The incredibly compact Nikon 1 J4 features the Nikon 1 mount system, which keeps the size and weight to a minimum. This mount system includes a collection of 13 lenses, many available in a variety of colors, that will take care of all of your shooting needs. Nikon also features the FT1 mount adapter that allows you to use the F-Mount Nikkor lenses with your Nikon 1 camera.
Capturing light for your images is an 18.4-Megapixel, CX sized CMOS imaging sensor with automatic sensor cleaning. The CX-format sensor has a 2.7x lens focal length adjustment for a full-frame equivalent. The sensor works with a hybrid Phase-Detect/Contrast-Detect AF system that provides the speed and accuracy that you would expect from a larger dSLR camera.
Coming with the J4 is the 1 Nikkor 10-30 VR PD-Zoom lens. This new lens from Nikon is more compact than their old 10-30mm lens and features an incredibly smooth Power-Drive zoom system. Combined with the Vibration Reduction, this is a fantastic lens for shooting both stills and video on the go. This lens has a MSRP of US $299.95 if you are looking to add it to your collection.
Stored in the top of the camera is compact pop-up flash unit. Although compact, the flash has a great range for its size with a GN of 5/16 (m/ft) at ISO 100. Power to the flash can be adjusted manually and there is a flash-ready indicator built-in.
Composing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 1,037,000 dot touch LCD screen. Loads of resolution and adjustable brightness levels make it a pleasure to use in all shooting situations. It is also great for checking focus and detail when a computer is not available.
On top of the camera from left to right you will find the stereo microphone, pop-up flash, mode dial, power button, shutter release and dedicated video recording button. This very simple layout makes it easy for anyone, no matter how much experience they have with a camera, to shoot at any time.
The back of the camera is as simple as the top. It features the playback, menu and delete buttons placed above and below the 4-way controller. The 4-way controller provides shortcuts to a few of the more common shooting settings: Function options, Exposure compensation, Flash and Burst/Self-Timer settings. Around the 4-way controller you will find the camera's only command dial.
On the left side of the camera you will find the camera's I/O ports. On top is the HDMI output to view your images on any HDTV with an optional HDMI cord. Underneath that is a high-speed USB port for transferring images and direct printing. Above the I/O ports you will find the flash button to manually pop up the flash.
For storing your images, Nikon uses microSD sized memory cards. They are available many of the same capacities and speeds as standard SD cards, just take up a lot less space. While that can be a good thing, they are also very small and easy to lose. The camera is shown here with the Samsung UHS-1 8GB MicroSDHC memory card that was used for the testing of the camera.
Powering the Nikon 1 J4 is a 7.2V, 1010mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This battery is enough to provide the camera with up to 300 shots on a single charge. The quick charger is also included with the camera, making it easy to keep your battery ready to go.