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Nikon 1 J2 Compact System Camera with 10-30mm Lens Kit - White (10.1MP) 3 inch LCD

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  • Super high-speed AF CMOS image sensor enables detailed 10.1 megapixel images of fast-moving subjects in any light.
  • Powerful EXPEED 3 image processor is equipped with two powerful engines that can process images at an incredible 600 megapixels per second.
  • Motion Snapshot harnesses the camera's processing speed to simultaneously record a slow motion movie and a still image.
  • Smart Photo Selector shoots up to 20 high-resolution images before and after you release the shutter, then saves your 'best' five for you to choose from.
  • Creative Mode applies filters and effects to still images before you shoot and access PSAM shooting modes for total control.

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Colour Name: White | Size Name: 10-30mm Lens Kit

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Colour: White | Size: 10-30mm Lens Kit
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.6 x 6.1 cm ; 236 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 921 g
  • Item model number: Nikon 1 J2 Single Lens Kit - White
  • ASIN: B008V9FTTE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Aug. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,540 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Colour Name:White  |  Size Name:10-30mm Lens Kit

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Creative Expressions with Delightful Ease

The perfect shot waits for no one. Thanks to Nikon you can now own a camera that not only ensures you stay one click ahead of the action with fast intelligent performance, but can fuel your imagination with the all-new versatile Creative Mode to inspire the finest work of art. The Nikon 1 J2 was designed by people who know photography, with portability and effortless operation in mind. With high-speed autofocus and functions such as Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector, the exceptional Nikon 1 J2 allows you to capture artistic memories that will last a lifetime.

Minimal size and impeccable design in perfect functional harmony.
Ergonomically designed for comfortable handling and intuitive operation.

Available in a range of colours with compact 1 NIKKOR lenses to match, the clever Nikon 1 J2 is a true digital imaging system operating between the boundaries of still and moving imagery to capture those defining moments you would otherwise miss.

The Perfect Companion for Photographers on the Move

This slender, pocket sized camera is ultra-portable, perfect for any party, a trip to the park or for those globetrotters who like to travel light. Not much bigger than the average smart phone, this camera is surprisingly lightweight for an interchangeable-lens digital camera. Available in a range of six colours from a high gloss white finish to stunning pink with matching lenses for a cool appearance, this camera really is impeccable in design.

Intuitive Operation

The bright 921k-dot , 7.5cm (3-in) LCD monitor, with protective glass allows a wide-viewing angle, perfect for studying every detail in your photos and movies–indoors or out. With clear menus featuring easy-to-understand icons, minimal operational buttons, a built-in flash and a conveniently placed mode dial, you won’t be fumbling with numerous camera controls when trying to capture that key shot. When you really don’t want to think about a thing, you can shoot in auto mode and let the Scene Auto Selector choose the best camera settings for you. With the high-quality imaging technology and the myriad of other advanced functions the operation remains simplicity itself.

Focussing on Speed and Performance

Phase-detection AF, focuses accurately and quickly on moving subjects.
Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor: focuses faster and more accurately than ever before.

With the fastest autofocus system (AF) in the world[1], unique shooting modes, and brilliant low-light performance, this camera boasts all you need to capture standout stills and movies.

Always striving to deliver the best performance, Nikon’s super high-speed CX-format, AF CMOS image sensor ensures your subject will always be captured in stunning detail. Developed to offer the ideal balance between speed, light sensitivity, resolution and depth-of-field it enables detailed 10.1-megapixel images of subjects moving at any speed, and any light.

The powerful EXPEED 3 image processor has been 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 per second, the Nikon 1 J2 has superior noise reduction and with this technology allows the camera to operate with groundbreaking shooting modes.

The Advanced hybrid AF (autofocus) system focuses so fast you can capture moments without any delay. This mechanism instantly switches between Phase-Detection AF for shiny or moving subjects, and Contrast Detect AF if your subject is stationary, or poorly lit. 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.

Shooting Modes to Amaze

Nikon 1 shooting modes have been developed to offer results that will amaze you and anyone who sees them. Designed to let you capture shots you never would have believed possible, these innovative functions can start recording images before you fully press the shutter button and continue after you’ve clicked.

Groundbreaking technology captures fleeting movements and emotions in a snapshot.
Motion Snapshot - Creates a "living image" and captures a moment in time as never before.

Motion Snapshot incorporates the vibrancy of a movie into a still picture, bringing a photo to life in just one click. Easily accessed via the mode dial and using the camera’s ability to capture images before you fully press the shutter button, it 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” and capture a moment in time as never before. You can also select a tune from 4 different types of music available, to add emotion to the moment.

Smart Photo Selector provides you with the opportunity to seize the perfect picture in a split second. Pressing the shutter at exactly the right moment to capture a baby’s fleeting smile or that winning goal, is not always easy. With Nikon’s pre/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 20 high-resolution images in quick succession. The best shot is instantly displayed on the monitor, and four reserve shots are saved. It automatically deletes the images that have out-of frame figures, blinking eyes or are blurred. The camera recommends shots based on factors such as facial expression, composition, and focus, so you’ll never again miss that smiling face.

Continuous shooting: Action at 60 frames per second
Unparalleled levels of speed and precision. With the world’s fastest continuous shot[1].

High-speed continuous shooting tracks the moving subject and captures a stunningly sharp image in an eternity of a split second. Engineered to deliver full-resolution images at up to 60 frames per second[2], 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.

With Advanced movie recording you can shoot full HD movies so you can enjoy your creations on the big screen TV with your friends and family. Record Full HD movies up to 20 minutes (1920 x 1080/60i or 1920 x 1080/30p) or up to 29 minutes (1280 x 720/60p). You can also capture high-resolution still images (3840 x 2160, aspect ratio 16:9) by pressing the shutter-release button even while shooting a movie without interruption or shutter sound. And for dramatic effect you can shoot footage in extreme slow motion at either 400 fps(640 x 240/30P) or 1200 fps (320 x 120/30P).

The all-new Creative Mode applies filters and effects to still images before you shoot, so you can enjoy a fresh, fun view of the world. Or if you’re happy with the existing view but want to enhance it, fit it all into one shot, or ensure it is perfectly lit, the Nikon 1 J2 can assist.

Capture sweeping views in Easy Panorama
Easy Panorama: capture the grand scenery before your eyes in one shot.

A dynamic Panorama image is easy to capture by simply moving the camera following the monitor display. The camera lets you move vertically or horizontally to create magnificent 180 or 360-degree panoramas.

The Night Landscape and Night Portrait functions capture clear photos in low light by instantly combining multiple shots taken at fast shutter speeds. For portraits the camera automatically combines images of the background and the subject captured with the flash, to fully render both the subject and the background. Backlighting HDR (high dynamic range) controls overexposure and underexposure to render a well-balanced, natural image with little noise and with an extensive range of tones.

The night settings fully render both the subject and the background
Express your creativity and capture the perfect night portrait.

Turn a familiar scene into a world of toys with the Miniature effect. A diorama-like image can be created simply by placing focus at the centre of the screen. Express your creativity through the Selective colour option by emphasising specific objects or points in the landscape with colour while turning the rest to monochrome. Activating the Soft tool creates a gentle romantic-looking shot by applying a blurred frame to a sharply focussed image.

Finally the PSAM shooting modes give you the choice as to which elements of exposure - aperture or shutter speed - you wish to control.

A Powerhouse of Imaging Innovation

The family of 1 NIKKOR interchangeable lenses cover practically every type of scene, are all optimized for movie recording, and boast a compact design for superior portability. 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, and the camera's multi-accessory port gives you the freedom to expand your system even further.

[1] Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses 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 f/3.5–5.6), as of June 1, 2012.

[2] When shooting full-size images with the Nikon 1 J2, you can shoot at approx. 60 fps for up to 12 frames. Focus mode is set at AF-S; focus and exposure for the first frame is fixed.

Box Contains

Nikon 1 J2 Camera Body - White
1 NIKKOR 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 Neck Strap
ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator CD
User's Manual
Reference Manual CD

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Size: 10-30mm Lens KitColour: Black Verified Purchase
Good product, worked well
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Size: 10-30mm Lens KitColour: White Verified Purchase
Initially I was extremely disappointed with this product, purely from the packaging. The box had clearly been open and repacked, badly. The camera seems almost second hand. The strap is filthy and therefore I won't be using. In fact I will request a refund. Its a lot of money to spend for such bad quality.
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Size: 10-30mm Lens KitColour: Black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The J2 is a modest update to the Nikon 1 J1, improving the resolution of the LCD screen and making the creative modes more accessible by adding them to the control dial rather than purely through menus. I guess "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" has applied here, as the J1 was a success.

The camera body is small, metal and feels as high quality as you would expect from Nikon. However, I have largish hands and long fingers and struggled to hold it comfortably. There is no handgrip or protrusion on the front of the body and just a small area next to the rear control dial for your thumb. I have a Sony NEX-7 and find that reasonably comfortable to hold one-handed; because the Nikon is smaller still, I was continually worried that it might slip from my hand. My wife has smaller hands and found it more suitable. It's not a huge issue but something to bear in mind.

The 10-30mm lens retracts into itself via a locking button, and must be released before the camera can be used. The unlocking mechanism also usefully switches on the camera so there is no two-step fumbling when that once-in-a-lifetime scene appears. With lens attached the camera will fit into a coat pocket but is still slightly bulkier than a compact with fully retractable zoom. Talking fully-retractable, there is a small pop-up flash built-in and, since there is no hot shoe, usefully has a range of flash functions from anti-red eye to fill-in.

The rear control dial allows the camera to be left in fully-auto mode (green symbol) or switched to other modes, some of which have various sub-modes. For example the Creative mode lets you choose from a particular type of image (such as Night Portrait, Soft or panorama) or select the more advanced Aperture or Shutter priorities and Manual.
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Disappointing, not as wide angle as it would suggest
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Size: 10-30mm & 30-110mm Double Lens KitColour: Red
Got this for a fantastic price as a lightning deal. I'm basing my review on that really low price.

Why I like it:
1" Sensor, better than any phone sensor and larger than a point & shoot compact. An APC-C sensor is wasted on me as I don't make massive prints or need low light capabilities and the larger dynamic range etc.
Excellent build quality in both body and lenses.
Comfortable in hand and compact size. People don't feel uncomfortable around a smaller colourful camera. DSLRs can be intimidating.
Silent electronic shutter
Fast enough auto focus with contrast and phase detection
Matching lens hood in the box
Great image quality
The LCD screen is very good. Unfortunately it doesn't pull out or tilt, but it doesn't lag at all. It's soooo smooth. I have tried other cameras where the LCD screen lags and this is just fantastic.
I don't know if this sounds strange but I prefer the image size/shape that this camera produces rather than micro four thirds that has more of a squared shape.

What disappoints me:
No wifi, need to buy an eye-fi card

Also I read that changing the vibration reduction/image stabilization to 'Normal' will prevent blurred images, because strangely it's set to 'active' by default when it should be on Normal.

Update: I've now bought the 18.5mm lens and taken over 1000 photos. I absolutely love this camera. My 30-110mm lens is sharper than my 10-30mm kit lens and the 18.5mm is probably the best lens. I couldn't live without the 30-110mm, it's brilliant for photos of animals on day trips. I've been having a lot of fun with the J2 and in a year or 2 i'll upgrade to the J4 when it's cheap enough.
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By ray on 19 Nov. 2015
Size: 10-30mm Lens KitColour: White Verified Purchase
This item was faulty
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Size: 10-30mm & 30-110mm Double Lens KitColour: Red Verified Purchase
I had a nice little Fuji F200 and a Pentax k-r DSL and a Samsung camcorder and never quite knew which to take. So I did quite a bit of research into small cameras with larger sensors. I quickly realized that the laws of physics mean that the small bodied cameras with big APS sensors require SLR-sized lenses too - and none of them will take my Pentax lenses anyway. So those seem pointless. Micro four thirds looked like a good compromise but they seem expensive, especially extra lenses. My brother was on the same mission and in the end went for a Sony RX100: 1" sensor, very expensive but pocketable. I wanted almost that sort of portability but more variety of lenses.

The Nikon 1 range looked interesting but pricey. Then after the J3 came out I found the red J2 with twin zoom lenses on offer at a very attractive price (well under £400) at amazon and went for it. The real clincher was the 27-300mm zoom coverage of the two kit lenses plus the availability of the fast F1.8 50mm prime lens (that can wait for my birthday). I've now taken my first 100 shots, mostly with no flash in very poor light, and am very impressed. Portability is great. The camera comes with a body cap and both lenses have caps both ends. That means I can get body and both lenses into a slim leather shoulder bag, all separate. Attaching and changing lenses is very quick indeed and I haven't found it as much of an issue as I though having to change lenses around the 80mm boundary. But it would still be more sensible to have some overlap between the wide and long zoom lenses. I've shot mostly in aperture priority mode and that works pretty well. It's a bit odd having to dive into the menu system for something as basic as ISO settings but it seems to remember where you last went so it's not too much bother.
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