First Impressions: Nikon J3 and S1

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D5200 S1 and J3 first impressions CES 2013 (17 of 17)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 2.8

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.

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Nikon Announces a Third Version of its “J” 1 Series Camera in Just Over a Year


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they are introducing a more drastic product cycle in which models are replaced so often that everyone always has an outdated camera.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.  Continue reading…