Introduced alongside the 1 S2, the Nikon 1 J4 is a small step up from the cheaper S2. The biggest difference to note is the touchscreen, which the S2 doesn't offer. The Nikon 1 J4 also adds a bit better battery life and a few more options for the single-point autofocus mode.
Like the 1 S2, the Nikon 1 J3 uses a 1" sensor, which is smaller than most mirrorless models use. However, again, the trade-off for that smaller sensor is the burst speed, which sits at a solid 10 fps, or 30 fps when the autofocus is locked on the first frame. The Fujfilm X-M1 and Sony a5000 will get you better image quality with more resolution, but they also have half the speed, so it's a matter of which one is more important to you.
Disappointingly, the older model, the 1 J3, actually had a better burst mode at 15 fps. I reviewed the 1 J3 last year and really enjoyed the speed and size; the 15 fps down to 10 fps is a noticeable drop. If you can find the older J3, I'd go with that option over the J4, touchscreens aren't all they're cracked up to be. If you can swing the extra cash, Nikon's top-of-the-line mirrorless, the V3, has a burst speed of 20 fps among other perks.
Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.
It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.
Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.
Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.
Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.
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