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Nikon mirrorless cameras may get two models, no hot-shoes

updated 02:00 am EDT, Sat September 10, 2011

Nikon mirrorless camera model details slip

Nikon's rapidly approaching mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras may be split into two models but carry some significant limitations that might rule them out versus Micro Four Thirds or DSLRs. Called the J1 and V1 (possibly 1J and 1V), both would shoot at 10 megapixels but use CCD sensors, Nikon Rumors said. The J1 would have a built-in flash while the V1 would go with a multi-purpose port for an external flash, but neither would have a real hot-shoe, blocking them from Speedlights and other standard camera gear.

Sensitivity would reflect the CCDs at ISO 100 to 3,200 in normal shooting with a 6,400 override. Most of the claims to performance would come from the inclusion of both contrast and phase detection autofocusing. giving DSLR-like speed when it's needed. Video should hit 1080p helped in part by a third-generation Expeed processor.

The lens system for the new cameras is rumored to be labeled CX, a cousin of DX (on lower-cost DSLRs) and FX (for full-frame cameras) that should have a 2.7X crop factor. Four lenses are expected that would include a 10mm f2.8 pancake lens (27mm equivalent), a 10-30mm (27-81mm) f3.5-5.6 for standard zooming, a 10-100mm (27-270mm) f4.5-5.6 all-purpose lens, and a 30-110mm (81-297mm) telephoto. An F-mount adapter is expected to bring traditional lenses into the equation.

Both cameras should show at Nikon's September 21 event, although how close either might be to ship day isn't as clear. Nikon often takes a month or two to deliver cameras.

by MacNN Staff



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