Thephoblographer has published a new first impression prereview on Nikon J3 and S1. One of the things the reviewer managed to test is the auto focusing performance under indoor lighting condition. Keep in mind that with previous generation Nikon 1 systems, indoor auto focus performance was one of the weaknesses because they can no longer use the phase detection AF to perform the focusing, and when it uses contrast detection AF, the speed was a lot slower. The reviewer confirms that now it feels quite fast – not as fast as the best from the Olympus (something like E-M5), but still, pretty fast! Check this preview out!
Their first impression: The new S1 and J3 are targeting the super-entry level crowd: and Nikon is making a very aggressive attempt at giving this target audience all of the features that they need. Sales in the US are really quite high; which I personally never expected. At CES, I’m also seeing quite a bit of them slung around journalists.
The cameras have a stellar build quality for the price point and if the sensor (which is smaller than most mirrorless cameras) can perform on par, then these cameras could be major winners.