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Nothing but a fashion accessory
on October 15, 2012
First off, let me say that I am in no way a "pro" in DSLR cameras and consider myself an amateur. This product does not fit MY needs but I'm sure it's an amazing camera with what it was intended to do.
My primary reason for buying this camera was to take pictures of MOVING kids INDOORS which seems to be the major flaw of this camera. I came from a Nikon D3100 (which is the same price as the Nikon 1 J2 fyi) to this camera which was the biggest mistake in my life. My wife wanted it as a fashion accessory since she has a white iPhone and a white iPad and a white computer. She wanted to get a white Nikon 1 since she was so impressed with the D3100 and wanted to stick with Nikon in a slimmer fashion.
EVERY picture we took of this camera came out BLURRY and GRAINY. Even though I am a DSLR amateur, I am not internet illiterate and I spent days finding every trick in the book to get this camera to work better. Everything from manually changing ISO settings to shutter speeds to vibration reduction technology, to specific guides tailored to the J1/J2 about reducing blurriness and graininess, etc. I've pretty much done everything and I had little to no improvement. I want to use this camera as a point and shoot, not have to go in and manually change settings for every type of picture I want to take. All I had to do on the D3100 was change a dial settings for like "baby mode" or "fast moving scene mode" unlike this camera which just have gimmicky dial settings I would never use.
From reading previous reviews of the J1 model, I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. I knew the quality would not be as good as the D3100, but my wife and I felt like the smaller profile and custom color options would be worth the sacrifice. As I am typing this, my wife is packing up the J2 right now and we are re-buying a D3100 again. We have done side-by-side comparison shots taken from my older D3100 and the J2 and the difference is night and day. This is while I never even had to touch a single setting in the D3100 ever. I can actually see the pores on my kids' faces while crisp and clear while all I see in the J2 pictures are blurry and grainy photos which don't even look much better than ones taken from my iPhone5. I even bought the $250 30-110 zoom lens so I know I don't have a faulty lens or something.
Again, I'm sure this camera is amazing for outdoor, stationary, natural light shots but not for my uses. Maybe if I was a professional, I could spend 3 minutes tweaking the camera every time I wanted to take a different type of picture but that's not what I bought it for. Do yourself a favor, just buy a D3100 camera that's the same price, slightly bulkier/heavier, if you want crisp, clear, high quality, high resolution photos in an easy point-and-shoot format and call it a day.