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Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3 (Amazon | Adorama | B&H)

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

Type Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Mount Nikon 1 mount
Angle of view Approx. 2.7 x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Effective pixels 14.2 million
Sensor 13.2 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 system Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media SD (Secure Digital), SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF (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 modes auto; 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
Shutter
Type Electronic shutter
Speed 1/16,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; BulbNote: Bulb ends automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash sync Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/60 s or slower
Release
Modes
  • Single frame, continuous
  • Self-timer
Frame rate
  • Approx. 5, 15, 30, or 60 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s
Exposure
Metering TTL 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
Mode
  • 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 lock Luminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO sensitivity ISO 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-Lighting On, off
Focus
Autofocus Hybrid 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 mode Single-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 lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Face priority On, off
Flash
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 Number Approx. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C / 68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Control i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Mode Auto, 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 indicator Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
White balance
White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, underwater, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie
Metering TTL 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 format MOV
Video compression H.264 / MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format AAC
Audio recording device Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor
Monitor 7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Full-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
Interface
USB Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Supported languages Arabic, 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
Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL20 battery
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5C power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4-in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions/Weight
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
Weight Approx. 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
Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)

 

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