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Nikon 1 J5 Coming Soon: Will Feature New Sensor, 4K, NFC

By Anthony Thurston on March 15th 2015

The latest rumors peg the next Nikon 1 J series camera to be announced in the next couple of weeks, and while details are mostly scarce, a few really interesting tidbits popped up this morning.



According to a new report over on Nikon Rumors, the Nikon 1 J5 is set to be announced within the next few weeks with a brand new 20.8MP sensor, 4K video recording, and Near Field Communication (NFC).

We have already heard rumblings about the 4K recording capability, but the 20.8MP sensor and NFC bits are new. These are also features that would set the new body apart from its other Nikon 1 brethren, though traditionally, the J series has played second fiddle to the V series.

The small sensor in the Nikon 1 series has always been a bit of a turn off for most Nikon shooters, but the system is actually an interesting alternative to the Micro 4/3 system cameras. They aren’t for everyone, but for those looking for SLR quality in a small package, the 1 system is something worth looking into.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the new J5 is spec’d out here in a couple of weeks. I know I am curious.

What would you like to see in the new Nikon 1 J5, as far as specs, when it is announced? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    OVerpriced and I guess it is better to wait for the 4K to appear in DSLR or 120 fps at 1080p.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    It’s interesting how Nikon and Canon have different approaches to mirrorless. Both, so far, treat it like kind of a hobby, rather than an all-the-serious product line. But with Nikon it’s like, ok, since we know the 2.7x crop factor isn’t going to lure anyone away from DSLRs, we can get a little more serious about it. Nikon, as well, isn’t trying to protect any higher-end video products, so 4K in one of these isn’t a threat. Does make you wonder how long Canon can hold out on 4K moving into a lower-end EOS body.

    As for who buys these… not really sure. But they have kind of an Apple flavor to their campaign and physical design — overpriced, nice, clean mechanical design, unique modern look. I think it’s mostly selling as a P&S upgrade system, and maybe in a large part for the home market, since mirrorless in general has done better in Japan than anywhere else. That does kind of presuppose that it is selling…

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  3. Walid Isar

    I thought this website was for photographers, not for spammers.

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  4. Jerry Jackson

    I have no interest in this particular camera, but if it indeed has 4K recording then this should be a signal to Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm that their mirrorless cameras NEED the ability to record 4K in body. It’s not just 4K video that appeals to me … it’s 4K stills. The more I see quality still images pulled from 4K video frames the more I think the majority of future wedding and sports photographers are going to switch to shooting 4K video and just grab individual stills from the video unless they need to be using flash to freeze movement.

    Also, yes, one of the site admins needs to do something about all the spam comments.

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  5. Graham Curran

    Won’t somebody do something about these spammers? They’re now making the Daily Top Lounger list.

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  6. Walid Isar

    I hope it will score better than Sony RX100M3.

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    • Jason Markos

      I understand these Nikons have the same size sensor as the RX100… Yet the RX100 has a great lens, is super fast for a compact, has great battery life and is genuinely pocketable. Makes it very hard to choose the Nikon over it…

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  7. adam sanford

    Every time I bemoan the lack of Canon’s commitment to mirrorless, I remind myself: “At least they didn’t go with a 2.7x crop factor toy.”

    So who exactly buys the Nikon 1? Surely mirrorless enthusiasts have better options for the same money, right?

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