Conclusion: Although the Nikon 1 J1 has a lot of pluses, we feel the negatives (and the competition) make it difficult to recommend unreservedly. It’s a good, but not great, camera. We’ve used the $449 Olympus Pen Mini E-PM1 and Sony’s latest NEX cameras , such as the NEX-5N. Although they too have their flaws, overall they’re better than the J1. We hope Ashton steps up for the next generation of Nikon 1 models.
Pros: Nikon’s first mirrorless camera, Quality images in good light, solid videos, Digital noise well under control
Cons: Photos not as good as competitors, Limited selection of lenses, Dated menu system
Excerpt: Since 2008, mirrorless digital cameras with interchangeable lenses have been gaining popularity. So far the major players include Olympus and Panasonic’s Micro Four-Thirds system and Sony’s NEX , plus the Pentax Q introduced in mid 2011. On September 21, 2011, Nikon announced its long awaited mirrorless entry called the Nikon One system. Initially this system consists of two bodies, the consumer-oriented J1 and the higher-end V1 plus four lenses and accessories.
Summary: The J1 will reward point-and-shoot upgraders with a noticeable bump in image quality, but it often fails to deliver acceptable results in lower-light settings when operated in its fully automated mode.
Pros: Good image quality (comparable to 12MP Micro Four Thirds sensor output), Very good, print-ready JPEGs - nice color reproduction, and a good balance of NR/detail, Fast and accurate phase-detection tracking AF as part of adaptive 'Hybrid' AF system, Exceptional continuous shooting rates - up to 60 fps, Effective (automatic) in-camera correction of fringing/CA and vignetting in JPEG files, Smart Photo Selector works very well in day-to-day shooting (and is great for grou...
Cons: Conservative Auto ISO behavior can result in dangerously slow shutter speeds indoors (especially frustrating for social photography and continuous-advance shots of indoor sports), No 'live' simulation of exposure compensation, nor on-screen histogram, Few direct access buttons and no 'quick menu' - some basic exposure parameters (such as ISO, white balance and exposure mode) can only be accessed via the main menu, Very little customization possible, No control over Hy...
It's Nikon's smallest interchangeable-lens camera yet, but is it worth $650?
27 October 2011
Summary: Calling the J1 a high-end camera is like putting a Honda engine into a Ferrari's body, and calling it a Ferrari. The Nikon J1 looks and feels like the expensive camera it is (except for that flash), but if you peek under the hood you'll find a sub-par engine (the sensor, in this case). Like a Honda, the J1 works pretty well, and even has some clever features baked in -- but if you're paying for a Ferrari you expect a Ferrari, and that's just not what the Nikon J1 is.
Pros: Good-looking, Very fast focusing and shooting, Multiple available lenses
Cons: Sensor is more point-and-shoot than DSLR, Way too expensive, Terrible low-light image quality
Summary: The Nikon 1 J1 comes in a variety of kit options. With the 10-30mm zoom it’s £549 (RRP) and the 10mm pancake it’s £599. For £699 you can get the 10-30mm and 30-110mm twin lens kit. This makes the J1 competitive with rivals especially considering that the street price is likely to be a little lower. Although the J1’s sensor is smaller than its competitors it does offer many features that they don’t.
Pros: Small size, Build quality, Impressive image quality at most settings
Cons: Poor battery life, Manual controls buried, Some missing features
Excerpt: The Nikon 1 J1 (priced from $649) is the entry-level model in Nikon's brand new line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The 1-System cameras feature a new 10 Megapixel CX-format sensor, which is smaller than Micro Four Thirds and APS-C, but larger than what you'll find on compact cameras and the Pentax Q. It also uses new CX-mount lenses, which have a 2.7X crop factor. Image stabilization is built into select lenses, rather into the body itself.
Summary: We haven’t yet warmed up to Nikon’s System 1. We think the target audience will more likely want robust image-sharing options than a collection of lenses. Will these buyers spring for a 10–100mm (27–270mm equivalent) f/4.5–5.6 that costs $750, street? We doubt they will.
Summary: The Nikon 1 system feels very different to the other compact system cameras, and although the J1 and V1 are undoubtedly sophisticated cameras that will have their place in the market, neither model really seems to meet the demands of the advanced photographer.
While the J1, as the entry-level version, can be forgiven for its lack of direct access to functions such as exposure modes, it could still be made more adaptable by including the regular PASM settings on the mode...