Remember how we all got super excited when JK Imaging–the company that holds the right to produce new cameras under the Kodak brand–announced a new Micro Four Thirds camera? I don’t either. Well, here’s more reason not to get excited: the Amateur Photographer reports that the camera is delayed, and will not make it to store shelves in time for … well, for what, actually? Allegedly, the camera will be launched in Q3 of 2013, which started on July 1st and ends on September 30th. So maybe we’ll see it under Christmas trees this holiday season after all. Personally, I can hardly wait. *sarcasm*
In the meantime, you can catch up on Kodak’s dreadful history by perusing the links we provide in this article.
The Nikon J series of cameras, believe it or not, sell very well here in the US. They’re small, portable, simple to use, and they’re stylish. Our News Editor Peter Walkowiak owns one, and playing with the new J3 and S1 was an experience that was really quite intriguing. This is a fast refresh to the J series with some minor updates; and the new S1 is positioned as a brand new entry level J series camera.
At CES 2013, we were able to play with the new cameras at Nikon’s booth. From what we’ve seen so far, we’re actually extremely impressed.
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they are introducing a more drastic product cycle in which models are replaced so often that everyone always has an outdated camera.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. [click to continue…]