Nikon announced the Nikon 1 in September 2011 with two models, the entry J1 and the more sophisticated V1 model. In August of 2012 Nikon made a minor update of the J1: the J2.
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Nikon 1 - J1
The J1 is Nikon's original entry model for the Nikon 1 line. As such, it has limted features and an interface more targeted to a compact user moving up.
- Sensor: 10mp Nikon CMOS sensor, 13.2x8.8 (2.7x crop)
- Mount: Nikon CX
- Images: 3872x2582 JPEG or compressed 12-bit NEF maximum, 5 fps max full resolution
- Video: 1080P/30, 1080i/60, 720P/30/15, 480P/30/15, 240P/400, 120P/1200, MPEG4 MOV file, stereo PCM audio
- Shutter: electronic 30 sec to 1/16,000 sec, bulb
- Exposure: matrix, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 6 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-3200 (plus HI-1)
- Focus: on imaging sensor 135 point phase detection plus contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
- Display: 3" 460k dot fixed LCD, no viewfinder
- Flash: GN 16 ft (5m, at ISO 100), Pop-up iTTL, no hot shoe, 1/60 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync
- Remote: IR receiver on front of camera (ML-L3 controller optional)
- Other Notable Features: timelapse, motion snapshot (1 second at 1080P/60 plus full resolution still), smart photo selector
- Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Battery: EN-EL20
- Size: 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.2" (106 x 61 x 30) wide, tall, deep
- Weight: 8.25 ounces (234g)
- Colors: White, Black, Silver, Pink, and Red
- Price: US$650 with 10-30mm kit lens
- Announced: Sep 2011, shipped Oct 2011
- Current Firmware: 1.30
Thom's Mini Review: Surprisingly good image quality, but a wide range of handling and feature limitations hold this camera back from what it could be. In initial shooting I've found my J1 to be robust and up to a tough beating--I didn't coddle my camera during a recent three week International excursion, yet it shows no sign of wear and performed as expected the entire time. But be careful that the J1 does everything you need it to: Nikon has made a curious set of distinctions between the J1 and V1 models (see my J1/V1 specification difference FAQ). For a non-feature obsessed user who just wants some basic performance (read: soccer mom), the J1 may serve that user well.
Now that the J2 has been announced, the J1 has started appearing at significant discounts. Do you lose anything buying it over the newer J2? Not enough to pass up the discount. Use the extra money to get the very good 30-100mm lens.
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