Nikon 1 J4 Summary
Nikon 1 J4 Assessment
The Nikon 1 J4 is a compact SLD with a unique 18 megapixels sensor which provides ultra-fast Phase-Detect autofocus, continuous shooting up to 60 FPS and full 1080p HD video. The J4 packs this into an very compact and sturdy body which features a single control-dial.
The J4 produces low-noise images up to ISO 400 and usable results until ISO 3200 for small prints. The most impressive aspect of the J4 is its speed. The autofocus and stutter-lag are class-leading with excellent shot-to-shot speeds, as long as Instant Review is disabled. If not, then there is a noticeable blackout too.
In short, the Nikon 1 J4 leads in terms of speed while trailing behind in terms of output quality. Video on the other hand is actually quite good. It starts and stops instantly and provides plenty of features for such an entry-level model.
|Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light||Above average image noise|
|Usable up to ISO 3200||Severe image softness|
|Excellent metering||Narrow dynamic range|
|Virtually no blackout without Instant Review||Instant Review impacts performance|
|Superb shot-to-shot speed without Instant Review||Incorrect exposure and white-balance preview|
|Quick and responsive||Very few direct controls|
|Good LCD sharpness||Short battery-life|
|Solid build quality||Average Average|
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Nikon J4 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 13 x 9mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|18 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 160-12800|
|Nikon 1 Mount|
|60 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels||Spot-Metering|
|Micro Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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