Don’t just watch events unfold—take control of life with this super-fast Nikon 1 interchangeable lens system camera.

When it’s this quick and easy to make beautiful photos and movies, your creativity flows naturally. The stylish Nikon 1 J3 is smaller and faster than ever before, with second-generation technologies that ensure you won’t miss a single moment. Great features like Motion Snapshot and Best Moment Capture will reward you with unique, detailed pictures of your family’s active lives.

The luxurious, aluminum exterior feels even better than it looks, and the way it performs is even more impressive. The exceptionally fast autofocus system, built-in auto pop-up flash and direct access to unique Nikon 1 features via the mode dial make shooting high-quality photos and movies effortless.

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Key features

Irresistible design

Now even smaller and lighter, this extremely compact interchangeable lens system camera has a finely crafted design that looks stunning and feels solid in your hands. The camera comes in five colors: silver, red, white, black, and beige.

Irresistible design

Full speed ahead

The super-high-speed AF CMOS sensor focuses faster and more accurately than ever before. The 14.2-megapixel resolution and high ISO (160 to 6400) enable detailed images in low light.

Full speed ahead


Nikon’s next-generation dual-processing engine processes data at incredible speed for unparalleled performance in any situation.


Advanced hybrid AF (autofocus) system

Advanced hybrid AF (autofocus) system

Exceptionally fast autofocus for spot-on pictures, every time—even in low light. The system switches automatically between phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF, depending on what you’re shooting.

15 fps continuous shooting with autofocus

15 fps continuous shooting with autofocus

Enjoy incredibly high-speed continuous shooting with autofocus and capture full-resolution images at up to 15 fps¹, or fix focus on one spot and capture full-resolution images at up to 60 fps.²

Best Moment Capture

Best Moment Capture

Always get the best shot. Smart Photo Selector takes up to 20 high-resolution images and recommends up to five of the best. Slow View captures up to 20 continuous shots and simultaneously displays them in slow motion on the LCD screen, so you can select the exact moment you want to keep.

Motion Snapshot: bring your stills to life 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 on a freeze-frame. The newly-added e-VR (electronic Vibration Reduction) feature corrects image blur for even sharper snapshots.

Live Image Control: the quick, easy way to enhance your photos before you take them. Instinctively adjust settings to freeze action, tweak lighting, or blur backgrounds—you can preview the results in real time on the LCD monitor before you take the shot.

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.

Movie Magic: get the best of both worlds—capture full-resolution photos (aspect ratio 3:2) while filming a Full HD movie. Shoot in Advanced Movie Mode and enjoy smooth autofocus transitions and crystal clear sound. You can use PSAM controls to determine shutter speed and aperture, and even record in extreme slow motion.

Built-in Auto Pop-up flash: the easy way to get the lighting right. The built-in, compact flash unit automatically pops up to provide enough light to illuminate subjects up to 6 m away from the camera.

Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b: plug it in and send images from your camera straight to your smartphone or tablet.† Easily share moments with friends and family, upload to your favorite social network, or preview images on a larger screen. You can even use the adapter to control the camera remotely via your device.

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: the easy-to-reach mode dial gives you quick access to shooting modes, while the bright LCD screen displays simplified menus with larger icons for easier operation.

Expandable system: there are plenty of ways to get more out of your Nikon 1 interchangeable lens system camera. Try out the new 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 ultra-wide angle lens and the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 all-round zoom lens; get a firm, comfortable grasp with the GR-N2100 Grip, and capture the action underwater with the compact, stylish WP-N2 Waterproof Case.

Nikon 1 Short Movie Creator: automatically creates short films from your photos and movies. The software is incredibly easy-to-use, and comes with a range of preset visual styles. You’ll soon be creating short masterpieces (up to 30 minutes), complete with titles, credits, and background music.


*For full-size images, you can shoot at approx. 15 fps for up to 22 frames.

**For full-size images, you can shoot at approx. 60 fps for up to 20 frames. Focus mode is set at AF-S; focus and exposure for the first frame is fixed.

†Compatible with smart devices using Android™ OS and iOS. A Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility that can be downloaded for free from Google Play™ and iTunes® must be installed on the smart device prior to use.

Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

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 pixels14.2 million
Image sensor13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon CX format)
Storage - Image size (pixels)Still images (auto, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than Easy panorama; aspect ratio 3 : 2) 4608 x 3072 3456 x 2304 2304 x 1536 Still images (Normal panorama, camera panned horizontally; aspect ratio 40 : 7) 4800 x 920 Still images (Normal panorama, camera panned vertically; aspect ratio 8 : 25) 1536 x 4800 Still images (Wide panorama, camera panned horizontally; aspect ratio 80 : 7) 9600 x 920 Still images (Wide panorama, camera panned vertically; aspect ratio 4 : 25) 1536 x 9600 Still images (taken during movie recording, aspect ratio 3 : 2) 4608 x 3072 (1080/60i, 1080/30p) 1280 x 856 (720/60p, 720/30p) Still images (Motion Snapshots; aspect ratio 16 : 9) 4608 x 2592
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; creative, with a choice of the following options: P, S, A, M, night landscape, night portrait, backlighting, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, and selective color; best moment capture (slow view and Smart Photo Selector), advanced movie (HD -P, S, A, M only- and slow motion), Motion Snapshot
Shutter typeElectronic shutter
Shutter speed1/16,000-30 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 modeSingle frame, continuous Self-timer
Frame advance rateApprox. 5, 15, 30, or 60 fps
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s
Exposure meteringTTL metering using image sensor
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 - +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO sensitivityISO 160-6400 in steps of 1 EV; 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 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)
Face-priority AFOn, off
Built-in flashAuto; Soft, Miniature effect, Selective color (Creative mode): Flash pops up automatically and fires as required Night portrait, Backlighting (Creative mode): Flash pops up automatically and fires with every shot 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)
Controli-TTL flash control using image sensor
ModeAuto, 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 - +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, underwater, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie - meteringTTL metering using image sensor
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 (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60i (59.94 fields/s1) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps) 1280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps) Slow-motion movies (aspect ratio 8 : 3) 640 x 240/400 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 320 x 120/1200 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps) Motion Snapshot (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 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, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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. 101.0 x 60.5 x 28.8 mm (4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.), excluding projections
WeightApprox. 244 g (8.6 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 201 g (7.1 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, EN-EL20 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-27 battery charger, AN-N1000 strap, UC-E19 USB cable, ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator CD, User's Manual, Reference Manual CD


Zoom Lens Kit

The Zoom Lens Kit with the compact and lightweight 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm zoom lens lets you capture unexpected moments with ease. The lens has built-in Vibration Reduction for crisp shots and steady movies.

Double Zoom Kit

The Double Zoom Kit with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm standard zoom lens and the portable 1 NIKKOR VR 30–110mm telephoto zoom lens makes for a powerful and flexible zoom combination that’s easy to carry and a pleasure to use.