Nikon 1 J4
- 18MP - 1" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 160 - 12800
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Nikon 1 Mount
- 232g - 100 x 60 x 29mm
- Announced April 2014
- Previous Model is Nikon 1 J3
- Later Model is Nikon 1 J5
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon 1 J4 overview
Nikon 1 J4 is Nikon's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first released on April of 2014. It comes with a 18 MegaPixel, CMOS 1" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5232 x 3488.
Nikon launched this model to upgrade the previous Nikon 1 J3 (Read Full Comparison) & then brought out the newer Nikon 1 J5 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.
The 1 J4 is placed #83 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #376 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized requirements.
Here is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon 1 J4 history
The Nikon 1 J4 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can find all past and current models alongside key specs.
1 J4 vs 1 J521MP1"20.0 fps2015
1 J4 vs 1 S214.2MP1"60.0 fps2014
1 J4 vs 1 V318MP1"60.0 fps2014
1 J4 vs 1 J314MP1"15.0 fps2013
1 J4 vs 1 AW114MP1"60.0 fps2013
1 J4 vs 1 S110MP1"15.0 fps2013
1 J4 vs 1 V214MP1"15.0 fps2012
1 J4 vs 1 J210MP1"10.0 fps2012
1 J4 vs 1 J110MP1"10.0 fps2012
1 J4 vs 1 V110MP1"10.0 fps2012
Nikon 1 J4 Gallery
You can look at the 1 J4 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon 1 J4 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon 1 J4 based on features which are generally seen as essential in a digital camera.
Nikon 1 J4 Sensor specs
The Nikon 1 J4 is powered by the Expeed 4 processor chip. The size of the sensor on the Nikon 1 J4 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5232 x 3488 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CMOS sensor has 18 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 160 to 12800. RAW format is saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath illustrates the 1 J4's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The 1 J4 sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is outlined in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon 1 J4 dimensions
Nikon 1 J4 weighs in at 0.51 lb (232 grams / 8.18 ounces) & has external size of 100mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 grams and the Nikon 1 J4 is lighter as compared to its rivals.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Here is a image of the Nikon 1 J4 beside a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.
The top view under will show the button design on the 1 J4.
Nikon 1 J4 Lens details
The 1 J4 fits the Nikon 1 mount and has 13 lenses on sale. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the 1 J4.
Nikon 1 J4 Connectivity
The 1 J4 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer images and oftentimes adjust camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Nikon 1 J4 Video details
The highest video resolution on the Nikon 1 J4 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance for video quality vs file size but FULL HD won't leave you with any room to downsample. The body doesn't include a microphone or headphone port so you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to get a different model in case you need better audio for your videos.
Nikon 1 J4 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Nikon 1 J4 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.
Nikon 1 J4 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon 1 J4 comes with a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.
Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can set focus points plus change settings with your fingers.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specs for Nikon 1 J4 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are very valuable.
Nikon 1 J4 Shutter details
Nikon 1 J4 continuous shooting rate is 60.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter can cause "rolling shutter" in some circumstances.
Nikon 1 J4 Flash and Hot shoe details
Nikon 1 J4 comes with just built-in flash lacking external flash ability.
Nikon 1 J4 Autofocus details
Nikon 1 J4 comes with both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which can be useful for portraits.
The Sensor comes with 171 focus points to select from. Nikon 1 J4 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to change focus. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Nikon 1 J4 lacks manual focus. Manual focus mode can be good for low light situations or you need more accurate focus control.
Nikon 1 J4 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL22) for the Nikon 1 J4 is fashioned to last for 300 pictures as per the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser in comparison with it's competition. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini comes with the highest (650) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:
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Nikon 1 J4 for different styles of photography
The following chart gives a overview of the Nikon 1 J4 for different styles of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Nikon 1 J4 Portrait photography highlights
The Nikon 1 J4 gets a score of 56 which is moderate, and means the camera is relatively appropriate to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the option to work with off-camera lighting.
Nikon 1 J4 Street photography info
Getting a above average points tally of 74, the Nikon 1 J4 is a very decent pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Nikon 1 J4 Sports photography details
A very good sports photography score of 62 means the Nikon 1 J4 is a very decent choice for shooting sports. A camera should have very good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon 1 J4
Size is very crucial when picking a travel camera. All round, the Nikon 1 J4 gets a above average 69 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to buy for your vacations.
Nikon 1 J4 Landscape photography info
For anyone planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon 1 J4 with it's decent score of 56 as a landscape camera is somewhat acceptable within the current market.
Nikon 1 J4 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Nikon 1 J4 is just not good for vlogging as it comes to a bad score of 34.
Nikon 1 J4 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the 1 J4, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line chart underneath will give you a summary of the 1 J4 vs it's highest scored competitors mentioned earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might have a look at as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.