Nikon 1 J4 sensor review: Serious entry-level contender?

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday May 28 2014

Sensor Review
Introduction | Measurements: Nikon 1 J4: Performance on a par with Nikon 1 V3 | Nikon 1 J4 Versus competition | Conclusion
Nikon 1 J4 sensor review: Serious entry-level contender?

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.

See our preview: Nikon 1 J4 Preview – Nikon overhaul their entry-level mirrorless camera

Key specifications

  • 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

Measurements:  Nikon 1 J4: Performance on a par with Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 J4 versus competition