The Nikon 1 J1 represents Nikon's first foray into the mirrorless camera market, alongside the similarly specified Nikon 1 V1. The J1 features a 10MP 1" CMOS sensor and hybrid autofocus, combining both phase and contrast detection technologies. Full resolution burst shooting is available at 60 frames per second. The J1 offers a built-in flash rather than an accessory port for an external flash, and J1 users will rely solely on a 3.0 inch, 460,000 dot LCD for image composition. Other features geared toward the beginning photographer are available, including Motion Snapshot mode, which automatically captures short slow-motion video clips each time an photo is taken, compiling them into a single video file put to music.
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||3872 x 2592|
|Effective pixels||10.1 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)|
|Lens mount||Nikon 1 mount|
|Focal length mult.||2.7×|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/16000 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||234 g (0.52 lb / 8.25 oz)|
|Dimensions||106 x 61 x 30 mm (4.17 x 2.4 x 1.18″)|
The J1 will reward point-and-shoot upgraders with a noticeable bump in image quality, but often fails to deliver acceptable results in lower-light settings when operated in its fully automated mode.
Good for: Compact camera upgraders who prefer an uncomplicated control layout
Not so good for: Users who want a pocketable camera that will allow them to easily take control of camera settings as they gain experience