Nikon 1 J2

Released September, 2012
New: 1 J3 (Feb, 2013)
  • 10 MP
  • Nikon CX 13.2 x 8.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
It's also worth pointing out that images shot here can be shot in raw, enabling post-capture recovery of the "standard" colour if necessary.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon 1 J2

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon 1 J2
7.7
PEN E-PM1
7.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon 1 J2
9.4
PEN E-PM1
7.4
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon 1 J2
9.6
PEN E-PM1
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon 1 J2
8.9
PEN E-PM1
9.0
Reviews from mirrorlessrumors.com, nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 4 more

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon 1 J2
8.7
PEN E-PM1
8.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon 1 J2

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon 1 J2
363 ISO
EOS 1D X
2,786 ISO
EOS M
827 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon 1 J2
2,000 LPH
EOS 1D X
2,800 LPH
Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon 1 J2
94 ms
EOS M
742 ms
PEN E-PM1
246 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon 1 J2
1,400 ms
EOS M
2,700 ms
PEN E-PM1
1,800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon 1 J2
60 fps
Samsung NX11
3 fps
EOS M
4.3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon 1 J2
230 photos
EOS 1D X
1,500 photos
PEN E-PM1
330 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon 1 J2


8.0
With an essentially grip-less design, the Nikon J2 is very much a two-handed affair that requires you to hold the camera's weight in the left hand, clutching the lens, and use your right hand for balance and operating the controls.

7.0
Images appear bright and crisp, and it is viewable from a wide number of angles in all but the brightest of sunlight.

Overall

7.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

You'll also be able to turn the camera when you expand the lens - the CX lenses retract similarly to Olympus' 14-42mm kit lens - a nice but small improvement.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
This image was shot at 10mm (27mm equivalent) at f/3.5 using the 10-30mm kit lens.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
Despite the fact the J2 has a small sensor, you can still achieve pleasing shallow depth of field effects.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)

Photography

Secondly, it's now much easier to access those all-important creative and manual modes, thanks to a new Creative mode that can be accessed from the mode dial.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
Using Creative Mode transforms the F button at the top of the back of the camera into a shortcut for choosing between different creative modes.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
The J2 is a very small, high-quality, discreet and generally fast camera but its interface is quite clearly not geared toward users who like to take full control of the picture-taking process, despite the addition of the new Creative shooting mode.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

Sensor

On the other hand, the Nikon J2 has its share of frustrating idiosyncrasies starting with the user interface that forces you to dive into the menu to access functions as basic as exposure mode, ISO speeds and white balance.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
During the review, the Nikon 1 J2 captured images of very high quality, especially if you consider the size of its sensor.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Nikon 1 J2 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)

Image quality

Colours are represented well by the Nikon 1 J2, straight from the camera.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
Images straight from the camera are generally good, with a decent amount of colour saturation and detail captured by the 10.1 million pixel sensor.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
This chart indicates that dynamic range in the Nikon 1 J2's JPEGs is better than the Nikon 1 J1, Sony NEX-5R and Panasonic GF5 at most sensitivities.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)

Video

In addition to being capable of shooting regular movies in HD quality, the Nikon 1 J2 can also shoot video at 400fps for slow-motion playback.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
Boasting continuous shooting speeds of up to 60 frames per second at full resolution, Full HD video capture, an ultra-fast hybrid auto-focus system, Smart Photo Selector and a unique Motion Snapshot Mode, the portable Nikon J2 also offers more conventional shooting modes like Programmed Auto, Aperture and Shutter Priority, as well as Metered Manual and a new Creative Mode that provides a variety of photo effects and easier access to the camera’s key settings.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
The Nikon 1 J2 can capture videos at a frame rate of 400fps which, when played back at 30fps, become slow-motion movies.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size Nikon CX
Area 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.7x
Pixel size 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 135
Cross type focus points 41
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 29.8 mm
Weight 280 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video Yes
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection
Autofocus type Phase detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 60 fps
Battery life 230 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 60 fps, JPEG
  2. 10 fps
Focus lag 94 ms
Startup delay 1,400 ms
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