Nikon 1 J1 HD Digital Camera System with 10-30mm Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL)
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Overall score: 67%
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- 10MP 1" CMOS sensor
- Hybrid AF system with both phase and contrast detection
- 1080/60i video
- ISO 100-3200 ('Hi 1' option at approx. ISO 6400)
- 3.0 inch LCD with 460,000 dots
- Continuous shooting up to 60 frames per second with electronic shutter
- Built-in flash
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon 1|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||No|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Display Size||0.12 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||10.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 1.18 x 4.17 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.52 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/16000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,872|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||10 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||40.5 mm|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Optional ML-L3|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.95 pounds|
|Style Name||10-30mm lens|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion EN-EL20 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)|
Review summary from DPReview
The J1 will reward point-and-shoot upgraders with a noticeable bump in image quality, but it often fails to deliver acceptable results in lower-light settings when operated in its fully automated mode.
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The Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Black) is a compact and easily portable digital camera with a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Zoom Lens. The mirrorless design allows the camera to be extra-small and lightweight, while still retaining all of the best qualities of a mirrored model. Featuring a high-resolution 10.1MP CX-Format High-Speed AF CMOS Sensor and an EXPEED 3 dual image processor, this small device packs some punch. The sensor enables great photos even in low light, while the EXPEED 3 enables superior system performance, high-speed processing, advanced phase detection autofocus and high-speed data transfer rates.
The J1 comes with a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Zoom Lens, featuring up to 3x magnification and a silent stepping AF motor (STM). The lens has image stabilization (VR II) to combat the effects of camera shake. The angle of view ranges from 29° 40" to 77°. The lenss minimum focus distance is 0.66 (0.2m), and the filter size is 40.5mm. The 10-30mm is a versatile lens for applications ranging from wide-angle to tight portrait shots, and applies 3 aspherical lens elements to ensure high image quality, even at the widest aperture settings. The 10-30mm zoom range enables excellent capture of fine detail, even in far-away shots. Internal Focusing / IF technology enables more compact, lightweight construction, as well as a closer focusing distance. A multi-layer lens coating helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level.
The J1 camera has an interchangeable lens system, allowing you to select from 3 optional 1 NIKKOR lenses in addition to the included one. Theres even a lens designed specifically for movie filming. Swapping lenses is quick and easy, enabling you to stay at-the-ready at all times. Aside from the 10-30 mm focal length of the included lens, you may choose a single focal length of 10 mm or a 30-110mm telephoto.
A highly responsive autofocus and a fast shooting speed e
From the Manufacturer
For your very mobile lifestyle comes a completely new imaging system with freedom to create and express as never before. Highly compact and portable, the Nikon 1 J1 goes everywhere you go. Moments from your amazing world are captured using a highly responsive autofocus and super fast shooting speed. In one touch you can work in Full HD (1080p) movie record mode. A camera so versatile you can even snap photos while recording movies. Unleash your creativity with Nikon 1—offering a balance of high performance, advanced features, portability and a newly designed interchangeable lens system. Infuse your world with photos from every moment and connect as never before.
Revolutionary new Nikon 1 system breaks visual barriers
Innovation in technology and design
Today, all it takes is a single imaging device to capture and share every moment of an incredible and connected life. Nikon brings an evolution in imaging technology, starting with a newly developed Nikon CX-format super high-speed AF CMOS sensor that powers every capture. Ensure image precision through the new, compact interchangeable lens system featuring image stabilization (VR) and superior fast and quiet autofocus motors built on the NIKKOR heritage of optical excellence.
Focus that’s as fast as you
Capture all the action
Not a moment is missed with a camera that keeps up with you! Always on the go, you know moments worth sharing can happen all the time. Don’t let your creativity be hindered by slow focus speed; Nikon 1 J1 delivers an amazing 10fps speed in autofocus mode. Grab every turn of the swimmer as he leaps from the high dive and glides into the water below. Even fast moving action like this is rendered with amazing clarity—thanks to an incredible 73 point AF array continuously working to ensure everything is sharp and clear.
For moments that deserve more
Motion Snapshot brings photos to life
Certain snapshots from life evoke emotions that just cannot be retold with merely a photograph. Remember the feelings you had while watching a wave crash to the shore or fireworks exploding overhead? Make those moments come alive in a single click using Motion Snapshot. Reveal the essence that can’t be captured in a single photo.
Share a richer experience
Simultaneously capture Full HD (1080p) movies and photos
There will be moments when you’re recording a great movie and an opportunity to grab an amazing photo comes along. Capture both at the same time! Start your movie recording with a touch of a button. See that great still? Hit the shutter even during record mode. Autofocus keeps everything sharp, working double duty to simultaneously capture both movies and photos. Infuse even more personality into multimedia creations by adding slow motion. For times when photos alone are not enough, family and friends will appreciate your expressions brought to life.
Get the best of what’s seen
Let the camera do the work with Smart Photo Selector
For all the times you wished your camera could capture those great spontaneous moments while they unfolded in front of you, there is Nikon 1. Have too many blurry or poorly lit photos? Or how many photos do you have where someone’s eyes were shut? With a single touch using Smart Photo Selector there are no more imperfect photos. Get the best of what you see. Engage in the moment while you let the camera do the work for you.
Creativity expanded with 1 NIKKOR Lenses
Compact, light, high performance optics
Expand creativity and select from a range of lens options, including one designed specifically for movie filming. Engineered for fast and easy swap-out, stay photo-ready all the time. Compactness brings portability, whether using the single focal length 10mm or the 30-110mm telephoto. 1 NIKKOR lenses feature vibration reduction (VR) to keep photos sharp, extending a heritage of precision symbolized by durability, superior image quality and optical excellence.
EXPEED 3 processor
EXPEED 3 marks the culmination of years of dedication to advancing digital imaging technologies. At the heart of Nikon 1 is EXPEED 3, with dual image processors, to deliver outstanding system performance, high-speed processing, state-of-the-art phase detection autofocus and the fastest data transfer rates. Witness outstanding image quality, tone reproduction and advanced autofocus at unprecedented speeds.
An advanced, innovative Nikon super high-speed AF CMOS imaging sensor, wide ISO range and option to select the best lens for the job give you even more control over the light. Produce amazing photos in all those moody environments. Tap only ambient light and open the most artistic doors to photographing on the dance floor, nabbing dramatic sunsets and candlelit moments.
Check your creativity: frame and share your creations on the large and sharp three-inch LCD color display. An ultra-high resolution screen featuring 460k-dots shows every detail to precision. An anti-glare coating renders easy viewing of photos and HD movies, even outdoors.
Easy access to advanced features are hallmarks of the Nikon 1 system. From the ultra intuitive command and features buttons, easy-to-understand menu and fast mount lens, you’ll be expressing your thoughts and visions as never before. Even advanced features for photos and movies can be created with one-click ease.
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Top Customer Reviews
For clarification, I am primarily evaluating the J1 for its use *as a camera* - I won't touch much on the video or motion snapshot modes.
* As a part-time professional, I bought this camera primarily because of its size, and the ability (hopefully) to use my collection of F-mount lenses in the future. In this respect, the J1 is fantastic. My first mirrorless purchase was a Sony NEX-3, and I was overall very happy with it, but the size of the lens still made carrying it around a real chore. Unfortunately, this really comes down to physics - there are physical constraints on how small you can design a lens with a 55mm focal length (concretely, it can't really be much less than 55mm in length). Fundamentally, this is where the CX format helps the J1 significantly. Due to its smaller sensor size, it is possible to construct equivalent lenses which are significantly smaller and lighter than for the APS-C format. The promise of being able to use standard-range high-quality zoom lenses (think a 17-55 f2.8, for instance) as mid-range telephotos is certainly intriguing.Read more ›
I think for most people the J1 and 10 - 30 mm kit is the best choice. The 10mm pancake lens is nice if you want to do a lot of shooting in low light, but you can't zoom. Most of you are used to zooming, and when you can't get closer with your feet because of some barrier, you won't be happy. Many are posting that the 30 - 100 mm lens is very good too. I would have gotten that one for my J1, but I have Nikon lens for my Nikon dSLR D5100. I plan on buying the adapter so I can use my current dSLR Nikon lenses on the J1 for fun.
The J1 is a great little camera, but you do need to read parts of the manual. If you are someone who likes to capture the moment, this camera is very good in bright light. The colors (white balance) is very good, and in bright light the camera will focus more quickly than most cameras out there. This is great camera for someone (example, my wife) who likes to just shoot and not worry too much about all the photographic technical mumbo jumbo.
The Nikon 1 cameras are very good in both pictures and video. I think there is one other mirrorless brand that does video as good as the Nikon 1 cameras. When I use my D5100 Nikon dSLR for video, I just have to accept the fact that there will be enough moments where the D5100 is trying to find focus, and so the video will have many small instances of a blurry picture. For most of us, the video of the Nikon 1 J1 will be very good for our family and social events. The Nikon 1 J1 has better auto focus video than any dSLRs out there.Read more ›
Update: After using the camera a little longer I would say one disadvantage is the shadow cast by the lens when using the flash up close.Read more ›
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