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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Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video

With no viewfinder and no option to attach one, the rear LCD screen plays a pivotal role in composition, as well as in the menu and reviewing functions.

Despite this, the 3in screen is of a lower resolution than that fitted to the V1, offering just 460,000 dots, as opposed to the 921,000 dots of the V1.

When placed next to each other, the V1’s screen is noticeably sharper, but in isolation the J1’s screen still looks impressive, in quality, colour and viewing angle.


  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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