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

Update is a downgrade in performance from its predecessor


The updated sensor in the J3 actually performs a bit worse than its predecessor with an Overall DxOMark Score of 52 that’s two points lower than the J2’s Overall Score of 54.

While we did note a slight improvement in lowlight shooting, the J3’s more restricted sensitivity range (ISO 160 to 6400, compared to ISO 100 to 6400 in the J2), limits the newer model’s Portrait and Landscape scores measured at low ISO settings.

As with its predecessor, the J3’s DxOMark sensor scores show a relatively low dynamic range with a score of 11 Evs.

While the lowlight ISO score has improved, coming in at 420 ISO, it still remains low in comparison to the camera’s main competitors – such as cameras in the Sony NEX lineup, Micro Four-Thirds hybrid cameras from Panasonic and Olympus, and the Canon EOS M (EF-M) – scoring a full stop better.