“It’s like putting a V12 in a minivan: this camera appeals to Joe/Jill Consumer, but it has a racing engine underneath. Focus speed, frame rate, video excel.”
Editor’s note: I suspect that Nikon is probably very happy with Thom Hogan’s review in spite of the rants therein of the “complete novice design philosophy” of the Nikon 1 J1 and of bypassing the DSLR users who want to downgrade. Nikon does NOT want their DSLR users to downgrade to the compact mirrorless, period. Every design aspect of the 1 System seems to have been taken to steer the traditional DSLR users away from the 1 System. So, if Thom Hogan’s review firmly convinces DSLR users to stay with Nikon’s traditional mirrored DSLR, the Nikon 1 designers are probably receiving a hefty bonus this holiday season. Ho, ho, ho.
sansMirroir has posted their review of the Nikon 1 J1, a compact mirrorless with 10.1MP resolution (on a 1.0-in. 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor), interchangeable lens on Nikon 1 mount, 3.0-in. LCD (460k-dot), PASM, Scene Modes, Shutter speed range of 1/16,000 to 1/3 sec., Continuous Shooting 5fps (or 60fps, electronic shutter), Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF), RAW, and Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i Movie with stereo sound.
You can read the Nikon 1 J1 Review @ sansMirroir.