The Nikon 1 J1 is a compact system camera that has a mirrorless design. This entry-level camera is priced at under $500. The j1’s cousin, the Nikon 1 V1, has some extra features like electronic viewfinder and a higher resolution LCD screen. The mirrorless design is a first for Nikon after Panasonic came with the concept back in 2008.
The first thing that you will note about the camera is the lower sensor size. The unconventional size means that there are smaller photoreceptors, and that will lead to lower image quality. The Nikon 1 J1 does not have a dedicated autofocus sensor like the DSLR cameras- the pixels making up the image also plays the role of providing auto focusing. The specs of the J1 mirror less digital camera are given in brief below:
- Resolution- 10.1 MP
- Sensor- CMOS high speed sensor, 13.2 x 8.8mm size
- Lens- 3xx zoom, 27 to 81mm
- Display- 3 inch LCD, no viewfinder
- Connectivity- HDMI out, USB, SD card slot
- Others- autofocus, LED flash
As said earlier, because of a smaller image sensor that is used in the camera, the image quality is not mind blowing. At the same time, it is not terrible either. The electronic shutter allows shooting up to 60 fps. Moreover, video shooting is at 1080p HD quality.
The build quality is superb, and it is easy to use. The image quality is fantastic in the class of image sensors that are used in the Nikon 1 J1. However, the sensor is quite small for a compact system camera and consequently the image quality is not top of the class. GPS tagging facility is missing, and photo sharing is not given much stress. However, for an entry level configuration and considering the hardware, the quality of images are impressive indeed.