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Nikon brings its mirrorless 1 series to a close

Nikon has officially discontinued its 1 series of mirrorless cameras and lenses.

The line began in 2011 with the announcement of the 1 J1 and 1 V1 models. Since then, the range has been populated by a number of beginner- and enthusiast-focused cameras, lenses and accessories, including the only interchangeable-lens camera that can be used underwater, the 1 AW1.

Popularity of the 1 series has declined in recent years, and no new cameras have been introduced since the 1 S5 back in 2015. Furthermore, in contrast to other manufacturers of mirrorless systems such as Sony and Fujifilm, the 1 system has attracted very little third-party support, which has lessened its appeal even further.

The Nikon 1 J1 (pictured) and 1 V1 were the first models announced in the series.

The Nikon 1 J1 (pictured) and 1 V1 were the first models announced in the series.

The company is widely expected to be announcing a new mirrorless system ahead of this year's Photokina trade show in September. Many expect that the system will be based around cameras with full-frame sensors, which would place it in direct competition with Sony's full-frame Alpha models such as the A7 III.

Nikon had admitted to a shift in focus from its entry-level models through to options targeted towards enthusiasts and professional users. Its most recent D850 full-frame DSLR has won much praised since its launch last year.

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