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Nikon 1 J1 Digital Camera

£436.00
£199.00 £237.00 cheaper than 3 days ago
MILC 10.1MP CMOS SDXC Dec 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Seven industry awards
Compact size
Unacceptable noise level
256 Reviews + 7 Awards
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product 01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Seven Industry Awards

Three expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this Nikon digital camera. PhotographyBlog.com and Purepc.pl both gave this camera a "Recommended" award and Digitaltrends.com gave it a "Recommended Product" award.

Three additional expert review sites all liked this low megapixel digital camera. This Nikon camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review website Ephotozine and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from review website Log.com.tr who thought it was fantastic. Also, review website Onfoto.ru gave this low megapixel digital camera a "Silver" award and thought it was very good.

This Nikon camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this camera is 75 out of 100 based on sixty-seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, DP Review and CNET.com.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this low megapixel digital camera rated it as marvellous. 102 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Good Brand

Based on 25,534 user and expert reviews (including 548 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 99% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size

Eighty-three people mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Cnet.co.uk wrote in their Nikon 1 J1 review “New compact lens system”. Six years ago Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Compact, attractive design”. Pc Mag said in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Compact size” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5.

Fourteen people agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned “The compact 1 Nikkor lens system delivers zooms to match bulky dSLR rivals”. Five years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned “The Nikon 1 J1 is a rather heavy semi-compact 10.1Mp digital camera that follows Olympus, Leica” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Pcadvisor.co.uk also mentioned “In fact the rounded ends of the chunky Nikon 1 J1’s body reminded us instantly of Leica styling” in their review.

Four people said in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Cnet.co.uk said “Goodlooking body” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Nothingwired.com wrote two years ago “Kleine body, ingebouwde flitser, rappe autofocus”. Computeractive.co.uk mentioned “Small camera body” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who bought it wrote that it was good structurally. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “With solid construction and attractive styling, plus a very appealing range of video shooting modes”. Briaan mentioned on Amazon “The construction is solid” and rated it 80 out of 100.

Two owners who purchased the product wrote that it was a good size. Scrotes mentioned in their review of this digital camera “A good size, getting to know the camera has been fun, would reccomend, glad I got the two lenses as can get into changing them straight away”. T J Holder scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said “On this model however the screen is a good size and very clear” in their review of this digital camera.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 234 grams, the Nikon 1 J1 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Olympus Stylus 1 (£409.99) (402g) which also has a higher rating.

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Design

Image Quality

Sixty-six people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Cnet.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said six years ago “The Nikon 1 1 delivers excellent video and low-ISO photo quality, plus some aspects of the camera's performance lead its class” in their review of this digital camera. Also six years ago T3.com mentioned “Image quality”. Digital Versus wrote “Picture quality up to 1600 ISO”.

Compact, Attractive Design

Twenty-seven people who reviewed it considered that it was good looking. Expert website Ephotozine.com said six years ago “More stylish looking camera from the Nikon 1 series available in five different colours, with matching lens colours”. Expert website Asia.cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera also six years ago “Available in several eye-catching colors” and gave it a rating of 74 out of 100. Steves-Digicams.com wrote on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The J1 is a stylish, powerful, yet easy to use camera that boasts some appealing features” in their Nikon 1 J1 review.

Nine people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was well designed. T3.com wrote “Sehr gute Bildqualitt, einfache Handhabung, schnell, toller Autofokus, hervorragende Videoqualitt, hochwertig verarbeitet, frisches Design”. T3.com also wrote “Design, finition, qualit dimage, silencieux, compacit, rapidit, cran LCD” in their review. Two years ago Nothingwired.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Hochwertige Verarbeitung mit edlem Design”.

Six owners wrote in their reviews that it was neat. Scrotes mentioned on Amazon “Very neat”. Bill mentioned “This is a neat little camera that does what I was looking for quite effectively”. Kevin Blake said on Amazon “At first glance a tidy piece of kit”.

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Build Quality

Twenty-nine people who bought this digital camera thought it was well made. Digitaltrends.com wrote “Quality images in good light, solid videos”. Techradar said in their review of this digital camera “Generally good build quality”. Digitalversus.com wrote on Digital Versus “The Nikon 1 J1 is built with sound technology that delivers good picture quality, responsiveness” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Reliable, Can handle most games that i'd care to play”. Grammy wrote in their Nikon 1 J1 review “When my new camera arrived the first thing I noticed was the weight - 12ozs/350g! My trusty old SLR doesn't weigh that much”.

Two people mentioned that it was strong and durable. Five years ago Thomas M. mentioned on Amazon “The Nikon J1 feels very sturdy and not cheap like other cameras” and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

One person reckoned that this digital camera was easy to damage or scratch. Alaz mentioned on Amazon “Sent it in and they told me it I had to pay 250 pounds to repair damage caused by a "major blow" that to my knowledge did not happen” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 20 out of 100.

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Dustproof

The Nikon 1 J1 is dustproof, as are most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Easy to Use

Fourty-four people who purchased the product considered that it was easy to use. Digitaltrends.com said “Digital noise well under control” in their Nikon 1 J1 review. Photographyblog.com said “Manual control in video mode”. Theregister.co.uk mentioned “It’s extremely fast and very easy to use”.

Seventeen people considered that it was easy to use the menus. Nothingwired.com wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Molto rapida in ogni operazione, dall'accensione alla gestione dei menu” . Sierraq mentioned “Thankfully the 4-way button is also a wheel which allows you to rapidly traverse the menu” in their review of this digital camera. Ravi Ranjan said “Navigating menu is simple, there is also manual mode for precise setting” in their review of this digital camera.

Five people said in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Five years ago Pedro A. Vera gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “It fits in my hands just fine”. Pedro A. Vera also mentioned “I find it really comfortable” in his review. F. Proctor wrote on Amazon six years ago “It's nice to hold and my word I'm very happy to have it.” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good interface. Five years ago Sierraq wrote on Amazon “Nikon chose to keep the external interface simple and only the Nikon 1 mode wheel offers only 4” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer said that this digital camera was easy to handle. Mr. Bj Chambers wrote on Amazon “Handles noise sensibly” in their review of this digital camera. One person wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to assemble. J. Wischkaemper said on Amazon “It is possible to construct equivalent lenses which are significantly smaller”.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon 1 J1 supports video recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon 1 J1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Nikon digital camera). This Nikon camera also support a video resolutions of 320 x 120 pixels and 640 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon 1 J1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus 1 (£409.99).

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Features

Great Video Features

Ten owners who bought the product agreed that it had good features. T3.com said “Great video features” in their review of the Nikon 1 J1. Expert website Shutterbug.com mentioned “Nikon 1 J1 CameraThe new Nikon 1 J1 is a compact system camera that features a 10.1-megapixel CX-format high-speed AF CMOS sensor”. Expert review site G4tv.com said “With features like a high resolution 3" screen, 12 megapixel image sensor” however despite that they only gave the product a score of 3 stars out of 5.


Power

Good Battery Life

Twelve customers who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good battery life. Rob said “Battery life could be better so it's probably advisable to buy a second battery”. Thomas M. rated the product 80 out of 100 and he said “*You can record video in 720p for 1hr and 20 minutes on one battery charge is pretty good”. Ziggy_fan said on Amazon “You can get going pretty soon after the battery is fully charged”.


Camera

Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon 1 J1 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon 1 J1 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Histogram

The Nikon 1 J1 features histogram, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Features Album Organization

The Nikon 1 J1 features album organization. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera also feature album organization.

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Features Calendar

The Nikon 1 J1 features calendar, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon 1 J1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon 1 J1 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon 1 J1 features voice recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than a year also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon 1 J1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Noisy

Eight owners considered that this digital camera was noisy. Amazon.co.uk wrote two years ago “Fan is a little on the louder side and ca” in their review of this digital camera.

Expert review site Popphoto.com said in their review of this digital camera “Sleek look; Low noise for a small sensor”. Drn1970 said on Amazon five years ago “For what I need it's perfect! The noise grain looks more natural, more film like than many others also”.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Eight owners considered that this digital camera was noisy. Amazon.co.uk wrote two years ago “Fan is a little on the louder side and ca” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Popphoto.com said in their review of this digital camera “Sleek look; Low noise for a small sensor”. Drn1970 said on Amazon five years ago “For what I need it's perfect! The noise grain looks more natural, more film like than many others also”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was not quiet.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon 1 J1 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Nikon 1 J1 supports PictBridge. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Has an HDMI

The Nikon 1 J1 has an HDMI, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Lens System

Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the digital cameras that have been around for more than a year the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 38. The Nikon 1 J1 has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers (16) amongst cameras of this age.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 3 times zoom factor, the Nikon 1 J1 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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Great Video Features

Fourty-one people who reviewed the Nikon 1 J1 mentioned that it was good for video recording. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent video mode with slowmotion functions” . Asia.cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Fun slow-motion video” . Nothingwired.com said “Videos mit kontinuierlichem Autofokus, hochwertige Verarbeitung, neuartige Zusatzfunktionen”.

Built-In Flash

Nineteen customers said in their reviews that the Nikon 1 J1 had a good flash. Nothingwired.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Flash intgr (contrairement au 1), cran LCD de qualit”. Six years ago Digital Versus wrote “Builtin flash (unlike the 1”. Expert website Techmagnifier.com mentioned “The only points where it could lose points are that flash cannot be used above 1/60 sec”.

Nikons First Mirrorless Camera

Thirteen owners thought this digital camera was mirrorless. Digitaltrends.com said in their review of this digital camera “Nikons first mirrorless camera”. Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Techradar “Ever since Panasonic launched the first mirrorless compact system camera in September 2008, there has been rumour”. Expert review site Layersmagazine.com wrote five years ago “Compact, Mirrorless Digital Camera Nikon has entered the mirrorless camera market with a strong start by introducing their new Nikon 1 system, which includes the J1” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5.

Seven customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good screen. Nothingwired.com mentioned two years ago “3 0 Zoll Display mit 460.000 Pixel mit sehr gutem und traumhaft ruckelfreiem Bildeindruck”. Expert review site Techsmart.co.za wrote “Is the screen at the back really this good? How does it get these accurate light measurements? Why is i”. Ravi Ranjan said six years ago “Best thing about J1 it has great 3" fluid LCD screen”.

One owner thought this digital camera had an electronic viewfinder. Photoanswers.co.uk gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on Photo Answers.co.uk six years ago “The EVF is handy in br”. One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder.

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Image Quality

One hundred and seventeen customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Nothingwired.com wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Qualit des images jusqu' 1600 ISO” . It Reviews.com said on IT Reviews.com “Superb photo quality and exceptional shooting speeds”. Expert website T3.com said six years ago “At one time it was considered that if you wanted the best photo quality and lightning fast response times you bought a digital SLR” in their review of this digital camera.

Fourteen customers who reviewed the Nikon 1 J1 considered that it had a good picture resolution. T3.com wrote “JPEGRAW shooting”. Techradar mentioned “Max 60fps continuous shooting” however despite that they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. Six years ago Photographyblog.com mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “Exceptional continuous shooting rates - up to 60 fps”.

Ten customers agreed that it was good in low light. Pc Mag scored the product 70 out of 100 and wrote “Good low-light performance”. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “The result is perfect exposures and great low-light performance”. Sammens scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The picture and the built quality put some DSLR to shame even in low light the pictures are great”.

Six owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image sensor. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned “The 10.1Mp J1 has a CX-format sensor, which at 13.2×8.8mm is smaller than an APS-C-sized sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago Doug said on Amazon “The macro function (I photograph flowers a lot) is incredible The sensor may only be 10M pixels” in his review of this digital camera and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Mi mentioned on Amazon “Easy Peezy! The sensor size 10MP is more than you will need” in her review of this digital camera.

Two owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good ISO range. Nothingwired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Gute Bildqualitt ohne eklatante Schwchen bis ISO 800” . Nothingwired.com also wrote “Buena calidad de video y desempeo en sensibilidades de ISO bajas” in their review.

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Fast, Accurate Autofocus

Thirty-eight owners agreed that this digital camera had a good lens. T3.com said in their Nikon 1 J1 review “As Nikon’s (joint) first interchangeable lens compact”. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Features a completely new lens mount, completely new sensor design” . Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said “In 2008 Panasonic introduced the first small, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, or ‘Compact System Camera”.

Thirty-three owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good autofocus. Nothingwired.com said “Goede elektronische zoeker, snelle (hybride) autofocus, stil dankzij een elektronische sluiter, tot 60 beelden per seconde op volle resolutie (maar niet in RAW), goede beeldkwaliteit, video gelijkwaar” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Fast, accurate autofocus”. Thestar.com.my wrote “Fast autofocus and burst shooting” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 70 out of 100.

Four customers who bought it concluded that it had a good zoom. Sammystag said on Amazon five years ago “The zoom is epic!”. Ziggy_fan wrote in their review of this digital camera “Of course you could spend a lot less and get a reasonable compact zoom camera.”. Ziggy_fan also wrote “Apart from that, if you want a good variable zoom camera with professional results.” in their review.

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No 'live' Simulation of Exposure Compensation, Nor On-Screen Histogram

One person concluded that this digital camera did not have good exposure controls. Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of the Nikon 1 J1 on PhotographyBlog.com six years ago “No 'live' simulation of exposure compensation, nor on-screen histogram” but in spite of that they still gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Thirty-four customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good value for money. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “The Nikon 1 J1 is the junior member of Nikon's new range of compact system cameras, featuring a smaller and lighter body at a cheaper price than the V1 model” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Macworld.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon 1 J1 on Mac World five years ago “The Nikon 1 J1 is the smaller and more affordable of the two, although both were designed from the ground up around a 10”. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert review site Pocket Lint “The Nikon 1 J1 is a more affordable alternative to the V1”.

Eleven customers who purchased it wrote that it was expensive. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote “It's also on the expensive side for a point-and-shoot upgrader.” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Photographyblog.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “The Nikon 1 J1 offers most of the key features of its more expensive and bigger”. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “And while the J1 provides all of what Nikon wants, it’s still a rather expensive option”.

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Price Has Gone Down by £237 (54%)

The price has dropped from £436 to £199 in the last 3 days. Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There is a 82% chance that the price will go back up. However the future is never certain and there remains a 18% chance that the price will actually go down further. Sign up to price alerts to be notified when the price changes.

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Pricey

Digital cameras of a similar type and age range in price from £24 to £1,869. We think that this camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of a similar type and age.


Support

Manual Controls Buried

Eleven people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it did not have good technical guidance. Digital Versus wrote “No builtin help function in the menus”. T3.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Manual controls are all stuffed in menus”. Cnet.com wrote on CNET.com six years ago “The CX lens system drops manual focus rings on the lenses”.


Picture Quality

Only 3872 X 2592 Pixels Image Resolution

The Nikon 1 J1 has a 3872 x 2592 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of this age and spec. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera is 7952 x 5304 pixels and the worst is 2560 х 1280 pixels.

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Battery

Only 230 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Nikon 1 J1 is a camera that takes 230 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon 1 J1 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus 1 (£409.99).

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