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With the brand new Nikon Z9 imminent, we have a good time the tenth birthday of the Nikon 1

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Final month the Nikon Z system celebrated its third birthday… however we’ve simply handed one other Nikon anniversary that slipped quietly beneath the radar. As I waxed lyrical concerning the Z system in a earlier opinion article, I joked Nikon was a little late to the mirrorless celebration (opens in new tab), however that’s not completely true… The Massive N first dipped its toes in mirrorless waters simply over a decade in the past, when it launched the Nikon 1 J1 and V1.

Again in 2011 the business mirrorless market was nonetheless very a lot in its infancy. Olympus and Panasonic’s Micro 4 Thirds system was practically three years previous, and each Sony and Samsung had launched their first APS-C mirrorless choices the 12 months prior. However anybody hoping Nikon would launch a DX mirrorless digicam must wait one other eight years for the Z50 (opens in new tab) (although it was undoubtedly value it!).

As a substitute, Nikon took a daring gamble and launched the Nikon 1. The Nikon 1 system launched on September 21 2011 and was developed round a tiny 1-inch ‘CX’ CMOS sensor with a 2.7x crop issue. At present, in fact, 1-inch sensors are extensively utilized by Sony, Canon and Panasonic in some fairly severe compact cameras; again then, it simply wasn’t taken significantly.

Nikon hit the bottom operating with its Nikon 1 ecosystem, with a neat little line-up of lenses to go along with the cameras. (Picture credit score: Nikon)

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The J1 and V1 featured a brand new hybrid AF system that boasted the world’s quickest autofocusing and the cameras packed 10Mp sensors, 60fps high-speed steady taking pictures (think about!), full HD video and uncooked taking pictures. The Nikon 1 V1 had a barely higher spec due to its digital viewfinder, sizzling shoe, microphone port and prolonged battery life. 

Decide a coloration! Effectively, OK, you most likely would not decide THIS coloration, however the Nikon 1 did not lack type. (Picture credit score: Nikon)

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Neither had been vital darlings and regardless of the 9 further cameras launched for this technique over the following few years, the Nikon 1 vary was given the chop shortly earlier than the Z mount’s 2018 debut. 

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