Nikon 1 J4

For a cam­era with in­ter­change­able lenses, the 1 J4 of­fers slim pickings – and we mean that in a good way

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Nikon 1 J4 + 10-30mm PD-Zoom

£315, $375

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ar­rower, shorter and only a lit­tle deeper than the Coolpix P7800, this is the small­est and most light­weight Nikon 1 cam­era out­fit in the group. With the 10-30mm VR kit lens it mea­sures just 100mm by 60mm by 57mm and weighs a mere 317g, so it’s also lighter than the P7800. Slim­line stowage is helped by the 10-30mm lens au­to­mat­i­cally re­tract­ing when the cam­era is switched off, and pop­ping out for duty when it’s switched on again. The power zoom op­er­ates smoothly from a fly-by-wire ring on the bar­rel of the lens, which gives an ef­fec­tive zoom range of 27-81mm, thanks to the 2.7x crop fac­tor of Nikon 1 cam­eras and their one-inch sen­sors.

The J4 has a lot in com­mon with the range-top­ping V3,

Nin­clud­ing the same image sensor and EXPEED 4A pro­ces­sor, plus the same hy­brid con­trast/phasede­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem with 171 con­trast ar­eas and 105 phase-de­tec­tion points. You also get the same speedy max­i­mum drive rate of 20 frames per sec­ond, boosted to 60 frames per sec­ond if you don’t need aut­o­fo­cus af­ter the first shot in a se­quence. Favourite mod cons of older 1-series cam­eras are re­tained, like Best Mo­ment Cap­ture and Mo­tion Snap­shot.

Per­for­mance

Aut­o­fo­cus­ing is faster than in any of the Coolpix cam­eras in the group, and this is es­pe­cially no­tice­able in low light­ing con­di­tions. In­deed, aut­o­fo­cus speed is very sim­i­lar to that of the two D-SLRs in the group, when fit­ted with their 18-55mm kit lenses. Me­ter­ing and auto white bal­ance are re­li­able and con­sis­tent, and while the ad­just­ment of shoot­ing pa­ram­e­ters is heav­ily menubased, nav­i­gat­ing them is sped along by the touch­screen.

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