Nikon 1 J2 Mirrorless Camera and Nikkor 11-27.5mm Now Officially Exist

Well, that was fast. Just a couple days after photos of the duo leaked onto the web, the Nikon 1 J2 mirrorless camera and Nikkor 11-27.5mm lens are now official.

Nikon 1 J2

The new Nikon 1 J2 improves on the J1 in a few subtle but welcome ways: it boasts a Creative Mode with photo effects (the camera’s geared towards casual shooters), a new metallic build, a higher-res LCD screen, and some sleek new color options for the camera itself.

Found on the camera’s mode dial is the new Creative Mode, which offers shooting modes like panorama, selective color, miniature (i.e. faux tilt lens shots), soft, night landscape, backlighting, and night portraits.

There’s also a new LCD screen on the back. While the size hasn’t changed — it’s still 3 inches — the LCD is high-res with 921K dots (up from 460K).

The camera’s body is now metallic, and comes in new deep red and orange colors in addition to the white, black, silver, and pink models offered in the J1.

Most of the other specs are the same as its predecessor: a 10.1-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, HD video recording, and 10fps continuous shooting (up to 60fps is AF is locked).

The camera will hit store shelves with a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens starting in September 2012, carrying a price tag of $550. This is $100 cheaper than the $650 price that the J1 carried when it was released last year.

Nikon and Canon have taken very different strategies in attacking the mirrorless camera market. Compared to the new Canon EOS M mirrorless camera, the Nikon J2 and V1 are $250 cheaper and $100 more expensive (respectively).

However, Canon has opted to stuff its camera with an APS-C-sized sensor, while Nikon has gone with a new (and much smaller) 1-inch sensor. Check out the size comparison:

It’ll be interesting to see how Nikon responds to this new rival, since it might be difficult to change its sensor size decisions now that there’s an entirely new lens mount.

For the time being, it’ll have to be content offering a more affordable mirrorless system that has slightly superior portability (the J2 it’s both smaller and lighter).

Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6

The new Nikkor 11-27.5mm lens has a small and light form factor, and offers a 2.5x zoom with a 30-74mm 35mm equivalent focal range.

It comes in both black and white flavors, and will arrive in stores in late September 2012 for the price of $190.

P.S. There’s also a new WP-N1 waterproof case for the J1 and J2. It’ll also launch in September, and will cost a cool $750 for underwater adventurers.

  • chuey

    lame – OM-D will still kick its arse. even the waterproof case is cheaper on the olympus plus strobe support.

  • Chris ‘Spuggy’ Yarrow

    Hmm… Not sure. I’m a Nikon shooter but after being burned with the P7000, I’m just not sure I’ll turn to them for another small format camera.

  • madmax

    Canon M, Nikon V and Sony RX are just crazy expensive point and shoot cameras. With no viewfinder, no articulated screen and slow zoom lenses, what´s the point of a bigger sensor?. You are much better served with a LX7 or EX2 for less money.

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  • Joakim

    What is the point of the 11-27.5mm when they allready have a 10-30?

  • branden rio

    I believe the new lens is much smaller.

  • OSAM

    It’s about half as long (deep), but otherwise about the same. When locked down it’s only slightly longer than the 10/2.8

  • Joakim

    That is a marginal difference, I would expect them to market it as a pancake.