Nikon J1

The J1 is the less expensive of the two cameras that represented the Nikon's entrance into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market. The new Nikon 1 series introduced a new sensor size and a new lens mount (dubbed CX and Nikkor 1, respectively). Most notably, the J1 can take advantage of all Nikon F mount lenses when used in conjunction with an optional adapter. The J1 also features 1080p video recording and a 1200 FPS slow motion mode. The camera also has the ability to take stills during video recording.

  • Status: Available
  • Price at launch: $649.95

What You Need To Know

  • Marks the first mirrorless interchangeable lens entry from either of the big two in photography — Nikon and Canon
  • Critics found that instead of creating a cheaper and smaller DSLR, Nikon opted to make an expensive point-and-shoot
  • One of the first two cameras to utilize Nikon's 1 mount
  • An optional converter allows the J1 to use all of Nikon's F mount lenses
  • Criticized for its small sensor

Verge Review

Small-bodied interchangeable-lens cameras are the future of photography, and everyone knows it. At their best, they bring DSLR-like control and quality to cameras with much smaller bodies. That’s what Sony went for with the NEX-3, and what Olympus and Panasonic did with their Micro Four Thirds cameras. Two big names have been missing from this list, though, and that’s Nikon and Canon. Neither camera goliath released an interchangeable-lens camera that isn’t a DSLR, until Nikon finally...

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Basic Specs

Camera type Mirrorless / Interchangeable Lens
Sensor size Other
Sensor type CMOS
Effective pixels 10.1 megapixels
RAW support RAW, RAW + JPEG
Supported media SD, SDHC, SDXC

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Tech Specs

Pricing (base kit)
SKU description Kit with 10-30mm and 30-110mm lenses., Kit with 10-30mm and 10mm lenses., Pink kit with 10-30mm and 30-110mm lenses., Kit with 10-30mm lens.
Hardware
Camera type Mirrorless / Interchangeable Lens
Width 4.17 inches
Height 2.4 inches
Depth 1.17 inches
Weight 0.52 pounds
Color Pink / Black, Silver / Black, Red / Black, White / Black, Black
Sensor
Sensor size Other
Size 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor type CMOS
Effective pixels 10.1 megapixels
Controls
Minimum ISO 100
Maximum ISO 6400
Fastest shutter speed (1/n seconds) 16000
Slowest shutter speed (1/n) 3 seconds
Max. continuous shooting speed 60 FPS
Display
Size 3 inches
Resolution 460000 dots
Video
Video capture Yes
Max. resolution 1080p
Standard framerate(s) 30, 60
Slow motion framerate 1200 FPS
Continuous AF Yes
Software
Supported video formats MPEG-4, H.264
RAW support RAW, RAW + JPEG
Lens
Interchangeable Yes, Yes, Yes
Supported mounts Nikon 1, Nikon 1, Nikon 1
Focal length (wide) 30 mm, 10 mm, 10 mm
Focal length (telephoto) 110 mm, 30 mm
Focal length (35mm equivalent - wide) 27 mm
Focal length (35mm equivalent - telephoto) 81 mm
Widest aperture / f-stop 3.8, 2.8, 3.5
Image stabilization Yes, Yes
Connectivity
GPS Optional
Storage
Supported media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Audio
Built-in microphone Yes
Ports
Video out Yes
Connection(s) USB, HDMI mini
Battery
Model EN-EL20
Flash
Flash Yes (Built-in)
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