The Nikon 1 Mount, shown above, has been specially designed for the Nikon 1 series of ILC cameras. It works with all of the 1 NIKKOR lenses as well as the NIKKOR F mount lenses with the addition of FT1 adapter.
Capturing your images is a 14.2-Megapixel, CX format CMOS imaging sensor. This sensor allows you to capture beautiful stills and full 1080p HD movies. There are also Phase Detection pixels built into the sensor as part of the hybrid AF system, allowing for incredibly fast and accurate auto focus. This system also features a new shooting mode, Slow View, where the camera slows down the action on the LCD screen, giving you a better chance to capture the perfect action shot.
The Nikon 1 J3 is available in three different kits, depending on how much you want to spend and what you are looking for. Our kit included the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (shown above). This lens retracts into itself and locks for transportation. The large rubber grip and smooth turning gives it a very comfortable feel and allows easy operation. Also available is a two lens kit that also includes the 1 NIKKOR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lens with the 10-30mm, or the all-in-one bundle featuring the 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR lens.
For assistance with low-light shooting, the Nikon 1 J3 features a small pop-up flash unit, but no hot shoe for an external unit. This flash is more powerful than you will find on a compact camera, but not near that of an external unit. At ISO 100, it has a guide number of 5/16 (m/ft). it operates in just about any possible mode, including rear curtain, red-eye and slow sync modes. It also has a sync speed of up to 1/160 of a second.
With no available viewfinder, the J3 relies on the 3.0-inch, 920,000 dot TFT-LCD screen. This incredibly sharp, high res screen makes it easy to see the smaller details in the image while shooting or viewing them later. With 7 levels of brightness to choose from, it is easy to see in all lighting conditions.
The top of the camera is very simple and unintimidating. The mode dial, featuring just 5 shooting modes, power button, shutter release and video recording button are the only things that you will find here. The feel of these buttons makes them easy to distinguish between without looking, so you can easily find the correct one while lining up your shots.
On the back you have another small and easy to use set of controls. At the top you will find the Playback button followed by the MENU button. These allow you to quickly enter the playback mode or camera menu system. Next is the 4-way controller, which has shortcuts for the Function Menu, Exposure Compensation, Flash and Burst/Self-Timer. Around the 4-way controller is a command dial for changing your camera settings. Below the 4-way control you will find the delete button for playback mode.
On the left side of the camera are two ports. On top is the HDMI output, allowing you to connect the camera to any HDTV with an optional HDMI cable. Underneath that is a high-speed USB port for connecting to a computer or printer. This also allows you to connect the new Wireless Mobile Adapter that allows you to connect and share your images with smartphones and tablets.
The J3 accepts all types of SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including UHS-1 cards. With the powerful burst modes and HD video capture, you will want to have at least one large, fast card to keep in the camera. The camera is shown here with a SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 16GB SDHC memory card.
Powering the J3 is a 7.2V, 1020mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. While this is a large battery for such a small camera, it needs every bit of the power to run the powerful features and lens focusing. After all of this, the battery is able to capture up to 220 images on a single charge. Also included is the portable quick charger that allows you to keep more than one battery charged and on hand without too much difficulty.