Excerpt: The Nikon 1 J1 was Nikon’s first Compact System Camera (CSC), introduced in 2011/2012. The new J3 has a new image sensor with higher resolution (14MP instead of 10MP) and some additional features. It is still a very compact camera and just about the smallest CSC system now available.
Summary: 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...
Pros: Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy, providing excellent quality and color, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record - in most shooting modes, Full-size stills can be captured while recording full 1080p video with no interruption, Excellent video quality, Extremely fast Hybrid...
Cons: Some noticeable noise in all images, Program mode images did not compare to Auto mode, Very weak pop-up flash, No hotshoe for external flash, No input for external audio
Summary: Nikon’s 1 series of CSCs and its collection of CX-compatible lenses continues to grow, and is possibly shaping up to be a nice little system, but the J3 shows that it still has a long way to go.
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.
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
Summary: Nikon first introduced its small, mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras, the 1 J1 and the 1 V1 (similar to the J1 but with the addition of a viewfinder) in 2011. Nikon was a little late in the game, as Olympus and Panasonic had already released more than one generation of 4/3 sensor cameras...
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
Summary: Image quality of this mirrorless depends on what it is compared against. Its 2.7X crop-factor sensor puts it well ahead of of most fixed-lens cameras but also behind the majority of mirrorless ones, including its predecessor, the J2 Nikon 1 J2 which uses larger pixels in its 10 megapixels sensor.
Pros: Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light, Excellent metering, Realistic image colors, Good white-balance, Usable up to ISO 6400 for small prints, Instant shutter-lag, Virtually no blackout, Fast shot-to-shot speed, Quick and responsive, Sharp and crisp LCD with fast refresh rate, Ultra quiet, Ve...
Cons: Above average image noise for a mirrorless, General image softness, Limited dynamic range, Limited lens selection, Not, Very few direct controls, Short battery-life, ¾s video delay, AF and MF sounds get recorded during video, Wrong framing of video in image mode