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


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Nikon 1 J3 review  – White balance and colour

Image: The colour rendition when using AWB is too cool in this scene, but the sunny white balance setting keeps the warmth from the sunlight

Given that most of the Nikon 1 J3’s auto modes do not allow manual control over white balance and colour, I was particularly keen to see what the colours are like straight out of the camera. Thankfully, they are generally accurate, punchy and print-ready.

When using one of the manual-exposure modes – which is possible when the shooting mode dial is set to creative – one can take manual control of white balance and colour.

In the picture control menu, there are the usual modes such as standard, vivid and monochrome, with the option to tweak sharpening, contrast, brightness and, in the case of the monochrome mode, add filter effects and toning.

On a bright sunny day I find the standard mode renders bright greens and blues very well, while the vivid and landscape modes are too saturated. As for white balance, there are times when the colour rendition is a little cool, so I found myself switching between AWB and the presets to maintain some warmth of tone.



  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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