Features & Controls (cont.)
There are very few controls on the top of the Nikon J1. You can see the Flash hiding inside the frame to the left, the built-in mic for recording audio during video, the power button, and the Still and Video shutter releases.
The J1 sports a 3.0-inch wide angle, TFT LCD with 460k dots of resolution. It offers various levels of brightness adjustments, and features an anti-reflective coating to help with glare when shooting outdoors. It boasts 100% frame coverage.
On the back you have a few more controls, but still a very easy to understand set that's more like a point-n-shoot. At the top left is the flash release switch, and directly right is the "F" (Function) button and the Magnify and Index rocker switch (used in playback mode). Next is the mode dial, which has four options: Motion Snapshot mode, Smart Auto Selector mode, Still image mode (Program), Movie mode. Below that are the DISPlay and Play button, and the 4-way controller. The 4-way is used for navigating menus and stored files, as well as making menu changes. In the center is the Ok button for accepting selections. Pressing "Up" access the AF and AE Lock options, "Right" adjusts Exposure Compensation, "Down" toggles the Flash modes, and "Left" enables the Self-Timer. Mounted around the 4-way is a rotating control dial, which controls various options depending on the mode you are currently in. Lastly we have the Menu and delete buttons.
On the right hand side of the camera you will find a small rubber port door, which hides away two small I/O ports. At the top is the the USB (2.0) connection port for transferring files to your PC or Mac, as well as direct printing to any compatible photo printer.
At the bottom is the type C mini-pin HDMI cable for outputting video to your HDTV or PC with an optional HDMI cable.
On the bottom is the main port door, which tucks away the memory card slot and the battery compartment. The J1 is compatible with all SD, SDHC, and SDXC type memory cards. We recommend a large capacity (8GB or larger), Class 10 or greater card if you plan on using the camera's 5fps burst mode capabilities, or recording a lot of HD video.
Power is supplied by Nikon's EN-EL20 battery pack, which boasts 7.2V and 1020mAh. Nikon claims this pack can power the J1 for up to 230 frames using CIPA Standard testing methods. This is a bit of a bummer, as other EVIL cameras in this price range offer closer battery life to dSLRs, where the J1 seems closer to a standard point-n-shoot. The battery pack is charged out of camera in the included AC charger.
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