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...

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Nikon 1 J2

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Nikon 1 J2 review


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Our verdict

The first generation of cameras will always need some degree of tweaking before they really deliver what the user wants. While the J2 is a nice camera and offers some improvements over the J1, it doesn’t feel like it has gone far enough to progress the Nikon 1 series. The J1 is, of course, the entry-level model and aimed more at the general consumer than the creative amateur. Hopefully, when the V1 is replaced, it will offer more. However, the J2’s introduction means that the price of the J1 has dropped to under £300, making it an appealing option for those happy to settle for the lower-resolution screen.


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
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
  1. 1. Nikon 1 J2 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  5. 5. Dynamic range
  6. 6. White balance and colour
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Our verdict
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