Nikon 1 J1 review

Nikon's simplest mirrorless compact system camera

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO Analyzer software to give noise and dynamic range measurements at every sensitivity (ISO) setting.

Like the Nikon 1 V1, the Nikon J1 uses a smaller sensor than APS-C or Micro Four Thirds cameras. This means that the J1's 10.1 million effective photosites (pixels) are likely to be smaller, which could be a challenge for image quality.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Our lab tests indicate that the J1 produces JPEG images that have a low signal to noise ratio in comparison with images from the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and Sony NEX-C3. They are closer to the JPEGs from the Pentax Q, but even this camera - which has a much smaller sensor than the J1 - has a better signal to noise ratio at higher sensitivity settings.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) generally indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

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JPEG images from the Nikon J1 show lower scores for signal to noise ratio than the Olympus PEN E-PL3, Sony NEX-C3 and the Pentax Q.

Raw signal to noise ratio

The difference in the signal to noise ratio of the of the J1's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) and the Pentax Q's is much less than the JPEG files. From ISO 800 up, the J1 beats the Q, proving some benefit from the larger sensor. The raw files can't match the results from the Olympus PEN E-PL3 or Sony NEX-C3 though.

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Raw images from the Nikon J1 compare well with the Pentax Q for signal to noise ratio, and are only just marginally lower than the Sony NEX-C3.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

JPEG dynamic range

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This chart indicates that the dynamic range of the Nikon J1's JPEGs compares well with that of the Olympus PEN E-PL3. The results are also far more consistent than those from the Sony NEX-C3.

Raw dynamic range

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This chart indicates that the Nikon J1's raws compares well against the Olympus PEN E-PL3, Sony NEX C-3 and Pentax Q, with the best results from a sensitivity of ISO 1600. This test shows that the Nikon J1 is capable of capturing a good amount of shadow and highlight detail.

For a full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests, please click here to read the full article.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Optical Zoom3x, 3x (Lens 1) - 3.7x (Lens 2)
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Weight (Approximate)234 g
Image Sensor Size13.20 mm x 8.80 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3872 x 2592
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height61 mm
Width106 mm
Depth29.8 mm
Focal Length10 mm to 30 mm (Lens 1) - 30 mm to 110 mm (Lens 2)
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelJ1
Product NameJ1 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVVA151K003
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Busy lives filled with fleeting chances to record loved ones in action demand a camera that can keep up.

Designed to think fast and act even faster, the super-small Nikon 1 J1 interchangeable lens camera offers all you need to shoot great photos and movies.

Portable enough to take anywhere and easy to operate, it will bring new levels of speed, simplicity and enjoyment to the way you capture your world.

Package Contents
  • J1 Mirrorless Camera
  • Strap AN-N1000
  • Body Cap BF-N1000
  • Li-on Rechargeable Battery EN-EL20
  • Lens 10-30mm
  • Lens 30-110mm
  • Battery Charger MH-27
  • Software CD-ROM
  • USB Cable UC-E15
  • EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year