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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White balance and colour

The Nikon 1 J2 follows its predecessors by offering very natural colours in a bright and punchy image that is ready for print. The included colour modes in the custom picture control menu also provide settings for neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait and landscape shooting, and each can be fine-tuned with either a quick-adjust slider, or individual sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue sliders. The custom colour set-up can even be saved to an SD card for use on other Nikon 1 cameras or loaded back onto the camera.

White balance control is available in the Creative and Motion Snapshot modes, but not auto or Smart Photo Selector, although it is still possible to shoot raw in these settings so control is essentially available afterwards. The auto setting is effective in most environments and retains neutral results. An additional six presets have fine adjustment, while a manual setting allows a reading to be taken for complete control.

Image: The outdoor portrait shows very natural skin tones and a good level of sharpness in the detail view

  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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