Nikon bulks up its mirrorless lineup with new 1 series cameras, lenses

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LAS VEGAS?In 2013, Nikon's interchangeable-lens camera lineup will grow and shrink at the same time. The company announced two new additions to its Nikon 1 series and two new Nikon 1 lenses Monday at CES 2013, including its smallest mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera to date.

The Nikon 1 J series was already pretty small, but the new Nikon 1 S1 has an even smaller body than Nikon's previous interchangeable-lens cameras. The first model in the S series shares the same 10-megapixel, 1-inch-type CMOS sensor as last year's Nikon 1 J2. Nikon is touting the camera's improved autofocus speeds and 15fps burst-shooting mode at full resolution, which are both new features enabled by the camera's new Expeed 3A processor.

Nikon 1 J3

Sharing the same new image processor is the Nikon 1 J3, which also adds a newly designed 14-megapixel 1-inch-type sensor, a 15fps continuous-shooting mode with continuous autofocus enabled, a faster contrast-/phase-detection autofocus system, and a higher-resolution (920,000-dot) LCD screen to its bag of tricks. The Nikon 1 J3 is also the first Nikon 1 J series camera with a physical mode dial.

Both new cameras will offer manual exposure controls for still images and shoot 1080i video at 60fps and 1080p video at 30fps, and they both offer pop-up flashes. Though neither camera has native Wi-Fi sharing capabilities, both are compatible with Nikon's separately sold WU-1b Wi-Fi module.

The Nikon 1 S1 is slated for February release at $500 as a kit with a 11mm-27.5mm lens, while the Nikon 1 J3 will sell for $600 as a kit with a 10-30mm lens. The Nikon 1 series has a focal-length multiplier of 2.7X.

The new Nikon 1 series lenses will take care of both the extreme wide-angle end and the extreme telephoto end. The stabilized 6.7mm to 13mm/F3.5-5.6 lens is a tiny, retractable lens with an 100-degree field of view at the wide-angle end, and it will be priced at $500. A new compact stabilized 10mm to 100mm telephoto zoom lens (F4-5.6) will be priced at $550.

Nikon D5200 DSLR

Nikon also announced that the Nikon D5200 DSLR, which was announced late last year and available only in Europe initially, will be coming to the United States for $900 as a kit and for $800 for the body only.

Rounding out the company's CES announcements is a new Wi-Fi- and GPS-enabled point-and-shoot, the Nikon Coolpix S6500 ($220), which has a 12X-optical-zoom lens and a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor.

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