The 1 J5 at a glance

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Power zoom

The re­tractable power-zoom VR lens au­to­mat­i­cally flips out and re­tracts when you switch the cam­era on and off. Pre­cise ad­just­ments are en­abled by a fly-by-wire zoom ring on the lens.

Fn but­ton

You can as­sign the cus­tomis­able func­tion but­ton to ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, me­ter­ing mode, white bal­ance, ISO, Pic­ture Con­trol and AF modes.

Mode dial

Plen­ti­ful shoot­ing modes in­clude some in­trigu­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing 4k UHD (Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion) movie cap­ture, al­beit at a dis­ap­point­ingly slow frame rate of 15 frames per sec­ond.

Pop-up flash

The pop-up flash lacks power and is ab­so­lutely tiny. Un­for­tu­nately, there’s no hot­shoe for adding an ex­ter­nal flash­gun, which is a lim­it­ing fac­tor for a sys­tem cam­era.

LCD screen

The tilt­ing LCD touch­screen makes menu nav­i­ga­tion and AF point se­lec­tion in­tu­itive. It also piv­ots over the top for ‘selfie’ mode shoot­ing.


The Wi-Fi but­ton en­ables wire­less con­nec­tion to other de­vices and net­works, and in­cludes NFC (Near Field Com­mu­ni­ca­tion) com­pat­i­bil­ity.

AF as­sist lamp

The green AF as­sist lamp helps the hy­brid aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem lock onto close-range tar­gets even in com­plete dark­ness.

Com­mand dial

The main com­mand dial sur­rounds the video start/stop record­ing but­ton and falls within easy reach of your right thumb. It’s rem­i­nis­cent of the com­mand dial found on the D5500.


This gives quick ac­cess to wide-rang­ing shoot­ing set­tings as well as ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, flash mode and drive mode set­tings.

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