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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...

LCD, viewfinder and video

The rear LCD monitor is one of the few major upgrades in the Nikon 1 J2. The 921,000-dot screen appears sharper than the J1’s 460,000-dot version. In bright sunlight, the screen is still usable for composition and review. The only omission appears to be the ability to show the histogram prior to shooting for exposure adjustment, but this can be viewed in playback.

The lack of a viewfinder isn’t a problem, as the camera is small enough to hold away from your body for more interesting angles. A flip/angle mounting for waist or low-level shooting would be handy, however.

The J2 features 1080p full HD video capture with a choice of auto and manual-exposure modes, ISO control and stereo audio from the built-in microphones. In addition to HD, it can shoot in slow motion at 400fps (640x240p) or 1,200fps (320x120p). It is a shame there isn’t a slow-motion HD option, even for short clips, as an extension of the Motion Snapshot mode.

  • 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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