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3

Nikon 1 J2


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£499.00

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...

Noise, resolution and sensitivity

The relatively small size and low resolution of the Nikon 1 sensor has been a fly in the ointment for many more discerning users.

For fine detail, the sensor has been unable to match the results of the micro four thirds sensors used by Panasonic and Olympus, let alone those APS-C units used in Sony and Samsung CSCs. As there appears to be no change in the sensor and processor unit from the J1, it is unsurprising that the results of the J2 are similar.

At its base ISO 100, the J2 delivers a score of 20 on our resolution chart in its JPEG and raw formats. This falls to just 18 by ISO 400 and 16 in its extended Hi-1 setting, equivalent to ISO 6400.

Viewed at 200% or larger, individual pixels can be seen rather than a more typical blurring effect that occurs on many compact cameras.

At smaller sizes or on screen, however, the resolution is more than sufficient and noise is well controlled with small amounts of luminance noise at ISO 800, and remaining relatively clean even at ISO 6400.

These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution at the specified sensitivity setting.

  • 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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