Nikon Inc confirms the Nikon 1 system is officially discontinued
Almost a year after we first heard whispers of its demise, Nikon has quietly killed off its Nikon 1 series cameras, lenses and accessories.
First noted on Nikon Japan's http://www.nikon-image.com/products/acil/discontinue_lineup/, Nikon Inc. has since confirmed in an email to DPReview that 'The Nikon 1 series cameras, lenses and accessories are no longer in production.'
Nikon Inc. also confirmed via email that 'The Nikon 1 J5 and other Nikon 1 products are [still] available at select retailers in some regions.' As of publication of this article, Nikon still has the Nikon 1 J5, Nikon 1 V3 and Nikon 1 AW1 listed on its website and available for purchase. As for other retailers, B&H has all Nikon 1 J5 listings 'currently unavailable' and Adorama has both the Nikon 1 J5 and Nikon 1 V3 available for purchase, with the former being listed as a 'closeout.'
The move to kill off the Nikon 1 line shouldn't come as a surprise. The newest camera in the lineup was launched more than three years ago
The Nikon 1 series came to life on September 21, 2011, with the release of the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 cameras. Since then, there have been 11 different cameras and 12 different lenses released for the Nikon 1 system, as well as a collection of accessories including flashes, cases, GPS units and more.
The move to kill off the Nikon 1 line shouldn't come as a surprise. In addition to the rumors flying around, the newest camera in the lineup was launched more than three years ago on April 2, 2015.
Add to that last year's statement from Tetsuro Goto, Director of Laboratory Research and Development at Nikon Japan, who told Chinese website Xitek, 'full frame is the trend [...] if Nikon will go mirrorless it must be full frame,' the writing has been on the wall for some time.