Nikon 1 Mirrorless Cameras

The Nikon mirrorless cameras bear the unique "Nikon 1" label, so it's clear they have more cameras planned for the future.

Arriving to market later than some other manufacturers, Nikon dove right in with two products: one geared toward consumers and one for more experienced photographers.

Defining Features

What's most notable about the Nikon 1 cameras is that they use a sensor that's quite a bit smaller than the sensors in mirrorless cameras made by other companies.

Without going into great detail about sensor size - I do that here - I'll make these two points:

  1. Smaller sensors degrade image quality when the light is dim
  2. Smaller sensors produce less background blur

So why wouldn't Nikon put the largest sensor possible inside their mirrorless cameras?

With a wide range of compact digital cameras along with some very popular digital SLRs, the Nikon 1 sensor fits right in between, creating a "bridge" camera that didn't previously exist.

Released in 2012

Release Date: September 2012

J2

The Nikon J2 offers some mild improvements over the J1 - the most notable is an improved LCD display that is equivalent to the one on the V1.

LevelBeginner
Megapixels10.1
LCD3in.
Movie Mode1080p H.264
StabilizationNone
ViewfinderNone
Built-in FlashYes
ISO Range100-6400
nikon j2
Available at:  Amazon  •  Adorama  •  B&H Photo Video
List Price: $550 USD

Released in 2011

Release Date: October 2011

J1

The Nikon J1 is designed with compact camera users in mind. It's easy to use, without a lot of the more advanced features and settings desired by experienced photographers.

LevelBeginner
Megapixels10.1
LCD3in.
Movie Mode1080p H.264
StabilizationNone
ViewfinderNone
Built-in FlashYes
ISO Range100-6400
nikon j1
Available at:  Amazon  •  Adorama  •  B&H Photo Video
List Price: $600 USD
Release Date: October 2011

V1

The V1 is more for advanced photographers who are looking for a lighter alternative to their digital SLR. The addition of an accessory port and an electronic viewfinder are the main things that set it apart from the J1.

LevelIntermediate
Megapixels10.1
LCD3in.
Movie Mode1080p H.264
StabilizationNone
ViewfinderYes
Built-in FlashYes
ISO Range100-6400
nikon-v1
Available at:  Amazon  •  Adorama  •  B&H Photo Video
List Price: $850 USD
Current as of: October 2012