Nikon 1 J3 review

March 2, 2013

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Nikon 1 J3

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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...

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.

  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets (with fine-tuning), manual
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Video: 1080 60i/30p HD MOV H.264
  • External mic: No
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 5m @ ISO 100, GN 6.3m @ ISO 160)
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Shutter Type: Electronic shutter
  • Output Size: 4608 x 3072 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 920,000-dot LCD
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/60sec
  • Sensor: 14.2-million-effective-pixel, CX-format (13.2 x 8.8mm) CMOS sensor
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • AF Points: 135 areas, 73 areas with phase support
  • Weight: 244g (with battery)
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, automatic scene selection, auto, scene modes, smart photo selector, motion snapshot, movie
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL20
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/16,000sec + bulb up to 2mins
  • File Format: JPEG, 12-bit NEF (raw)
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, 5fps and 15fps with continuous AF, 30fps, 60fps, self-timer 2secs, 5secs or 10secs
  • Dimensions: 101 x 60.5 x 28.8mm
  • Metering System: TTL: matrix, centreweighted, spot
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI (type C)
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV
  • RRP: £579 .99 with 10-30mm kit lens
  • Lens Mount: Nikon 1
  • ISO: 160-6400
  • Focusing Modes: Single, auto, subject tracking, manual
  • Tested as: Consumer CSC

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