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Nikon 1 J1 review

Nikon's simplest mirrorless compact system camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Generally good build quality
  • Easy to use
  • Fun Motion Snapshot mode
  • 60fps shooting
  • Good image quality

Against

  • Sensor is smaller than most other CSCs
  • Exposure changed via menu
  • Flimsy multi control dial
  • Image quality can't match Micro Four Thirds cameras'

Resolution charts

As part of our image quality testing for the Nikon J1, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Nikon J1 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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ISO 100, score: 18 (see full image)

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ISO 200, score: 18 (see full image)

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ISO 400, score: 18 (see full image)

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ISO 800, score: 18 (see full image)

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ISO 1600, score: 18 (see full image)

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ISO 3200, score: 16 (see full image)

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ISO 6400, score: 16 (see full image)

Raw images

Nikon j1 review

ISO 100, score: 22 (see full image)

Nikon j1 review

ISO 200, score: 22 (see full image)

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ISO 400, score: 20 (see full image)

Nikon j1 review

ISO 800, score: 16 (see full image)

Nikon j1 review

ISO 1600, score: 16 (see full image)

Nikon j1 review

ISO 3200, score: 16 (see full image)

Nikon j1 review

ISO 6400, score: 14 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3x, 3x (Lens 1) - 3.7x (Lens 2)
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Weight (Approximate)234 g
Maximum Image Resolution3872 x 2592
Maximum Frame Rate1200 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Height61 mm
Width106 mm
Depth29.8 mm
Autofocus Points135
Focal Length10 mm to 30 mm (Lens 1) - 30 mm to 110 mm (Lens 2)
Audio FormatsAAC
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelJ1
Product NameJ1 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVVA151K003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Busy lives filled with fleeting chances to record loved ones in action demand a camera that can keep up.

Designed to think fast and act even faster, the super-small Nikon 1 J1 interchangeable lens camera offers all you need to shoot great photos and movies.

Portable enough to take anywhere and easy to operate, it will bring new levels of speed, simplicity and enjoyment to the way you capture your world.

Battery Life230 Shot
Package Contents
  • J1 Mirrorless Camera
  • Strap AN-N1000
  • Body Cap BF-N1000
  • Li-on Rechargeable Battery EN-EL20
  • Lens 10-30mm
  • Lens 30-110mm
  • Battery Charger MH-27
  • Software CD-ROM
  • USB Cable UC-E15
  • EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone