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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Dynamic range

DxO Labs ( measured both the J1 and V1’s dynamic range as 11.1EV. Although this is not on a par with Nikon’s recent DSLRs, it is beyond that of most recent compact system cameras, including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 and Olympus E-PL3.

From our images we were able to pull a decent amount of detail from both the shadows and the highlights, even from the JPEG files and by using the built-in highlights and shadows control that can be achieved in-camera, too.


  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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