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Spotlight Review: Nikon 1 J1 Digital Camera

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3 in or more

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4 oz to 8 oz

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It’s good to see Nikon finally in the compact mirrorless camera market. And with the J1 and it’s more full-featured brother, the V1, they’re in with incredible cameras. It has a high resolution LCD screen (600k pixels), though not as high resolution and easy to see as it’s V1 brother. Putting your eye up to the viewfinder turns off the LCD, and it turns back on when you move away from the viewfinder. Very easy. They’ve promised very easy to use menus, as well.

The processor is lightning quick, shooting 10 frames per second in automatic and a whopping 60 frames per second in manual! It also shoots HD video, frame rates from 30-1200 frames per second. Yes, twelve HUNDRED. At a lower resolution. If you like really slow motion, this is the way to get it.

So far, only a couple of Nikkor lenses have been announced for this new system. The kit lens is a 10-30mm, there’s also a 10mm prime lens that is REALLY compact, and a longer 30-110mm lens is available as well. It uses Nikon’s legendary VR II image stabilization and a silent stepping motor (STM) for silent focus even when shooting video.

Built-in GPS can geotag your images with lattitude, longitude and altitude information.

The J1 isn’t cheap, at $649, but it offers a LOT of great features. There’s also a more full-featured version, the V1, which we’ve also looked at.

  • A revolutionary new imaging system from Nikon, harmoniuously designed from the ground up
  • The Nikon J1 is faster than you are with the world’s fastest autofocus among cameras with AF
  • Bring your images to life with Nikon’s new Motion Snapshot
  • Command your creativity with the simultaneous capture of still and Full HD video
  • The Nikon J1 does the thinking for you with Nikon’s new Smart Photo Selector
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