Nikon’s debut compact system camera boasts a long list of world
firsts, fastests and bests. But it isn’t without controversy

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon J1

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:95%


  • Small size, Build quality, Impressive image quality at most settings


  • Poor battery life, Manual controls buried, Some missing features


Nikon J1 Review


Price as reviewed:


Nikon J1 Review – Value and Verdict

Nikon J1 Review – Value

The Nikon 1 J1 comes in a variety of kit options. With the 10-30mm zoom it’s £549 (RRP) and the 10mm pancake it’s £599. For £699 you can get the 10-30mm and 30-110mm twin lens kit. This makes the J1 competitive with rivals especially considering that the street price is likely to be a little lower. Although the J1’s sensor is smaller than its competitors it does offer many features that they don’t.

Nikon J1 Review – Verdict

Nikon’s innovative CSC debut takes the growing convergence between still and video capture to the next level. The J1’s minimalist design may not be to everyone’s taste but its size and simplicity, along with its blistering speed, should chime with its intended audience. Its image quality is better than we have any right to expect from such a small sensor and good enough for most consumers, few of whom will ever make an A3 print and then scrutinise it with a magnifying glass.
On the other hand the J1 is only marginally smaller than Micro Four Thirds cameras that have a sensor twice the size, and demanding users will notice the difference in image quality, especially at higher ISOs.
A few aspects of the J1’s operation are frustrating and the battery performance is frankly shocking, but overall Nikon deserves high praise for producing a camera that can take pictures that no other camera can, while its ability to shoot HD video and high-resolution stills simultaneously may be a clincher for young families.


Sample Photos:
Video:1080 at 60i or 30fps MOV format
ISO:100-3200, expandable to ISO 6400
Memory Card:SD/SDHC
Built-in Flash:Yes, i-TTL flash control
Lens Mount:Nikon 1 mount
White Balance:Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
Cable Release:No
Exposure Comp:+/-3EV in 1/3 steps
Compression:Three levels of JPEG compression
PC Socket:No
Viewfinder Type:None
Output Size:3872 x 2592 pixels
Field of View:100%
LCD:3in. 460k-dot LCD
Colour Temp Control:No
AF Points:135-area max
White Balance Bracket:No
Sensor:10.1-megapixel 1in CMOS
Max Flash Sync:1/60th sec
Focal Length Mag:2.7x
DoF Prview:No
Dust Reduction:Dust Shield Glass
Metering System:TTL image sensor metering: Matrix, Centre-weighted, Spot
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Lens dependent
Movie Mode:1080 at 60i or 30fps MOV format
Live Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:Program (P), Shutter Priority (S), Aperture Priority (A), Manual (M), Motion Snapshot, Smart Photo Selector
File Format:JPEG, Raw, Raw & JPEG
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion battery (EN-EL20)
Weight:277g (body only)
Connectivity:Mini HDMI, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Dimensions:106 x 61 x 30mm
Shutter Speeds:30 - 1/16,000th second
Focusing Modes:Single-area, auto-area, subject tracking, Face priority
Drive Mode:Single, Burst (5ps), Electronic (Hi) at 10, 30 or 60fps
Colour Space:sRGB & Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Nikon J1 Review - Features
  2. 2. Nikon J1 Review - Design and Performance
  3. 3. Nikon J1 Review - Image Quality
  4. 4. Nikon J1 Review - Value and Verdict
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