Nikon 1 J4 sensor review: Serious entry-level contender?By Kevin Carter - Wednesday May 28 2014 Sensor Review
After the announcement of the flagship Nikon 1 V3 the company revealed a new less expensive model sharing many of the features, including the 18-Mpix CX format (1-inch type) sensor with an improved hybrid AF system including 105 on-chip phase-detection points covering most of the frame, and new Expeed 4 level processor. Read on to find out how well this new model performs.
Specification and Features
New features often trickle down from high-models, but it’s not often you see that happen within a month. The new entry-level Nikon 1 J4 shares many of the high-end features of the flagship 1 V3 including the 18-Mpix CMOS sensor sans AA filter, Expeed A4 processer, extended ISO 160–12,800 sensitivity range and new, wide-area hybrid AF system. It boasts a total of 171 AF points, with 105 points linked to dedicated phase-detection pixels on the imaging sensor which promises fast AF and covers nearly the whole frame, Like the 1 V3 it doesn’t have a built-in EVF, which is in extra on that model but sadly not an option on the 1 J4. While it lacks the necessary accessory shoe, it has a tiny built-in popup flash instead, a feature that’s arguably more important to the target audience. Still, it has a similar 3.0” 1.04M dot touchscreen rear LCD (albeit not tilting), same 20 fps burst option with continuous autofocus and even shares the 1 V3s 1080/60p and slow-motion (120 fps) video capabilities of its far pricier sibling. The Nikon 1 J4 is available now in a choice black, silver, white and fetching orange color finishes at $599 including the 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-zoom.
- 18-Mpix CX format CMOS sensor without AA filter
- Hybrid AF system with 105 on-chip phase-detection points, covering almost 100% of frame
- 20 fps continuous shooting with AF
- 3.0” 1.04M dot touchscreen rear LCD
- 1/6000th top shutter speed, 1/60th flash sync
- ISO 100 - 25,600
- 1080/60p movies with full-time autofocus
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity