Conclusion: The Nikon J1 is in many ways like the V1. It boasts the same Âshooting and fast autofocus performance but comes in a more compact form factor. The J1 will fit the need of a novice shooter - it's an easy-to-use Âcamera and in some areas it performs as well as a mid-range DSLR. Strangely, it lacks the usual in-camera filter modes found on other MILC which would appeal to beginners.
Pros: : Portable; fast autofocus and burst shooting; good image quality.
Cons: : No EVF; shorter battery life; LCD has lower resolution.
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
Conclusion: The Nikon J1 is a compact interchangeable lens camera that is capable of capturing sharp images at incredible speeds. Its autofocus is extremely quick and accurate, and the included lens delivers consistently sharp results.
Pros: Compact size. Fast, accurate autofocus. Good low-light performance. Built-in flash. Silent operation.
Cons: Pricey. Fixed LCD. No accessory port. Slow-motion video is not high-def. Limited lens selection.
Summary: The J1 will reward point-and-shoot upgraders with a noticeable bump in image quality, but 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...
Excerpt: At one time it was considered that if you wanted the best photo quality and lightning fast response times you bought a digital SLR. Now that is only partly true. Nikon’s new 10.1 megapixel J1 compact system camera (or ‘CSC’) is the slightly less expensive, more consumer friendly alternative to its flagship Nikon V1, with a rounded edged body shape roughly a quarter smaller chiefly due to it omitting the Nikon V1 ’s electronic viewfinder.
Pros: Built-in flash, Easy to use, Speedy processor
Cons: Relatively expensive, No EVF, No accessory port
Excerpt: With the race for megapixels effectively over, manufacturers are increasingly looking at ways of making cameras smaller and lighter but with all the features any discerning photographer expects. Nikon is the latest in a growing list of manufacturers who have taken the plunge into the CSC market with the launch of the Nikon 1 system. This is a brand new camera system, and Nikon's first new lens mount in over 50 years.