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Nikon 1 J4 gets official in US: $650 kit, May ship

Over a month ago, Nikon announced its Nikon 1 J4 everywhere but the US. Now it gets a little publicity boost by making it official here.

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Editors' note, May 14, 2014: Nikon announced this product globally -- except in the US -- on April 3, 2014. We've updated this First Take with US pricing and availability; non-US pricing is still unknown.

The Nikon 1 J4, a modestly redesigned and updated version of the company's entry-level interchangeable-lens camera, debuted on April 3, 2014 in all markets except the US, along with a global rollout of the company's updated 18-300 f3.5-6.3 DX lens. As announced on May 14, the J4 will be available this month; the main single-lens kit will run $650 USD and a dual-lens kit option will be available for $850 USD.

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Nikon 1 J4 gets a little angular (pictures)

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The update to the DX AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 G ED VR, an alternative general-pupose kit lens, is smaller (filter size dropped from 77mm to 67mm) and lighter by about 10 ounces (283.5 grams). It comes in cheaper than the older model at $799.95, but incorporates a 7-blade iris instead of 9-blade, doesn't upgrade to VR II, and doesn't bundle a case or lens hood.

The J4 features a slightly more angular design, along with a new (and presumably better) higher-resolution 18.4-megapixel sensor, and an upgrade to Nikon's Expeed 4A-generation of image processing for improved noise reduction. It also increases its continuous-shooting speed to 20fps, with autofocus, and gets an AF system update to the same version that's in the V3 . It also gains built-in Wi-Fi, a touch-screen display and On the downside, it now uses micro SD cards instead of the far-less-loseable full-size SD. It will come in black, white, silver, and orange, though not every color will be available everywhere; for instance, Singapore gets only the black or white.

Nikon will offer an underwater housing (WP-N3 Waterproof Case) and underwater flash (SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight) for the camera.

For comparison:

Fujifilm X-A1 Nikon 1 J3 Nikon 1 J4 Samsung NX3000
Sensor (effective resolution) 16.3MP CMOS
Sensor size 23.6 x 15.6mm 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.5mm x 15.7mm
length multiplier
1.5x 2.7x 2.7x 1.5x
Sensitivity range ISO 100 (exp)/ ISO 200 - ISO 6400/
ISO 25600 (exp)
ISO 160 - ISO 6400 ISO 160 - ISO 6400/
ISO 12800 (exp)
ISO 100 - ISO 25600
Continuous shooting 5.6fps
(60fps with fixed AF)
(60fps with fixed AF)
(30fps at reduced resolution)
Viewfinder None None None None
Hot shoe Yes No No Yes
Autofocus 49-area
Contrast AF
phase detection, 135-area contrast AF
phase detection, 171-area contrast AF
21-area contrast AF
AF sensitivity range n/a n/a n/a n/a
Shutter speed 30 - 1/4000 sec.; bulb to 60 min; 1/180 x-sync 1/3 - 1/16,000; bulb; 1/60 sec x-sync
(electronic shutter)
n/a 30-1/4000 sec.; bulb to 4 minutes; 1/180 x-sync
Metering 256 zones n/a n/a 221 segment
Metering range n/a n/a n/a 0 - 18 EV
Flash Yes Yes Yes Included optional
Wireless flash n/a No n/a n/a
IS Optical Optical Optical Optical
Best video 1080/30p H.264 1080/30p, 720/60p H.264 MPEG-4 QuickTime MOV 1080/60p H.264 MPEG-4 QuickTime MOV 1080/30p/25p
H.264 MPEG-4
Audio Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo
LCD size 3-inch/
7.5 cm
920,000 dots
7.5 cm
921,000 dots
7.5 cm
fixed touch screen
1.04 million dots
460,000 dots
Wireless connection Wi-Fi With optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, NFC
Battery life (CIPA rating) 350 shots 220 shots n/a 370 shots
Dimensions (WHD) 116.9 x 66.5 x 39 mm
4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5 in
4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1 in
101 x 60.5 x 28.8 mm
3.9 x 2.4 x 1.1 in
99.5 x 60 x 28.5 mm
4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5
117.4 x 65.9 x 39.0 mm
Body operating weight 11.6 oz (est)
330 g (est)
9.7 oz (est)
201g (est)
6.6 oz (est)
232 g (est)
10 oz (est)
283 g (est)
Mfr. price
(body only)
n/a n/a n/a
Primary kit $600 USD
$600 (est) AUD
(with 16-50mm lens)
$400 USD
$700 AUD
(with 10-30mm lens)
$650 USD
(with 10-30mm PD lens)
$530 USD
(with 16-50mm PZ lens)
Alternate kit n/a $650 USD
(with 10 - 30mm and 30 - 110mm lenses)
$850 USD
(with 10-30mm and 30 - 110mm lenses)
Ship date September 2013 February 2013 May 2014 June 2014