The Nikon 1 J1 camera gives you the ability to take great pictures without dragging around an DSLR. With features like a high resolution 3" screen, 12 megapixel image sensor and the world's fastest auto-focus, this camera may be worth the $600 price tag. Kevin Pereira and Matt Mira take a closer look on Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Nikon N1 J1 camera promises to take your pictures to the next level, complete with interchangeable lenses.
This camera is made for someone looking to take a leap up from the point and shoot cameras.
The lenses are interchangeable but right now, Nikon only has 4 different options to choose from.
The lens that ships with this particular kit is 10-30 mm which really means you're getting about a 3x zoom.
The body of this is slim but smooth with no grip for your shooting hand, other than a small bit of textured rubber next to the shooting dial.
The top also has very little tactile feedback to differentiate between the shooting button and the record button.
There is a high resolution 3" LCD and pop up flash and we didn't really find ourselves missing a view finder.
The LCD is great and is really one of the best we've seen in a long time.
The flash pops out of the body but you are limited to a shutter speed of 1/60, which can be a problem for those trying to freeze any really fast action without optimal lighting.
There aren’t as many shooting modes as we've seen with other mirror-less systems.
In fact, the shooting dial looks kind of sparse with just 4 modes.
There are a couple odd shooting modes, like motion snapshot, which records a still image and a 60 fps video clip, combines them, adds music and then saves it at 24 fps for slow motion playback.
The camera can shoot 1080p at 30 or 60 fps.
It even has a slow motion setting where it can capture video at 400 and at a whopping 1200 fps.
It was actually a very cool feature to see on what is essentially a point and shoot.
One caveat is that you can only shoot 5 seconds of footage at a time.
Regular speed video looks great on this camera and the image was really sharp.
Color reproduction was very good with excellent saturation.
The camera records stereo sound and has a wind filter to cut down on wind sound.
Aside from shooting modes, this camera has a 10 megapixel sensor which is not as high as some cheaper Nikon cameras we've used.
Noise performance wasn't the best but it was still very good, even in low light.
We played with the macro settings and were able to get some great shots, even while fumbling around with the focus selector on the LCD.