Nikon 1 J3 Digital Mirrorless Camera

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Nikon 1 J3 The Nikon 1 J3 Digital Mirrorless Camera is a high speed mirrorless compact. The 1 J3 contains a CMOS 13.2mm x 8.8mm image sensor while an EXPEED 3A Imaging Processor delivers hybrid high speed autofocus as fast as 15 fps of continuous shooting. A 14.2MP sensor featuring a 160 to 6400 ISO range provides for detailed-color-accurate and clear, imaging even in poor-light situations. Both 12-bit RAW and JPEG photo capture are also at your disposal. Additionally, the 1 J3 delivers 60 fps Full 080i HD video complete with with stereo sound. Simultaneous acquisition allows you to photograph stills while capturing video and even toggle back to video mode at a single button touch.

A TFT 3.0 inch color LCD monitor containing 921k-dots of resolution supplies framing and playback analysis and the Live Image Control lets you observe the setting changes you make right on the screen before you press the shutter button. Best Moment Capture lets you see the live activity in Slow View as a way to acquire the best motion and moment Snapshot allows you to combine a still image with a slow motion movie for total documentation of a single moment in time.

With a stylish, intuitive layout along with assistive features, the Nikon 1 J3 is perfect for any photographer skill level. Smart Photo Selector, can acquire 20 frames within a single burst and then choose the best 5 pics to display. The Nikon 1 J3 also features a on-board flash unit that will add the correct lighting amount when situations call for it automatically.

The 1 J3 accepts all 1 NIKKOR Nikon lenses and a kit includes a 10-30mm VR f/3.5-5.6 zoom, which is an ideal first camera lens as it offers wide-angle thru portrait capabilities featuring focal lengths which range from 27mm thru 81mm in an equivalent 35mm format.

Very lightweight and compact featuring internal focusing, the lens is made up of 3 aspherical elements for diminishing aberration Super Integrated Coating on the elements to reduce flare and ghosting. It includes the Nikon Vibration Reduction stabilizer to compensate for any camera shake to deliver clearer images in poor light and while shooting telephoto images.

The available mobile WU-1b adapter lets you easily transfer images wirelessly from your 1 J3 to a tablet or smart phone and even control your camera remotely from your phone.

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Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless  
Max resolution 4608 x 3072  
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 14.2 megapixels  
Sensor size 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
White balance presets 6  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Unknown  
Uncompressed format RAW  
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
Digital zoom No  
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 135  
Lens mount Nikon 1 mount  
Focal length multiplier 2.7  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 921,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/16000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)  
Flash range 5 m  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain  
Continuous drive Yes (15 fps)  
Self-timer Yes  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation -35 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Type C)  
Wireless Optional  
Remote control Yes (Optional ML-L3)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL20 rechargeable battery & charger  
Weight (inc. batteries) 201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz)  
Dimensions 101 x 61 x 29 mm (3.98 x 2.4 x 1.14")  
Other features
Timelapse recording Yes  
GPS None


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Nikon 1 J3 Mirrorless Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5