Nikon 1 J2 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 10.1 megapixel CX CMOS sensor
  • 1080/60p HD video with stereo sound
  • 3-inch 921,000 dot LCD screen
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 10 fps continuous burst
  • RAW capture
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

4.35 Star Rating: Recommended
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Nikon 1 J2
10.1 megapixel CX CMOS sensor; 1080/60p HD video with stereo sound; 3-inch 921,000 dot LCD screen; Optical image stabilization; 10 fps continuous burst; RAW capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 9/11/2014

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon 1 J3.

Nikon has announced a modest upgrade to their popular J1 in the J2. Specifications are almost entirely the same, still a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 1080/60p video, and 10fps burst with autofocus, but the screen resolution has jumped to 921,000 dots from 460,000 and the asking price is now $549. It also comes in orange now, if that's enough to excite you. More interesting is the release of a new 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6 compact zoom for the 1 system, which offers a portable, zoom alternative to the 10mm f2.8. Its release is a bit of a head scratcher, though, because most bought the 10-30mm kit lens and don't need something completely redundant. We're still waiting for something compelling from the 1-Series lens lineup. Overall, a lukewarm addition that will do little to sway users of other mirrorless systems (or indeed the RX100).

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