This review is devoted to 1 J5 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Apr 03, 2015. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 21.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Nikon released to replace their older product
To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by
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Nikon 1 J5 vs. 1 J4
In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #51 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #92 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon 1 J5 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.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon 1 J5. 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 J5 has the following external dimensions 98 x 98 x 32 mm (38.58 x 23.62 x 12.6″) with the weight of 231 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 J5, 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 J5 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 32mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon 1 J5 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon 1 J5 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 J5 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon 1 J5 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 J5 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 J5 boasts of a resolution of 21.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Nikon 1 J5 has the following ISO range 160 - 12800 .
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 J5 features a 21.0 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 J5, 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 65 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon 1 J5’s sensor.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Nikon 1 J5 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon 1 J5 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,037k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon 1 J5 are its 20.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, 1 J5 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
One more highlight that makes Nikon 1 J5 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 171 points.
In addition, 1 J5 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon 1 J5, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon 1 J5 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Nikon 1 J5 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.
Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of 1 J5.
Nikon 1 J5 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Nikon 1 J5 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, 1 J5 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect 1 J5 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon 1 J5 provides a shooting life of 250, 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 J5 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 J5’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon 1 J5’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the 1 J5 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 J5 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J5 can be called a Strong 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 J5 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 5. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J5 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 J5 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J5 can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 J5 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 9. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J5 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 J5 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 J5 can be called a 77 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||Apr 03, 2015|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Nikon 1|
|Number of Lenses||13|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2.7x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||20.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill-flash, fill-flash w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||65|
|DxO Color Depth||22.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.0|
|DxO Low Light ISO||479|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5568 x 3712|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|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||171|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||4K (15p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (120p/60p/30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||98 x 60 x 32 mm|
|Battery Life||250 shots|
|Battery Type||250 shots|