Our Test Drive: The Nikon 1 J5

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© Guy Langevin

© Guy Langevin

The Nikon 1 J5 is a 20.8-megapixel compact-system camera with interchangeable lenses. It has a tilting touchscreen LCD and integrated Wi-Fi with NFC.

Main features    

  • 20.8 million effective pixels
  • CX BSI CMOS 13.2 x 8.8 mm sensor
  • 20-fps continuous shooting
  • 160-12800 ISO
  • HD video (1920 x 1080/60p or 30p; 1280 x 720/60p or 30p)
  • Tilting 3” TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
  • Dimensions: 98.3 x 59.7 x 31.5 mm
  • Weight: 231 g, body only
  • Price: $599, with 10-30 mm VR lens

Design and Ergonomics: 3/5
The grip is very comfortable for a device so small. It would have been nice to be able to reprogram the video-recording button; for photographers who are not that into video, it is a wasted button on the body.

Image Quality: 4/5
At a time when we hear so much about “full-frame” cameras, Nikon does wonders with such a small sensor.

Performance: 3/5
The Nikon 1 J5 is an honest camera with honest performance. The lack of viewfinder makes it difficult to use in direct sunlight. A more powerful battery would have been nice; I did not scientifically calculated its autonomy, but it seemed below average.

Overall Evaluation: 7/10
This camera is the ideal travel companion; it makes you want to carry it everywhere you go! Barely larger than a deck of cards, it’s very appealing, if you don’t mind the lack of viewfinder.

To see the TIPA Test Review published earlier on the blog, click here.

© Guy Langevin

© Guy Langevin

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