Nikon 1 J1
- 10MP - 1" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 6400
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Nikon 1 Mount
- 234g - 106 x 61 x 30mm
- Revealed January 2012
- Updated by Nikon 1 J2
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon 1 J1 overview
Nikon 1 J1 is Nikon's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first released on January of 2012. It comes with a 10 MegaPixel, CMOS 1" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3872 x 2592.
Nikon introduced the fresher Nikon 1 J2 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this camera.
The 1 J1 is placed #104 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all-around #482 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your custom factors.
The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon 1 J1 family
The Nikon 1 J1 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can check out all older and the latest models alongside main specifications.
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Nikon 1 J1 Gallery
You can look at the 1 J1 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon 1 J1 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Nikon 1 J1 based on things that are oftentimes seen as essential in a camera.
Nikon 1 J1 Sensor specs
The dimension of the sensor in the Nikon 1 J1 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3872 x 2592 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CMOS sensor has 10 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has more margin for error.
The graphic below shows the 1 J1's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The 1 J1 sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is presented in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon 1 J1 dimensions
Nikon 1 J1 weighs about 0.52 lbs (234g or 8.25 oz) & has outer measurements of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327g so the Nikon 1 J1 is lighter as compared to other rivals.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The following is a pic of the Nikon 1 J1 beside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the 1 J1.
Nikon 1 J1 Lens details
The 1 J1 uses the Nikon 1 mount and has 13 lenses on the market today. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the 1 J1.
Nikon 1 J1 Connectivity
The 1 J1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can send pictures and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting straight with the camera.
A few apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Nikon 1 J1 Video details
The highest video resolution in the Nikon 1 J1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance in quality vs file size but FULL HD is not going to give you any room to downsample. The body doesn't include a microphone or headphone port which means you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to take a look at a different camera if you need better sound for your video clips.
Nikon 1 J1 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Nikon 1 J1 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.
Nikon 1 J1 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon 1 J1 comes with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 460k dots.
Please note that the screen has no touch support.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The View Finder specifications for Nikon 1 J1 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are very useful.
Nikon 1 J1 Shutter details
Nikon 1 J1 is able to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s. The camera also provides silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might produce "rolling shutter" under some conditions.
Nikon 1 J1 Flash and Hot shoe details
Nikon 1 J1 features just built in flash with no external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/60s.
Nikon 1 J1 Autofocus details
Nikon 1 J1 features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing.
The AF system comes with 135 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Nikon 1 J1 boasts manual focusing if required in low light occasions or you need to have more precise control on focusing.
Nikon 1 J1 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL20) on the Nikon 1 J1 is built to last for 230 shots according to the CIPA benchmarks which is less in comparison with it's competitors. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini has the highest (650) battery life in this type of cameras.
Here is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:
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Nikon 1 J1 for different categories of photography
The following chart shows a analysis of the Nikon 1 J1 for different categories of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section below.
Nikon 1 J1 Portrait photography details
The Nikon 1 J1 gets a points tally of 48 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat suited to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos plus the ability to utilize external lighting.
Nikon 1 J1 Street photography advice
Having a very good score of 69, the Nikon 1 J1 is a fine fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Nikon 1 J1 Sports photography highlights
A modest sports photography score of 49 means the Nikon 1 J1 is somewhat suited for photographing sports. A camera really should have great tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon 1 J1 Travel photography details
Weight is really critical in buying a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon 1 J1 gets a reasonable 60 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably acceptable for your journeys.
Nikon 1 J1 Landscape photography information
For anybody planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon 1 J1 with it's average score of 56 as a landscape camera is relatively suited in the current marketplace.
Nikon 1 J1 Vlogging details
A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Nikon 1 J1 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a low score of 30.
Nikon 1 J1 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the 1 J1, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The diagram underneath gives you an overview of the 1 J1 versus it's highest scored competitors mentioned above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might look into as alternative options. To check out a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.