Nikon 1 J5 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor and pro­cess­ing

With a megapixel count of 20.8, the 1 J5 out­strips all other 1 se­ries cam­eras to date, and the im­age sen­sor is backed up by a new EXPEED 5A pro­ces­sor. Aut­o­fo­cus and me­ter­ing are car­ried out via the im­age sen­sor.


The hy­brid aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is fast and com­pe­tent. Con­trast-de­tec­tion AF is split into 171 fo­cus ar­eas, and the cen­tral 105 ar­eas also sup­port sen­sor-based phase-de­tec­tion AF. The cam­era de­cides how to com­bine con­trast or phase de­tec­tion, de­pend­ing on shoot­ing con­di­tions.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

The max­i­mum burst rate of 60 frames per sec­ond is phe­nom­e­nal. It’s a shame that the buf­fer depth of 20 shots in ei­ther RAW or JPEG qual­ity modes means that you can only shoot for a third of a sec­ond. Other con­tin­u­ous drive rates of 10, 20 and 30 frames per sec­ond are also avail­able.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

Me­ter­ing is based on in­for­ma­tion gath­ered from the main im­age sen­sor. As with aut­o­fo­cus, the lack of a con­ven­tional re­flex mir­ror pre­cludes hav­ing a sep­a­rate me­ter­ing mod­ule, as fit­ted to D-SLRs. Me­ter­ing is largely ac­cu­rate and ‘ma­trix’ mode gen­er­ally gives bal­anced im­ages.


The J5 is slim and light, but feels a lit­tle pla­s­ticky in places (es­pe­cially the cov­ers for the bat­tery com­part­ment and HDMI/ USB con­nec­tion ports). The mi­croSD/HC/ XC cards are sim­i­larly frag­ile. How­ever, the con­trols have a good, solid feel and the tex­tured cov­er­ing en­ables a firm grip.

Need to know

De­spite the po­ten­tial for high-speed con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing, the speed be­tween suc­ces­sive shots in Sin­gle drive mode is slow. In our tests, the cam­era locked us out for about two sec­onds be­tween shots, in JPEG qual­ity mode as well as in RAW and RAW + JPEG modes.

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