New Nikon 1 J2 and 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 announced

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Not long after the introducing of the Nikon 1 system, Nikon is releasing the J2, a slight updated version to the J1 with an improved back LCD. It is also expected to be cheaper than the J1 when it was first announced. The J2 remains at 10.1 MP with highest base ISO 3200, however it has received a new creative Mode, a metallic body, a higher-res 3” 921k dot LCD screen.

Nikon also introduced the 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6, alongside the new Nikon 1 J2. The 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm lens  an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight lens. With a 2.5x zoom (30-74mm equivalent), this is an ideal lens for general shooting including landscapes, portraiture or even as the go-to lens on the next family vacation. The 11-27.5mm lens will be offered in Black and White, and will be compatible with the Nikon J2 as well as the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1.

The Nikon 1 J2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in September 2012, you can order yours at B&H. It comes in orange colour too.

The 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will also be available in late September 2012, you can order yours at B&H.



Here is the press release:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 9, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the expansion of the popular Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System with the addition of the Nikon 1 J2 camera and the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens to provide users with amazing image quality and stunning 1080p HD video in a portable, powerful package. The Nikon 1 System, including the new Nikon 1 J2 and the
1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm lens, is engineered from the ground up to give users the freedom to capture and connect with others to share life experiences.

The Nikon 1 J2 improves upon the Nikon 1 J1 with new features such as a Creative Mode that provides a variety of photo effects to users, a metallic body, a higher resolution LCD screen and the addition of stylish new color offerings. Made for those seeking portability without compromising stunning image quality and quick performance, the J2 is the camera designed to empower users to capture their world like never before with stunning and sharp image and HD video quality. In addition to the camera, the 11-27.5mm lens is a super-compact zoom lens that offers a helpful 2.5x zoom range in an easily pocketable size.

"Building on the success and popularity of the Nikon 1 cameras and lenses, the new J2 and 11-27.5mm lens are welcomed additions to the ever growing Nikon 1 System," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "Expanding the Nikon 1 System demonstrates Nikon’s continued dedication to creating compact and portable advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses that are easy-to-use and allow users to explore and redefine their creativity."

  • Type

    Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses

  • Lens Mount

    Nikon 1 mount

  • Picture Angle

    Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (Nikon CX format)

  • Effective Pixels

    10.1 million

  • Sensor Size

    13.2mm x 8.8mm

  • Image Sensor Format


  • Image Sensor Type


  • Total Pixels

    12 million

  • Dust-reduction system

    Optical anti-dust mechanism

  • Image Area (pixels)

    Still Images (3:2 aspect ratio)
    3,872 x 2,592
    2,896 x 1,944
    1,936 x 1,296
    Smart Photo Selector (3:2 aspect ratio)
    3,872 x 2,592
    2,896 x 1,944
    1,936 x 1,296
    Movie Mode (16:9 aspect ratio)
    3,840 x 2,160 (1080/60i)
    1,920 x 1,080 (1080/30p)
    1,280 x 720 (720/60p)
    Motion Snapshot (16:9 aspect ratio)
    3,840 x 2,160

  • File Format

    Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
    JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression
    NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

  • Picture Control

    Selected Picture Control can be modified
    User-customizable Settings

  • Storage Media


  • Card Slot

    1 Secure Digital (SD)

  • File System

    Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
    DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
    EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)

  • Viewfinder


  • Lens Aperture

    electronically controlled

  • Shutter type

    Electronic Shutter

  • Fastest Shutter Speed

    1/16,000 sec.

  • Slowest Shutter Speed

    30 sec.

  • Flash Sync Speed

    Up to 1/60 sec.

  • Bulb Shutter Setting


  • Shutter Release Modes

    Single-frame [S] mode
    Electronic [Hi]
    Self-timer mode
    Delayed remote
    Quick Response Remote
    Interval Timer Shooting

  • Frame Advance Rate

    Electronic [Hi]: Approx. 10, 30 or 60 fps
    Other modes: Up to 5 fps (single AF or manual focus, S Shutter- priority auto or M Manual exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)

  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution

    5 frames per second 10, 30 or 60 fps using Electronic (Hi) shutter

  • Self-timer

    2, 5, 10 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled

  • Remote Control Modes

    Delayed remote (2 sec)
    Quick-response remote

  • Exposure Metering System

    TTL metering using image sensor

  • Metering Method

    Center-weighted: Meters 4.5mm circle in center of frame
    Spot: Meters 2mm circle centered on select focus area

  • Exposure Modes

    Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
    Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
    Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
    Aperture-Priority (A)
    Manual (M)
    Scene Auto Selector

  • Scene Modes

    Night Portrait

  • Shooting Modes

    Still Image (3:2)
    Smart Photo Selector (3:2)
    Movie (HD 16:9)
    Movie Slow Motion (8:3)
    Motion Snapshot (16:9)

  • Exposure Compensation

    ±3 EV in increments of 1/3EV

  • Exposure Lock

    Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

  • ISO Sensitivity


  • Active D-Lighting


  • Autofocus System

    Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)
    AF-assist illuminator

  • AF-area mode

    Single-point AF: 135 focus areas
    Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
    Subject tracking
    Face-priority AF

  • Focus Lock

    Focus is locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or lightly pressing shutter release button in (S) AF

  • Focus Modes

    Auto (AF)
    Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
    Single-servo AF (AF-S)
    Continuous-servo (AF-C)
    Full-time Servo (AF-F)
    Manual Focus (MF)

  • Built-in Flash


  • Guide Number

    5/16 (m/ft ISO 100, 20°C/68°F) Approx. 

  • Flash Control

    i-TTL flash control using image sensor available

  • Flash Mode

    Slow sync
    Red-eye reduction
    Slow sync with red-eye reduction
    Rear curtain with sync
    Rear curtain with slow sync

  • Flash Compensation

    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV

  • Flash-ready indicator

    Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged

  • White Balance

    Direct Sunlight
    Preset Manual
    All except preset manual with fine tuning

  • Movie Metering

    TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

  • Movie Metering method

    Center-weighted: Meters 4.5mm circle in center of frame
    Spot: Meters 2mm circle centered on select focus area

  • Movie File Format


  • Movie Video Compression

    H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

  • Movie Audio recording format


  • Movie Audio recording device

    Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable

  • Movie

    HD: 1920 X 1080/60i
    HD: 1920 X 1080/30p
    HD: 1280 x 720/60p
    Slow-motion: 640×240/400fps
    Slow-motion: 320×120/1200fps
    Motion Snapshot: 1920×1080/60p (plays at 24p)
    Audio file format: ACC
    Movie file format: MOV

  • Monitor Size

    3.0 in. diagonal

  • Monitor Resolution

    921,000 Dots

  • Monitor Type

    TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment

  • Interface

    USB: Hi-speed USB
    HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector

  • Supported Languages

    Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)

  • Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings


  • World Time Setting


  • Battery / Batteries

    EN-EL20 Lithium-ion Battery

  • Battery Life (shots per charge)

    220 shots (CIPA)

  • AC Adapter

    EH-5b AC Adapter
    Requires EP-5C Power Supply Connector

  • Tripod Socket

    1/4 in.

  • Approx. Dimensions

    Width 4.2 in. (106mm)
    Height 2.4 in. (61mm)
    Depth 1.2 in. (29.8mm)
    Excluding projections.

  • Approx. Weight

    8.4oz. (238g)
    camera body only

  • Operating Environment

    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Less than 85% humidity (no condensation)

  • Supplied Accessories

    • EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    • MH-27 Battery Charger
    • UC-E15 USB Cable
    • BF-N1000 Body Cap
    • AN-N1000 Strap
    • ViewNX 2
    • Short Movie Creator CD
    • User’s Manual
    • Reference Manual CD

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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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