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Nikon 1 J3

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Overall 9


Digitalcamera HQ
19 June 2014
  • Summary: Small, yet fast, the Nikon 1 J3 mirrorless model offers big performance in a small package.
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Nikon 1 J3

Steve's Digicams
26 August 2013
  • Excerpt: Nikon introduced two new 1-series models at CES 2013, the J3 and the S1. The main differences are these: the Nikon 1 J3 will retail in kit-form for about $100 more than the S1 because it features a larger 14.2 megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor and a slightly longer range 10-30mm zoom lens, and the ability to capture more photos in Smart Photo Selector Mode. However, the J3 does have an older, menu-based navigation system and a slightly less dynamic 160-400 ISO range.
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Overall 7

Nikon 1 J3 Review

15 May 2013
  • Conclusion: The ILC segment represents an interesting design challenge for camera manufacturers. They are a step-up from point-and-shoots, but a step-down of DSLR cameras – designing a camera to appeal to both types of users is a difficult task. With the Nikon 1 series, Nikon seems to have made a concerted effort to appeal more to the auto point-and-shoot user.
  • Pros: Light, compact stylish design, Great 3-inch 921k-Dot LCD, Fast autofocus
  • Cons: Average lens (10-30mm f/3.5-5.6), Lower quality images at higher ISO settings, Challenging ergonomics
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Overall 8

Nikon 1 J3 Review: Simple, Small, and Slick

Digital Camera Review
14 March 2013
  • Summary: Conclusion I enjoyed using the Nikon 1 J3. I like its small size, light weight feel and its modern, sleek appearance. The camera's buttons and controls, while small, work well and I appreciated the dedicated movie button. I was not fond of the camera's fragile pop-up flash, which could be a problem if used frequently. Performance is a strong point, as the J3 is reliably quick in all respects. It has very good image quality, even in low light, and excellent movie ability.
  • Pros: Small size, attractive appearance, Reliably quick performer, Very good image and movie quality, Many interesting features as well as manual controls
  • Cons: Requires frequent access to the menu, Fair battery life, Fragile pop-up flash
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Overall 5

Nikon 1 J3

Trusted Reviews
23 August 2013
  • Summary: Under featured. Over priced. What was Nikon thinking?
  • Pros: Prompt AF system, Stylish design, Good build quality
  • Cons: Noise at high ISO settings, Poor image quality, Badly-designed controls, Way too expensive
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Overall 8

Nikon 1 J3 Review

20 June 2013
  • Excerpt: The Nikon 1 J3 was launched in January 2013 alongside the S1 and is a compact mirrorless system with an extremely small body, fast continuous shooting and short release time lag. It is available with the 10-30mm lens in silver, red, white, black and beige for £485.
  • Pros: High speed shooting at 60fps, High resolution screen, Compact, stylish camera and lenses, Hybrid AF - Contrast and Phase Detection, Impressive image quality, Camera switches on when you unlock collapsible lenses, High speed video - 400/1200fps, Image resolution increased to 14.2 megapixels
  • Cons: Camera body doesn't have any rubber grip, 1200fps video quality isn't great, PSAM modes not easily selectable from mode dial, Shortish battery life
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Nikon 1 J3

19 April 2013
  • Excerpt: The Nikon 1 J3 is mostly made out of aluminium with magnesium alloy reinforced parts and is therefore heavier than you would think based on its size alone, weighing in at 201g for the body only (36g lighter than its predecessor, the J2). It also feels better made than the official product shots would have you believe.
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Overall 7

Nikon 1 J3 review

Pocket Lint
11 February 2013
  • Conclusion: The J3 may be slightly smaller, lighter and faster than its J2 predecessor but the change is all too slight, despite the exterior design rejig and menu overhaul. The camera definitely wins in the speed department and it takes decent pictures too. But the increase in resolution from 10- to 14-megapixels in this update hasn't pushed forward image quality as the 1-series still sits slightly behind current Micro Four Thirds cameras in this department.
  • Pros: Hybrid autofocus system is fast, small system size, fast burst mode with better buffer than before, new menu system an improvement compared to before
  • Cons: Sensor won't match up to larger equivalents, menu system still doesn't feel a total success, pricey (more so than predecessor), no hotshoe or possibility of a viewfinder, no ISO 100 option
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Overall 6

Nikon 1 J3 review

11 January 2013
  • Summary: The Nikon 1 J3 is the brand's latest compact system camera but does it bring enough to the table to compete with its rivals? The Nikon 1 J3 compact system camera follows on from the J2, bringing with it a smaller chassis, top dial and a brand new menu
  • Pros: Swift operation, Compact proportions, Can access 60+ Nikkor lenses, Swift operation, Compact proportions, Can access 60+ Nikkor lenses
  • Cons: A touch pricey, No hotshoe, No built-in stabilisation, A touch pricey, No hotshoe, No built-in stabilisation
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Обзор гибридных камер Nikon 1 J3 и 1 V2

31 March 2014
  • Summary: Компания Nikon вышла на рынок беззеркальных камер одной из последних, но уже довольно прочно закрепила там свои позиции благодаря доступной цене и неплохим характеристиками устройств. Сегодня поговорим сразу о двух моделях, которые пополнили линейку Nikon 1, а именно – Nikon 1 J3 и Nikon 1 V2. Оба устройства оснащены 14-мегапиксельной матрицей, двухпроцессорной системой обработки изображений EXPEED 3A и гибридным датчиком фокусировки.
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