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Nikon 1 J2 Compact System Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  Like its predecessor (the Nikon 1 J1), the Nikon 1 J2 is a thin and lightweight compact system camera designed primarily for casual photographers who want to step up from point-and-shoot models but who will mainly rely on this camera's many automatic features.

The J2 is identical in size and quite similar to the J1, with a 10-megapixel, 13.2mmx8.8mm CMOS sensor (somewhat smaller than most in this class). Minor upgrades to the J2 include: a higher-resolution LCD monitor; additional photo effects and screen modes; video autofocus; and the addition of autofocus (locked on the first frame) to the high speed burst mode (continuous shooting). Unlike the J1, when the lens is retracted on the J2 the camera turns off automatically.

Nikon simplified the number of kits available with the J2, and dropped the suggested retail price almost $100 below the price for the J1.

Prices For J2

(Prices as of 12/6/2012)
One-lens kit One-lens bundle Two-lens zoom kit Three-lens bundle Source
(10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VT lens)   (10-30mm lens, 4GB SD card, bag)   (10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR & 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lenses)   (10-30mm, 30-110mm & 10mm f/2.8 lenses)  
$550$700$850Best Buy
$457$697B&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"
Weight8.4 oz. (body only)
ColorsOne-lens kit: white, black, silver, red, pink, orange.
Two-lens kit: silver, red, pink, orange.
Included in BoxBattery, battery charger, USB cable, body cap, strap, software (ViewNX 2, Short Movie Creator), user's manual, reference manual CD
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Sensor13.2mmx8.8mm CX format CMOS sensor (slightly smaller than most in this class)
Monitor3" TFT LCD display (about 921k dots), with brightness adjustment
Video1080p full-HD video recording, with slow motion and motion snapshot options
FlashBuilt-in flash; optional i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Shutter Speed30 seconds to 1/16000 second
SensitivityISO 100-3200, 6400
Exposure ModesProgrammed auto with flexible auto, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority, manual, scene auto selector
Continuous Shooting5 frames per second; 10, 30 or 60 fps using electronic (Hi) shutter
Compatible Lenses1 Nikkor lenses (6 available in December 2012)
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery, about 220 shots per charge
Other FeaturesStill images in JPEG or NEF/RAW (uncompressed) formats
5 scene modes (portrait, landscape, night portrait, close-up, auto)
5 shooting modes (still image, smart photo selector, movie, movie slow motion, movie snapshot)
Self-timer with 2-, 5- and 10-second delay, electronically controlled
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 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 12/6/2012)

What People Are Saying:

Critics generally view the Nikon 1 J2 as a gentle improvement on the J1, and suggest it is best for casual amateurs but could be a frustrating choice for serious photography enthusiasts who want a lot of manual control. Consumer Reports places the J2 on its 2012 Recommended list, saying it takes very good photos and is easy to use, but note that it lakes a viewfinder and a hot shoe (an outlet for power attachments like an external flash).
  • CNET: "Basically, the J2 adds a higher-resolution LCD and photo effects and scene modes that were oddly missing from the J1 (Panorama, Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting, and Night Portraits). You'll also be able to turn the camera when you expand the lens -- the CX lenses retract similarly to Olympus' 14-42mm kit lens -- a nice but small improvement."
  • "The J2 is a very small, high-quality, discreet and generally fast camera but its interface is quite clearly not geared toward users who like to take full control of the picture-taking process, despite the addition of the new Creative shooting mode. Most of the features these photographers want are there, but too many of them are buried within the menu, which is bound to be a source of frustration to any power user."
  • TechRadar: "The Nikon 1 J2 is likely to capitalise on the success of its predecessor, but it's certainly not worth existing users upgrading. For those looking for their first compact system camera, the Nikon 1 is a good investment, while those who already own DSLRs may like to consider it for a second camera."