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 – LCD, viewfinder and video

With no viewfinder or hotshoe to attach an optional viewfinder, the Nikon 1 J3 fully relies on its rear screen to compose and view images. Just like the V2 and J2, the J3 uses a 3in, 921,000-dot LCD screen, with durable glass exterior. Its display is bright, crisp and has a wide viewing angle. Even in bright light it is possible to compose a scene using the screen, although accurate evaluations on exposure in such a situation are not possible. Given the casual-user target audience, perhaps a screen with touch functionality or articulation would be welcome.

Video recording is possible in full HD (1920×1080 pixels) at an impressive 60i or 30p, in MOV format and using the H.264/MPEG-4 compression. Stereo sound is possible, although there is no option to attach an external microphone.

  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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