Nikon Brings Blazing Burst, 4K Video to New Mirrorless Camera

April 2, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Nikon has updated its mirrorless Nikon 1 camera system with the new J5, bringing high-speed burst and 4K video recording (albeit at 15 frames per second).

The new camera boasts a 20.8-megapixel backside illuminated, 1-inch CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5A image processor. It’s able to fire off full resolution images at 20 frames per second with autofocus engaged. Burst modes can hit an eye-popping 60 fps if AF is fixed on the first frame of the series. 

The J5’s AF system features 171 contrast-detect and 105 phase-detect points. The native ISO range of 160-12,800 can be optimized with a High ISO Noise Reduction mode that records and layers four images simultaneously to cut back on noise.

The camera also features Wi-Fi and NFC for fast pairing with mobile devices and a 3-inch 1,037k dot touch display that tilts at a 180-degree angle for that all-important selfie. Nikon has tossed in a few new creative modes, too: nostalgic sepia, pop, retro, high-contrast monochrome, fisheye, skin softening and cross-screen.

On the movie front, the J5 is able to record 1920×1080 video at 60 fps and 720p video at up to 120 fps for slow motion playback. 4K video recording is also available at 3840×2160 at 15 fps.

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

You’ll have several colors to choose from including silver and black, silver and white and all black. A J5 kit bundling a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom will retail for $500. A kit bundling the 10-30mm and a VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens will set you back $750. Finally, a kit with the 10-100mm f/4-5.6 will retail for $1,050. The cameras are available for pre-order now but an exact ship date hasn’t been set.