Nikon J4

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Ramblings

It’s been a dramatic and annoying week chez Pick regarding cameras.  I “ultimately” (note the quotes) decided on a Pentax K-S2 DSLR.  It’s weather-resistant, works with a remote, has a built-in flash, and can take lenses to give me good zoom.  Spent the afternoon playing with it, lugging it around, and realized that I do not have the patience to deal with a honking monster camera like that.

So, what did I do?  Took it back to the store and exchanged it for a giant point-and-shoot!  (The salesguy recommended it to me.)  Honestly, I don’t know what the hell I was thinking.  I got the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which is a bigger (but lighter weight) camera, with only a 16x zoom.  Spent an hour playing around with it and finally admitted my folly.

Therefore, there were 2-3 more days of web research – focusing specifically on small cameras – and narrowed it down to three Nikon interchangeables, the J4, the S2, and the AW1.  The AW1 had been on my radar for a long time – it’s the fully immersible, shockproof, freezeproof and all that.  But it’s also pretty heavy.  This was a camera I’d played with several times at the camera store.  It’s still at a pretty high price, but also, gets a lot of iffy reviews for water leakage/Nikon not honoring the warranty.  So it went on the back burner.

Between the J4 and the S2 there were very few differences.  The J4 had been released in a gorgeous juicy orange color, and the S2 in a bright, bright yellow.  Those of you who know me well know that I’ll always pick a colored item over a white, black, or silver.  However, although the J4 is a slightly more advanced camera, nobody had the orange in stock any more, not even Nikon.  So I discovered that Target sells the white model, and we went to take a look.

Imagine my surprise when we saw the Target sign saying “$150 off”!  I snapped it up and have been happily playing with it all weekend.

Now, lest some pedantic photographer point this out, let me state that this is not a water-resistant camera.  It also doesn’t seem to work with a remote – though I was misled by the Nikon live chat rep that morning, who said it would work.  I’ve got an email in to Nikon customer support to confirm.

Right now the only lens I’ve got is the 10-30mm, which is not a zoom lens, but there are some longer lenses in my pre-France future.

Taken with the "Miniature" filter on.  Unretouched.

Taken with the “Miniature” filter on. Unretouched.

  1. vallere says:

    The miniature filter makes Chris look skinny! : )

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