Nikon 1 J2 review

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

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

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Nikon 1 J2 review

JPEG images from the Nikon 1 J2 show better signal to noise ratio results than the original Nikon 1 J1 throughout the whole sensitivity range, but sit below those of the Sony NEX-5R at every sensitivity setting but ISO 1600. The Panasonic GF5 starts of with a greater signal to noise ratio than the Nikon 1 J2 at lower ISOs, but falls below its results at ISO 800, where the Nikon 1 J2's results improve for a while, as the other cameras' all steadily fall.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 J2 review

TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon 1 J2 show a more uniform picture, with the Nikon 1 J1 again beating the original Nikon 1 J1 for signal to noise ratio, but sitting below the Sony NEX-5R. The Panasonic GF5 is again better at ISO 200, but produces worse results after that.

Dynamic range

Nikon 1 J2 review

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. It falls below the Panasonic GF5 at ISO 400, and matches the Sony NEX-5R at ISO 100, but otherwise outperforms them.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon 1 J2 review

TIFF/raw images from the Nikon 1 J2 show a greater variation in dynamic range scores, but are still ahead of those from the Nikon 1 J1 and Panasonic GF5. The Sony NEX-5R produces superior dynamic range in its raw images. There's no overlap between the Nikon 1 J2 and any of the other cameras in this chart.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)238 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size13.20 mm x 8.80 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3872 x 2592
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height61 mm
Width106.7 mm
Depth30.5 mm
Focal Length10 mm to 30 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelJ2
Product NameJ2 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVVA161K001
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Life's at its best when you live it in the moment. So how about a camera that's speedy enough, clever enough, and creative enough to capture the fun in your world without missing a beat?

Designed to think fast and act even faster, the intelligent Nikon 1 J2 interchangeable lens camera ensures you stay a click ahead of the action. Ultra-portable and simple to operate, it has all you need to capture great photos and movies.

The bright LCD screen offers crystal-clear shooting and playback. Functions like the innovative Motion Snapshot and the easy-to-use Creative Mode keep up with the way you want to record your life.

Package Contents
  • J2 Mirrorless Camera
  • VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (with Terminal Cover)
  • MH-27 Battery Charger
  • BF-N1000 Body Cap
  • UC-E15 USB Cable
  • AN-N1000 Strap
  • Software CD
  • User's Manual
  • Reference Manual CD
Limited Warranty1 Year