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Compact system cam is perfect for Carnival

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The Nikon 1 J1 is the entry-level model of the company's new line of mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras -- what some might call a "compact system camera," or CSC.

Nikon's 1 system, currently consisting of the J1 and the more expensive V1, are designed to be easy-to-use, small, and lightweight. The 10.1 MP CX-format CMOS sensor allows the camera and lenses to deliver DSLR-like results with minimal bulk.

The J1 kit I tested includes both 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 zoom lenses. Swapping lenses is quick and easy, and an ingenious locking system keeps them retracted and secure until you are ready to shoot.

The wide-angle 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR zoom lens features up to 3x magnification, and the 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 telephoto is ideal for isolating subjects from their backgrounds. With an adapter, you can also use F-series Nikon lenses.

The camera's highly-responsive autofocus handles up to 10 fps continuous shooting speed, and the large 3.0" LCD color viewing screen features a 460k-dot resolution, anti-glare coating, and zero air gap construction.

Nikon's new EXPEED 3 processor facilitates up to a 60-frames-per-second maximum drive rate at full resolution as well as 'superior' image noise reduction.

The camera can record images before and after the shutter button is fully depressed and released, and a Smart Photo Selector mode shoots 20 frames instantly and chooses the best to present to the user.

One-touch full HD (1080p) movie record mode provides the ability to capture still images while recording. You can even add a slow-motion effect to make your video more dramatic.

The Nikon 1 J1 strikes me as the ideal camera for Mardi Gras. The white body and lenses are elegant and futuristic  -- like something out of 'Star Wars' -- and the camera delivers absolutely amazing images and video in bright daylight.

The camera and lenses are available in white, red, black, pink, or silver. Prices start at $649.95. The kit with the 10-30mm / 30-110mm lens combo, shown on the Fox 8 Morning News, lists for $895.95, and with current rebates, you can expect to pay around $750. For more information, visit NikonUSA.com.
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