Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4 front

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 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #377 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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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.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-1-J5 front thumbnailNikon 1 J5
1 J4 vs 1 J5
21MP1"20.0 fps2015
Nikon-1-S2 front thumbnailNikon 1 S2
1 J4 vs 1 S2
14.2MP1"60.0 fps2014
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Nikon-1-J4 front thumbnailNikon 1 J418MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-V3 front thumbnailNikon 1 V3
1 J4 vs 1 V3
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-J3 front thumbnailNikon 1 J3
1 J4 vs 1 J3
14MP1"15.0 fps2013
Nikon-1-AW1 front thumbnailNikon 1 AW1
1 J4 vs 1 AW1
14MP1"60.0 fps2013
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Nikon-1-S1 front thumbnailNikon 1 S1
1 J4 vs 1 S1
10MP1"15.0 fps2013

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.

change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
decent MP (18 megapixels)
exports RAW files
flash built-in
good sensor size (1")
has HDMI port
has phase detect autofocus
has touch focus
high max fps (60.0 frames/s)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
lighter than competition in class (232g)
screen size is decent (3")
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
touch screen
very good screen resolution (1,037 thousand dot)
bad battery power (300 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no headphone port
no manual focus
no microphone port
no Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 329 grams and the Nikon 1 J4 is lighter as compared to its rivals.

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Here is a image of the Nikon 1 J4 beside a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.

Nikon 1 J4 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button design on the 1 J4.

Nikon 1 J4 topview buttons dials

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.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-1-Nikkor-18.5mm-f1.8 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f1.819mmf/1.8 70g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-30mm-f3.5-5.6-PD-Zoom lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom10-30mmf/3.5-5.6 85g
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Nikon-1-Nikkor-11-27.5mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.611-27.5mmf/3.5-5.6 83g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-10mm-f2.8 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f2.810mmf/2.8 77g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-100mm-f4.5-5.6-PD-Zoom lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom10-100mmf/4.5-5.6 515g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-AW-10mm-f2.8 lensNikon 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.810mmf/2.8 118g
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Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-70-300mm-f4.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.670-300mmf/4.5-5.6 560g
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest (750) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:

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.

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decent megapixels (18MP)
good sensor size (1")
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support

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.

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decent sensor size (1")
supports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
lighter than competitors (232 grams)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization

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.

Photography Glossary
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (60.0 fps)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking focus
comes with phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery pack (300 shots)

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.

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lighter than competition (232 grams)
offers touch to focus
resolution is good (18MP)
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse function
low battery life (300 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly

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.

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switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good MP (18 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
exports RAW files
lack of manual focus
no image stabilization
bad battery power (300 per charge)
missing Timelapse mode

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.

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touchscreen functionality
features face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (232 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have microphone jack

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.

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General Information
Brand Name
Nikon 1 J4
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed 4
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
5232 x 3488
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Nikon 1
Available lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
60.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.00 m (ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill-flash, fill-flash w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, off
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1472 x 984 (60p, 30p)
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
232 gr (0.51 pounds)
Physical dimensions
100 x 60 x 29mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Battery life
300 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at launch