Nikon 1 J3 review: A new midrange offering doesn’t shine

By Janice Chen - Friday February 15 2013

Sensor Review
Introduction | Nikon 1 J3 sensor performance | Nikon 1 J3 versus competition | Conclusion

Although the new Nikon 1 J3 has been updated over its predecessor with the higher-resolution sensor found in Nikon’s top-of-the-line interchangeable lens model, its overall performance scores haven’t improved over the J2. The camera seems to be hampered by the reduction in overall sensitivity range and most notably scored 2/3 stop lower than the J2 for color depth.

Given that cameras such as the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Pentax K 01 perform significantly better than the J3 despite being priced equivalently or less, the J3 doesn’t seem to provide a good value per dollar for those seeking the best image quality from an interchangeable lens camera.