Nikon 1 J4

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Own the moment with the blazingly quick Nikon 1 J4. Fast, light, and solidly built, this portable system camera delivers quality performance and effortless handling.

Offering a powerful combination of acclaimed technology, extraordinary speed, and hassle-free operation, the Nikon 1 J4 leaves nothing to chance. Whether you want to record your baby’s first steps or the explosive action of a photo finish, Nikon’s world-renowned EXPEED processing engine, plus an 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor and rapid autofocus system, capture every look, wink, and heartbeat. The super responsive touchscreen lets you do everything with a tap or a finger swipe, and built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect, share, and create on the go.


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Key features

Remarkable images

Trust your memories to a camera that delivers. With a large 18.4-MP sensor and ISO 160–12800, you get beautiful photos and movies, even when you shoot in low light.

Remarkable images

Portable Nikon 1 system

Shoot at the speed of life and swap lenses with ease. Small, fast, and perfectly formed, our cutting edge Nikon 1 system cameras can capture it all.

Portable Nikon 1 system

Spot-on focus

105 phase detection points lock onto moving subjects with remarkable speed and precision. Capture sharp fast-action photos at up to 20 fps with continuous AF.

Spot-on focus

Touchscreen control

Focus and shoot simply by tapping the super responsive touchscreen. Tap to select the autofocus area, release the shutter, or access key camera settings.

Touchscreen control

Connect, share, create

Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect to a smart device.¹ Liven up your social-media life with Nikon 1 images, or tap into a world of creative photo apps.

Connect, share, create

Split-second timing

Split-second timing

Pick the moment that matters with Active Selection. A new function in Best Moment Capture mode, Active Selection takes up to 20 high-resolution shots in just one second, and you can save as many as you like.

Movie magic

Movie magic

From Full HD movies to colourful travelogues, Nikon 1 is your perfect movie partner. The smart choice for fuss-free filming: shoot smooth action footage, go cinematic with unique creative modes, and take full resolution photos while you film.

Artistic freedom

Artistic freedom

Add a creative twist to your shots with the intuitive Creative Palette function. Simply slide your finger around the ring on the touchscreen, or rotate the multi selector, to apply artistic, studio-quality filters to your photos.

Impressive image quality: enjoy beautifully detailed images at up to ISO 12800 with the large 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor. With no optical low-pass filter, this fast CX-format sensor makes the most of every megapixel to deliver richly detailed, crystal-clear images even when you shoot in dim light.

EXPEED 4A engine: Nikon’s dual-engine image processor keeps you shooting spectacular images and HD movies at speed. One processing engine enables superior noise reduction, extraordinary sharpness, and richly graded images. The other ensures fast, reliable performance and seamless continuous shooting.

1 NIKKOR kit lens: keep the action in focus with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-ZOOM lens. The electric power-drive zoom enables quick, smooth zooming so you can capture everything from distant subjects to tight close-ups with ease. Designed for instant shooting and superior portability, the lens extends the instant you turn the camera on and retracts the moment you turn the camera off.

Advanced hybrid AF: lock onto action instantly with an AF system that includes 105 phase-detection AF points. Phase-detection AF is used in D-SLRs and keeps pace with your subject no matter how fast it moves. When the light is low or your subject is located at the edge of the frame, this intelligent hybrid system instantly switches to use contrast-detect AF for spot-on results every time.

Every second counts: the Nikon 1 J4 can snap full-resolution photos of the action faster than you can see it unfold. The camera takes 20 images in a rapid burst, delivering continuous shooting at up to 60 fps with focus fixed at the first frame, and up to 20 fps with continuous AF. Uncover the wonders hidden in a split second.

Go cinematic: Nikon 1 makes it easy to film exciting Full HD (1080p) video clips. Hit the record button to start filming instantly: enjoy smooth footage of even fast-moving action or relive every heartbeat in Slow Motion, which plays back a three-second, 120 fps HD movie clip over 12 seconds. Electronic VR (vibration reduction) maintains a stable view even at full zoom.²

Photos while filming: why choose between movies and photos when you can capture both at once? With Nikon 1 you can capture high-resolution stills while filming simply by pressing the shutter-release button, or use Auto Image Capture, which analyses every frame and automatically snaps photos when conditions are best.

Creative movie modes: Fast Motion, Jump Cut, and 4-Second Movie features put the cinematographer in you centre stage. Energise your street scenes with Fast Motion, put an animated stop-motion feel on the passage of time with Jump Cut, or get expressive with to-the-point 4-Second Movie clips (you can stitch 8 together).

Responsive touch control: the electrostatic 7.5-cm (3.0-in.) 1037k-dot LCD touchscreen makes the Nikon 1 J4 a pleasure to operate. Use the Touch Shutter function to quickly take photos focused on the point you tap; use Touch Focus to adjust the focus when taking a photo or filming in advanced movie mode; access key camera settings as well as filters and effects with the simple tap of your finger.

Wi-Fi enabled: the Wi-Fi function on your Nikon 1 J4 lets you connect, share, and create with ease. Send high-quality images straight from the camera to your smartphone or tablet for instant sharing¹ , store images on your smart device, or access creative photo apps.

Remote shooting: connect to a smart device and extend your shooting options. Take great self-portraits, or group shots with yourself in the frame, by using your connected smart device to release the camera shutter from a distance. Achieve the perfect composition by previewing shots on a large tablet screen.

Motion Snapshot: show more of a moment and create photos that move in just one click. The camera creates an easy-to-share ‘living image’ by capturing a moment in time as a short slow-motion movie that ends with a high-resolution photo.

Live Image Control: quickly and intuitively enhance photos before you take them. Simply adjust the control bars that appear next to your image in order to freeze movement, tweak lighting, or blur backgrounds. Watch the changes take effect on the LCD monitor and see exactly what your photos are going to look like before you release the shutter.

Creative Mode: use Nikon 1 effects to add a creative twist to shots with a tap, swipe, or button press. Put more detail into high-contrast scenes using High Dynamic Range, or apply artistic filters like Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, and Cross Process to still images before you shoot. Send your favourites directly to a smart device ready for instant sharing.

Creative Palette: apply artistic, studio-quality filters to photos before you shoot. Creative Palette adjusts brightness, saturation, and white balance as it cycles through various effects: all you need to do is slide your finger around the ring on the touchscreen, or rotate the multi selector, and the on-screen image changes. Take the shot the moment you see the look you want.

Built-in flash: shine some extra light on subjects with the pop-up flash. The compact flash unit automatically pops up in dim situations to provide enough light to illuminate subjects up to 6 m away from the camera.

Intuitive operation: enjoy palm-sized convenience with easy touch operation, perfectly placed buttons, and simple menu design. The camera can be easily set up for dual control using buttons and touchscreen operation. The superbly bright, approx.1037k-dot resolution monitor frames shots clearly in any light, and displays large icons for easy navigation.

Perfectly minimal: small, solid, and a pleasure to hold, the eye-catching Nikon 1 J4 is irresistible. Precisely squared, seamless edges enhance the beauty of the aluminium body, which is available in modern white, brushed black, silver and orange.

Expandable system: change perspectives with Nikon’s range of premium 1 NIKKOR lenses. Pack the 1 NIKKOR VR 30–110mm lens to capture distant subjects. Grab the compact and stylish 1 NIKKOR VR 10–100mm lens for superb versatility, or use the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm prime lens for portraits with smooth bokeh.


¹To use the built-in Wi-Fi, simply download the free Wireless Mobile Utility to your smartphone or tablet. Compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices, the utility can be downloaded for free from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.
²Electronic VR (vibration reduction) enables blur-free footage for HD movies shot at 1080/30p or 720/30p.

Technical Specifications

TypeDigital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens mountNikon 1 mount
Effective angle of viewApprox. 2.7x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Image sensorCX, CMOS, 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Effective pixels18.4 million
Storage - Image size (pixels)Still images taken in auto, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than easy panorama (aspect ratio 3 : 2), (L) 5232 x 3488, (M) 3920 x 2616, (S) 2608 x 1744. Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 120 : 23) 4800 x 920. Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 8 : 25) 1536 x 4800. Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 240 : 23) 9600 x 920. Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 4 : 25) 1536 x 9600. Still images taken during movie recording (aspect ratio 3 : 2) 5232 x 3488 (1080/60p, 1080/30p) 1472 x 984 (720/60p, 720/30p). Motion Snapshots (photo portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 5232 x 2936
Storage file formatsNEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8) compression, NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control SystemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
MediamicroSD (micro Secure Digital), microSDHC, microSDXC
File systemDCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Depth-of-field previewYes
Shooting modesAuto; creative, with a choice of the following options: P, S, A, M, creative palette, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process, and toy camera effect; best moment capture (Active Selection, slow view and Smart Photo Selector); advanced movie (HD movie, slow motion, jump cut, fast motion and 4-second movie), Motion Snapshot
Shutter typeElectronic
Shutter speed1/16,000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb. Note: Bulb ends automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash sync speedSynchronizes with shutter at X=1/60 s, or slower
Release modeS (single frame), Continuous, Self-timer
Frame advance rateApprox. 5, 10, 20, 30, or 60 fps
Self-timer2 s, 10 s
Exposure meteringTTL metering using image sensor
Movie - metering methodMatrix: Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame. Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
ModeP: programmed auto with flexible program; S: shutter-priority auto; A: aperture-priority auto; M: manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation–3-+3EV, in steps of 1/3EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO sensitivity200 to 12800, in steps of 1EV, ISO 160; 6400 (NR); 12800 (NR); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160–6400, 160–3200, 160–800) available (user controlled in P, S, A, and M modes)
Active D-LightingOn, off
AutofocusHybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servoAuto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Full-time AF (AF-F), Single AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Manual focus (MF)
AF-area modeSingle-point AF: 171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
AF-area modeSingle-point, auto-area, subject tracking
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Built-in flashAuto; Soft, Miniature effect, Selective color, Cross process, Toy camera effect (Creative mode): Flash pops up automatically and fires as required; P: programmed auto, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual (Creative mode): Manual pop-up
Guide NumberApprox. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Flash controli-TTL flash control using image sensor
Flash modesAuto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync, off
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, underwater, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie - meteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor, TTL metering using image sensor
Movie - metering methodMatrix, Center-weighted, Spot
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rateHD movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps) 1280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps). Slow-motion movies 1280 x 720/120 fps (aspect ratio 16 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 768 x 288/400 fps (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 416 x 144/1200 fps (aspect ratio 26 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps). Fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4-second movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps). Motion Snapshots (movie portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps)
Movie - file formatMOV
Movie - video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording formatPCM
Movie - audio recording deviceBuilt-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie - maximum recording timeAuto mode: 20 minutes. Creative mode: 20 minutes. HD movie 20: minutes. Slow motion: 3 seconds. Fast motion: 20 minutes. Jump cut: 20 minutes 4-second movie: 4 seconds
MonitorSize: 7.5 cm (3 in.) diagonal. Type: TFT LCD touch screen with brightness adjustment. Resolution: Approx. 1037k-dot
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 16 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie and panorama playback, slide show, histogram display, auto image rotation, and rating option
USBHi-Speed USB equivalent
HDMI outputType D HDMI connector
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standardsIEEE 802.11b. IEEE 802.11g
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) communications protocolsIEEE 802.11b: DSSS/CCK. IEEE 802.11g: OFDM
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency2412–2462 MHz (channels 1–11)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range (line of sight)Approximately 10 m/33 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) data rates (actual measured values)54 Mbps. Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) securityAuthentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK. Encryption: AES
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) access protocolsInfrastructure
Supported languagesArabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
BatteryOne rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL22 battery
AC adapterEH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5E power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 99.5 x 60.0 x 28.5 mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.), excluding projections
WeightApprox. 232g (8.2 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 192 g (6.8 oz), camera body only
Operating environment - temperature0 °C – 40 °C (32 °F – 104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesBF-N1000 body cap, AN-N1000 strap, UC-E20 USB cable, ViewNX 2 CD, EN-EL22 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-29 battery charger (AC wall adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), Lens (supplied only if lens kit is purchased with camera)


Power Zoom Lens Kit

The Nikon 1 J4 Power Zoom Lens Kit takes you from wide-angle to telephoto without weighing down your bag. The kit includes the ultra-thin 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm PD-ZOOM lens, which zooms incredibly smoothly thanks to its electrical zoom. Vibration Reduction ensures clear results, and the retractable lens mechanism ensures superior portability and instant start-up.

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Double Zoom Kit

The Nikon 1 J4 Double Zoom Kit offers superb versatility when you want to travel light. The kit includes the ultra-thin 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm PD-ZOOM lens and the portable 1 NIKKOR VR 30–110mm telephoto zoom lens. A powerful and flexible zoom combination, both the lenses in this kit boast Vibration Reduction and a retractable lens mechanism for superior portability.