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

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1 review

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£549.99
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Metering

Metering performs well and only occasionally requires a negative compensation

Despite having both centreweighted and spot options, the J1’s matrix TTL metering system is more than capable of handling most situations. As the metering takes the focus point into account for its exposure, using the single-point AF option to select your point of focus can lead to a more suitable exposure.

When faced with a wider contrast range than the sensor is able to contain, the camera can lose highlights, although not to any extreme degree, and this can easily be rectified with a -0.3 or -0.7EV exposure compensation.

 

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  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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