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Nikon 1 J5 Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Micro Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Micro Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon 1 J5 Assessment

The Nikon 1 J5 is a compact mirrorless with a unique 20 megapixels sensor which provides ultra-fast Phase-Detect autofocus, 60 FPS continuous drive and 4K Ultra-HD video at 15 FPS. The J5 packs all this into a sturdy compact body which features dual control-dials and a traditional mode-dial.

The J5 produces image with no visible noise until ISO 400 for very large prints. ISO 800 and 1600 are barely show any nose and still completely usable up to large sizes. The most impressive aspect of the J5 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.

This small mirrorless delivers a solid improvement over its previous generation. It now shows the image-quality expected of its digital camera class and has intuitive ergonomics which do not take long to learn. The display could definitely be improved as it fails to preview exposure and framing, among other issues. Overall though, the Nikon 1 J5 is satisfying to use considering its small size and that of its lenses.

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PROS CONS
Noise-free until ISO 400 Limited dynamic-range
Nicely usable images until ISO 3200 Cropped LCD coverage & not Exposure-Priority
Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light Poor LCD visibility in bright and low light
Excellent metering Video recording delay
Virtually no blackout without Instant Review Instant Review impacts performance
Superb shot-to-shot speed without Review Cropped field-of-view for 4K Ultra-HD video
Quick and responsive Short battery-life
Good LCD sharpness
Extremely quiet
Solid build quality
GoodGood Good

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By Neocamera on 2015-06-11

Nikon J5 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 13 x 9mm

1" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

20 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 160-12800
Nikon 1 Mount
2.7X FLM
Shutter 1/16000-30s
60 FPS Drive, 20 ImagesFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
3840x2160 @ 15 FPS Video RecordingCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
3" LCD 1 MegapixelsSpot-Metering
Lithium-Ion Battery
Micro Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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