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New Nikon Mirrorless Cameras

Updated on March 19, 2013

Nikon 1 Line Offers New Mirrorless Cameras in Compact Design

Several camera manufacturers beat Nikon to the table with mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras (MILCs), but Nikon it now fully involved in the game with the Nikon 1 series, the new Nikon mirrorless cameras. The first models in the Nikon 1 series appeared in 2011, and now the camera manufacturer is adding more cameras and lenses each year. These new cameras are smaller than their DSLR predecessors, but pack plenty of features not available on compact cameras. Take a look below to learn more about the new Nikon mirrorless cameras.

(Image of Nikon 1 J2 mirrorless camera provided by amazon)

Over the past few years, point-and-shoot digital cameras have been getting smaller and smaller, to the point where some are now less than an inch thick and can easily slide into a pocket. The exception to this has been DSLRs. Digital SLRs have remained much larger than other cameras, due to the mirror required for through-the-lens viewing, as well as the larger sensor inside that provides the high resolution images expected of a DSLR. Manufacturers have been trying to come up with new ways to provide the same quality in a smaller body, and one of the ways they're doing it now is with mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras (MILCs).

By removing the mirror from the camera and replacing the through-the-lens (TTL) viewfinder with an electronic one, manufacturers can include DSLR-size sensors and provide DSLR-like quality in a much smaller body. In the past few years, Leica, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony have all introduced MILCs, but it wasn't until 2011 that Nikon finally joined the game with their new Nikon 1 line. The first two cameras were the J1 and V1, released in September 2011, and the J2 was added in 2012.

All of the cameras in the new Nikon 1 line offer what Nikon says is the world's fastest autofocus, as well as the world's fastest continuous shooting speed, an amazing 60 frames per second. In addition, slow-motion movies can be captured in up to 1200 fps.




Features of the Nikon 1 Series:

- Simultaneously capture full HD (1080p) movie and photos

- World's fastest autofocus with 73-point AF array

- Continuous shooting - capture 10 shots per second with full or 60 fps with manual focus

- Unique Motion Snapshot brings photos to life

There are currently three Nikon mirrorless cameras on the market.

Not sure how a new mirrorless camera will handle compared to your current DSLR or point-and-shoot? Then take it for a test ride.

At, you can rent professional cameras and equipment from three days to four weeks. The gear is shipped via FedEx, or you can pick it up if you live near one of the rental location in California, Oregon, Washington or Nevada. When your rental period is up, you simply pack your rental gear back in the box, affix the prepaid shipping label and drop it off at a local FedEx/Kinkos, and they'll take care of the rest.

This is a great way to test out a new Nikon 1 mirrorless camera and see how it compares to your current gear. It's also a fun way to use equipment that you can't afford to buy outright.

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    • pavlo-badovskyi profile image

      pavlo-badovskyi 5 years ago

      Looks stylish and has a big sensor. I like it!

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I like the sleek and compact design of the Nikon1... the interchangeable lens is a added bonus!

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I love all mirrorless cameras. I am almost thinking of replacing my DSLR with one.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Very nice cameras; I will be needing a new camera soon. :)