No no no your eyes are not deceiving you, this is the Nikon J3, the third version of the camera since the 1 series launch in September of 2011. Maybe they didn’t get it right at first or maybe they are introducing a more drastic product cycle in which models are replaced so often that everyone always has an outdated camera. Despite whatever the thinking is behind the 1 series cameras from Nikon, I love my V1 to death. The J2 came out with a better display and now the J3 fixes the awful mode dial on the back and places it on the top like Nikon did with the V2. The camera also has the V2′s 14mp sensor which according to online scores doesn’t perform much better than the original 10mp in the J1. The J3 will sell for just under $600 with a kit lens and is available from amazon here in black, beige, red, white or silver.
Perhaps the most exciting part of Nikon 1 series news that came out today was the introduction of the S1 model.
The Nikon S1 is the new entry level 1 series camera but retains a lot of the original J1 camera like the 10mp sensor and the dated 460k dot display. The S1 is also the same exact dimensions as the J series and part of me really wanted this camera to be smaller than its elders.
The camera unfortunately has less buttons than the Js (HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?) and just has a single circular dial on the back. I guess users who will upgrade to this camera will already know the frustration that comes with limited point and shoot controls.
The Nikon S1 will come in 5 colors and the kit will run you $499. You can find more information on Nikon’s site here.
Both the Nikon S1 and J3 are compatible with the Nikon WU-1a wireless adapter for connecting your cameras to your smart phones for easy sharing.
Nikon has also announced an underwater case for the J3 and S1 called the WP-N2. The case can be submerged down to 40 meters and offers the ability to zoom the 10-30mm kit lens along with an easy to hold hand grip. More information about the case as well as sample images taken with it can be found on Nikon’s website here.
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