This review is devoted to 1 J3 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Nov 30, 2013. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older
product 1 J2
and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent
To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our
complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon 1 J3 vs. 1 J4
Nikon 1 J3 vs. 1 J2
In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #119 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #250 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon 1 J3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon 1 J3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.
Nikon 1 J3 has the following external dimensions 101 x 101 x 29 mm (39.76 x 24.02 x 11.42″) with the weight of 201 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon 1 J3, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon 1 J3 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 29mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon 1 J3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon 1 J3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon 1 J3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon 1 J3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon 1 J3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon 1 J3 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Nikon 1 J3 has the following ISO range 160 - 6400 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Nikon 1 J3 features a 14.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon 1 J3, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 52 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon 1 J3’s sensor.
Nikon 1 J3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Nikon 1 J3 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon 1 J3 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon 1 J3 are its 15.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, 1 J3 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
One more highlight that makes Nikon 1 J3 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 135 points.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon 1 J3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon 1 J3 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Nikon 1 J3 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Nikon 1 J3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect 1 J3 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon 1 J3 provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon 1 J3 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon 1 J3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon 1 J3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the 1 J3 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 J3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 J3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 6. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 J3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J3 can be called a 94 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 J3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J3 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 J3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J3 can be called a 53 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Nov 30, 2013|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Nikon 1|
|Number of Lenses||13|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2.7x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||15.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||52|
|DxO Color Depth||20.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.0|
|DxO Low Light ISO||420|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3072|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||160|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||135|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||41|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||101 x 61 x 29 mm|
|Battery Life||220 shots|
|Battery Type||220 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|