Nikon announced the two newest additions to the Nikon 1 System of compact mirrorless digital cameras, the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2; each providing outstanding speed and innovative tools for those ready to take their photography and creativity to new heights. Both the J4 and S2 are compact, yet feature-packed options capable of capturing beautiful images and HD videos that can easily be shared with friends and family. Perfect for those looking to leave their D-SLR at home, upgrade from a point-and-shoot or simply stepping up from a smartphone.
Also announced were several new accessories for the Nikon 1 series, including the WP-N3 Underwater Case, as well as the SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight, further expanding the versatile and growing Nikon 1 System.
Ideal for Capturing Life’s Spontaneous Moments
When a split second means the difference between a good shot and a great shot, Nikon 1 users will appreciate the incredible speed and accuracy offered by both the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2. Similar to the recently announced Nikon 1 V3, both cameras feature the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate, at an uncompromising 20 frames-per-second, ideal for capturing split-second moments. Additionally, the J4 sports an impressive 171 contrast detect focus areas and 105 phase-detect AF points for incredible autofocus accuracy when capturing either stills or HD video.
Both Nikon 1 Systems offer the latest in imaging technologies to help capture amazing moments with crisp detail, even in low-light. The J4 features a new 18.4-megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, while the S2 features a 14.2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor. Both employ the new EXPEED 4A image processing engine, capable of rendering family portraits, incredible landscapes or the game winning goal with true colors and amazing precision. When shooting in low-light settings, users can also utilize an increased ISO range, expandable up to 12,800, for better performance without the use of a flash.
Beautiful HD Video
With the J4 and S2, Nikon has also made several enhancements to the HD video capabilities, as both allow the user to record crisp 1080/60p HD video for up to ten minutes per clip. Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) is also available during 1080/30p and 720/30p video recording, to help ensure smooth and steady movies, even while handheld. Furthermore, both cameras are capable of capturing simultaneous still images during video recording, using the new Auto Image Capture feature that saves full size images automatically throughout recording, saving the 20 best stills for the J4 and 10 best shots for the S2. Slow View Mode is also available for the Nikon 1 J4, allowing the user to slow down the frame and capture each and every moment.
Like the Nikon 1 V3, the J4 continues to push the boundaries for video capabilities with the ability to record slow motion movies in HD in 1280 x 720 resolution at up to 120 frames-per-second.
Ergonomically Designed and Ready for Anything
Continuing in the spirit of the Nikon 1 System, the Nikon 1 J4and Nikon 1 S2are ergonomically designed and extremely compact, ready to help capture stunning stills and HD video with ease, even during the most fleeting moments. The start-up time for both cameras is incredibly fast to ensure the perfect shot is never missed. Additionally, the J4 features a new touchscreen interface with touch shutter functionality that allows for extremely simple and intuitive shooting. Simply tapping the screen will instantly snap an unforgettable photo. In terms of storage, both new Nikon 1 cameras use Micro SD memory cards.
Bringing Nikon 1 System Cameras to New Depths
For those who want to take the Nikon 1 System underwater, Nikon has also introduced the new WP-N3 Waterproof Case for use with both the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2. Designed for those interested in deeper diving, without the hassle of bringing a D-SLR, the WP-N3 is capable of operating at a depth of 45m (approximately 147.6 ft.), allowing both new Nikon 1 offerings to capture amazing underwater photos and HD video.
For further versatility when shooting underwater, Nikon has also announced the SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight, adding yet another tool to the underwater photographer’s arsenal. This new Speedlight is compatible with the WP-N1, WP-N2 and WP-N3 waterproof cases, as well as the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof compact interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1. Waterproof up to 100m, the SB-N10 will help illuminate difficult to shoot underwater shooting scenarios with elegance and precision.
Price and Availability
Available in May 2014, the Nikon 1 J4 will be available in Black, White, Silver and Orange for a suggested retail price of $649.95. Additionally, a Two Lens Kit including the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens will be available for $1,049.95.
The Nikon 1 S2 will be available in June 2014 in Black, White, Red and Yellow for $449.95, while a Two Lens Kit including the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens will also be available for $699.95.
The WP-N3 Waterproof Case, SB-N10 Speedlight and Fiber Optic Cable Adapter will be available in May 2014 with final pricing to be determined.