J5_SL_10_30_PD_SLup.highNikon might be a company famous for its DSLR cameras, but if we were to talk about mirrorless, not so much. However it looks like in terms of the design, Nikon appears to be making a more serious effort with the launch of the Nikon 1 J5, the company’s latest mirrorless camera effort, and we have to say we are liking what we see.


As you can tell from the photographs, it looks like Nikon might have taken a page out of Olympus and Fujifilm’s books as the camera sports a retro design. The textured grips are also reminiscent of the cameras from back in the day, but the modern technology under its hood should appeal to the more modern photographer.

The camera will feature a 20.8MP VFI CMOS sensor which is an upgrade from its predecessor. It will be powered by an XP5A image processor and will sport an ISO range up to 12,800 and will have both WiFi and NFC connectivity for photographers who wouldn’t mind the idea of transferring videos and photos wirelessly.

The Nikon 1 J5 will also come with a 3-inch LCD display that can tilt up to 180-degrees vertically, making it ideal for photographers who want to snap a selfie or two, or who want to get up high or down low for some interesting angles. It will also be able to capture Full HD video at 30/60fps and also 4K but at a much choppier 15fps.

This might not necessarily be Nikon’s most powerful mirrorless and might not match up with some of the competition out there, but with a price tag starting at $500, it makes it an affordable camera for photographers looking to jump into the mirrorless scene.

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