Hands-On Review: the Nikon 1 J2 Mirrorless Camera and Lenses

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Larry Becker reviews the new Nikon 1 J2 mirrorless digital camera in this video from B&H. Becker demonstrates a few of the J2’s new features and highlights some of the notable upgrades from the camera’s predecessor, the Nikon 1 J1. Viewers will learn about some of the J2’s advanced features, which include creative modes, burst modes, high frame rate video, and Motion Snapshots. Finally, Becker discusses the 10-30mm and 30-110mm zoom lenses, which provide the J2 with a wide range of focal lengths.


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Nikon 1 J2 Digital Mirrorless Camera
Sensor CMOS (CX, 13.2 x 8.8mm)
Total Pixels 12 million
Effective Pixels 10.1 million
Crop Factor Approx. 2.7x
Lens Mount Nikon 1 mount
Dust Reduction System Optical anti-dust mechanism
File Formats Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG Fine (approx. 1:4 compression)
JPEG Normal (approx. 1:8 compression)
JPEG Basic (approx. 1:16 compression)
JPEG + RAW (single photo recorded in both formats)
Image Area (pixels) Still Images (3:2 aspect ratio)
3872 x 2592
2896 x 1944
1936 x 1296
Smart Photo Selector (3:2 aspect ratio)
3872 x 2592
2896 x 1944
1936 x 1296
Movie Mode (16:9 aspect ratio)
3840 x 2160 (1080/60i)
1920 x 1080 (1080/30p)
1280 x 720 (720/60p)
Motion Snapshot (16:9 aspect ratio)
3840 x 2160
Picture Control Standard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Portrait
Landscape
Selected Picture Control can be modified
User-customizable Settings
Storage Media SD
SDHC
SDXC
Card Slot Secure Digital (x1)
File System Compliant with DCF 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Form)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Cameras)
PictBridge
Display 3" TFT-LCD with 921,000 dots
Shutter Type Electronic Shutter
Shutter Speed Range 1/16000 to 30 sec., bulb
Flash Sync Speed Up to 1/60 sec.
Shutter Release Modes Single-frame mode [S]
Continuous
Electronic [Hi]
Self-timer mode
Delayed remote
Quick Response Remote
Interval Timer Shooting
Frame Advance Rate Electronic [Hi]: Approx. 10, 30 or 60 fps
Other modes: Up to 5 fps (single AF or manual focus, shutter priority
or manual exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 or faster)
Self-timer 2, 5, 10 sec. (timer duration electronically controlled)
Remote Control Modes Delayed remote (2 sec.)
Quick Response Remote
Exposure Metering System TTL metering using image sensor
Metering Method Matrix
Center-weighted (meters 4.5mm circle in center of frame)
Spot (meters 2mm circle centered on selected focus area)
Exposure Modes Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Aperture-Priority (A)
Manual (M)
Scene Auto Selector
Scene Modes Portrait
Landscape
Night Portrait
Close-up
Auto
Shooting Modes Still Image (3:2 aspect ratio)
Smart Photo Selector (3:2 aspect ratio)
Movie (HD, 16:9 aspect ratio)
Movie Slow Motion (8:3)
Motion Snapshot (16:9 aspect ratio)
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV in increments of 1/3EV 
ISO Sensitivity 100-3200 (expandable to 6400)
Autofocus System Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)
AF-assist illuminator
AF-area mode Single-point AF (135 focus areas)
Auto-area AF (41 focus areas)
Subject tracking
Face-priority AF
Focus Modes Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide Number 5/16 (m/ft ISO 100, 20°C/68°F) Approx.
Flash Control i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Flash Mode Fill-flash
Red-eye reduction
Rear curtain with sync
Rear curtain with slow sync
Slow sync
Slow sync with red-eye reduction
Flash Compensation 5/16 (m/ft ISO 100, 20°C/68°F) Approx.
White Balance Auto
Incandescent
Fluorescent
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Cloudy
Shade
Preset Manual
Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Metering method Matrix
Center-weighted (meters 4.5mm circle in center of frame)
Spot (meters 2mm circle centered on selected focus area)
Movie 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)
Movie modes HD: 1920 x 1080/60i
HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
Slow-motion: 640 x 240 at 400 fps
Slow-motion: 320 x 120 at 1200 fps
Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080/60p (plays at 24p)
Interface USB (Hi-speed USB)
HDMI output (Type C mini-pin HDMI connector)
Battery EN-EL20 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life 220 shots per charge (CIPA)
Tripod Socket 1/4"-20
Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C)
Operating Humidity Less than 85% humidity (no condensation)
Dimensions 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.2" (106 x 61 x 29.8mm)
Weight Body only: 8.4 oz (238 g)
1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Mount Type Nikon 1 mount
Focal Length Range 10-30mm
Zoom Ratio 3x
Maximum Aperture f/3.5
Minimum Aperture f/16
Format CX
Maximum Angle-of-View 77° 
Minimum Angle-of-View 29°40''
Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups (with 3 aspherical elements)
Optical Conversion Factor 2.7x
Diaphragm Blades 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Minimum Focus Distance 7.9" (20 cm)
Filter Size 40.5 mm
Dimensions Approx. 2.3 x 1.7" (57.5 x 42mm)
Weight Approx. 4.1 oz (115 g)
1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
Mount Type Nikon 1 mount
Focal Length Range 30-110mm
Zoom Ratio 3.7x
Maximum Aperture f/3.8
Minimum Aperture f/16
Format CX
Maximum Angle-of-View 29°40''
Minimum Angle-of-View 8°20''
Lens Construction 18 elements in 12 groups
Optical Conversion Factor 2.7x
Diaphragm Blades 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Minimum Focus Distance 3.3' (1 m)
Filter Size 40.5mm
Dimensions Approx. 2.4 x 2.4" (60 x 61mm)
Weight Approx. 6.2 oz (175 g)