Nikon 1 J2

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Life’s at its best when you live it in the moment. So how about a camera that's speedy enough, clever enough, and creative enough to capture the fun in your world without missing a beat?

Designed to think fast and act even faster, the intelligent Nikon 1 J2 interchangeable lens camera ensures you stay a click ahead of the action. Ultra-portable and simple to operate, it has all you need to capture great photos and movies.

The bright LCD screen offers crystal-clear shooting and playback. Functions like the innovative Motion Snapshot and the easy-to-use Creative Mode keep up with the way you want to record your life.

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Key features

Portable Nikon 1 system

Small body and compact lenses in a range of colors. Crafted to bring new levels of speed, simplicity, and enjoyment to the way you capture your world.

Portable Nikon 1 system

Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor

Focuses faster and more accurately than ever before.

Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor

High-speed continuous shooting

Shoot full-resolution images at up to 60 fps¹.

High-speed continuous shooting

Shooting modes

Shooting modes

Capture images in amazing new ways with Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector. Add your own sense of style to photos with the easy-to-use Creative Mode.

Intuitive operation

Intuitive operation

Clear menus, a bright LCD screen, an easy-to-reach mode dial, and a built-in flash.

Super high-speed AF CMOS image sensor

Super high-speed AF 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 detailed 10.1-megapixel images of even fast-moving subjects in any light.

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

Advanced hybrid AF (autofocus) system: focuses so fast you can capture moments without delay. Instantly switches between Phase-Detection AF for shiny or moving subjects, and Contrast Detect AF if your subject is stationary, or poorly lit.

Fast and accurate continuous shot: make full use of the camera’s autofocus system to capture full-resolution images of even fast-moving subjects at up to 10 frames per second*². Or focus on one spot and use the camera’s phenomenal processing speed to capture full-resolution images at up to 60 fps*¹ .

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 up to 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.

Creative Mode: apply filters and effects to still images before you shoot, and access PSAM shooting modes for total control. Enhance the mood with Soft Filter, capture sweeping views in Easy Panorama and enjoy a world that’s always perfectly lit with Night Portrait mode.

Advanced movie recording: lets you take a full-resolution*³ 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.

Refined camera design at its best: attention to detail furnishes this camera with a real sense of style. Available in a range of colors that complement the minimal design, select models boast brushed metal and textured finishes.

Bright 921k-dot, 7.5 cm (3-in.) LCD monitor. With a wide-viewing angle and protective glass, this high-resolution screen lets you see every detail of your photos and movies–indoors or out.

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 at the same time as the camera, it enables perfectly exposed images.

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.

F-mount adapter: attaches to the camera’s 1-mount to let you use a 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*⁴.

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 For full-size images, you can shoot at approx. 60 fps for up to 12 frames, with focus mode set at AF-S; focus and exposure for the first frame is fixed.

*² For full-size images, you can shoot at approx. 10 fps for up to 13 frames.

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

*⁴Autofocus conditions: AF General: With compatible lenses, autofocusing is available, but the camera may not focus accurately due to differences between F-mount and 1-mount systems. P mode: Using P mode, which ensures accurate focusing, is recommended. A, S, and M modes: The camera may not focus accurately, particularly at or near maximum aperture, in A, S, and M modes. M and A modes: Clarifying restrictions on functions, operation and explanation to be found in user’s manual. Enlargement of the monitor for focusing is not a default setting in M and A modes. Manual operation is required. Enlarged display is returned to normal display by manual operation or after a specific period of time. VR available, but the effect will be reduced by one stop.

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)
Effective pixels10.1 million
Image sensor13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon CX format)
Storage - Image sizeStill images (auto photo, Smart Photo Selector, and all creative modes other than Easy panorama; aspect ratio 3 : 2) 3872 x 2592 2896 x 1944 1936 x 1296 Still images (Normal panorama, camera panned horizontally; aspect ratio 40 : 7) 3200 x 560 Still images (Normal panorama, camera panned vertically; aspect ratio 8 : 25) 1024 x 3200 Still images (Wide panorama, camera panned horizontally; aspect ratio 80 : 7) 6400 x 560 Still images (Wide panorama, camera panned vertically; aspect ratio 4 : 25) 1024 x 6400 Still images (movie mode, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 3840 x 2160 (1080/60i) 1920 x 1080 (1080/30p) 1280 x 720 (720/60p) Still images (Motion Snapshot mode, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 3840 x 2160
Storage file formatsNEF (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
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 modesAuto photo (3 : 2); creative, with a choice of the following options: P, S, A, M (3 : 2), night landscape (3 : 2), night portrait (3 : 2), backlighting (3 : 2), easy panorama (normal horizontal 40 : 7, normal vertical 8 : 25, wide horizontal 80 : 7, wide vertical 4 : 25), soft (3 : 2), miniature effect (3 : 2) and selective color (3 : 2); Smart Photo Selector (3 : 2); movie (HD 16 : 9, slow motion 8 : 3); Motion Snapshot (16 : 9)
Shutter typeElectronic shutter
Shutter speed1/16,000-30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Flash sync speedSynchronizes with shutter at X=1/60 s or slower
Release modeSingle frame, continuous, Electronic (Hi) Self-timer, delayed remote, quick-response remote, interval timer shooting
Frame advance rateElectronic (Hi): Approx. 10, 30, or 60 fps Other modes: Up to 5 fps (auto photo mode or P, S, A, M chosen in creative mode with Continuous selected for Continuous, single AF or manual focus, Shutter-priority auto or 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
Exposure meteringMatrix Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Exposure meteringProgrammed auto with flexible program; shutter-priority auto; aperture-priority auto; manual; automatic scene selection
Exposure compensation-3 - +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV; available when Programmed auto, Shutter-priority auto, or Aperture-priority auto is selected for Exposure mode
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at metered value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivityISO 100-3200 in steps of 1 EV. Can be adjusted by user when Programmed auto, Shutter-priority auto, Aperture-priority auto, or M Manual is selected for Exposure mode; 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 autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servoAutofocus (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 modeSingle-point AF: 135 focus areas; the center 73 areas support phase-detection AF 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 flashRaised by sliding flash pop-up 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
Movie - metering methodMatrix 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 1920 x 1080/60i (59.94 fields/s1) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps) Slow-motion movies 640 x 240/400 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 320 x 120/1200 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps) Motion Snapshot 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps) 1 Sensor output is about 60 fps.
Movie - file formatMOV
Movie - video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording formatAAC
Movie - audio recording deviceBuilt-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie and panorama 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. 106.0 x 61.0 x 29.8 mm (4.2 x 2.4 x 1.2 in.), excluding projections
WeightApprox. 280 g (9.9 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 237 g/8.4 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment - temperature0-40 °C (+32-104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesEN-EL20 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-27 battery charger, BF-N1000 body cap, UC-E15 USB cable, AN-N1000 strap, ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator CD, User's Manual, Reference manual CD


Slim Zoom Lens Kit

The Slim Zoom Lens Kit with the super-slim 1 NIKKOR 11–27.5mm lens is a great kit to take with you wherever you go.

Lightweight and easy to carry, the 2.5x zoom lens easily covers most day-to-day situations. When that photo- or movie-moment comes along, you only need to rotate the lens to switch your camera on.

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.