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Nikon 1 J3 Digital Camera

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MILC 14.2MP 10x Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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34 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This digital camera received a "Recommended" from Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Dgl.ru all of whom said that this MILC digital camera was good.

This Nikon digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by CNET.co.uk who thought that this digital camera was excellent.

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Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirty-four expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews this camera has an overall expert rating of 73%.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Nikon 1 J3 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com said “This mirrorless camera offers striking images when using a low ISO setting a” in their review of the Nikon 1 J3. Toptenreviews.com also wrote “Good general picture quality”. Four years ago expert website Digitalversus.com said “Picture quality and pure specs that weren't always on par” in their review and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Six Nikon 1 J3 owners wrote in their reviews that the Nikon 1 J3 had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com mentioned “Is a compact mirrorless system with an extremely small body, fast continuous shooting and short release time lag” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “The sensor has been increased to 14.2 megapixels and achieves an amazing 60fps shooting, high speed video”. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned “Boasting continuous shooting speeds of 15fps with continuous autofocus”.

Three Nikon 1 J3 owners who purchased it agreed that it had a good image sensor. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote “It's the third model in the J strand and it features a CX sensor like its stablemates”.

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Nice Design

Some people who reviewed the Nikon 1 J3 agreed that it was good looking. Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Stylish design”. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “Small size, attractive appearance”. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “All those fancy "Best Moment Capture" type modes are actually pretty inconsequential”.

Some people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was a good design. Digitaltrends.com said in their Nikon 1 J3 review “The ILC segment represents an interesting design challenge for camera manufacturers”. Toptenreviews.com wrote “Nice new design and layout” in their review of the Nikon 1 J3.

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Good Size

Some customers said in their reviews that it was compact. Pcmag.com gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “The J3 ($599.95 direct with 10-30mm lens)$315.00 at Amazon represents the third generation of Nikon's compact interchangeable lens camera system” in their review of this digital camera. Pcmag.com also said “The Nikon J3 compact interchageable lens camera is a speedy performer.”. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned four years ago “The Nikon 1 J3 is the manufacturer's third-generation consumer-grade compact system camera has a new sensor” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars.

One person who purchased this digital camera thought it was lightweight. Toptenreviews.com wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Approachable, fits in a jacket pocket even with kit zoom attached, lightweight metal build” .

One Nikon 1 J3 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good weight. Digitalcamerareview.com rated it 80 out of 100 and said four years ago “I like its small size, light weight feel and its modern, sleek appearance”.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

On average Nikon MILC cameras have good ratings as do all cameras built by Nikon.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of Nikon 1 J3 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon 1 J3 had a good lens. Toptenreviews.com wrote in their review of the Nikon 1 J3 two years ago “Good lens selection”. A few Nikon 1 J3 owners who bought the Nikon 1 J3 thought it had a good autofocus. Toptenreviews.com said in their review “Fast autofocus”.

One customer considered that the product had a good zoom.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon 1 J3 had a good image stabiliser. Two years ago Toptenreviews.com said “Stabilisation system effective up to 18 ths”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Nikon 1 J3 reviewers thought it was mirrorless. Four years ago Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon 1 J3 on expert review site Digital Versus “Nikon has updated its 1 J-series mirrorless camera nicely with the J3”. Dpreview.com mentioned in their review on expert review site DP Review “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots”.

One Nikon 1 J3 reviewer who reviewed the Nikon 1 J3 thought it had a good screen.

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Robust

A number of Nikon 1 J3 owners who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “I was not fond of the camera's fragile pop” in their Nikon 1 J3 review.

A number of people said in their reviews that the Nikon 1 J3 was reliable. Toptenreviews.com wrote “The Nikon 1 J3 is a 14MP high-speed mirrorless camera that delivers dependable performance”. Toptenreviews.com also wrote “Reliably quick performer”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Nikon 1 J3 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Two years ago Toptenreviews.com wrote “Excellent image quality” in their review of this digital camera. Toptenreviews.com also wrote “Good build quality”. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “Very good image and movie quality”.

Easy to Use

One person who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Toptenreviews.com wrote “Comfortable to hold and use” .

One Nikon 1 J3 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Expert website Cnet.co.uk rated the product 5 stars and mentioned “Nikon's J series comes of age in this revision, with a higher resolution sensor, more extensive menus and a redesigned chassis”.

One Nikon 1 J3 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Reviewed.com mentioned “Sony NEX models try to go toe-to-toe with DSLRs, offering full control over all shooting parameters, Nikon's diminutive”.

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Good Support

A number of Nikon 1 J3 owners who reviewed the product thought it had good technical guidance. Four years ago Techradar.com said on expert review site Techradar “The number of compatible optics are growing for the Nikon 1 range, with some, such as the 50mm f/1.8 being a good investment to help you get more” and scored it 70 out of 100. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ said also four years ago “Buying Guide Best compact system camera In some respects” in their review of the Nikon 1 J3 and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100.

Good Video Capture

A few Nikon 1 J3 owners mentioned that this digital camera was good for video recording. Expert website Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera “60fps with fixed-point autofocus, Full 1080p HD video captur” .

Good Connectivity

One Nikon 1 J3 reviewer considered that this digital camera was good in terms of connectivity. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com mentioned two years ago “The camera offers HD capabilities, wireless connectivity and a speedy image processor” in their Nikon 1 J3 review.

Good Battery Life

One Nikon 1 J3 reviewer concluded that it had a good battery life. Toptenreviews.com wrote “Fair battery life” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon 1 J3 reviewer thought the product had good features. Two years ago Toptenreviews.com wrote “Many interesting features as well as manual controls”.

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

Unlike most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the 1 J3 which do not support video capability, the Nikon 1 J3 supports video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think the Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), and the Lumix DMC-GF5 ($362.99) both from Panasonic or the Samsung NX200 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon 1 J3 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the 1 J3.

Other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to consider include the NX200, or the 20 ($75.97) both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95) which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon 1 J3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), and the Lumix DMC-GF5 ($362.99) both from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99), and the Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95) both from Panasonic or the Samsung NX300 ($657.68) is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Sony NEX-5 ($346.95) (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Light

With a weight of only 201 grams, the Nikon 1 J3 is one of the lighter digital cameras of this age and type amongst MILC cameras of this age. The lightest MILC digital camera that has been around for around the same time as the 1 J3 is 70g and the heaviest is 680g.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Very High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

When compared to other digital cameras of this type and age, the Nikon 1 J3's motion JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second is one of the highest. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of digital cameras of this type and age is 24fps and the highest is 60fps.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon 1 J3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of this age and type. The white balances "Cloudy", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Has Three Shooting Modess

The Nikon 1 J3 has a greater number of shooting modes than most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently found shooting modes is Manual, but this shooting modes is not found on this digital camera. The shooting modess Auto, Movie and Scene are also found on this camera.

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Has One Image Editing

The Nikon 1 J3 has a greater number of image editing modes than most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most commonly found image editing found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the 1 J3.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 240|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Four ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon 1 J3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 200, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 160, 800, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Nikon 1 J3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Continuous Auto Focus, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Contrast Detection Auto Focus and Single Auto Focus are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the Nikon 1 J3 is more than most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly featured light metering is Centre-weighted, but this light metering is not featured on this camera. The light meterings Spot are also featured on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Nikon 1 J3 has a TFT display which is better than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The worst display of all cameras of this age and spec is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Nikon 1 J3 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the 1 J3.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the 1 J3 the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 10mm to 42mm. At only 10 millimeters, the Nikon 1 J3 has a very short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 1 J3.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most cameras of this type and age do not support wi-Fi. The Nikon 1 J3 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Samsung 20 ($75.97) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Nikon 1 J3 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the 1 J3 are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), or the Lumix DMC-GF5 ($362.99) both from Panasonic or the Samsung NX200 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras of this age and spec do not have a GPS (satellite). The Nikon 1 J3 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the 20 ($75.97), the NX ($189.99), or the NX300 ($657.68) all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the 1 J3, the Nikon 1 J3 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon 1 J3 does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the 1 J3 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Nikon 1 J3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this type and age. The flash modess "Red-eye reduction", "Slow synchronization" and "Soft" are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon 1 J3 is more than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly supported camera file system is RAW, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.3 are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Only ±1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Nikon 1 J3 has a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most cameras of this age and spec.

A ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction is in fact the worst flash exposure correction amongst all MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 1 J3.

The best flash exposure correction across similar types of camera is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 1,020 milliampere * hour, the Nikon 1 J3 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. Cameras that are a comparable age to the 1 J3 have battery capacitys of between 680mAh and 4,400mAh.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Nikon 1 J3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the 1 J3.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max)s of MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the 1 J3 range from 1,600 to 410,000. The Nikon 1 J3 has a fairly low ISO sensitivity (max) (only 6,400) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the 1 J3.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon 1 J3

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon 1 J3 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the 1 J3.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), or the Lumix DMC-GF5 ($362.99) both from Panasonic or the Samsung NX200.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the NX300 ($657.68) (3.31"), or the NX2000 (3.7") both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

The Nikon 1 J3 has a fairly standard megapixel (14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99) (16MP), or the Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99) (16MP) both from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung NX200, and the Sony Alpha A7 II is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the Leica M Monochrom ($7,450.00) (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Dustproof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
Connection to PC
HDMI
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Batteries Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Interface
On/off Switch
Panorama
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed

4 Awards

dgl.ru Recommended CNET.co.uk Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

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11 June 2015

The Nikon 1 J3 is a 14MP high-speed mirrorless camera that delivers dependable performance. The camera offers HD capabilities, wireless connectivity and a speedy image processor. This mirrorless... Read more…

Excellent image quality
Lovely compact size
Comfortable to hold and use
Prompt AF system
Stylish design
Battery needs work
Creative modes should have more options
Noise at high ISO settings
Poor image quality
Badlydesigned controls
28 February 2014

The Nikon J3 is one of the smallest cameras in the world with an interchangeable lens. The compactness of the body is due to the relatively small sensor (ca 13 x 9 mm). Nikon calls this the CX... Read more…

30 November 2013

Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots and lower-end DSLRs. It's an ever-growing category with options for photographers of varying skill... Read more…

24 September 2013

The Nikon J3 is one of those cameras that feels fantastic in the hands and is barely noticed in luggage, but because of the lack of its manual or creative controls, won?t be for everyone....

26 August 2013

By Josh Fate The Nikon 1 J3 is the new mid-range ILC available from Nikon, and the third generation of the "J" series. As one of the most compact ILC bodies on the market, the Nikon 1 mount...

23 August 2013

The Nikon 1 J3 is flawed on several levels. It handles poorly, has limited features and takes deeply average photos. It's rare for a camera to disappoint this much, but the Nikon 1 J3 is one to...

12 August 2013

Nikon's 1 series of CSCs and its collection of CX-compatible lenses continues to grow, and is possibly shaping up to be a nice little system, but the J3 shows that it still has a long way to go....

20 June 2013

The Nikon 1 J3 is smaller and lighter than the J2 available in five different colours, with the small sensor size allowing for smaller lens. The sensor has been increased to 14.2 megapixels and...

Ephotozine

The ILC segment represents an interesting design challenge for camera manufacturers. They are a step-up from point-and-shoots, but a step-down of DSLR cameras ? designing a camera to appeal to...

29 April 2013

In our recent reviews, we've spent a lot of time talking about the rise of the smartphone camera and the slow death of the point-and-shoot. Most manufacturers have reacted to the proliferation of...

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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