By Sumit Passary | Aug 10, 2012 10:12 AM EDT
With some tweaks imbibed to the Nikon J1 version, Nikon J2 is the latest in the 1-series line. Priced at $549.95, will Nikon's latest offering lure the compact system camera buyers?
Just around a year ago, Nikon released its first compact system camera line: the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1. Both these versions featured the Nikon 1-mount and a CX-format image sensor with a resolution of 10.1 megapixels. Both the J1 and V1 feature the dual-core EXPEED 3 image processing engine that allows 10 frames per second burst shooting with autofocus. The J2 retains these features along with some enhancements to entice its users.
J2 has an upgraded LCD panel of around 307,000 dots (921,000 pixels), which is double of its predecessor J1. The body of the camera is made of metal as opposed to the plastic body of the J1. The J2 is also offered in deeper red, replacing the previous red used in the J1, and a new orange color.
The "Creative" mode option has been added to the "Mode" dial. The Creative mode option also includes the Panorama, Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night Portrait modes.
"We've also added new intuitive features like Creative Mode - sure to appeal to compact camera upgraders and DSLR users looking for something more portable with artistic potential," said Simon Iddon, Nikon 1 UK's product manager.
An impressive feature of the J2 is the Smart Photo Selector - also available in the J1 and V1 models. This option captures 20 high images at high-speed and automatically selects the five best pictures on the display screen.
"Keen photographers will enjoy using the Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector to explore new ways of taking and sharing images," noted Iddon.
Potential new buyers may prefer the J2. However, with slight enhancements made to the Nikon J1, will the users upgrade to the J2?
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