Overall Rating:

3

Nikon 1 J2


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Price as Reviewed:

£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...

Dynamic range

Despite the Nikon 1 J2’s modest pixel count, the pixel pitch still remains relatively low due to the sensor size when compared to a more resolute micro four thirds or APS-C model. This puts it at a disadvantage when it comes to dynamic range, but although its score of 11EV doesn’t match the results from Nikon’s DSLR models, it is greater than many other CSCs with larger sensors, including the latest micro four thirds models. Combined with the active D-Lighting controls the J2 has on board, this means that it is possible to maintain a great range of tones in more contrasty images.

Image: The D-Lighting system appears to show a greater dynamic range by darkening the exposure slightly and lightening the shadow areas of the image

  • 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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