, feels like playing PSP when we hold the Nikon 1.
V1 with the viewfinder. External flash supported.
Nikon 1 will be competing with recent mirrorless systems like Panasonic Lumix GF 3 and Fujifilm Finepix X10. Read Daddy's GF3 hands-on review.
In summary :
Lumix Gf3 is geared for consumers who want minimal fuss, whereas Nikon 1 is more towards enthuasist (users who had DSLR before might prefer Nikon 1's buttons and control).
Video : love Nikon's I-Am campaign
Now the price. Nikon 1 is Not cheap ! (10mm lens would be ideal for portraits)
Recommended-Price extracted from http://www.nikon.com.sg
- Nikon 1 J1 with 1 Nikkor 10mm: SGD$1069
- Nikon 1 V1 with 1 Nikkor 10mm: SGD$1369