Nikon J1 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Nikon J1
Resolution: 10.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1 inch
(13.2mm x 8.8mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
10-30mm
(27-81mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 3200
Extended ISO: 100 - 6400
Shutter: 30 - 1/16000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.2 in.
(106 x 61 x 30 mm)
Weight: 14.0 oz (396 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $650
Availability: 10/2011
Manufacturer: Nikon
Full specs: Nikon J1 specifications

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10.10
Megapixels
Nikon 1 1 inch
size sensor
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J1 Summary

Enthusiasts expecting every bell and whistle may want to look elsewhere, but for those who can manage the occasional sacrifice for a camera and lenses that won't weigh you down, the Nikon J1 is worthy of serious consideration.

Pros

Very small body, with solid feel; Fast AF; No-nonsense interface. Excellent video capture, Good picture quality.

Cons

Body could be smaller for sensor size; High ISO isn't as good as other compact system cameras; Battery life below average; Weak flash; Confusing controls.

Price and availability

The Nikon J1 shipped in the US market from October 2011. The J1 is sold in three different kit versions, all of which include a 10-30mm zoom lens. The single-lens kit has suggested retail pricing of around US$650. Two twin-lens kits, which add either a 10mm prime lens or a 30-110mm zoom lens, are each available for about US$900. The Nikon J1 is sold in a variety of body/lens color choices that let the fashion-conscious match their own personal style. Body and zoom lens color choices include black, silver, white, red, and pink, while the prime lens is available in all of these except pink.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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