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 review


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The inclusion of phase detection on the sensor is an exciting prospect for mirrorless cameras, as contrast-detection systems have been unable to match phase detection on DSLRs, especially in low light.

The camera makes the choice between phase and contrast systems, and under most lighting conditions it does a very good job, providing seemingly instant focusing.

In low contrast and low light, however, the AF seems to struggle, which questions just how much the phase detection is bringing to the system. The AF tracking option and continuous focusing perform well and proved handy for capturing moving subjects.


  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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