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The second generation of the Nikon 1 brings a higher-resolution screen and a new creative mode. Mat Gallagher finds out what the changes mean for the J2. Read the Nikon 1 J2 review...

Nikon 1 J2 at a glance:

  • 10.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • ISO 100-3200 (6400 Hi-1)
  • 3in, 921,000-dot LCD monitor
  • Hybrid AF system
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • Street price £499 with 10-30mm lens

Nikon 1 J2 reivew – Introduction:

It has been a year since Nikon made the leap into the compact system camera market with the Nikon 1-series J1 and V1 cameras, each with an extremely powerful new Expeed 3 processor but a surprisingly small 10.1-million-pixel sensor. The 1in (13.2×8.8mm) sensor, being roughly halfway between a micro four thirds and 1/1.7in compact sensor, allowed the cameras to be much smaller than most other CSC models, while the modest pixel count meant data could be processed at speed and therefore offered some impressive specs.

The Nikon 1 cameras were aimed at the casual snapper rather than the experienced creative shooter, and the new J2 is an upgrade of the J1. Like its predecessor, the Nikon 1 J2 has a built-in flash but lacks an electronic viewfinder, and apart from a choice of a few new colours it appears that little has changed. However, closer inspection reveals a new Creative mode, an improved screen and extended ISO. These additions should appease the more creative user, but with such a wide range of models now on the market it has some stiff competition.

  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), manual
  • External mic: No
  • Video: 1080 60i/30p HD MOV H.264
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 5m @ ISO 100)
  • Shutter Type: Electronic shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Output Size: 3872 x 2592 pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/60sec
  • Sensor: 10.1-million-effective pixel CX format (13.2 x 8.8mm) CMOS
  • LCD: 3in, 920,000-dot LCD
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • AF Points: 135-areas, 73 areas with phase support
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, automatic scene selection, auto, 10 scene modes, Smart Photo Selector, Motion Snapshot, movie
  • Focal Length Mag: 2.7x
  • Weight: 280g (with battery)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL20
  • File Format: JPEG, NEF (raw)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/16,000sec + bulb
  • Drive Mode: 10fps, 30fps, 60fps (5fps in auto photo mode)
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV
  • RRP: £499 with 10-30mm kit lens
  • Lens Mount: Nikon 1
  • ISO: 100-32000
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, auto, full-time, manual
  • Dimensions: 106 x 61 x 29.8mm
  • Metering System: TTL: matrix, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI (type C)
  • Tested as: Compact system camera

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