Nikon has announced a new compact camera, the Nikon 1 J5, that comes loaded with features Nikon is emphasizing as fast. What kind of fast? How about 20 frames per second shooting with full autofocus, hybrid AF with 171 contrast detect, 105 phase-detect AF points to make it faster at tracking subjects, and the ability to shoot in full 1080 60p.

Nikon 1 J5 Front-Side Nikon 1 J5 Front

As mentioned, the J5 has a ridiculously fast continuous shooting frame rate up to 20 fps that will still allow the functionality of the aforementioned autofocus. That hybrid AF, depending on where the contrast points are located, might be the best one Nikon has put into any camera. My hope is that the points are spread evenly across the sensor and not just bunched in the center.

The camera’s AF and shooting speed works alongside EXPEED 5A Image processing engine that improves overall performance and decreases buffer time. 

The J5 has an ISO range of 160-12,800, and I would be interested to see its performance at the edges of that range.

Nikon 1 J5 Back Nikon 1 J5 Front Tilt Screen Nikon 1 J5 Side Tilt Screen

The J5 also has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC with 180-degree tilting touchscreen LCD display. The design of the camera is also different for the 1 series, with a completely new control layout, with PSAM exposure and manual controls, Creative Modes, Scene Modes and Active D-Lighting.

Nikon 1 J5 Top View

Nikon 1 J5 Interchangeable Lens Nikon 1 J5 Pop-Up Flash

The J5 can also shoot in 4K… but only at 15p. Check out the below:

The Nikon 1 J5 will be available in in Silver and Black, Silver and White or all Black in a variety of kit configurations:

  • With 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom: $499.95 SRP
  • With 1 NIKKOR  10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6: $749.95 SRP
  • With 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6: $1,049.95 SRP

There was no specific date of availability given, however Nikon did state that they expect it to be “soon.”