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Nikon 1 J1 Compact System Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Nikon 1 J1 is a compact system camera designed primarily for casual photographers who want to step up from point-and-shoot models but aren't ready for the complexity, cost and size of a digital single-lens reflex camera. The J1 does well outdoors and in good light.

The 10-megapixel, 13.2mmx8.8mm CMOS sensor is somewhat smaller and with lower resolution than most cameras in its class. The J1 takes still photos in JPEG or RAW (uncompressed) formats; records 1080i full-HD video; and can capture fast-motion snapshots with still images or a slow motion movie vignette, with one press of the shutter button.

The J1 is typically sold in a one-lens kit; a two-lens kit that is either wide-angle (close ups or scenery) or zoom (telephoto); or a two-lens zoom kit in pink with a pink leather strap and two pink lens hoods.

Prices For J1 One-Lens Kit

(Prices as of 11/28/2012)
One-lens kit One-lens bundle One-lens bundle Source
(10-33 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens)   (Standard kit plus 4GB SD card, bag)   (Standard kit plus 8GB SD card)  
$400Best Buy
$397B&H Photo Video

Prices For J1 Two-Lens Kit

(Prices as of 11/28/2012)
Wide-Angle Kit Zoom Kit   Zoom Kit Bundle Zoom Kit in Pink Source
(10mm f/2.8 and 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses)   (Includes 10-33mm f/3.5-5.6 VR and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lenses)   (Standard kit plus 8GB SD card, shoulder bag)   (Includes pink leather strap, 2 pink lens hoods)  
$550$550$580$580Best Buy
$547$5,380B&H Photo Video

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$63 Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (charger $54)
$21 Wireless remote control (infrared)
$397-$580Waterproof housing (underwater to 130')


DimensionsHeight: 2.4"
Width: 4.2"
Depth: 1.2"
Weight8.3 oz. (body only)
ColorsWhite, black, red, silver
Included in BoxBattery, battery charger, USB cable, body cap, strap, ViewNX2 and Short Movie Creator software, user's manual, reference CD
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels10.1 MP
Sensor13.2mmx8.8mm CX format CMOS sensor (slightly smaller than most in this class)
Monitor3" TFT LCD (460k dots) with brightness adjustment
Video1080p full HD video recording
FlashBuilt-in flash
Shutter Speed30 seconds-1/16000 second
SensitivityISO 100-3200, 6400
Exposure ModesProgrammed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, scene auto selector
Continuous ShootingUp to 5 frames at a speed of 10, 30 or 60 frames per second using electronic shutter
Compatible Lenses1 Nikkor lenses (6 available in December 2012)
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery; about 230 shots per charge
Other FeaturesStill images in JPEG or NEF/RAW format
2-, 5- or 10-second self-timer delay
5 scene modes (portrait, landscape, night portrait, close-up, auto)
5 shooting modes (still image, smart photo selector, movie, movie slow motion, motion snapshot
Date, time, daylight savings and world time settings
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at


1. 1 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 (standard lens, 3X magnification)Only in kit
2. 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 (compact telephoto) in black or white $245-$250
3. 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 (compact telephoto) in silver, red or pink Only in kit
4. 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 (low light, close-ups) in white, black or silver$185-$200
5. 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 (compact, wide-angle to medium-telephoto) in white or black$185-$190
6. 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 (landscapes or group shots) in white or black$250
7. 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 (landscapes or group shots) in silver or red Only in kit
8. 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 (power drive zoom) in black$745-$750
(List as of 12/4/2012)

What People Are Saying:

Critics are mildly positive but not enthusiastic about the Nikon 1 J1, saying it's fine for beginners stepping up from point-and-shoot cameras but lacks the features and flexibility expected by experienced photographers. Consumer Reports rated the J1 very good for image quality, video quality and ease of use, but noted that is lacks a hot shoe for power attachments (like an external flash) and has a shorter battery life than most in its class. User reviews are primarily positive, praising the J1's size and ease of use, although several complain that indoor shots in low light are often blurry.
  • CNET: "The Nikon 1 J1 is a fine camera, but there's nothing here that screams out "buy it" over similar competitors. It's also on the expensive side for a point-and-shoot upgrader, but has drawbacks for the more advanced user."
  • "Overall, the Nikon 1 J1 ($650) is a pretty good interchangeable lens camera, though it's definitely more for those who lean toward the beginner end of the spectrum. ... The camera's fast autofocus system (in good light), full HD video recording, and minimalist interface should keep Nikon's target audience pretty happy. Enthusiasts are another story."
  • "The J1 is cute. Like, fluffy white kitten cute. It brightens your day just by hanging around and being fun to play with, but you probably won't be impressed when it comes time to capture some serious photos (like trying to get that tiny kitty to snatch up a family of mice)."