Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3

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Nikon recently launched the J3 a new entry to its 1 series of MILCs. The J3 has a 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, the same as the Nikon 1 V2. However unlike the V2 the J3 has been given a serious bump in the continuous shooting drive. It has a maximum burst rate of 60 fps (with focus-locked), albeit at a maximum of 15 frames in one go. If you forgo speed and go for continuous AF performance, even then the J3 churns out a spectacular 15 fps.

Further upgrades that even a semi-pro DSLR user would drool about is the Hybrid auto-focus system featuring 73-point auto-focusing points and an upgraded Expeed 3A image processing system. The new image processing system means the camera has a low ISO sensitivity of 160-6400.

Promo Video

The J3 has a new interesting mode option in the mode dial. The Advanced movie mode now assists shooting slow motion video. Apart from this the other mode options include S – shutter priority, A – aperture priority, P – program mode (full-auto) and manual modes but in order to use them one has to dig deeper into the menu as the mode dial does not offer these directly. The J3 uses all three popular storage options in the SD, SDHC and the SDXC cards.

At 3:2 ratio the J3 shoots stills of size 4,608 x 3,072 pixels. It shoots full HD in 1080 in 60i//30p and 720p HD in 60p/30p. There are no built-in OPV and the composing has to be made via the 3” TFT LCD screen that boasts a resolution of 921,000 dots. The external dimensions of the J3 are 4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1 and it weighs 201 grams and ships with a 10-30mm lens

Sample Images by Nikon 1 J3 on Flickr

Nikon 1 J3 Specifications

TypeDigital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
MountNikon 1 mount
Angle of viewApprox. 2.7 x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Effective pixels14.2 million
Sensor13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon CX format)
Image size (pixels)Still images (auto, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than Easy panorama; aspect ratio 3 : 2)

  • 4608 x 3072
  • 3456 x 2304
  • 2304 x 1536

Still images
(Normal panorama, camera panned horizontally; aspect ratio 120 : 23)

  • 4800 x 920

Still images
(Normal panorama, camera panned vertically; aspect ratio 8 : 25)

  • 1536 x 4800

Still images
(Wide panorama, camera panned horizontally; aspect ratio 240 : 23)

  • 9600 x 920

Still images
(Wide panorama, camera panned vertically; aspect ratio 4 : 25)

  • 1536 x 9600

Still images
(taken during movie recording, aspect ratio 3 : 2)

  • 4608 x 3072 (1080/60i, 1080/30p)
  • 1280 x 856 (720/60p, 720/30p)

Still images
(Motion Snapshots; aspect ratio 16 : 9)

  • 4608 x 2592
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed
  • 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
Pic Control systemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
MediaSD (Secure Digital), SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
File systemDCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Shooting modesauto; creative, with a choice of the following options: P, S, A, M, night landscape, night portrait, backlighting, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, and selective color; best moment capture (slow view and Smart Photo Selector), advanced movie (HD—P, S, A, M only—and slow motion), Motion Snapshot
TypeElectronic shutter
Speed1/16,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; BulbNote: Bulb ends automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash syncSynchronizes with shutter at X=1/60 s or slower
  • Single frame, continuous
  • Self-timer
Frame rate
  • Approx. 5, 15, 30, or 60 fps
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s
MeteringTTL metering using image sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix
  • Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame
  • Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
  • P programmed auto with flexible program;
  • S shutter priority auto;
  • A aperture-priority auto;
  • M manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation-3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO sensitivityISO 160-6400 in steps of 1 EV; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160-6400, 160-3200, 160-800) available (user controlled in P, S, A, and M modes)
Active D-LightingOn, off
AutofocusHybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single AF (AF-S); continuous AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); fulltime AF (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (MF)
AF-area modeSingle-point, auto-area, subject tracking
Focus area
  • Single-point AF: 135 focus areas; the center 73 areas support phase-detection AF
  • Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Face priorityOn, off
Built-in flash
  • Auto; Soft, Miniature effect, Selective color (Creative mode): Flash pops up automatically and fires as required
  • Night portrait, Backlighting (Creative mode): Flash pops up automatically and fires with every shot
  • P programmed auto, S shutter-priority auto, A aperture-priority auto, M manual (Creative mode): Manual pop-up
Guide NumberApprox. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C / 68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Controli-TTL flash control using image sensor
ModeAuto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync, off
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
White balance
White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, underwater, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
MeteringTTL metering using image sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix
  • Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame
  • Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Frame size (pixels)/
recording rate
HD movies and movies recorded in auto (aspect ratio 16 : 9)

  • 1920 x 1080 / 60 i (59.94 fields/s*)
  • 1920 x 1080 / 30 p (29.97 fps)
  • 1280 x 720 / 60 p (59.94 fps)
  • 1280 x 720 / 30 p (29.97 fps)

Slow-motion movies (aspect ratio 8 : 3)

  • 640 x 240 / 400 fps (plays at 30 p / 29.97 fps)
  • 320 x 120 / 1200 fps (plays at 30 p / 29.97 fps)

Motion Snapshot (aspect ratio 16 : 9)

  • 1920 x 1080 / 60 p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24 p / 23.976 fps)
File formatMOV
Video compressionH.264 / MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording formatAAC
Audio recording deviceBuilt-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie and panorama playback, slide show, histogram display, auto image rotation, and rating option
HDMI outputType C mini-pin HDMI connector
Supported languagesArabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power source
BatteryOne rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL20 battery
AC adapterEH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5C power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket1/4-in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 101.0 x 60.5 x 28.8 mm (4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.), excluding projections
WeightApprox. 244 g (8.6 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 201 g (7.1 oz), camera body only
Operating environment
Temperature0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
Humidity85% or less (no condensation)


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