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Nikon J5 shoots at 20fps

Nikon has announced a new Nikon 1 camera, the J5, will be in stores in Australia on April 23.

It’s currently advertised for pre-order with 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 VR kit lens at DCW for $685 and Ted’s Cameras for $699 (initially $749).

The new model has a 20.8-megapixel 1-inch (13.2×8.8mm) back-illuminated CMOS sensor and Expeed 5A image processor, and Nikon is claiming it will shoot bursts of 20 frames per second at full resolution with autofocus – but with no mention of the length of the burst. (It’s actually capable of bursts of 60fps ‘with AF fixed on the first frame’ – which we think means so long as there’s no movement during the burst.)

Whatever the case, the J5 leap-frogs the Samsung’s NX1’s 15fps (for 70 shots) continuous burst speed. (But with a lower resolution, smaller sensor.)

Another highlighted spec is 4K video resolution, but it can only manage this at 15 fps. Full HD at 60 fps, however, is probably a more relevant capability, as is 720p at 120 fps for slow-motion playback.

The J5’s AF system features 171 contrast-detect and 105 phase-detect points. ISO range is 160-12,800, with a High ISO Noise Reduction mode that records and layers four images simultaneously to reduce low-light noise.

The camera also features Wi-Fi and NFC for fast pairing with compatible mobile devices. The footnotes in the pres release reveal NFC can only be used ‘with a compatible smart device running on the Android operating system version 4.0 or higher,’ and Wi-Fi capability can only be used with a compatible Apple or Android device once the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app has been downloaded.

nikon-1-j5-j5-sl-18-5-selfie-frontThe J5 doesn’t sport an EVF but has a 3-inch 1,037k dot touch display that tilts at a 180-degree angle for selfie-friendly shooting.  There are a range of creative modes including ostalgic sepia, pop, retro, high-contrast monochrome, fisheye, skin softening and cross-screen.

It has a hand grip and faux leather trim to help handling, and weighs in at just 380 g with 10-30mm lens attached. Memory card format is microSD.

A time-lapse movie mode snaps up to 300 stills and replays them as a 10-second mini movie. Using an interval timer, up to 999 images at intervals spanning 5 seconds to 100 minutes that can be merged into a single video using desktop software.

The J5 kit bundling a 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 zoom hits the Australian market in a choice of white or silver bodies.

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