Nikon 1 J3 Mirrorless Camera

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Key Features

  • 14.2MP 1"-type CMOS sensor
  • 15 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Hybrid phase and contrast detect AF system
  • ISO 160-6400
  • 1080 HD video
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Pop-up flash
  • Creative Mode in-camera filter effects
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Product Description

The Nikon 1 J3 is the successor to that manufacturer's series of entry-level mirrorless cameras. It employs a CX-format 1" 14.2MP sensor capable of full 1080 HD video. The J3 boasts an impressive 30 or 60 fps continuous shooting capability with focus locked on a single AF point, and with continuous AF burst shooting is available at 15 fps. The Nikon J3 is able to capture HD video and full resolution stills simultaneously, and offers a number of photo features including Smart Photo Selector, a shooting mode that captures 20 frames in succession and presents the shooter with the top five images. The J3 looks a lot like the previous 1 Js but sees the mode dial moved to the camera's top plate. It also has the ability to wirelessly share and transfer images when paired with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter.


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4608 x 3072
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 135
Lens mount Nikon 1
Focal length multiplier 2.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 5.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive 15 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation -3–5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type C)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes WU-1bb mobile adapter
Remote control Yes (Optional ML-L3)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL20 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 220
Weight (inc. batteries) 201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz)
Dimensions 101 x 61 x 29 mm (3.98 x 2.4 x 1.14)
Other features
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

Questions & Answers


Is the J1 slightly sharper than the J3?

I take a lot of sideline sports photos, and recently got the J3 (bundled with the 10-100). When I took it out with the 30-110 yesterday, the shots did not seem as sharp as the ones I was getting from the older J1. Is this normal, or is there some way to set up the J3 for better sports shooting? These were shot S priority (400) continuous AF, just the same way I set up the J1.

rube39 asked
2 months ago


I see a couple of issues here. (1) One is your shutter speed of 1/400 sec is a bit slow for action sports, resulting in subject motion blur. I suggest you use 1/500 sec a a bare minimum shutter speed and higher if the light allows. (2) Noticeable image softening from diffraction is often noticeable at apertures smaller than f5.6 with the 1" sensor so avoid going beyond f5.6. When shooting action sports in broad daylight, I suggest the following camera settings: (1) Manual Mode (This is usually the preferred mode with pro sports photographers) (2) Auto ISO set to 100-3200 to ... Continue Reading

jonikon answered
2 months ago

Jon, thanks a lot. I have bookmarked your response. I always shot the J1 at 400 (which is what I shoot my EM5 and 75-300 zoom at when I am in the stands) but have no trouble moving it up to 500. I usually keep the ISO at 100-800, but will give 100-3200 a try. And I will give M a shot. If I am not happy with the results, I can always go back to shooting sideline sports with the J1, >grin<. Continue Reading

rube39 answered
2 months ago

Your welcome Rube. :-) Keep in mind that despite setting a maximum Auto ISO of 3200, the camera will only use a higher ISO if it is necessary. For instance,  I would expect when using 1/800 sec and f3.5-5.6 in bright daylight conditions the Auto ISO to stay in the 400-800 range even though 3200 ISO is available, if necessary. I find that the V1 has very good image quality and detail up to around 1000 ISO when shot in sufficiently bright ambient light. Best regards, Jon Continue Reading

jonikon answered
2 months ago


Case for Coolpix A

I just got  one of these and I was look in for a recommendation on a case for the camera, a card or two, and an extra batt.  Also, anyone have experience with the Wasabi batteries in this device?  Same as J3, and they work great in that, just curious. Thanks

1 month ago


I am using a Manfrotto Nano III Camera Pouch case for my Coolpix A. It is sitting almost always in my belt, unless I am not carrying my Nikon DSLR and lenses. Also I have bought a Voigtländer 28 mm EVF (cheaper than Nikon's) for my A. Continue Reading

pictorium answered
1 month ago

Thanks. That's the kind of case I'm looking for. I got the Lowe Pro Ultra Zoom 100 for $6 at Best Buy. It's too big, but I can use it for the Nikon 1 stuff too. How accurate is the OVF? Nice option to that considerably over priced Nikon OVF Continue Reading

scottyinfrisco answered
1 month ago

The Voigtländer is good. There is a white frame in the OVF to demonstrate the frame, and it shows the same scene as the Coolpix A itself. Although I seldom use it, just occasionally, when it is a too bright and sunny weather. Continue Reading

pictorium answered
1 month ago


Quadcopter carrying a Nikon J3 with 10mm lens?

Do you have any experience, or do you have recommendation which quadrocopter or quadcopter can carry a Nikon J3 (244g) with 10mm lens (77g)? The total weight including battery and lens is less than 330g. The J1 (277g) + 10mm would be around 360g. S1 (240) + 10mm is the same as J3 + 10mm. V1 (383g) + 10mm would be 460g, which might be too heavy. Thank You, Miki PS: Starting at 4:00 in the vimeo video (How of Why) of gave me the idea, that a Nikon 1 camera might be easier to lift with a less expensive quadcopter than lifting a 1340g body + a heavy FF lens.

Miki Nemeth asked
1 year ago


Hi Miki, This video might show an option. See a short section starting at about 3:58. Continue Reading

DaveR43 answered
1 year ago

No experience, but send an email to Thom Hogan as an article on his site mentions using that exact same body and lens with a quadcopter: " I continue to marvel at the things I can sometimes do with the V2 that I can't with other cameras (e.g. it's not much of a payload for my quadcopter, at least the J1 with the 10mm" Continue Reading

FKS answered
1 year ago

Some recent videos of using quad copters with Go Pros got me enthused about purchasing one of the stronger quad copters. So I began reading about the experiences of many using them. Not entirely unusual for the copter to all of a sudden take off into the wild blue yonder or the deep blue. Many are blaming the manufacturers for product defects while the manufacturers are claiming user error. (sounds just like some of the forums on this site). Many setups are never found again. I did not like the image of my copter and video camera sailing away. My final decision is to stick to my earth based photographic endeavors. Continue Reading

digital ed answered
1 year ago

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