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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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

  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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