Featuring a revamped 1-inch CX-format 18.4-million-pixel CMOS sensor with fast read out the new Nikon 1 J4 delivers continuous full resolution shooting up to 20 frames per second. But can its performance match its speed? Jon Devo finds out.

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Nikon 1 J4 review

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£429.99

Our verdict

Although I have my issues with it, there are things to like about the Nikon 1 J4, particularly if you’re completely new to photography. It’s aesthetically beautiful for one and feels premium.

Then, of course, there is the J4’s impressive continuous autofocus and shooting capability, which is ideal for shooting fast and unpredictable subjects. Once you get used to the J4’s operational quirks and lack of image capturing feedback, you’ll be hard pressed to miss a shot. I’d definitely recommend investing in a better lens though, as the kit option doesn’t do the camera any favours.

The J4 currently stands out from the crowd thanks to its speedy capturing and processing abilities, but it’s not perfect and also not a huge step up from the 15 continuous frames per second offered by its older sister, the Nikon J3. If speed and ultimate style in a compact body are your top three requirements for a new camera, there’s very little to rival the J4.

Nikon 1 J4 – key features

Super fast continuous shooting and autofocus, is backed up by some other great features.

Best Moment Capture
Take 20 high-resolution frames in one second and then select as many as you want to keep in playback, this is perfect for taking pictures of the children and pets

Burst Mode
With continuous AF, the J4 can shoot 20 full resolution images per second and a staggering 60 frames-per-second with fixed AF

Touchscreen
Bright and highly responsive, the J4’s 3-inch 1.037-million-dot touchscreen also features point-to-focus and shoot

1 Nikkor
This compact system camera is compatible with a growing range of 1 Nikkor lenses

Get Creative
Beyond standard PASM modes, other options such as Creative Palette filter effects, HDR mode, Easy Panorama and effects such as Selective Colour can be found inside the camera’s Creative setting

Wi-Fi
Shoot remotely or connect to compatible smart devices via built-in Wi-Fi. It’s also possible to access to Nikon creative photo apps via the internet

Details

Video:1080p at 60fps, built-in stereo mic
Memory Card:microSD/SDHC/SDXC
Viewfinder Type:None
Output Size:5232 x 3488
LCD:3inch 1,037k dot resolution
AF Points:Hybrid autofocus 171 focus areas, 105 centre areas have phase detection support
Sensor:18.4-million-pixel CX CMOS sensor
Weight:192g Body Only
Focal Length Mag:2.7x
Power:EN-EL22 Rechargeable Lithium Ion
Shutter Speeds:1/16000th - 30 sec
Exposure Comp:-3EV - +3EV in steps of 1/3EV
Drive Mode:20fps or 60fps with fixed AF
Lens Mount:Nikon 1 mount
Dimensions:99.5 x 60 x 28.5mm
ISO:200-12,800, ISO 160; 6400(NR); 12800 (NR)
Metering System:TTL exposure metering from main image sensor
  1. 1. Nikon 1 J4 pros
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  3. 3. Performance
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  5. 5. Resolution, dymanic range and noise
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