Nikon J2 Features

Mirrorless camera or fashion accessory? Only you can decide.

I say this because the J2 is available in a rainbow of colors: black, white, silver, red, pink and orange. The orange in particular will help ensure that no one else mistakes your camera for their own.

In addition to its wide color palette, the Nikon J2 features a 10 megapixel sensor, a bright and colorful 3 inch LCD screen and a continuous capture speed of 10 photos per second.

It still leverages the same fast autofocus available on the J1 and V1, along with the Full HD movie mode. The Nikon J2 also features Nikon's "motion snapshot" mode that creates short slow-motion clips in addition to capturing still images.

Nikon J2 Features

Image StabilizationNone
Memory CardSD / SDHC / SDXC
Max. Shutter Speed1/4000
Max. Photo Capture10 per second
LCD3 inch (921,000 dots)
Flexible LCDNo
AutofocusContrast AF (73 multi-point)
Face Detect AFYes
Aspect Ratios3:2 and 16:9
Sensor Dimensions13.2 x 8.8mm
ISO Range100-6400
Movie ModesH.264: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Movie SoundAAC Audio
HDMI PortYes
Accessory PortNo
Built-in FlashYes
Compatible LensesNikon 1
BatteryEN-EL20 LiIon
Dimensions4.2 x 2.4 x 1.2in
106 x 61 x 29.8mm
Weight8.4oz (238g)

J2 vs. J1 and V1

Now that the J2 is available, the question becomes: "which Nikon mirrorless camera is best?"

The differences between these cameras are fairly subtle, so in the end it may come down to a matter of mere personal preference.

LCD Screen

The LCD screen on the J2 is made up of 921,000 dots — this is the same number that the V1 has, but more than the 460,000 on the J1.

More dots simply means that the image displayed on the LCD is clearer and more colorful, a good thing if you're using it all the time to compose your photos.


The J2 does not have a viewfinder: neither does the J1, but the V1 does.

Viewfinders are most useful when you're taking pictures on bright sunny days and having a hard time seeing the LCD screen to compose your image and change camera settings.

By putting your eye up to the viewfinder, you can take photos even at high noon in the middle of the desert.

Control Dial

The control dial on the back of the J1 and V1 is super-simple, providing only 4 options: Motion Snapshot, Smart Photo, Still Image and Movie.

While not much more complex, the dial on the J2 offers one more setting: Creative Mode.

This is really what's called "scene" modes on other cameras, allowing you to choose the scene that matches the type of image you want to take (landscape, portrait, night, action, etc.).


nikon j2 mirrorless camera
Release Date: September 2012
$550 USD (with lens)