A couple of weeks ago we reported on rumors that Nikon was going to be announcing two new mirrorless cameras at CES — the S1 and the J3. Now that CES has finally started it looks like the rumors were true, both cameras have indeed come to fruition with each sporting the specs we expected.
The S1 does indeed set up a new entry-level into Nikon mirrorless systems. Specs include a 10.1MP CX CMOS sensor, Expeed 3A processor, 11-27.5mm lens, 100-6400 ISO, an impressive 73-point AF array and the ability to shoot 15FPS bursts with continuous focus.
All in all the specs read a bit like the J2 with some features passed down from the V-series — entry level but nothing to scoff at. You’ll be able to get your hands on it in February assuming you have a vested interest and 500 bucks to spend.
The J3, on the other hand, is an upgrade to the still-somewhat-new J2. The 10.1MP CX CMOS sensor has been replaced by a 14.3MP one, the processor gets an upgrade to the Expeed 3A, you’ll find the same 73-point AF array as the S1, an ISO range of 160-6400, and a 10-30mm lens. The J3 also becomes available in February, with a price tag of $600.
Alongside the S1 and J3 releases in Feburary we’ll also see a $750 underwater case that is compatible with both, assuming you’re willing to spend more on it than you did on your camera.
A 6.7-13mm (18-35mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 wide angle and 10-100mm (27-270mm equivalent) f/4-5.6 telephoto lens were also announced as forthcoming (no specific release date yet) for $500 and $550, respectively.