Nikon 1 J3

Released February, 2013
New: 1 J4 (Apr, 2014)
  • 14.2 MP
  • Nikon CX 13.2 x 8.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
In addition to being capable of shooting regular movies in HD quality, the Nikon 1 J3 can also shoot video at 400fps for slow-motion playback.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
8.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon 1 J3

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon 1 J3
7.8
EOS M
8.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon 1 J3
6.6
EOS M
5.4
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon 1 J3
n.d.
EOS M
n.d.
Nikon 1 J2
n.d.
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon 1 J3
9.0
EOS M
8.8
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, 1001noisycameras.com, photographyblog.com and 2 more

8.3

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon 1 J3
8.3
EOS M
8.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon 1 J3

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

Nikon 1 J3
420 ISO
EOS M
827 ISO
Pentax Q10
183 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon 1 J3
2,000 LPH
Nikon 1 V1
2,600 LPH
Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon 1 J3
20.4 bits
EOS M
22.1 bits
Nikon 1 J1
21.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon 1 J3
11.0 ev
EOS M
11.2 ev
Nikon 1 J2
10.8 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon 1 J3


8.0
With an essentially grip-less design, the Nikon J3 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
As with the other cameras in the Nikon 1 series, the J3 features a hybrid autofocusing system.

Overall

7.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

When shooting with a lens which has an aperture of f/1.8 we can really assess the quality of focus drop-off, and happily, these are rendered very well with some great, pleasingly bokeh effects on occasion.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
Even with the standard 10-30mm kit lens, with its maximum aperture of f/3, the Nikon 1 J3 is capable of producing attractive shallow depth of field effects.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
Even though the sensor is relatively small, there's still good scope for creating images with a shallow depth of field effect.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)

Sensor

Featuring the same 14 megapixel sensor as the flagship V2 and a more simplified control layout than the J2, the J3 is now the middle model in the Nikon 1 lineup in terms of build quality and features.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
We're also pleased to see the high image quality has been maintained despite a big jump in the megapixel count.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
One of the best things about shooting with these is that you can shoot in raw format, so should you need access to the "clean" file, you can have it.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)

Video

There are separate shutter release buttons for stills and video, and thanks to this - as well as the massive processing power of the Nikon J3 - you can take multiple full-resolution stills even while recording HD video.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
Instead, on this dial you can choose between fully automatic, Motion Snapshot, Smart Photo Selector and movie mode.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
The Nikon J3 goes even further by offering a 1200fps video mode, but the resolution and overall quality is too poor for that to be genuinely useful.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)

Mount

The number of compatible optics are growing for the Nikon 1 range, with some, such as the 50mm f/1.8 being a good investment to help you get more from the camera.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
Despite the fact that the Nikon 1 compact system cameras have significantly smaller sensors than competition from most of the rest of the industry, we've always found them to be solid performers.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
Smart Photo Selector has been one of the key selling points of the Nikon 1 system.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)

Image quality

Other Picture Styles, such as Landscape and Portrait, can also be adjusted as necessary, and are useful for getting good colours from the specific subject you're photographing.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
The night shot came out well even with long-exposure noise reduction switched off, and the Vibration Reduction feature of the lens worked very well.
by Photography Blog (Feb, 2013)
Colours are also reproduced well.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 14.2 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3072
Size Nikon CX
Area 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.7x
Pixel size 8.2 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. NEF
  2. RAW
  3. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 135

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 101 x 61 x 29 mm
Thickness 29 mm
Weight 224 g
Is weather sealed No

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video 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

features

Is a smart camera No
Automatic panorama Yes
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