Summary Nikon J1

Prices Price
Body only
With 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses
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Within its price range
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Help 10 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Nikon 1 J1Nikon 1 J1


Nikon has replaced the 1 J1 with the J2.

Nikon 1 J2
Nikon 1 J2 announced August 2012
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price Slightly cheaper

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Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.


Nikon J1 and V1 Interview
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  • Shooting modes
nikon j1 setting manual mode for night time lapse
  • Sample video
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  • Autofocus
  • Manual focus


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The Nikon J1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
1,200 fps
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Size Quite small Help
Compact (106×61×30 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
60 fps
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
277 g
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/16000 of a second


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The Nikon J1 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
230 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
September 2011
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Lens availability Very few lenses available Help
20 lenses
External flash No external flash Help
Less expandable




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rawrimadinosaur (7:40 AM, August 01, 2013)
as badly as a lens cap keeper is needed, NO camera includes them, including the $1500+ DSLRs. If you have a Best Buy nearby stop there, you can get one for about 7 bucks.
Avatar for Ilker Kostur Ilker Kostur (10:13 PM, September 25, 2012)
what about the iso performance?
Ancientorderoflonghairs (7:41 PM, February 10, 2012)
Anybody ever heard of basic consumer user friendliness?  I lost the lens cap the first day.  Someone at Nikon deserves a bird brain design award for forgetting to add a dime's worth of string.  In addition, the brick and mortar store I bought mine in, Micro Center Cambridge, not only didn't have a replacement but wouldn't order it for me.  Next time I'll buy on-line to start and save myself the sales tax and my consumer loyalty to brick and mortar
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (1:48 AM, November 23, 2011)
The picture quality is terrible compared to other mirror-less, DSLR, or even higher quality point and shoots. The image stabilization system has a lot to be desired, and the pixels may be bigger than my Cannon A1000 IS, but the actual quality of the image is still somehow lower. Also, taking pictures while shooting a movie is awful... focus is always slightly closer than the object.

P.S.  The examples on the Nikon website are 99.999% FAKE. I've tried every single combination of settings and could not achieve the desired effects. If you own a J1, please attempt to replicate the quality of the images.
Yazan (10:22 PM, September 24, 2011)
As camera, we would like to see its photo quality and performance more than video. Most site focus on showing the video shooting capabilities of camera which their primary purpose is shooting photo, that what I don't understand why!
Avatar for Sebastian Oliva Sebastian Oliva (9:56 PM, September 21, 2011)
we all love to dream, but reality would not allow that...
Avatar for jandetlefsen jandetlefsen (11:48 AM, September 21, 2011)
DSLR sized sensor, standard nikon lens mount and 200 bucks less and this would be the camero of the year. but it isn't.