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Upcoming Nikon 1 J5 Rumored To Have 4K Video Capabilities

By Anthony Thurston on February 17th 2015

An interesting rumor just broke on the Nikon rumor mill, and if true, it could have major implications for Nikon’s future products.

nikon-4kAccording to the new report coming from Nikon Rumors, the next version of Nikon’s 1 J mirrorless line, the J5, will be capable of recording 4K video. If this is true, it would make the often overlooked mirrorless camera Nikon’s first body capable of recording 4K video.

The official announcement of this camera is expected to come within the next several weeks, so we should know pretty soon if this is, in fact, the case or not. But if it is, it would mean 4K could be coming on Nikon’s next round of SLR’s as well. I mean, surely if Nikon is putting 4K in a low end mirrorless body, they can add it to their next generation of SLRs.

Canon has been reluctant to put 4K in anything other than their cinema cameras, so if Nikon could add 4K to their DSLR lineup before Canon, they could win back some of the video shooters who left after Canon took Nikon’s video ball and ran with it.

It will be interesting to see how this all pans out….

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    If think the market for the 4K image will always be the higher end cameras since it is still a new technology for Nikon and Canon. I hope to see 4K on the D850 or maybe the Nikon D5.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    Not sure this serves as real DSLR competition. But it makes sense, given that some of the current Nikon 1 models have a ridiculously high burst rate.

    But 4K is showing up for a reason right now, I don’t think it’s much of a technical problem. Like other DSLRs makers, the Nikon 1 is Nikon’s hobby mirrorless, and I think the folks behind it are allowed to do whatever they want to make it sell, because it can’t really compete with a Nikon DSLR. Particularly at their oddly high prices.

    Canon doesn’t want to sell you a 4K DSLR for $1000 or $3000 if they can get $13K for a 1D C or $16K+ for a 500C. They’re going to have to relent, eventually, but they have time.

    Sony and Panasonic are both video-based companies and hungry for some of the business that Canon’s seen. The GH4 was the first ILC I looked at as something I’d consider over another Canon. Of course, that’s a more serious system. Panasonic also has a P&S with 4K support, but like the Nikon 1, that’s not likely making many DSLR companies worry. Though if it’s actually usable, GoPro might be paying attention.

    Samsung’s done the only other mirrorless with 4K. I guess it helps to be hungry for more business AND the world’s second-largest semiconductor company. They’re more popular in Asia.

    Why 4K? I’d love to have it now for the potential editing improvements. And it would look dandy on my 4K laptop display (well, QFHD, not 4K Cinema). But I’m not too anxious for other reasons — I remember well enough how much I spent moving from HD to 4K: cameras, editing PCs, televisions, storage, etc. Now that HD editing on my six-core desktop — in AVC even — is back to about where DV was in its day, do I really want to scramble on gear just now? Nope. Particularly while the dust on 4K standards is still settling. Are we really supposed to edit HEVC? Samsung thinks so. Time to dust off Cineform and/or DNxHD again…

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  3. Chris Nigul

    this vs. A6000( or TBD A7000)

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  4. Chuck Eggen

    Maybe this is just a test bed for 4K. For all we know there might be another mirror less ILC in the background with a larger sensor and the J series was a logical/quick platform to get the market looking in their direction.

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  5. Jean-Francois Perreault

    I’m not sure I get 4k. Who needs it? Honest question.
    And if you really “need” 4k, wouldn’t you rather get something better than a J5?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Not many people really need more than like 12 to 16MP camera sensors, yet they keep getting bigger. This is one of those features Nikon needs to add to stay relevant in the market, regardless of if the users actually need it.

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    • robert garfinkle

      I’d ask the same thing about 3D, who needs it? a gimmick. From what I understand 3D is not doing that well. I could even see that dying off… Who’d really like to be spending life behind 3D glasses, not me.

      However, 4k, has function to it. If every monitor / tv could accurately display it, it’d be justified right? All pun intended, it’s the next big thing. As for now, I suppose, it’s downscaled to fit whatever resolution it’s displayed on. eventually 4k will become commonplace I suppose, but still feels gimmicky at the moment… but unlike 3D, 4k will most likely stay as it’s the next step up…

      Now, Jean-Francois, you do know that 8k is also out there too, just not as prevalent, but it is on the streets…

      Anthony? I have a question about the actual “need.” – I am assuming that when you say people don’t need more than 12 – 16 meg, I am assuming for printing capability, right? at least that’s where my head goes when I think of the actual function of MP…

      In the lens diffraction article, clearly, and no pun intended, there is more detail captured in higher megapixels, correct? That, in and of itself, has function, in my opinion. we may have a need to capture that detail, yet I suppose printing something that large, would be the need of a very few folk… I mean, if you took an image, like from my D810 @ 36mp, it’d be reduced in size, losing detail, for most print jobs – is that an accurate statement? or, is it the other way around, that, at a certain point, detail is not discernable when printed… I don’t know…

      Now, back to 8k, and the D810’s 7360 x 4192 – it’s almost a match, and at 4k, the image only has to be reduced by 1/2 (less detail lost) vs. 1920 x 1080 which would most likely take on large detail loss –

      I guess what I’m saying is – I think there is a need for 4k in the sense that if you are shooting that large width-wise, yes?

      Hey, speaking of 16mp being good enough – how bout them apples; someone want to do an article on the fact that Nikon just dropped $500.00 off the price of the D4s, to $5999.00, nice…

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    • Paul Nguyen

      Why is it that every time a new feature comes out, there’s always people who say that nobody needs it.

      Well, guess what, we don’t need cameras, we don’t need houses, we don’t need computers, we don’t need the internet…etc. Heck, we don’t need anything except water and food.

      Like any other feature, it has its uses, 4K TVs and displays exist, there are many people who own 4K devices, it’s been a standard for a while. So yes, nobody *needs* 4K, but it’s an important enough feature that the GH4 is becoming popular due to 4K support (amongst other things).

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      You’re right, it was a negative comment. I love 4K and I didn’t really mean to be negative. I only find it a little strange to include 4K in products like the J5. To me it sounded more like a marketing thing rather than something the photographer really needs.

      When you consider charts like these:

      You see that the need for 4K is better served for someone targeting screens quite bigger than the typical TV most people have.
      My question was more towards the need to include 4K in a product that’s targeted to people who will most probably never show their “film” on anything larger than a TV.

      But in the end you’re right. They’ve included something new and people will be very happy to shoot movies in 4K.

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    I still feel Nikon mirror less cameras have a long way to go to catch its competition.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      They are and I’m guessing they view mirrorless the same way Canon does.
      And based on the latest Q&A with Canon managers, mirrorless are viewed simply as a small lightweight alternative within the EOS system, not a product line by itself.

      Are they right? I don’t know. Sony is showing us that mirrorless products are getting bigger each year so maybe there’s some truth to that…I don’t see it that way personally, I think they have much more to offer.

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    • David Hall

      I agree with you Brandon.

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