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Nikon is announcing their latest addition to their 1 series of interchangeable lens cameras: the Nikon J5. It’s got a very sleek and sort of retro look to it that may turn lots of heads. Like many new ILC cameras, it’s got a screen designed for taking selfies because the entire internet wants to see your beautiful face.

The Nikon J5 sports a BSI 20.8MP 1 inch sensor, can fire at 20fps at full resolution, has built-in WiFi, 171 contrast detection points, 105 phase detection focusing points, ISO 160-12,800, the 3 inch 1,037K dot LCD screen that can turn at 180 degrees, loads of creative modes, 1080p 60p HD video, 120p 720p HD video, timelapse mode that can shoot 300 images, an interval timer that shoot up to 999 images, and will come in either silver and white or silver and black.

The Nikon 1 J5 will be available inmultiple kit configurations. The J5 alongside the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP*) of $499.95, while a kit with both the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 will be available for $749.95 SRP* in Silver/Black and Silver/White only. Additionally, the Nikon 1 J5 will also be kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens for $1,049.95 SRP* in Silver/Black and Silver/White only. The Nikon 1 J5 will be available soon, with exact timing still to be determined.

More photos of the new camera are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Film Photos Kodak Porta Ektar TriX  (19 of 55)

“Hey Chris, we were thinking about buying a DSLR.”

“What? Why? No, oh god, why?!”

When it comes to answering the camera-related questions of people who are soon to have children, this is usually how the conversation starts. When someone wants to buy a brand new camera, it’s for a good reason like the fact that they’re having a new kid. But there are parameters in place: it needs to be simple to use, it needs to have professional image quality, and it can’t be too expensive. Typical, right?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that many of us photographers have known for a couple of years now: you don’t need an interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR for professional looking images.

No, really, you don’t. What makes the images so great are the combination of the sensor and the lens, but there are fixed lens cameras that can do the same job of many of those cameras in an even more affordable package and smaller. Of course though, there are also a couple of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that do a great job.

Here are five of our favorite cameras for the new parent.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 25mm f1.8 review product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.2

We’ve got to give it to Olympus–despite the fact that Sony seems to have the larger overall mirrorless camera market share, Flickr’s most popular mirrorless camera for 2014 was the Olympus OMD EM5. Who can blame you when the current price is only $599. This camera is the one mirrorless camera that seemingly changed everything. It had a retro SLR style camera body, great image quality that holds up even today, fast focusing, and pretty much all of the features that a photographer will need.

In fact, I still use mine.

The report from Flickr, which was published last month and referenced by company reps in conversations with the Phoblographer, shows that the EM5 was not only popular last year but also for 2013. Yes, we’re talking about gear here, but it also means that the camera is solid enough to still be a popular option. In fact, the Canon 5D MK II and Canon Rebel 600D are still popular DSLR options amongst the community.

However, when it comes to actual camera ownership and popularity across the community there is a clean battle between Apple, Canon and Nikon trying to edge its way into the otherwise awkward three-way battle. Yes, your beautiful Apple product is popular, but it also means that the community has evolved into something that’s all about creating beautiful images instead of focusing on gear overall.

More statistics are after the jump, but we wonder how this might affect future mirrorless camera sales if at all. We’re probably thinking too deeply into this, but when a camera is just so damned good, why bother to upgrade at all?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 review product photos (6 of 8)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

*Sigh*

Though we wouldn’t usually share stuff like this, Digital Rev created a video that is too good to not share. They’re parodying the stuff that mirrorless camera fanboys say. Yes, it’s funny, but the stuff that they say will make you also want to smack them.

In “Sh!t Mirrorless Fanboys Say” the duo even goes on to make fun of DSLRs–something that mirrorless folks do big time. But the best part is when Kai is trying to pick up a rather beautiful woman by impressing her with his camera, and she just isn’t having it.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A6000 product images (3 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 11

Though they seem to just whispers and murmurs at the moment, Sony Alpha Rumors has received word that Sony may have an affordable full frame E mount mirrorless camera in the works. Specifically, the post hints at a camera body with a form factor of the A6000 or A5100–which are the smaller offerings in Sony’s lineup that include APS-C size sensors.

An affordable Sony Full Frame E Mount camera, if it is indeed anything to be believed, will target the beginner. This really makes sense since the RX1 line of cameras are basically small cameras with a large full frame sensor and a fixed 35mm f2 Zeiss lens attached. A camera this small may be very difficult to include image stabilization with, so that feature may stay with the A7 lineup.

Oddly enough, a shower thought occurred to me the other day as to why Sony isn’t doing this already. It naturally seems like the next step beyond putting a full frame sensor into one of their QX series of cameras. If any company were to try to be disruptive to the industry and offer full frame shooting to the bottom end of consumers, then it would be Sony–further solidifying the notion that it’s the ideas that make the photographer, not the gear.

Even more interesting, we’re curious as to why Sony hasn’t tried to reach up to an even higher end consumer and go after cameras like the Canon 1D X and Nikon D4s. But that could be down the line too.

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In the year 2014, it’s become very clear that the mirrorless camera industry is the future and that the DSLR is steadily being phased out. We’re not going to say that it’s dead because many people still purchase DSLRs in droves. But after the jump, you will see a major round up of mirrorless cameras released vs DSLRs.

One number is more than double the other.

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