Nikon 1 J1 Digital Camera Review with the Nikon 10-30mm VR Zoom NIKKOR Lens Review, Photos, Sample Images and Video in NYC
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The Nikon 1 J1 digital camera is compact making it highly portable even with a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR zoom lens attached. It’s mirrorless design allows the camera to not only be extra small in size but also lightweight as well while still incorporating many if not all of the desirable features found in any new mirrored model. In fact, although the J1 is similar in size to the new Panasonic and Olympus models, it does feel more lightweight than the others. The J1 comes equipped with a CX-Format High-Speed AF CMOS Sensor and a EXPEED 3 dual image processor. The sensor allows excellent quality photos even in low light situations and the EXPEED 3 allows for superior system performance, high-speed processing, advanced phase detection autofocus and high-speed data transfer rates. Other J1 key features include 10 fps Continuous Shooting in AF Mode, 73 Point AF Array, 3.0″ 460K-Dot Anti-Glare Color LCD, Full HD (1080p) Movie Record Mode, Motion Snapshot 1-Touch Photo Animation and a Smart Photo Selector, just to name a few.
The Nikon 1 J1 that I tested came with a Nikon 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR zoom NIKKOR lens which features up to 3x magnification and a silent stepping AF motor(STM). The 10-30mm lens comes standard with the Nikon 1 J1 lens kit. The lens has Vibration Reduction II (VR II) image stabilization technology for reducing the effects of camera shake from hand-held shooting and has a multi-layered coating to help reduce ghosting and flare. The angle of view ranges from 29° 40″ to 77°. The lens’ minimum focus distance is 0.66′ (0.2m and the filter size is 40.5mm.) The 10-30mm lens allows for versatile shots from wide-angle, dynamic scenery to tight portrait shots by applying 3 aspherical lens elements to ensure high quality images even at the widest aperture settings. Additionally, the 10-30mm zoom range can capture fine detain even when you are at a far distance from your subject. The 10-30mm lens has Internal Focusing (IF) technology which allows it to have a closer focusing distance and to have a a compact and lightweight design.
Interestingly enough, the Nikon 1 J1 does not offer the vast amount of lens options as a DSLR would have but similar to a DSLR camera, it does have a rather advanced and complex menu when setting the dial mode to Manual mode. Taking it right out of the box and attempting to use it on Manual Mode immediately was a little frustrating at first because the menu was somewhat challenging to navigate through. However, although the J1 offers an advanced Manual mode option, you can choose to use it as a simple point-and-shoot by setting it to Intelligent Auto (iA) mode. In fact, when using Intelligent Auto Mode the J1 will adjust its settings and change scene modes automatically to give you the best looking shot for whatever environment or subject you are shooting. For example, while shooting in Intelligent Auto Mode, the camera instantly adjusted to Macro Mode simply by placing the camera at a close distance from my subject.
The Nikon 1 J1 has a nice one-touch full high definition (1080p) movie record mode which can smoothly and steadily zoom to and from subjects while recording. One of the most desirable features the Nikon 1 J1 offers is the ability to capture still images while recording video simultaneously by switching the dial mode to Photo and Video Mode on the top of the camera. If you want to, you can add a slow-motion effect to your videos for a dramatic feel or you can use Motion Snapshot One-Touch Photo Animation to bring your photos to life. Essentially, this feature creates a picture slideshow where there would otherwise be merely a single image. Thanks to Smart Photo Selector, the J1 chooses the best of the images you’ve taken, so all you have to focus on is getting the shot you want. You can allow the J1 to do the work for you while you do what you love and stay in the moment.
We are currently working on our sample videos taken with the Nikon 1 J1 with the Nikon 10-30mm lens, but check back in a few hours or tomorrow and it will be ready to view!
– The Nikon 1 J1 with Nikon 10-30mm Lens Kit