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Nikon1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (White)
 
4.5

(based on 78 reviews)

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    (32)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (59)
  • Good image quality (48)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (38)
  • Large clear LCD (37)
  • Fast shutter speed (28)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (15)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (51)
  • Travel (41)
  • Landscape/scenery (27)
  • Low light (24)
  • Sports/action (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Casual photographer (27), Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), Yes (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A small camera with a lot of punch!

I own a Nikon D90 and a D40. Both are great camera's but sometimes I want to focus on "the moment" instead of lugging around the bigger body camera. My point...Read complete review

I own a Nikon D90 and a D40. Both are great camera's but sometimes I want to focus on "the moment" instead of lugging around the bigger body camera. My point and shoot (a Cannon Powershot SD 1200S) camera fits in my pocket but can't stop the action of my 6 year old boy and those pics come out blurry. I purchased this camera as I was looking for something that could meet my all around / everyday needs; something that was sort of in the middle of a larger DSLR and a point and shoot camera. The Nikon 1 J1 does EXACTLY what I needed. It takes great photos (better outdoors than indoors as you would expect from a camera of this size). The photos are FAR BETTER than a regular point and shoot camera as the sensor is over 6 times larger than a normal point and shoot camera. I now get crisp photos I can enlarge to 8x10 without a problem. It is small enough that I can bring it anywhere and not worry I am going to miss that special shot, yet I can still enjoy myself and not have to worry about lugging around my larger D90. Nothing will replace the quality of a larger size DSLR but with the Nikon 1 J1, you will always have the flexibility of having it with you and not miss a photo opportunity. It goes everywhere with me.....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

J1 is too Simple

The J1 is really too small and hard to get a good grip, espacially with larger hands. And the lack of a viewfinder is bad. I tried the Camera Grip and even though...Read complete review

The J1 is really too small and hard to get a good grip, espacially with larger hands. And the lack of a viewfinder is bad. I tried the Camera Grip and even though it only costs $50 it only helped slightly. For the price this camera should have more enthusiast-pro control over everything. And even though it is small it will not fit into a pocket with any lens attached.

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4.0

Great little camera for leisure use

By Tenshi

from Sugar Land, Texas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • No Viewfinder
  • Poor Image Stabilization
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

Bought it for a trip. Its not the newest version, the newest one is J3. Tried it out at home, took a few shot of my dog. Nice small compact camera, not as light as I thought but not heavy for a mirrorless system. Fairly easy to use, great image quality. Does RAW format, but battery life is short. No image stabilization,requires steady hands. Overall a fun toy camera.

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  • No

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4.0

Great camera

By David L

from Chicago, IL

Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

This camera is great for on the go quick and easy picture taking. It takes good photos and is compact for easy mobility.

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5.0

Great product at an even greater price!

By Zach

from Austin, TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

    My initial testing of the photography and video capabilities have been relatively brief, but I've been nothing but impressed with it to this point. The screen quality is nice and the interface is really awesome. The quality and styling of the camera is second to none. The price was simply unbeatable.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great Camera

    By HappyCamper

    from Slo, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Do Not Point At The Sun
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Red):

    I am very happy with my choice to buy this camera. I bought it for it's manual functions such as max/min shutter speeds. What surprised me is how much I love the slow-motion video. I have taken so many of these that turned out amazing. The Vignettes are pretty useless because when you download them they split into three files: the sound, the picture, and the video. The other thing that I'm not so happy with is that it says that if you point it at the sun it may damage the internal parts. It warns to keep the sun out of the picture. The feeling of the camera is very comfortable. I wish there were more option buttons without having to go into the menu each time, but that's a minor nuisance. I do end up with some blurry pictures in low light, as I was warned about in other reviews. The quality of the pictures is so vibrant and clear (with good lighting) that I am amazed at every shot. I can't put it down. I hope you find it as great as I do!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Totally awesome camera!

    By Cowboy

    from Central Texas

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

      I have used Nikon equipment for over 40 years. I waded into digital and finally let go of my F3. I've been extremely happy with the results from my new Nikon 1 J1. I'm planning a trip to Africa this year and the size of this camera is perfect. Lot's of flexibility with a great selection of interchangeable lenses. Thanks B&H!
      You came through again!

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      4.0

      Way more fun than a point and shoot

      By Cathy

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Focusing
      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

      I was in the market for a camera, thinking I would buy a simple point and shoot with a 10x zoom. The Nikon 1 series of cameras came up on my radar as something new and interesting. Here was something with the body of a point and shoot and interchangeable lenses of a manageable size.

      In one month, this camera has already taught me a lot about the hobby of photography. I started with the camera making all the decisions for me and then began making some of the decisions myself. The J1's performance in low light is excellent, so I never need to use the flash.

      I now have three lenses for the J1: the 10-30mm it came with, the 30-110mm telephoto, and the 18.5mm prime lens. All take excellent photos and don't set you back huge sums of money like a full DSLR system might. This little J1 can focus like nobody's business, homing in on your subject in the blink of an eye.

      If I could make this camera better, I would make it a little easier to change ISO. Currently, you have to hunt through the menus a bit.

      The included neck strap gets the job done, but a small hand strap or a grip stick go a long way towards making this little J1 more stable. It is exceptionally light and can use a little extra stability.

      I put Toshiba Exceria 95 Mb/s read, 90 Mb/s write into the J1 and I can take burst shots until the cows come home. I leave it in Continuous shutter mode and just hold down the button. This helps make sure I get at least one shot which is not blurry and in which nobody is blinking. If you don't need the raw throughput speed, an Eye-Fi memory card will set you back a little but also remedy the fact that this camera has no wi-fi support.

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      • No

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      5.0

      1J1 Nikon is a must have for photo bugs

      By Applejack

      from Tennessee

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

        Fantastic camera quality...ease of operation is a big bonus...ordered another for a gift...

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Deal!

        By Craig

        from Surrey, BC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

          elegant stuff compared to other similar price models!Typical Nikon's Sharpness. Easy to handle all the funcations and aboundant funcation of course. The camera case is really a great bonous!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Fabulous and light weight

          By Dawnie

          from North Jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Poor Image Stabilization
          • Video In Evening Blahhhh

          Best Uses

            Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (White):

            I was on vacation this past week and I absolutely love my new Nikon. Ironically 3 of my friends had the same camera and we didn't consult each other. This camera is light weight and takes great shots. The resolution is amazing and it's easy to use. I'm no professional photographer but this camera made me look and feel as if i were. My pics turned out great. however when videoing in the evening i could barely see anything.... we were in the taxi and the people were in dark shadow...huhhhh? The 30mm zoom is not enough when you really want to zoom in so I'm forced to step it up a notch. Overall, I wouldn't trade this camera...

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great everyday camera

            By DAB

            from Lockport, Ny

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

            very happy with this Nikon so far. It is perfect to keep handy when i dont want to carry my fullsize DSLR. It seams to be well made, as has been my experience with all Nikon products i have owned. It can be as simple as point and shoot, or you can get a little creative if you prefer. Takes great shots and gives me exccelant 8x10 prints, i havnt tried to print any larger yet. I do not regret this purchase, especialy at such a great price.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great Camera!

            By j

            from seattle

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good in Low Light

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

            I really like this camera, it is a very good camera for $[$].

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Excellant deal

            By DAB

            from Lockport, Ny

            Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

            Very happy with the price and the expedient shopping. The camera is perfect when I don't want to carry my full size DSLR. It's easy to keep handy. The camera appears to be up to Nikons high quality standards, and takes beautifull shots. So far I am verry happy with this purchase.

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            4.0

            Great Starter Camera!

            By David C.

            from Friendswood, TX

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

              Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

              I purchased this camera as a Christmas present for my sister and brother-in-law who has a baby due in March. They wanted something easy to use and expandable for photographing and videoing their sweet new baby.
              With the interchangeable lenses this camera will be very easy to expand as the baby gets older and into sports and such things.
              So far they're really loving it. The "auto" settings are great for over-all photographs, and the slow motion video feature is really fun to play with!

              Definitely NOT something for a pro user, but for the average photographer/beginner it's the perfect camera!

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great camera for a great price

              By Mom gets an A

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

                Bought it for my 14 year old son; he loves it.

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                5.0

                So far so good

                By ttufrosty

                from Kansas

                Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

                First mirror less camera, a step up from a compact. So far we really enjoy the bump up in speed. Low light is a bit tough, but that's what the integrated flash helps with.

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                5.0

                great for money

                By Tom

                from Ga

                Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

                This was great for the price. Shipped fast.

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                5.0

                Great Pics, Easy to Use

                By K

                from Youngstown, OH

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

                      Takes great pictures very easy to use, especially for inexperienced photographers.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A Fine Camera

                      By Sal

                      from MN

                      Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

                      A big upgrade from our old point and shoot cameras. Beautiful pictures and a very solid feel to the camera.

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                      4.0

                      Pleased so far

                      By Memory Maker

                      from Texas

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Red):

                          I just purchased this camera so am still learning all the bells and whistles, but it appears to have some nice features. I haven't had much chance to use it yet, but took some pictures in very low light and was pleased at how well the pictures turned out. I like the size and color (red)as well as the camera case that came with it. I didn't buy the 30-100 zoom lens, but am now thinking I probably should have and will purchase it later on. The only negative so far was that I thought the specs said it came with a memory card, but it did not. Most cameras don't anyway. Would have been a nice plus if it had. Also, there appears to be some lag time with the shutter speed when taking flash pictures.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent little camera

                          By Ashkelonthedog

                          from Anchorage

                          Comments about 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (Silver):

                          Purchased for my 15 year old as an introductory camera! She loves it. Even read the manual. She can't wIt to get extra lens.

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