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Nikon debuts compact J4 camera with fast burst mode

Update: Nikon has made the J4 and an entry-level model, the S2, available in the U.S. Click here to find out more.

The Coolpix S810c isn’t Nikon’s only new product announcement. The company also pulled the wraps off its latest Nikon 1 Compact System Camera, the J4, which it says has the “world’s fastest continuous shooting with AF tracking.” However, the J4 was announced by Nikon Corporation in Japan, not its U.S. subsidiary; as of now, there’s no mention if this camera will make it stateside.

Nikon says the J4’s subject-tracking performance exceeds that of DSLRs, with a 20 frames-per-second burst mode and autofocus system that uses 105 phase-detection focus points and 171 contrast-detect focus points – covering nearly the entire viewfinder area. These are the same specs as the recently announced Nikon 1 V3, which includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, Expeed 4A image processor, ISO range of 100-12,800, Full HD movie capture at 60p, 3-inch touchscreen LCD (1,037k-dot), and built-in Wi-Fi. Based on the specs alone, it seems the J4 and V3 are nearly identical.

Design-wise, the J4 is different. Whereas the V3 has more curves and a textured grip, the J4 looks more rectangular. Both the V3 and J4 have their own attributes and accessories, but the J4 looks more geared toward general consumers. The J4 will have an optional waterproof housing and underwater Speedlight flash, for example. What we can safely guess is that the J4 will cost less than the V3.

Again, it looks like the J4 will only be available in Japan and other select markets. Once we get word about U.S. availability, including pricing, we will update this piece. Until then, click here to read more about the new camera.

(Images via Nikon U.K.)