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Nikon 1 J1 Compact System Camera with 10-30mm Lens Kit - White (10.1MP) 3 inch LCD
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- Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor
- High-speed continuous shooting - up to 60fps at full resolution
- New EXPEED 3 processor - 2 powerful engines that can process images at 600 megapixels per second
- High-resolution electronic viewfinder
- Ground-breaking shooting modes
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||—||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||10.1 megapixels||16.3 megapixels||16 megapixels||18||20.3 megapixels||20 megapixels|
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|Item Dimensions||2.98 x 10.6 x 6.1 cm||4.04 x 11.69 x 6.74 cm||3.3 x 10.7 x 6.5 cm||3.5 x 10.8 x 6.66 cm||3.99 x 11.3 x 6.65 cm||6.5 x 4.2 x 2.1 cm|
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|Max Focal Length||30 mm||50||32||45 mm||135 mm||—|
|Min Focal Length||10 mm||16||12||15 mm||4.3 mm||—|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10.1 megapixels||16.3 megapixels||16.84 megapixels||18 megapixels||20||20 megapixels|
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Colour Name: White (10-30mm Lens Kit)
For your very mobile lifestyle comes a completely new imaging system with freedom to create and express as never before. Highly compact and portable, the Nikon 1 J1 goes everywhere you go. Moments from your amazing world are captured using a highly responsive autofocus and super fast shooting speed. In one touch you can work in Full HD (1080p) movie record mode. A camera so versatile you can even snap photos while recording movies. Unleash your creativity with Nikon 1—offering a balance of high performance, advanced features, portability and a newly designed interchangeable lens system. Infuse your world with photos from every moment and connect as never before.
I am the Nikon 1 J1 - Always ready for you
- Available in many colours, the Nikon 1 J1 may be small but it's a veritable powerhouse of imaging innovation.
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Busy lives filled with exciting social engagements, or precious opportunities to record time spent with loved ones, demand a camera that can keep up. Designed to think fast and act even faster, the intelligent Nikon 1 J1 easily puts you a click ahead of the action so you'll always be able to capture the moments you want. Equipped with everything you need to capture great photos and movies, this ultra-portable, simple-to-operate automatic camera enables stunningly effortless shooting in any situation. No matter where you might be or what you might be doing, it ensures the best possible results every time.
With the fastest autofocus system (AF) in the world1, four unique shooting modes, brilliant low-light performance, it boasts all you need to capture standout stills and movies.
Quick enough to capture the unexpected, the groundbreaking super high-speed AF system instantly switches between Phase-Detection AF and Contrast Detect AF to deliver razor-sharp results in any situation. Phase-Detection AF, which focuses accurately and quickly on movement, is available during movie recording.
The high-speed image processor enables a quick shot-to-shot turnaround and powers shooting speeds of up to 60 fps.2
When you want to use your favourite NIKKOR D-SLR lens, you can do so via the F-mount adapter (the FT 1) that attaches to the camera's 1-mount.
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With a Nikon 1 in your hand, capturing great images will become second nature in no time at all. Ergonomically designed for comfortable handling and intuitive operation, these intelligent, fully automatic cameras let you shoot any scene with ease. Their sleek bodies boast minimal buttons, so it's easy to become familiar with which ones to use and when. The clear menus feature large, easy-to-understand icons that make it simple to navigate between different functions. A conveniently placed mode dial on the back of each camera offers instant access to a range of clever automatic shooting modes.
Groundbreaking automatic shooting modes
Nikon 1 shooting modes have been developed to offer results that will amaze you and anyone who sees them. Harnessing the camera's phenomenal processing speed and ability to capture images before, and after, you fully press the shutter button, these innovative shooting modes can catch moments you would not normally be able to catch. Motion Snapshot (MSS) brings a photo to life in just one click and Smart Photo Selector (SPS) captures the perfect moment in any scene. Still image mode will make you a master of movement as you switch to shooting sharp shots of the action at up to 60 frames per second2 . Movie mode opens up a host of advanced movie functions, including the chance to take a high-resolution photo while filming a movie.
Whether you want to shoot fast movement, slow movement or no movement, Nikon's all-new CX-format CMOS image sensor ensures you'll always capture superb high-resolution stills and movies.
All-new image sensor with the fastest autofocus in the world
Whether you want to shoot fast movement, slow movement or no movement, Nikon's all-new CX-format CMOS image sensor ensures you'll always capture superb high-resolution stills and movies. Developed to offer the ideal balance between speed, light sensitivity, resolution and depth-of-field, you can shoot clearer action shots, better images in low light, and easily soften backgrounds to make your subject stand out more. Equipped with a revolutionary super high-speed autofocus (AF) system that boasts the most focus points in the world3, your subject will always be in focus. If you're shooting shiny or moving subjects, the sensor will switch to Phase-Detection AF. If your subject is stationary, or poorly lit, it will opt for Contrast Detect AF. And whichever system it chooses, the quick shot-to-shot turnaround gives you the freedom to shoot moments as they unfold without worrying about a thing.
Bring your stills to life in a click.
EXPEED 3: Fast just got faster
To be as fast as a Nikon 1 camera is, you need an engine that can handle speed. EXPEED 3 is a super-fast image processor engineered to deliver unparalleled levels of speed and performance in any situation. Equipped with two powerful engines that can process images at an incredible 600 megapixels a second, it enables a host of innovative functions. You can snap a full-resolution photo while recording a movie and shoot full-resolution stills4 at up to 60 frames per second. Fully capable of managing performance without sacrificing quality, it offers superior noise reduction, so you can enjoy clean, finely detailed images. And because it does everything so fast, it supports high-speed SD memory cards that quickly save every fantastic shot you take.
Motion Snapshot: Bring your stills to life in a click
Every photo is unique, but not many come to life right in front of your eyes. A fantastic way to capture a moment in time as never before, Nikon's unique Motion Snapshot (MSS) makes your photos come alive. Easily accessed via the mode dial, it all happens in just one click. Using its ability to capture images before you fully press the shutter button, the camera simultaneously records a one-second slow-motion movie and a still image. As soon as you've taken your shot it instantly combines the two to create a 'living image'. From the way someone might toss their head before they smile, or someone else might leave the frame before you click, fleeting movements and emotions are captured in a snap. A whole new experience, a Motion Snapshot keeps the story of a moment alive in a way that will delight and amaze you every time you look at it.
The camera recommends shots based on factors such as facial expression, composition and focus so you'll never again miss a smiling face, accidentally cut off someone's head or end up with a blurred image.
Smart Photo Selector: One shot — five great images to choose from
The most amazing things can happen at any moment, and thanks to Nikon's groundbreaking Smart Photo Selector (SPS) you'll always capture the moment you want. Harnessing the camera's pre and post capture technology, Smart Photo Selector flies into action as soon as you press the shutter button. It begins to capture images before you even take the shot, and continues after you're done, ultimately shooting up to 20 high-resolution images in quick succession. The best shot is instantly displayed on the monitor, and four more are saved for you to choose from. The camera recommends shots based on factors such as facial expression, composition and focus so you'll never again miss a smiling face, accidentally cut off someone's head or end up with a blurred image.
Continuous shooting: Action at 60 frames per second
When it comes to capturing smooth shots of fast action, you need unparalleled levels of speed and precision. With the world's fastest continuous shot5, Nikon 1 cameras have outdone themselves. Engineered to deliver full-resolution images at up to 60 frames per second6, practically no movement will be too fast to capture. And when you want to focus tightly on one subject, the camera can automatically track the subject you've chosen and still capture full-resolution images at 10 frames per second. Whether you want to capture kids or pets as they dash about having fun, or your friends as they whizz about the city on bikes, a Nikon 1 camera will bring a new dimension of speed to every scene you shoot.
You can take full-resolution photos while filming, without interrupting recording.
Advanced movie mode: Made with movie-making in mind
Whether you're recording a family event or an arty film, nothing beats the joy of shooting a film on a camera that can deliver stunning Full HD movies. With all functions optimised to capture incredibly clear video footage, Nikon 1 cameras deliver superb high-resolution results. You can take full-resolution photos while filming, without interrupting recording. And you can shoot footage in extreme slow motion for dramatic effect. Action scenes are easy because Phase-Detection AF, which is quick to focus on moving subjects, is available during recording. Thanks to the large image sensor and high ISO sensitivity, you can shoot clear footage with low noise, even in low light, and easily soften backgrounds to make your subjects stand out. And whatever you're filming, the range of compatible 1 NIKKOR lenses opens up a world of creative possibilities.
1 For further details please visit www.europe-nikon.com. Specifications may change without notice.
2 The world's shortest shooting time lag (as determined by Nikon performance tests). Measured when using the single-point AF mode and the shortest focal length of a standard zoom lens (1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6). As of August 5, 2011.
3 The focal plane Phase-Detection AF with the world's widest area coverage of 73 points. You can choose the world's widest area coverage (73 focus points) when using the single-point AF mode from user settings.
4 Full-resolution images in movie mode (aspect ratio 16:9) 3,840 x 2,160 (1,080/60i)
5 World's fastest continuous shooting: Max. 10 fps in subject tracking AF mode and max. 60 fps in full high-definition, fixed-focus mode. As of August 5, 2011
6 With default settings, you can shoot at a high speed of 10 fps by pressing the shutter-release button down all the way. While shooting, will focus on the subject within the AF area in the center of the screen. Face-priority AF is not available.
You can adjust the shooting speed to 30 fps and 60 fps by changing the settings from the shooting menu [shutter], [electronic (Hi)].
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This is what I like:
1. Small enough (I bought the 10mm 2.8 kit) to fit in my jacket pocket: I wanted a camera to have with me all the time. I've tried micro 4/3 but they always feel like Hobson's choice, all the draw backs of a DSLR, none of the pluses of a compact.
2. Silent. I shoot street all the time. I find in a candid situation my DSLR's mirror clack was a deal breaker.
3. Handles noise sensibly. Up to ISO 400 noise is virtually not an issue. At 800 and 1600 The noise has a pleasant film like character, that favours sharpness over aggressive noise reduction.
4. There's some chance to exploit shallow depth of field. If you exploit your situation, ie your subject is close to, with a background isolated by some distance, the bokeh is quite nice. This is a 1" sensor and just can't do what a DSLR can in this area, but I've been surprised by how well the camera performs in this area, I'd expected performance more in line with a compact.
5. The Speed. Put simply it's blazing. In good light the auto focus locks instantaneously, then the camera will fill the buffer at 60 frames per second. This is changing the nature of my photographs.
6. The lenses. Right now there aren't many, but they're starting by offering the focal lengths you'd want, and they're really sharp. Very sharp indeed. The next lens I buy will be the 18.5mm f1.8, a 50mm equivalent.
I bought this camera after having read all the bad reviews out there, largely as my interest was sparked after the release of the Sony RX1, as it has the same dimension sensor. That and I kept on seeing great files from people using it. So I knew what I was getting into, and it did seem to tick a lot of my boxes.
The thing that really worried me was the lack of manual control. But Nikon seem to have really thought about the implementation of how the camera works. Set in manual mode the dial on the four way controls aperture, the toggle that zooms in play-back, shutter speed. I can change settings, shooting manually without having to look at the camera. The menu remembers where you were, so left on ISO, it's as quick in operation as a dedicated ISO button. Of course having to open the menu for A/S/P/M is a bump in speed, but a small one. The menu is compact and well thought out, better than almost all I've tried. Before using this I was using a Panasonic M4/3 camera, even with a touch screen, a plethora of external controls and dedicated buttons, I'm still spending far less time lost in messy menus
A couple of things I'm less keen on, none of these detract, just niggles: No Auto ISO 100-1600, you need to manually select 1600. Why no accessory port? I chose this over the V1 due to size... that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to use the external flash now and then. And worst of these gripes for me, I can't turn off auto review. I find that grates, I hate auto review, I like to set up then keep the flow going and avoid chimping whenever possible, the review disappears with the next half click, but still I find I miss shots because of it.
And so back to that missing star. The only time I use flash is at social events. I'm sure lots of people are the same. Well isn't that exactly when you want to freeze the action? Kids at a wedding, frenetic freak-outs at a party? Not a t 1/60 of a second you don't. My girlfriend uses a mid-ninties mid-range compact, that'll sync faster than this... How is that OK?
So... I'm over a month in now, I thought long and hard before buying and have (unusually for me) no buyers remorse. I look forward to seeing where this system goes, I think it'll be here for a while.
Even in the case I can pop this camera into a casual jacket pocket and I have taken this with me quite a bit and enjoyed finding my way around it.
There are a number of points which have accumulated to knock a star off a maximum five - almost like a booking for persistent fouling. None of these affect the camera performance. My first niggle was how the camera arrived; the box was clearly one intended and marked as the J1 body with 10-30mm and 30-100mm lens, although I was only buying the single zoom option (I'm guessing the seller had decided selling the long zoom separately was a sound idea). The next niggle was lack of paper instructions - either a traditional handbook or a quick start booklet. The last gripe was - who sells a lens without a lens hood these days? apparently Nikon do.
Out and actually using the camera has been a nice experience. The 1080 video is decent looking and the focus continues to work during filming (note 30fps, no 25fps option). In stills, I like the control available, that said most of the time you can stick on the automatic settings and get nice results. The pop up flash seems to be far enough off the lens axis to avoid red eyes, As a keen film maker I appreciate the timelapse feature.
I had a look at the J2 and J3 before buying and would say unless the J2 price drops significantly there is no obvious advantage in buying the J2. I certainly don't miss those gimmicky filters that have appeared in later J incarnations - you can add these on in post and in better quality.
So the bottom line - is the camera any good? I would have to say the results I have gotten have been terrific and I can certainly recommend this little gem of a camera. I was at a birthday party with a friend using a smart phone which on paper dwarfed the J1's 10mp sensor but when you saw the end results the Nikon wiped the floor with the smartphone (I can never work out the logic that a £500 smartphone is better value than a camera because it contains a 'free' camera) proving that a modest sensor well implemented will deliver top results.
I still use my Pentax kit for serious and long telephoto work but for daily needs the Nikon J1 has taken over.
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