DxOmark test: Nikon sensors as good as Micro Four Thirds sensors!

Looking at the images samples floating around the web almost nobody believed the Nikon J1 and V1 sensor could be as good as the bigger Micro Four Thirds sensors. And here comes the latest DxOmark test and tells you exactly the opposite story. According to their tests the sensor of the J1 is exactly as good as the latest 16 Megapixel sensor of the Panasonic G3 and better than the rest of the Micro Four Thirds cameras. Color depth and landscape is slightly better than the G3 and only at High-ISO Micro Four Thirds has a visible advantage. Anyway, Sony still has by far the best sensor of all Mirrorless cameras. The NEX-C3 has 17 more points than the J1 and I bet the new Sony NEX-5n is even better!

Click the links to see the comparisons:
Nikon J1 vs Sony NEX-C3 vs Panasonic G3
Nikon J1 vs Nikon V1 vs Olympus E-P3

Preorder links:
Nikon J1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Nikon V1 at

Nikon: A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses.

Nikon PR guys really messed it up by stating on facebook (Click here) that “A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses“. I am sure this is not what Nikon really thinks, but that PR gy really should take some leasosn form real Photographers to learn that it is the perosn behind the camera the key for good photography!

P.S.: Nikon V1 body images at DC.watch.

New Nikon 1 reviews and news roundup.

There is a new 20 page long Nikon J1 review at Digitalcamerainfo (Click here): “If the camera were released three years ago, that might be enough to hail the J1 as the conquering hero many Nikon fans have been waiting for. Instead, it wades into an already crowded pool with a feature set and image performance that is bested in most areas by other cameras already on the market.

Amateur Photographer (Click here) interviewed Mr. Yoshizo Mori (general manager of Nikon’s development department): “The Nikon 1 system was designed with functionality, size, speed and its feature set as a first priority rather than the traditional concerns of the size of the sensor and the number of pixels on it.

Nikon 1 V1 preview at Cameralabs (Click here): “Nikon’s decision to employ a sensor that’s smaller than the APS-C and Micro Four Third sensors used in existing Interchangeable Lens Cameras, ILCs, has disappointed enthusiasts who equate sensor size to quality. And in a respect they are right, as bigger sensors traditionally enjoy greater light gathering power, lower noise and broader tonal dynamic range. Bigger sensors also typically place lower demands on the resolving power of the lens, and for the same coverage as a camera with a smaller sensor, allow a shallower depth-of-field too.

Nikon J1 and V1 first impression at Hybridcams (Click here).

Mirrorless news roundup.

Fuji X100 review at DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here): “This is quite a camera! If only Cartier-Bresson were alive I’m sure he would embrace its street shooting prowess. It will not appeal to the casual shooter: I was (forgive me!) continually searching for the zoom control!

Ricoh M-mount module test at Dc.watch (Click here) and Outbackphoto (Click here). The Ricoh GXR and A12 Leica M Mount Module in Action (ThePhoBlographer). Full review again at ThePhoBlographer.

Pentax Q test at DSLRmagazine (Click here).

Leica Factory Visit – August 2011 at Luminous Landscape.

Samsung NX200 Hands-on Preview at Imaging Resource and Quesabesde.

New Nikon news and tests…

Cnet Asia (Click here) wrote a first take test about the new Nikon 1 V1: “The company tells us it aims to target entry-level users with the introduction of the J1 and V1. But we wonder if compact upgraders will choose Nikon over other brands such as Panasonic’s feature-rich Lumix series and Sony’s NEX series with their larger APS-C sensors. In an already crowded ILC segment, Nikon will need a clear marketing strategy in order to reach out to shutterbugs.

First Nikon V1 image quality test at DSLRmagazine (Click here).

Nikon V1 first impression review at ePhotozine (Click here): “It’s nice to see 4 lenses available at launch with another 7 already in advanced stages of development. This gives the Nikon 1 system more lenses than some other manufacturers have planned for their mirrorless system!

Image Quality comparison at EosHD (Click here).

Nikon V1 and J1 news roundup.

Video on top: Interview by Amateur Photographer.

The probably most interesting news is coming via Imaging Resource (Click here). They interviewed MR. Masahiro Suzuki (General Manager R&D, Nikon). There are a couple of interesting news:
1) Development began four years ago before the Micro Four Thirds announcement!
2) “We are quite confident that we achieved almost exactly the same quality as our DSLR.“. Editor’s note.: Really? First tests tell us a completely different story! Anyway, Masahiro says image quality is good because of the 24 channel readout design and huge processing power.
3) About the sensor: “We developed it; we engineered and developed this sensor inside Nikon. But for the production side, that is done by our partner.

Interesting or not?

P.S.: There is a new Nikon 1 V1 review at CNET Asia (Click here): “From the 100 percent crop samples, you can see that the J1’s sample images have less noise but image detail is softened. Whereas the GF3 provides more image detail while suffering from noise scattered around the image. The GF3 has an edge in sharpness, which could be attributed to its 12-megapixel sensor which is twice as large as the J1’s. As the J1 is still a preproduction model, we hope that Nikon will improve the processing algorithm to enhance image detail at high ISOs.

New Nikon V1 and J1 news and reviews roundup.

Image courtesy: Quesabesde

There are quite many news on the web about the new Nikon mirrorless cameras. Let’s just pickup some of them. What’s interesting are the size comparisons with other mirrorless cameras. Engadget compared the Sony NEX-C3 and the new Nikon J1 sensor size comparison (Scroll the article to see the image). Huge difference! Quesabesde compared the body size of the Olympus E-PM1 with the size of the Nikon V1.

And now it’s time for some image samples! You can find them on Fotopolis, Imaging Resource and Digitalcamerareview.

One mroe thing: The pictures of the future lenses can be seen at Photographyblog. But there is no info about specs and price, just anonymous mockups :(