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Nikon 1 J3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and responsiveness. The performance and design also get good feedback. Many are negative about the viewfinder and flash. There are some mixed comments about the battery and sensor.

portability, design, performance, responsiveness, usability

value for money, features, flash, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Nikon 1 J3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon 1 J3 Review


The Nikon 1 J3 is a very fast and compact ILC, making it easy to carry and always ready to capture an image. While its performance outshines its image quality, it is definitely worth a look for $600. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy, providing excellent quality and color ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record - in most shooting modes ; Full-size stills can be captured while recording full 1080p video with no interruption...

Some noticeable noise in all images ; Program mode images did not compare to Auto mode ; Very weak pop-up flash ; No hotshoe for external flash ; No input for external audio

The Nikon 1 J3 is a very fast and compact ILC, making it easy to carry and always ready to capture an image. While its performance outshines its image quality, it is definitely worth a look for $600. Read more in our

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Nikon 1 J3 Review


Nikon made a bit of industry noise when it announced it would enter the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera race in 2011. Since then Nikon has unveiled several variants of its Nikon 1 series of compact system cameras. The Nikon 1 J3 represents the...

Light, compact stylish design ; Great 3-inch 921k-Dot LCD ; Fast autofocus

Average lens (10-30mm f/3.5-5.6) ; Lower quality images at higher ISO settings ; Challenging ergonomics

The Nikon 1 J3 is worth a look for point-and-shoot users looking for an upgrade, but photo enthusiasts and power users will be left wanting more.

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Nikon 1 J3


The Nikon J3 compact interchageable lens camera is a speedy performer, but it isn't the best in low light, and lacks expansion options when compared with the competition.

Compact. 60fps burst shooting. Zero shutter lag. Innovative shooting modes. 921k-dot display. Quiet

So-so kit lens. Some loss of detail at high ISO settings. No EVF or external flash support. Limited lens selection

The J3 ($599.95 direct with 10-30mm lens) represents the third generation of Nikon's compact interchangeable lens camera system. It's a bit more mature in design than the J1, but no longer occupies the entry-level slot in the family. The smaller,...


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Nikon 1 J3: Lab Test Results & Comments


The Nikon 1 J1 was Nikon's first Compact System Camera (CSC), introduced in 2011/2012. The new J3 has a new image sensor with higher resolution (14MP instead of 10MP) and some additional features. It is still a very compact camera and just about the...

Very compact system camera with new sensor ; Easy handling ; Very fast AF system, very fast continuous shooting mode ; Full HD video ; Nice extras like “Motion Snapshot

Missing optical or electronic viewfinder (only LCD screen as viewfinder) ; Missing accessory shoe for external flash systems or microphones

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Nikon 1 J3


Nikon's latest midrange mirrorless is a very, very short step up for point-and-shoot users.

A lamb in wolf's clothing

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Nikon 1 J3 Review: Simple, Small, and Slick


Nikon first introduced its small, mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras, the 1 J1 and the 1 V1 (similar to the J1 but with the addition of a viewfinder) in 2011. Nikon was a little late in the game, as Olympus and Panasonic had already released more...

Small size, attractive appearance ; Reliably quick performer ; Very good image and movie quality ; Many interesting features as well as manual controls

Requires frequent access to the menu ; Fair battery life ; Fragile pop-up flash

I enjoyed using the Nikon 1 J3. I like its small size, light weight feel and its modern, sleek appearance. The camera's buttons and controls, while small, work well and I appreciated the dedicated movie button. I was not fond of the camera's fragile...

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Amazon review summary for Nikon 1 J3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Nikon 1 J3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Compact System Cameras on

portability, usability, value for money, performance, color


97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Grip adds stability to camera


This add some substance if you have larger hands to hold the camera steady.

Durable","Easy To Use","Lightweight","Reliable

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Totally Awesome Camera!(:


Crystal clear images :) great zoom, everything about it is awesome!

Easy to Use","Fast Shutter Speed","Good Battery Life","Good in Low Light","Great Resolution","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Small \/ Compact

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Love taking successful pictures almost e


nice digital camera

One Lens For All


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:13,2 x 8,8 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/16000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL20


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes