Nikon 1 V1 / J1 Review
Body & Design: Nikon 1 J1
The J1's size and form-factor resemble its compact camera-inspired rivals like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and Olympus PEN E-PM1. The rounded contours along the J1's front facing edges speak to a sleek, stylish aesthetic that also serves to draw attention away from its relatively boxy rear plate. Leaving little doubt as to its intended audience, the J1 is available in no less than five body and lens colors. Neither of the Nikon 1 cameras offers touchscreen capability or an articulated LCD, two features that are becoming more common in the mirrorless market.
Compared to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and Olympus E-PM1
The J1, while including a large portion of the features seen its larger sibling, the V1, does away with an EVF, resulting in a body size that is comparable to its Micro Four Thirds competition. Below, we compare it to the entry-level mirrorless offerings from both Panasonic and Olympus.