Nikon J1 Review

Review posted 5/04/2012

Quick Take
  • Stylish exterior that's available in five colors combinations (lenses match the body)
  • Captures pleasing images both indoors and out
  • Records high-quality HD video
  • Extremely easy to use with Scene Auto selector and Smart Photo selector
  • Plenty of advanced exposure options
  • High-quality 3.0-inch LCD
  • Good shooting performance
  • Cool slow-motion video modes
  • High-quality 1 Nikkor lens options
  • Produces usable photos throughout the ISO range
  • Fast AF system that works well in various conditions
  • Mode dial is limited, forcing you to use the menu to change between the advanced exposure options
  • Weak built-in flash
  • No hot shoe
  • Visible noise even at lower ISO settings
  • Poor battery life compared to competition
  • We did not see 5fps in burst mode; only 3.6fps using Program mode
Bottom Line
Nikon's J1 is a stylish and easy to use EVIL camera. It boasts a powerful 10-metapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, good shooting performance, and a plethora of exposure options. Like all cameras the J1 has its downfalls (battery life for example), however it is a very competitive model in the EVIL or ILC category. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Nikon has finally joined the EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) world with the introduction of their first mirror-less cameras. Nikon unveiled two new "Nikon 1" models, the V1 and the J1.

The J1 is a compact interchangeable lens camera that encompasses speed and ease of use with powerful specifications, which combined give you the opportunity to capture amazing photos from such a compact package. On top of a fast 10-megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, the J1 boasts Nikon's all new EXPEED 3 dual core processor, with allows you to capture full resolution images up to 5 frames per second. It also allows for high-speed continuous shooting at lower resolutions, at up to 60fps.

Other important features include a 73-point Hybrid AF system, Full 1080p or 1080i HD video options, new Nikon 1 lens mount system, broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 - 6400 (with expansion), and a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD screen.

Nikon J1 Key Features:
  • New CX-format CMOS image sensor (13.2x8.8mm, 2.7x crop factor)
  • EXPEED 3 dual core processor
  • 5fps burst mode shooting at full resolution
  • Hi-speed continuous shooting from 10fps up to 60fps at lower resolution
  • High-Speed 73-point Hybrid AF system (combines Phase Detection and Contrast Detect AF)
  • Sensitivity range from ISO 100 - 3200 (up to 6400 in Hi-1 mode)
  • Full 1080p (30fps) or 1080i (60fps) HD video
  • High-speed video at 30, 60, 400, or 1200 fps
  • 3.0-inch LCD with 460K pixels
  • JPEG + RAW (NEF) file formats; NEF+JPEG available
  • Scene Auto Selector for simple point-n-shoot operation
  • Program Auto, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, and full Manual exposure control
  • Five Scene modes
  • Smart Photo Selector, uses in-camera "pre-cache" to help ensure you don't miss a shot
  • Built-in flash
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 230 photos using CIPA standards)
  • Memory slot accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
The Nikon J1 is shipping now, with five color choices to choose from; White, Black, Red, Silver, and Pink.

The J1 comes in the following kit configurations:
  • J1 + 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens = $649.95 USD
  • J1 + 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR and 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 lenses = $899.95 USD
  • J1 + 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lenses = $899.95 USD
What's in the box?:
  • Nikon J1 camera body
  • EN-EL20 rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • MH-27 battery charger
  • UC-E15 USB cable, AN-N1000 strap
  • BF-N1000 body cap
  • ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator CD

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