The entry-level J1 compact system camera has fewer features than its V1 sibling, but is around £270 cheaper. We find out whether the J1 is, pound for pound, the better camera

Product Overview

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1 review


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White Balance and Colour

Skin tones are natural while the AWB does a good job at providing neutral tones

Colour has been sensibly managed in the J1 to deliver bright, punchy results without veering towards an overly saturated image. The picture modes include a powerful vivid mode and a neutral mode for flattering tones, alongside monochrome, portrait and landscape options.

All these can be fine-tuned for sharpness, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue to meet specific colour needs, while the custom settings can be loaded or saved to a card for use on Nikon 1 cameras.

White balance is well catered for, with six presets that are all adjustable, and a custom reading option, although the auto white balance gives a neutral result in most scenes.


  1. 1. Nikon 1 J1 review - Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White Balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
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