The J5 compact system camera marks a departure from previous J models with its ‘retro’ look, and aims to give users greater manual control, akin to a DSLR, says the firm.
Targeted at ‘the new hobbyist’ rather than the ‘point-and-shoot’ J4 customer, Nikon says the J5 will cost £349.99 body only and £429.99 as a kit including a 10-30mm lens. A kit with a 30-110mm and 10-30mm lens is expected to cost £559.99.
Nikon has signalled its aim to attract the photography enthusiast by, for example, positioning a function button on the front (to which frequently used settings can be assigned) and adding a front grip for better control.
The J5 also provides easy access to PASM controls and the command dial, according to the firm.
A sports function has been added to the top dial that, when deployed, activates the sports-burst function.
The J5 boasts a 20 frames-per-second burst rate in continuous AF mode (60fps when focus is fixed).
Due in shops on 30 April, the J5 features a retro-look body that aims to engender a ‘classic photographic feel’.
The J5 will be the first Nikon to shoot 4K video (15p).
Its back-illuminated, 20.8MP, CX-format imaging sensor retains the 1in sensor size found in other Nikon 1 models.
The J4, a 10-month-old model that will be discontinued, features an 18.4MP sensor.
The J5 boasts a maximum ISO of 12,800.
Other features include a 171-point hybrid AF system (105-point phase detection), a 3in, 1.04-million-dot LCD touchscreen and a ‘super-fast’ Expeed 5A image processor.
Images are stored on a Micro SD card.
Users will be able to take 20.8MP stills when shooting in full HD video mode, while a time-lapse function – a first for a Nikon CSC – allows up to 300 photos to be made into a full HD movie.
A slow-motion HD movie function is capable of shooting at 120fps.
The J5 also includes in-camera image enhancement plus Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity.
Flipping up the 180° touchscreen automatically activates the selfie mode.