Nikon 1 J2 review

How do the tweaks improve the most popular CSC of the past 12 months?

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It's fair to say that although the Nikon 1 J1 was incredibly popular, it wasn't met with a huge amount of critical success. Many Nikon users were left disappointed by the choice of the smaller sensor than those seen on other CSCs, and this update obviously won't do anything to change their minds.

More of a tweak here and there than a full-blown upgrade, the Nikon 1 J2 nevertheless is a good camera that is more than fit for purpose. The extra resolution on the screen is a welcome addition, as is the ability to more quickly access creative modes.

It's a shame that digital filters couldn't be a little better, or more varied, but perhaps Nikon is holding something a little more advanced up its sleeve.

We liked

The new screen is wonderful to use, even in bright light, while also showing off stored images in the best possible way.

We disliked

It's not a huge upgrade from its predecessor, and if we're completely honest, we'd still like to see more in the way of direct manual controls on a Nikon 1 camera.

Final verdict

The Nikon 1 J2 is likely to capitalise on the success of its predecessor, but it's certainly not worth existing users upgrading. For those looking for their first compact system camera, the Nikon 1 is a good investment, while those who already own DSLRs may like to consider it for a second camera.

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