Nikon 1 J3
- 14MP - 1" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 160 - 6400
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Nikon 1 Mount
- 201g - 101 x 61 x 29mm
- Introduced November 2013
- Previous Model is Nikon 1 J2
- Renewed by Nikon 1 J4
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon 1 J3 summary
Nikon 1 J3 is Nikon's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera originally revealed on November of 2013. The camera features a 14MP, CMOS 1" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3072.
Nikon brought out this model in order to replace the older Nikon 1 J2 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently released the newer Nikon 1 J4 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to update this model.
The 1 J3 stands at #88 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and overall #398 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.
Here is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.
Nikon 1 J3 history
The Nikon 1 J3 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the detailed list underneath.
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Nikon 1 J3 Gallery
You can look at the 1 J3 from various angles in the gallery here.
Nikon 1 J3 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon 1 J3 based on features which are normally regarded as important in a digital camera.
Nikon 1 J3 Sensor information
The sensor measurement in the Nikon 1 J3 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3072 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor boasts 14MP and includes a standard ISO range of 160 - 6400. RAW photos are supported which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath illustrates the 1 J3's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The 1 J3 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is showcased in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Nikon 1 J3 dimensions
Nikon 1 J3 weighs 0.44 pounds (201g or 7.09 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 101mm x 61mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327g so the Nikon 1 J3 is less heavy as compared to other competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Here is a image of the Nikon 1 J3 beside a soda so you're able to have a sense of its size.
The top view just below will show you the button layout on the 1 J3.
Nikon 1 J3 Lens information
The 1 J3 fits the Nikon 1 mount and has 13 lenses currently available. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the 1 J3.
Nikon 1 J3 Connectivity
The 1 J3 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send files and usually alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.
A few apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Nikon 1 J3 Video information
The highest possible video quality in the Nikon 1 J3 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance for video quality and file size but 1080p isn't going to leave you with much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone port which means you have got absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at another model should you require decent audio in your videos.
Nikon 1 J3 Weather Sealing
Nikon 1 J3 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions could ruin the camera.
Nikon 1 J3 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon 1 J3 features a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 921k dots.
Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon 1 J3 are below:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders will be rather helpful.
Nikon 1 J3 Shutter information
Nikon 1 J3 has the capability to shoot continuously at 15.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter may cause "rolling shutter" in some circumstances.
Nikon 1 J3 Flash and Hot shoe information
Nikon 1 J3 boasts just inbuilt flash without external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/60 seconds.
Nikon 1 J3 Autofocusing information
Nikon 1 J3 boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and exact as compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
The AF system features 135 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Nikon 1 J3 has manual focus in case it is needed for low light conditions or you want to have more precise control on focus.
Nikon 1 J3 Battery life
The battery life (EN-EL20) on the Nikon 1 J3 is made to last for 220 shots as per the CIPA measurements making it less in comparison with its competition. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini features the best (650) battery life for this category of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the best battery life:
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Nikon 1 J3 for various forms of photography
The following bar chart gives a summary of the Nikon 1 J3 for various forms of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon 1 J3 Portrait photography advice
The Nikon 1 J3 receives a score of 59 which is moderate, and means the camera is reasonably suitable for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & ability to use off-camera flash.
Street photography with Nikon 1 J3
With a very good score of 70, the Nikon 1 J3 is a good pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Nikon 1 J3 Sports photography info
A decent sports photography points total of 58 indicates the Nikon 1 J3 is somewhat acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon 1 J3
Weight is really crucial in getting a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon 1 J3 gets a above average 69 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent pick to take on your journeys.
Nikon 1 J3 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon 1 J3 at it's very good score of 64 for a landscape camera is a good fit within the current market.
Nikon 1 J3 Vlogging features
A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon 1 J3 is not really very good for vlogging as it receives a bad rating of 30.
Nikon 1 J3 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the 1 J3, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall into the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line chart here offers you a bird's eye view of the 1 J3 compared to it's highest rated competitors listed earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you might look at as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.