Nikon 1 J1 10.1 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera - Silver (Kit w/ VR 10-30mm Lens)

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About Nikon J1

The Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a compact and easily portable digital camera. The mirrorless design allows the camera to be extra-small and lightweight, while still retaining all of the best qualities of a mirrored model. Featuring a CX-Format High-Speed AF CMOS Sensor and an EXPEED 3 dual image processor, this small device packs some punch.

The sensor enables great photos even in low light, while the EXPEED 3 enables superior system performance, high-speed processing, advanced phase detection autofocus and high-speed data transfer rate.

The J1 camera has an interchangeable lens system, allowing you to select from 3 optional 1 NIKKOR lenses in addition to the included one. There's even a lens designed specifically for movie filming. Swapping lenses is quick and easy, enabling you to stay at-the-ready at all times. Aside from the 10-30 mm focal length of the included lens, you may choose a single focal length of 10 mm or a 30-110 mm telephoto. A highly responsive autofocus and a fast shooting speed ensure that you never miss a moment. You get 10 fps continuous shooting speed in autofocus mode, so your camera won't lag behind the action.

An impressive 73 point AF array gives you amazing clarity, even when capturing fast-moving subjects. A large 3.0" LCD color screen features a 460k-dot resolution and an anti-glare coating for easy viewing, even in bright sunlight. Enjoy one-touch Full HD (1080p) movie record mode-and the ability to capture stil l images while recording! Add a slow-motion effect to make your imaging more dramatic. Experience the Motion Snapshot One-Touch Photo Animation Experience to bring your photos to life. This feature essentially 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. Let the camera do the work for you while you do what you love and stay in the moment. Enjoy easy access to advanced features with a menu that is easy to follow, no matter how much photography experience you've had.

Nikon J1 Features

  • New super high-speed AF CMOS image sensor and offer focal plane phase detection AF
  • New advanced hybrid autofocus system that enables the world's fastest autofocusing
  • Motion Snapshot, imaging function that combines full-HD movie with a still image for more dramatic imaging expression
  • Smart Photo Selector for simple capture of the best shot
  • Simple, high-quality design
  • Air-gapless structure adopted for LCD monitor with wide viewing angle
  • Short Movie Creator automatic movie editing software that is easy to use and can be launched independently
  • Movie recording mode with 1920 x 1080/60i full-HD movie support for superior picture quality
  • Equipped with Nikon's exclusive imaging system, Picture Control, which allows users to choose and adjust the way in which the camera processes photographs according to the type of scene or their own individual preference
  • Support for RAW (NEF) recording built in
  • Active D-Lighting, which adjusts exposure according to the scene to prevent loss of detail in highlights and shadows for images in which optimal contrast ispreserved
  • Scene Auto Selector, with which the cameras automatically optimize settings according to the subject
  • Built-in dust reduction function
  • Built-in flash

Nikon J1 Specifications

Camera Type
Digital camera with interchangeable lens
Lens Mount
Nikon 1 mount
Picture Angle
Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (Nikon CX format)
Effective Pixels
10.1 million
Sensor Size
13.2mm x 8.8mm
Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Total Pixels
12 million
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning
Image Area (pixels)
Still Images (3:2 aspect ratio): 3872 x 2592, 2896 x 1944, 1936 x 1296
Smart Photo Selector (3:2 aspect ratio): 3872 x 2592, 2896 x 1944, 1936 x 1296
Movie Mode (16:9 aspect ratio): 3840 x 2160 (1080/60i), 1920 x 1080 (1080/30p), 1280 x 720 (720/60p)
Motion Snapshot (16:9 aspect ratio): 3840 x 2160
File Format
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Selected Picture Control can be modified, User-customizable Settings
Storage Media
Card Slot
1 Secure Digital (SD)
File System
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
Shutter type
Electronic Shutter
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/16,000 sec. in steps of 1/3EV
Slowest Shutter Speed
1/3 second
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/60 sec.
Bulb Shutter Setting
Shutter Release Modes
Single-frame [S] mode, Continuous, Electronic [Hi], Self-timer mode, Delayed remote, Quick Response Remote, Interval Timer Shooting
Frame Advance Rate
Electronic [Hi]: Approx. 10, 30 or 60 fps
Other modes: Up to 5 fps (single AF or manual focus, S Shutter- priority auto or M Manual exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster and other settings at default values)
Shooting Speed at full resolution
5 frames per second 10, 30 or 60 fps using Electronic (Hi) shutter
2, 5, 10 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
Remote Control Modes
Delayed remote (2 sec), Quick-response remote
Exposure Metering System
TTL metering using image sensor
Metering Method
Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on select focus area
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Aperture-Priority (A), Manual (M), Scene Auto Selector
Scene Modes
Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, Auto
Shooting Modes
Still Image (3:2), Smart Photo Selector (3:2), Movie (HD 16:9), Movie Slow Motion (8:3), Motion Snapshot (16:9)
Exposure Compensation
±3 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at metered value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO Sensitivity
Active D-Lighting
On, Off
Autofocus System
Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF), AF-assist illuminator
AF-area mode
Single-point AF: 135 focus areas, Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas, Subject tracking, Face-priority AF
Focus Lock
Focus is locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or lightly pressing shutter release button in (S) AF
Focus Modes
Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Built-in Flash
Flash Control
i-TTL flash control using image sensor available
Flash Mode
Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction, Rear curtain with sync, Rear curtain with slow sync
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
White Balance
Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Preset Manual, All except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Metering method
Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on select focus area
Movie File Format
Movie Video Compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio recording format
Movie Audio recording device
Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Optional external ME-1 stereo microphone
HD: 1920 X 1080/60i
HD: 1920 X 108/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
Slow-motion: 640x240/400fps
Slow-motion: 320x120/1200fps
Motion Snapshot: 1920x1080/60p (plays at 24p)
Audio file format: ACC
Movie file format: MOV
Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
460,000 Dots
Monitor Type
TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
USB: Hi-speed USB
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Czech, Norwegian, Thai, Turkish
Daylight Savings Time Settings
World Time Setting
Battery Type
EN-EL20 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
230 shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter
EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5C Power Supply Connector
Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO1222)
Operating Environment
32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C) Less than 85% humidity (no condensation)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.2 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches (106 x 61 x 29.8mm)
8.3oz. (234g)

Nikon J1 Reviews

Reviewed by 1 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic camera, way to go NIKON!


from Dublin, Ireland  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love traveling with this camera. The low-light features are better than my wife's high-end Nikon Cool-Pix. We can do city shots at night, food-blogger photos in a dim restaurant, and capture performances in a darkened circus tent. I love the motion-capture-video with the Motion Snapshot feature. It takes a couple seconds of video and plays it back at slow speed. I have some great pictures of a guy juggling knives on stage. The Motion Snapshot feature makes it look really cool. This feature reminds me of the moving-photographs in the Harry Potter films. The pictures look like magic! Getting technical: The 10 MP sensor is outstanding in this camera. It is a "CX" sensor and is a bit larger than what you get in the Cool-Pix. I like how Nikon stopped at 10 MP and didn't try to put more pixels on the sensor. It's better to have fewer pixels because it means each pixel can have better light-gathering capacity. Imagine each 'pixel' on the sensor is a light-gathering-bucket. If the area of the 'bucket' is larger, it has a better chance of capturing photons in low light. Consumers are sold on the idea that more megapixels is better, but it isn't necessarily the case. More megapixels generally means more noise and smaller space-per-pixel on the image sensor. Nikon has done it the right way around here: They put a high quality lens on the camera and focused on the light-gathering capabilities of the sensor by putting fewer, larger pixels on the sensor. Plus they equipped the camera with a larger sensor. Nikon has gone the less-is-more route with megapixels and it really pays off. I really love my Nikon J1. It was definitely worth the money and I would recommend the camera to any of my family members. I use the camera on trips and it is easy to carry. It is not heavy or bulky as a digital SLR and the image quality is fantastic for my needs.


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Shopper  My Nikon 1 JI will not operate when i pop open the flash - the camera shuts down - is there something I am doing wrong?
TAMMY B  Sorry, I am unable to answer this as it is being used in the field and we are not given the details as to who, what & where.
Shopper  I have a lens error on the nikon 1 how do i fix it?
PETER E  Never had this with the J1. If i block the lens movement on my p7000 an error will occur. Then I restart the power and error is gone. For J1 would try that and maybe re-install the lens. There are firmware upgrades on the Nikon site for the camera and lens. Would suggest them. The J1 was purchased for my wife. She loves it. Her main problem with photography was allowing the camera time to focus. This camera is so quick her out of focus rejects are nill.
Shopper  does this camera have fast action setting? and how do you get to it if it does
AHREN R  The camera automatically takes a few seconds of video each time you press the shutter. Even if you are just taking a picture, the camera has already captured about 20 images. You can switch to the Motion Snapshot setting: On the selector wheel it looks like a rectangle with a wave inside it. If you are taking "fast action" pictures, you can click "menu" and go into the Exposure Mode settings. Choose "Shutter Priority Auto." You will see an "S" icon appear after you exit the menu.
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