The J4 features a new 18.4-megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, while the S2 features a 14.2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor. Both employ the new EXPEED 4A image processing engine. When shooting in low-light settings, users can also utilize an increased ISO range, expandable up to 12,800, for better performance without the use of a flash.
Both cameras allow the user to take photos and HD video, and share them via social networks. The J4 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that allows the connection to a compatible smart phone or tablet for sharing, while the S2 can provide the same capability via the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.
Both allow the user to record crisp 1080/60p HD video for up to ten minutes per clip. Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) is also available during 1080/30p and 720/30p video recording. Furthermore, both cameras are capable of capturing simultaneous still images during video recording, using the new Auto Image Capture feature that saves full size images automatically throughout recording, saving the 20 best stills for the J4 and 10 best shots for the S2. Slow View Mode is also available for the Nikon 1 J4, allowing the user to slow down the frame.
Like the Nikon 1 V3, the J4 can also record slow motion movies in HD in 1280 x 720 resolution at up to 120 frames-per-second (fps).
Both cameras see the return of several creative modes from previous models including Selective Color, Miniature Effect and Easy Panorama Mode (exclusive to the J4), but also introduce numerous new creative options for shooting both stills and video. For still images, users can now utilize Cross Process, Toy Camera and Creative Pallet modes, with the latter allowing users to apply effects to a scene prior to capturing an image to help preview how it will affect the photo. Additionally, ISO Sensitivity Noise Reduction is now available. Additionally, new video-specific options include Jump Cut, Fast Motion and Four Second Video.
For those who want to take the Nikon 1 System underwater, Nikon has also introduced the new WP-N3 Waterproof Case for use with both the Nikon 1 J4 (with 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom) and Nikon 1 S2 (with 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6). The WP-N3 is capable of operating at a depth of 45m (approximately 147.6 ft.).
Nikon has also announced the SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight. It is compatible with the WP-N1, WP-N2 and WP-N3 waterproof cases, as well as the Nikon 1 AW1. Waterproof up to 100m (approximately 328.1 ft.), the SB-N10 will help illuminate difficult to shoot underwater shooting scenarios.
Available in May 2014, the Nikon 1 J4, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, will be available in Black, White, Silver and Orange for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $649.95, while a kit with the 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR lens will also be available for $849.95 SRP. Additionally, a Two Lens Kit including the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens will be available for $1,049.95 SRP.
Available in June 2014, the Nikon 1 S2, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, will be available in Black, White, Red and Yellow for $449.95 SRP, while a Two Lens Kit including the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens will also be available for $699.95 SRP. The WP-N3 Waterproof Case, SB-N10 Speedlight and Fiber Optic Cable Adapter will be available in May 2014.