First Look at the New Nikon 1 J5

Nikon introduced this morning a new mirrorless camera which includes a number of new features including a first for Nikon – 4K video shooting capability (but there is a catch).

Nikon today announced a new member to it’s 1 line of mirrorless cameras called 1 J5. This new version includes a new back lit illuminated 20MP sensor (1 inch) a completely new processor (Expeed 5Acapable of very fast continuous shooting speed (up to 20 fps) and – for the very first time with Nikon cameras – 4K video shooting (the catch – only 15 frames per second).

Most of the rest of the camera is pretty similar to what we already know from the 1 J line before (the camera does have a 180 tilt touch screen for selfies and WIFI/NFC built in).

  • Sensor: 20 MP  – a new 1″ size 2.7x crop factor back lit sensor.
  • EXPEED 5A advanced processing engine (first time in a Nikon camera).
  • LCD: 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots tilt touchscreen.
  • AF: 105 Phase-detection AutoFocus Points.
  • Continuous shooting: 20 frames per second continuous shooting with AF-C.
  • Video 1080/60p and 4K in up to 15p.
  • Built in WiFi and Near Field Communication (NFC).
  • Price: just under $500 with 10-30mm lens (pre-order now on amazon).

Another official Nikon 1 J5 video


As we noted, the 4K capabilities of the 1 J5 are very limited – the camera can only shoot 4K in 15 fps. This is isn’t terribly useful and is more of a gimmick than anything else. What is interesting is the processor (Expeed 5) which will probably make an appearance in some of the upcoming DSLR from Nikon later this year and bring new capabilities (including what we believe is going to be real 4K capabilities).

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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