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4.0 out of 5 stars Nikon 1 J1 is a great camera if you know how to use it., July 12, 2012
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This review is from: Nikon 1 J1 10.1 MP HD Digital Camera System with 10-30mm VR and 30-110mm VR 1 NIKKOR Lenses (Silver) (Electronics)
My main reason for buying this camera is because of the size and picture quality. It was either this or the Canon t4i, if you've gone to do photoshoots and pass-by photos at anime conventions you know you'll be walking around for hours getting as many pictures of cosplayers as possible. I have to say i'm satisfied with my purchase, the picture quality is good considering the sensor size; better than a point-and-shoot and about the same quality as an entry level Dslr. The battery life I wish was better.

Few things I want to point out to people who have problems getting good photos with this camera. When in an area with low light use your flash, the camera does handle poorly with little light if you dont use a flash. If you're outside set your ISO to 100; pictures come out much better than keeping the camera on auto 100-3200 when outside. Also try shooting in RAW or RAW + Fine if you post process. One of the most important things to do is to set your Vibration Reduction settings to Normal. The camera has it set to Active by default. Active is for when you are in a vehicle and such so the camera can take better stills while on the move. Normal is for when you move the camera so camera will compensate for you when you move it.

The Nikon J1 feels very sturdy and not cheap like other cameras, the front colored part is made of metal and the back feel like quality plastic. My first J1 was the white version that came with just 10-30mm lens. I sold that one and bought the silver color with the 10-30mm and 30-110mm. The white paint is glossy and if you're sweating or have greasy hands, the camera becomes slippery. The glossy paint is also a magnent for fingerprints. The silver however is of a non-gloss paint which wont bother you if your hands are sweaty or greasy.

The flash is ok, not great but ok. If you are not using the 10mm prime lens you'll have to back up a bit and zoom in so you wont have a shadow at the bottom of your pictures due to the height of the flash and the length of the lens. Still not horrible for a built in flash.

The video mode is great. You can record 30 minute clips, then you'll have to press the record button again. With a 32mb San Disk Extreme SDHC card I recorded video for over 2hrs without overheating recording in 720p 60fps, but I was inside a cool place when I tested it. Then on another day I was outside in 90 degree plus temperatures to a cosplay met-up, the camera overheated after 2hrs of doing photoshoots and 17 minutes or recording. The video is quality is still very good though. just done expect broadcast quality. The microphone is decent, wish it could have been a little better. but not bad for the price.

Pros:
*Photo quality is better than a Point-and-shoot and close to an entry level Dslr.
*Great photos when there is enough light and know how to use the camera.
*You can record video in 720p for 1hr and 20 minutes on one battery charge is pretty good.
*Easy to navigate menus.
*Nice cool look.
*Lens are great since they are multi-coated. Never had a problem with lens flare even in strong sunlight.
*Can use SDHC and SDXC cards.
*Very fast continous shooting.
*Very light and compact. Can fit in your pocket if you use the 10mm prime lens

Cons:
*Handles poorly in low light if you don't use the flash.
*Battery I wish was better. 250 photos on one charge
*No lens hood for the 10-30mm lens (have to purchase separately) But comes with the 30-110mm
*Microphone in video mode isn't much to brag about, I give it a 3/5
*Price
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