Nikon’s interchangeable lens mirrorless camera line, Nikon 1, has expanded, with the addition of the J5. It features a fast continuous full-resolution shooting frame rate at 20 frames-per-second (fps), with full autofocus, a new 20.8-megapixel Backside-illuminated (BSI) 1-inch CX-format CMOS sensor, Expeed 5A image processing, and a slew of creative modes. It also features Nikon Snapbridge, where users shoot and share photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC3) technology.
The J5 gives users a fast hybrid AF system featuring 171 Contrast-Detect and 105 Phase Detect AF points. Nikon has also introduced a new Sports Mode in the J5, offering intuitive preset settings to help optimize focus when capturing the “photo-finish” at the racetrack or last second “buzzer-beater.” Nikon says the camera boasts the world’s shortest release time lag to practically eliminate shutter delay.
The company says the new sensor renders finer detail than ever seen before in the J-series, while allowing for cleaner images at higher ISOs.
The J5 features a built-in flash and sports a 160-12,800 ISO range. For extreme low-light situations, High ISO Noise Reduction captures and stacks four frames simultaneously to help reduce noise when shooting at 6400 and 12,800 (with noise reduction enabled).
There’s a control layout that puts a full array of physical controls and creative modes at the fingertips. Manual controls and PSAM exposure modes are now accessible via the Mode Dial, while the Command Dial allows settings to be changed quickly and easily. A programmable function button helps access often-used functions including ISO and white balance.
The J5 offers a high-resolution 3-inch touch LCD display with a 180-degree tilt to help users navigate an enhanced menu system, frame shots and make focus point adjustments. The LCD screen tilts a full 180-degrees upward to help easily capture self-portraits, particularly when using the new Self-Portrait Mode to set skin softening, self-timer and exposure compensation using the touchscreen interface.
The J5 also offers a variety of Creative Modes and Scene Modes for stills and video designed to expand creativity and optimize settings for any shooting scenario. Seven new effects are now available including Nostalgic Sepia, Pop, Retro, High-contrast Monochrome, Fisheye, Skin softening (stills only), and Cross Screen (stills only).
There’s an impressive set of video features, recording 1080/60p HD video and shooting at up to 120 fps (at 720p) to create slow motion playback. Users can utilize a variety of fun and innovative creative tools to add their own personal touch to any movie, including Jump-Cut, Fast Motion, 4-second movie, and the new Time-Lapse Movie mode that captures up to 300 stills and replays them as a 10-second sequence.
An interval timer has been added as well, allowing up to 999 images to be recorded in intervals between 5 seconds and up to nearly 100 minutes (99:59) to create time-lapse movies via external software.
Also new with the J5, creative effects including Selective Colour and Cross Process are now available for video application.
The J5 can also capture high-resolution 4K video at 15p for those who want to experiment with higher resolution video clips.
Users can browse and edit videos using Nikon’s free View NX-i software.
For those with an existing collection of DX and/or FX lenses, grab the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter and use those lenses on the J5.
The Nikon 1 J5 will be available at the end of April. It will be kitted with the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $599.95. Available in silver and black.