Our friends over at PopPhoto got a look at the new Nikon J1 and V1, Nikon's first forays into mirrorless cameras. The big benefit of mirrorless cameras is a huge reduction in size from DSLRs--almost as small as point-and-shoots--with, theoretically, not a huge drop-down in image quality (we loved, for example, Sony's NEX-5, a similar idea). What's especially great about these Nikons is that there will be an adapter available so that you can use any F-Mount (Nikon's 35mm SLR mount) lens, so you won't have to buy a ton of new glass if you're already a Nikon user. Check out PopPhoto to see impressions and a full run-down of the new cameras. [PopPhoto]
Earlier this year, I bought my first DSLR, and took it (and its gigantic lens) everywhere. My vacation photos and day-to-day snaps never looked better. But I couldn't say the same for my left (A.K.A. my bag-carrying) shoulder. So slowly, day by day, I stopped lugging my camera around with me. Then along came Sony's NEX-5.
Olympus today continued the game of cat-and-mouse that is the land of Micro Four Thirds cameras with their new PEN EP-2. The new shooter, which comes on the half-iversary of the EP-1, is chasing Panasonic's much-lauded GF1 but feels unlikely to overtake it.
Panasonic was the first out of the gate with a Micro Four Thirds camera, a system that promises SLR quality in small packages. It was Olympus, however, that hit small-body sweet spot with the EP-1. Today, Panasonic announced their own realization of the Micro Four Thirds promise with the svelte Lumix DMC-GF1.
Sometimes looking to the past to inspire designs of the future is inspired by nothing more than fashion, but sometimes, it actually serves a functional purpose. Enter Olympus's freshly announced EP-1, which recreate a form factor we haven't seen a lot of since the film era: a sleek, compact body with interchangeable lenses.