Busy lives filled with fleeting chances to record loved ones in action demand a camera that can keep up.

Designed to think fast and act even faster, the super-small Nikon 1 J1 interchangeable lens camera offers all you need to shoot great photos and movies.

Portable enough to take anywhere and easy to operate, it will bring new levels of speed, simplicity and enjoyment to the way you capture your world.


Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor: focuses faster and more accurately than ever before

High-speed continuous shooting: shoot full-resolution images at up to 60 fps

Portable system: small body and interchangeable lenses in a range of colors

Groundbreaking shooting modes: Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector

Intuitive operation: clear menus, an easy-to-reach mode dial and a built-in flash

Key features

Nikon 1: An intelligent and ultra-portable camera system. Boasts a dedicated range of compact 1 NIKKOR interchangeable lenses. Crafted to bring new levels of speed, simplicity and enjoyment to the way you capture your world.

CX-format CMOS image sensor: delivers the performance you need for stunning photos and movies. Offers the ideal balance between system size, speed, light sensitivity, resolution and depth-of-field. Enables beautifully detailed 10.1 megapixel images of even fast-moving subjects in any light.

Super high-speed autofocus system: focuses so fast you can capture moments without delay. Boasts an amazing number of focus points for consistently sharp results. Instantly switches between Phase-Detection AF for shiny or moving subjects, and Contrast Detect AF if your subject is stationary, or poorly lit.

EXPEED 3 image processor: engineered to deliver unparalleled levels of speed and performance in any situation. Equipped with two powerful engines that can process images at an incredible 600 megapixels a second. Offers superior noise reduction and enables the camera’s groundbreaking shooting modes.

Blazingly fast continuous shot: delivers full-resolution images at up to 60 frames per second, so practically no movement is too fast to capture.  When you want to focus tightly on one subject – say a child or pet - the camera can track them and capture full-resolution images at 10 fps*3.

Motion Snapshot: brings your stills to life in a click. Harnesses the camera’s processing speed to simultaneously record a slow motion movie and a still image. As soon as you’ve taken your shot it instantly combines the two to create a ‘living image’ and capture a moment in time as never before.

Smart Photo Selector: always gets the best shot. Shoots 20 high-resolution images before and after you release the shutter, then saves your ‘best’ five for you to choose from. Images are recommended based on facial expression, composition and focus.

Advanced movie recording: lets you take a full-resolution*1 photo while filming, without interrupting recording, and you can film in extreme slow motion for dramatic effect. Movies can be recorded in full HD and the Phase-detection autofocus system makes it easy to capture great action scenes.

Striking, minimalist camera design at its best: boasts a strong yet lightweight body available in a range of colors. Packs a 7.5 cm (3-in.), 460k-dot LCD monitor with wide viewing angle and protective glass.

Intuitive operation: with clear menus, a minimum number of buttons, a built-in flash and an easy-to-reach mode dial for quick access to shooting modes. When you don’t want to think about a thing, you can shoot in auto mode and let scene auto selector choose the best camera settings for you.

Built-in flash: offers extra light when you need it. Handy for indoor shots or to soften images when the sun is behind your subject. Designed alongside the camera, it offers perfectly exposed results.

Expandable system: the family of 1 NIKKOR interchangeable lenses cover practically every type of scene, are all optimized for movie recording and boast a compact design for superior portability.

Mount Adapter FT1: attaches to the camera’s 1-mount to let you use any NIKKOR SLR lens. Trying out different lenses is a great way to experiment with how you shoot a scene, and if you use AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses you can still make full use of the incredible Nikon 1 autofocus system*2.

Nikon 1 Short Movie Creator: automatically creates short films from your photos and movies. Incredibly easy-to-use, it preserves the quality of every photo or frame of footage you shoot. Movies can be up to 30 minutes long and there is a range of styles to choose from.


*1 Full resolution images in movie mode (aspect ratio 16:9) 3,840 x 2,160 (1,080/60i).

*2 For accurate information about compatibility with F-mount NIKKOR lenses, please refer to the manual.

*3 With default settings, you can shoot at a high speed of 10fps by pressing the shutter-release button down all the way. While shooting, the camera will focus on the subject within the AF area in the center of the screen. Face-priority AF is not available. You can adjust the shooting speed to 30 fps and 60 fps by changing the camera settings in the menu.

Technical Specifications

TypeDigital camera with interchangeable lenses
Lens mountNikon 1 mount
Effective angle of viewApprox. 2.7× lens focal length (Nikon CX format)
Effective pixels10.1 million
Image sensor13.2 mm × 8.8 mm CMOS sensor
Dust-reduction systemDust shield glass
Image size (pixels)Still images (still image and Smart Photo Selector modes, aspect ratio 3 : 2) • 3,872 × 2,592 • 2,896 × 1,944 • 1,936 × 1,296 Still images (movie mode, aspect ratio 16 : 9) • 3,840 × 2,160 (1080/60i) • 1,920 × 1,080 (1080/30p) • 1,280 × 720 (720/60p) Still images (Motion Snapshot mode, aspect ratio 16:9) • 3,840 x 2,160
Storage file formats• NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) 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
Storage mediaSD (Secure Digital), SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
File systemDCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Shooting modesstill image (3 : 2), Smart Photo Selector (3 : 2), movie (HD 16 : 9, slow motion 8 : 3), Motion Snapshot (16 : 9)
Compatible lenses1 NIKKOR lenses for 1 mount
Shutter typeElectronic shutter
Shutter speed1/16,000-30s in steps of 1/3EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Flash sync speedSynchronizes with shutter at X=1/60s or slower
Release mode•Single frame, continuous, Electronic (Hi) •Self-timer, delayed remote, quick-response remote, interval timer shooting
Frame advance rate1• Electronic (Hi): Approx. 10, 30, or 60 fps • Other modes: Up to 5 fps (single AF or manual focus, S Shutter-priority auto or M Manual exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s
Remote control modesDelayed remote (2 s); quick-response remote
Exposure meteringTTL metering using image sensor
Metering method• Matrix • Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame • Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
ModeProgrammed auto with flexible program; shutter priority auto; aperture-priority auto; manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation–3–+3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at metered value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivityISO 100–3200 in steps of 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) above ISO 3200; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100–3200, 100–800, 100–400) available
Active D-LightingOn, off
AutofocusHybrid auto focus (phase detection/contrast detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servo• Auto focus (AF): Single AF (AF-S); continuous AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); full-time AF (AF-F) • Manual focus (MF)"
AF-area modeSingle-point, auto-area, subject tracking
AF-area mode• Single-point AF: 135 focus areas • Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF) or by pressing AE-L/ AF-L) button
Face-priority AFOn, off
Built-in flashBuilt-in flash: raised by sliding flash pop-up switch control
Guide NumberApprox. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash controli-TTL flash control using image sensor available
Flash modesFill flash, slow sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain with slow sync
Flash compensation–3–+1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash unit is fully charged.
White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie - meteringTTL metering using image sensor
Metering method• Matrix • Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame • Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rateHD movies • 1,920 × 1,080/60i (59.94 fields/s2) • 1,920 × 1,080/30p (29.97 fps) • 1,280 × 720/60p (59.94 fps) Slow-motion movies • 640 × 240/400 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps) • 320 × 120/1,200 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps) Motion Snapshot • 1,920 X 1,080/60p (59.94fps) (plays at 24p/23.976fps)
Movie - maximum recording time1080/60i (20 minutes)、1080/30p (20 minutes)、720/60p (29 minutes)
Storage file formatsMOV
Video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording formatAAC
Movie - audio recording deviceBuilt-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor7.5cm/3-in., approx. 460k-dot, TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, auto image rotation, and rating option
HDMI outputType C mini-pin HDMI connector
Supported languagesArabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
BatteryOne rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL20 battery
AC adapterEH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5C power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket1/4-in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 106× 61×29.8mm/4.2× 2.4× 1.2in., excluding projections
WeightApprox. 277 g/9.8oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 234 g/8.3 oz(camera body only)
Operating environment - temperatureTemperature: 0–40 °C/+32–104 °F/humidity: less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesEN-EL20 rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-27 battery charger, UC-E6 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio/vldeo cable, AN-N1000 strap, BF-N1000 body cap, ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator CD
Still imagesApproximately 230
Movie - file formatApproximately 70 minutes of HD footage at 1080/60i
  1. Around 13 frames at shooting speed of 10fps; around 12 frames if shooting speed is set at 30fps and 60fps. As determined by Nikon performance tests.
  2. Sensor output is about 60 fps.

  • Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged bat-tery operating at an ambient temperature of 20°C (68°F).
  • Nikon reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware and software described in this manual at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this manual may contain.


Zoom lens kit

The Zoom lens kit with the compact and lightweight 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens lets you make the most of every shooting opportunity.

The all-round 3x zoom lens with wide-angle capability handles everyday scenes with ease and Vibration Reduction ensures you’ll always capture sharp stills and steady movies.

Double zoom kit

The Double zoom kit ups your zoom power to more than 10x for superb versatility.

With the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens and the portable 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 telephoto zoom lens, you can capture snapshots, intimate portraits and distant subjects with ease. And both lenses boast Vibration Reduction for steady stills and movies.

Double lens kit

The portable Double lens kit includes the incredibly thin 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens and the compact 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 3x zoom lens.

If you’re out and about and not quite sure what to expect, this kit ensures you have a great wide-angle lens for landscapes or group shots, and an all-round zoom lens for snapshots on the go.

Slim lens kit

When you want to pack light, the Slim lens kit with the incredibly thin 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens is the kit to take.

The lens is ideal for making landscapes look even more vast or when shooting in cramped spaces like restaurants, and it offers the perfect chance to get creative with dramatic wide-angle shots when shooting movies.