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.
Summary: Compared to its Nikon 1 J2 predecessor, the J3 is a much improved camera. In essence, the J3 is the V2 in a compact, viewfinder-less body, geared to the casual user. It can take a while to work your way around the camera, with manual control tucked away and some auto shooting modes that could do...
Summary: Can Nikon's smallest CSC deliver the goods?
Pros: Good screen, Smart Photo Selector, Small size, The body redesign to make this the smallest and lightest CSC on the market (with a decent) sensor size makes it an attractive camera for carrying around on a day-to-day basis.
Cons: Small sensor, No viewfinder, Not a touchscreen, It's a huge shame that the camera performed badly in our labs tests.
Summary: In what must be one of the quickest releases in recent memory, the new J3 replaces the previous J2 model after a mere 4 months on the shelves. Featuring the same 14 megapixel sensor as the flagship V2 and a more simplified control layout than the J2, the J3 is now the middle model in the Nikon 1...
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.
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