A 14.2-million-pixel sensor without an anti-aliasing filter is promising to those who want good-quality images, so can the compact and powerful Nikon 1 J3 deliver? Read the Nikon 1 J3 review...

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Nikon 1 J3

AWB Colour:
LCD viewfinder:
Dynamic Range:


Nikon 1 J3 review


Price as reviewed:


Nikon 1 J3 at a glance:

  • 14.2-million-pixel CX-format (13.2×8.8mm) CMOS sensor
  • No anti-aliasing filter
  • 15fps shooting rate with continuous autofocus
  • Expeed 3A processor
  • Smallest CSC with CX-sized or larger sensor
  • Street price £579.99 with 10-30mm lens

Nikon 1 J3 review – Introduction

Just six months after the launch of the Nikon 1 J2, the J3 has arrived featuring a number of improvements. The J3 is no longer the entry-level model in the Nikon 1 compact system camera line-up, as this place has now been taken by the S1, which was announced at the same time as the J3 and which we will be testing in AP 16 March.

Consequently, Nikon has included some of the features from the top-of-the-range Nikon 1 V2 into the J3 to differentiate it from the new entry-level model. On the face of it, then, the Nikon 1 J3 offers the same sensor and advanced shooting modes as the V2, but it is packed into a compact and simple body similar to the J2.

  1. 1. Nikon 1 J3 at a glance:
  2. 2. Nikon 1 J3 review  - Features
  3. 3. Nikon 1 J3 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Nikon 1 J3 review  - White balance and colour
  5. 5. Nikon 1 J3 review - Metering
  6. 6. Nikon 1 J3 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Nikon 1 J3 review - Autofocus
  8. 8. Nikon 1 J3 review - LCD, viewfinder and video
  9. 9. Nikon 1 J3 review - Dynamic range
  10. 10. Nikon 1 J3 review - Our verdict
Page 1 of 10 - Show Full List