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...

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Nikon 1 J3 review – Our verdict

Compared to its Nikon 1 J2 predecessor, the J3 is a much improved camera. In essence, the J3 is the V2 in a compact, viewfinder-less body, geared to the casual user. It can take a while to work your way around the camera, with manual control tucked away and some auto shooting modes that could do with a little more explanation. Where the J3 shines, though, is in its speedy operation, thanks to its powerful Expeed 3A processor. Fast shooting modes and responsive AF make for excellent handling.

However, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with the J3 when it comes to image quality. The 14.2-million-pixel sensor is capable of producing decent A4 prints, but go much bigger and the soft detail – certainly from the 10-30mm kit lens – is more apparent. The launch of three new lenses, including a 50mm f/1.8 and 18-35mm f/3.5-5.6 (both 35mm equivalents), at the same time as the camera is promising, and the improvements to image quality from the last generation are plain to see. The camera is up to speed operationally, but its image quality has some catching up to do.


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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
Focusing Modes:Single, auto, subject tracking, manual
Tested as:Consumer CSC
  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
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