Fastest con­ti­nous shoot­ing at 60 frames per sec­ond. Noise re­duc­tion is too ag­gres­sive, leading to smudg­ing at high ISOs.

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The Nikon 1 sys­tem is fairly ma­ture by now, and the J4 is the lat­est it­er­a­tion of Nikon’s mir­ror­less se­ries, and again the fo­cus is on mak­ing key shoot­ing sit­u­a­tions eas­ier via the use of pre­sets. With eight fil­ter op­tions like HDR, Cre­ative Pal­ette, Panorama, and Soft fo­cus avail­able un­der the Cre­ative mode, and Nikon’s own helper func­tions like Best Mo­ment Cap­ture and Smart Photo Se­lec­tor, it’s ob­vi­ous Nikon is try­ing to bridge the gap be­tween cam­eras with in­ter­change­able lenses and sim­ple point-and-shoot com­pacts with this one.

But­tons and con­trols are pared down to a min­i­mum with the J4, but once you get used to the menu sys­tem and where the op­tions are, you’ll find that all the nec­es­sary cam­era set­tings are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. I must say that hav­ing a touch LCD screen helps dra­mat­i­cally with this, as does re­al­iz­ing that all the reg­u­lar shoot­ing modes (P,S,A,M) are housed un­der the func­tion but­ton (F) in all modes ex­cept for Auto.

A ded­i­cated record but­ton is placed next to the shut­ter but­ton, let­ting you start record­ing movie with just a press, and we think it’s prob­a­bly the eas­i­est to ac­cess of the three cam­eras, as the equiv­a­lent but­tons are a lit­tle too flush with the bod­ies on the NX Mini and the DMC-GM1. On the J4, it’s a nice solid ridged but­ton that pops up enough for you to reach by feel. The small plas­tic ridge on the right of the cam­era acts as a nice thumb grip, and the metal­lic fin­ish gives the cam­era a nice, mod­ern feel.

Then, there is the 1030mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens which fea­tures an in­te­grated lens cap that opens when the cam­era is pow­ered on, and closes at shut­down. We re­ally do like this small fea­ture as it means you’re ready to start shoot­ing pretty much im­me­di­ately af­ter hit­ting the on/off but­ton. No lens caps to fuss with, and no need to ro­tate the lens to ex­tend it be­fore you can start tak­ing pic­tures.

The lens also fea­tures zoom by wire, which we don’t like so much as there isn’t as much feel to it. There is a lit­tle too much give, and there are no in­di­ca­tions as to which fo­cal length you’re at, so you re­ally have to go by what you see on the LCD.

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