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Nikon 1 J1: Review

The new Nikon 1 J1 belongs in the family of all-new Nikon 1 camera that wants to become the benchmark of its class for speed, precision, innovation and portability with interchangeable lens. The new camera is ideal for those who want a compact camera but professional features, including an image sensor CX-format CMOS auto focus system with the world’s fastest. The heart of the new Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processor designed to ensure the highest level of speed and unmatched performance.

Nikon 1 J1: Design

The all-new Nikon 1 J1 is one of a new compact camera with interchangeable lens Nikon’s new family home. The design is very simple but at the same time compact and easy to handle, thanks to its compact body (approximately 106x61x29.8 mm) with a fairly light weight of 234 grams (excluding of course the optics). On the back into the device houses a large LCD display 3-inch (7.5 cm) TFT type with resolution of 460,000 points and with brightness adjustment.

Nikon 1 J1: Features and Functionality

The all-new Nikon 1 J1 is the best in Nikon technological evolution and imposing force as a reference point for the market of interchangeable lens compact cameras: the new auto focus system with continuous shooting fastest in the world (about 34 frames at shooting speed fps, around 30 frames if shooting speed is set) in combination of the features of the highest level that we will see later, help to make this device an object certainly appreciated by the most demanding professionals. The pride of the camera, plus the range of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses, it is definitely the format CMOS image sensor that delivers CX suited to get photos and movies of excellent quality.

Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 J1

This sensor also allows you to obtain images with 10.1 MP extremely detailed with fast-moving subjects and in any light condition. The new high-speed auto focus system allows a focus extremely fast to capture any event (and time) without delay using also the large number of focus points (Single-point AF: 135 focus areas – Auto-area AF: 41 areas of focus). The machine switches instantly from the AF phase detection AF with the contrast detection system allowing the user to move seamlessly from bright subjects or subjects in motion or in low light properties.

The engine which allows the device to operate effectively and fulfill its tasks is the EXPEED 3 image processor who is designed to provide answers and excellent performance under all circumstances: in practice, it is a dual-core processor who can process images at 600 MP per second and offers a superior noise reduction and enables you to use the innovative shooting modes of the camera.

As mentioned previously the camera has a way of shooting extremely quickly and efficiently, providing full resolution images at a rate up to 60 fps, but if you want to follow closely a subject, the camera can keep it in focus ensuring a shutter speed of 10 fps.

One of the most innovative features and certainly the most interesting and popular device is the function Snap Photo Selector that allows you to always get the best photos as they are taken 20 high-resolution images before and after the shutter is released, then outputs a ” best ” five to choose the one to save, one of the best features of all the cameras currently on the market.

The device also allows you to perform advanced recording movies, allowing the user to take full-resolution photos while you are in a movie, without interrupting recording in progress. Another great feature of the device is definitely the Motion Snapshot that allows you to animate your photos with a single click, using the processing speed of the camera to simultaneously record a slow-motion movie and a still image.

Just after the shooting, the camera combines photos and video to create a so-called ” dynamic image ” and capture a moment in a completely original way. By linking to this function, we can also mention the Nikon 1 Short Movie Creator automatically creates short movies from photos and movies: This feature is extremely easy to use and preserves the quality of every photo or recovery sequence. Movies can take up to 30 minutes and there are a range of styles to choose.


The new Nikon 1 J1 is definitely the top of compact cameras with interchangeable lenses currently on the market and allows the end user, be it, a demanding amateur or a professional, pretty much everything you want without ever losing focus on the result. The brand-new EXPEED 3 image processor allows the camera to achieve everything it promises on paper and perhaps does even better.

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Nikon 1 J1 with 10-30mm VR Kit (White)
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PROS : Optics interchangeable CX-format CMOS sensor, Motion Snapshot mode, Technology Acquisitions pre-post, EXPEED 3.

CONS : Price.

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