Nikon Canada has announced two additions to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System: the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2. Built with outstanding speed and innovative tools, both are designed for users ready to take their photography and creativity to new heights. Whether seeking an advanced camera when leaving the DSLR at home, looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot camera or stepping up from a smartphone, the J4 and S2 can satisfy the needs of enthusiasts and hobbyists alike. The cameras are compact and loaded with features capable of capturing beautiful images and Full HD (1080p) videos that can easily be shared with friends and family.
Also announced were several Nikon 1 accessories, including the WP-N3 Underwater Case for both the J4 and S2, as well as the SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight, further expanding the versatile and growing Nikon 1 System. The Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 offer the ideal combination of impressive speed, compact size, powerful imaging performance and creative tools that photographers of any level can appreciate, said Amanda Mohammed, Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. With the high-speed performance that has become a hallmark of the Nikon 1 system and the ability to instantly share amazing images and Full HD videos, these latest Nikon 1 cameras are great on-the-go companions for ensuring every unforgettable moment is captured.
The Ideal Camera for Capturing Life’s Spontaneous Moments
When a split second means the difference between a good shot and a great shot, users will appreciate the incredible speed and accuracy offered by both the J4 and S2. Like the recently announced Nikon 1 V3, both cameras feature the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at an uncompromising 20 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution, ideal for capturing fleeting moments that can last a lifetime. Additionally, the J4 sports an impressive 171 contrast-detect focus areas and 105 phase-detect AF points for incredible autofocus accuracy when capturing stills or Full HD videos.
The Nikon 1 J4 and S2 offer the latest in imaging technologies to help capture moments with crisp detail, even in low light. The J4 features a new 18.4-megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, while the S2 features a 14.2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor. Both employ the EXPEED 4A image processing engine, capable of rendering family portraits, incredible landscapes or the game-winning goal with true colours and amazing precision. When shooting in low-light settings, users can also utilize an increased ISO range, expandable up to 12,800, for better performance without the use of a flash.
Recognizing the importance of sharing precious moments, both the J4 and S2 allow users to take beautiful photos and Full HD videos, and easily share with family and friends via social networks. The J4 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that allows seamless connection to a compatible smart phone or tablet for effortless sharing, while the S2 can provide the same capability via the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.
Capture and Create Beautiful Full HD Videos
Nikon has made several enhancements to the J4 and S2s Full HD video capabilities, with both allowing the user to record crisp 1080/60p HD videos for up to 10 minutes per clip. Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) is also available during 1080/30p and 720/30p video recording, to help ensure smooth and steady movies, even while handheld. Furthermore, both cameras are capable of simultaneously capturing still images during video recording, using the new Auto Image Capture feature that saves full-size images automatically throughout recording, keeping the 20 best stills for the J4 and 10 best shots for the S2. Slow View Mode is also available for the J4, allowing the user to slow down the frame and capture each and every moment.
Like the Nikon 1 V3, the J4 can record slow-motion movies in HD in 1280 x 720 resolution at up to 120 frames-per-second (fps). With a wealth of new video features, the Nikon 1 System continues to push the boundaries for video capabilities in compact interchangeable lens cameras.
Ergonomically Designed and Ready for Anything
Continuing in the spirit of the Nikon 1 System, the J4 and S2 are ergonomically designed and extremely compact, ready to help capture stunning stills and Full HD video with ease, even during the most fleeting moments. The start-up time for both cameras is incredibly fast to ensure the perfect shot is never missed, and the J4 when paired with the recently announced 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD Zoom lens is a nearly unbeatable combination when time is of the essence. Additionally, while the S2 sports the traditional Nikon 1 multi selector for menu access, the J4 features a new touchscreen interface with touch shutter functionality that allows for extremely simple and intuitive shooting. Simply tapping the screen will instantly snap an unforgettable photo.
Both new Nikon 1 cameras use Micro SD memory cards for storage.
Bring Your Creativity to New Heights
The J4 and S2 bring a wealth of new creative enhancements to the Nikon 1 System that enable users to expand their creativity, resulting in a truly customized experience. Both cameras see the return of several popular creative modes from previous models including Selective Colour, Miniature Effect and Easy Panorama Mode (exclusive to the J4), but also introduce numerous creative options for shooting stills and videos. For still images, users can now utilize Cross Process, Toy Camera and Creative Pallet modes, with the latter allowing users to apply effects to a scene prior to capturing an image to help preview how it will affect the photo. Creative Pallet is accessible on the Nikon 1 J4 through the wheel on the back of the touchscreen display, and can be selected on the S2 by using the multi selector on the back of the camera. Additionally, ISO Sensitivity Noise Reduction is now available to help render amazing images when shooting at high ISO ranges by stacking multiple (four) shots to help achieve clear and consistent photos even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios. Additionally, new video-specific options include Jump Cut, Fast Motion and Four Second Video, further expanding on an already impressive stable of video capabilities.
Bringing Nikon 1 System Cameras to New Depths
For those who want to take the Nikon 1 System underwater, Nikon has introduced the new WP-N3 Waterproof Case for use with both the J4 (with 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom) and S2 (with 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6). Designed for those who are interested in deeper diving but don’t want the hassle of bringing a DSLR, the WP-N3 is capable of operating at a depth of 45m (approximately 147.6 ft.), allowing both new Nikon 1 offerings to capture crystal-clear underwater photos and HD videos.
For further versatility when shooting underwater, Nikon has released the SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight, adding yet another tool to the underwater photographers arsenal. The SB-N10 is compatible with the WP-N1, WP-N2 and WP-N3 waterproof cases, as well as the worlds first waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof compact interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1 (when using the new Fibre Optic Cable Adapter). Waterproof up to 100m (approximately 328.1 ft.), the SB-N10 will help illuminate difficult-to-shoot underwater scenarios with elegance and precision.
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 J4, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in late May 2014 at a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $699.95*. It will be available in black and white.
The Nikon 1 S2, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in late June 2014 at an MSRP of $529.95*. It will be available in black and white.
The WP-N3 Waterproof Case is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers on or after May 15, 2014 at an MSRP of $829.95. The SB-N10 Speedlight is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers on or after May 15, 2014 at an MSRP of $829.95. The Fibre Optic Cable Adapter is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers on or after May 15, 2014 for $149.95.
Exclusive Canadian Warranty
Nikon Canada offers an exclusive two-year warranty for all Nikon 1 CX-format cameras, and an exclusive five-year warranty for all Nikon 1 NIKKOR interchangeable lens systems purchased from a Nikon Canada Authorized Dealer. Nikon Canada also offers a two-year warranty for all COOLPIX digital cameras and select digital SLR cameras purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer.