Updated 25 Oct 2017

Nikon

1 J5 (with 10-30mm lens)

Snapshot: The Nikon 1 J5 (with 10-30mm lens) compact system camera has an Nikon CX CMOS sensor, can shoot 4k/uHD video, but no viewfinder. But how's the image quality?

1 J5 (with 10-30mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$814

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Test results

Overall score
59
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • Good screen.
  • Has a high resolution articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot full-HD video and manually focus.

But

  • Just OK video quality.
  • Just OK flash.
  • Has uses fiddly micro-sd memory cards.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Prices are from a June 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$814

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
21
Sensor
Nikon CX CMOS
ISO range
160 - 12800
Optical zoom
3
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
28 - 81
Shutter range
1/16000 - 30
Dimensions (cm)
108 x 32 x 62
Weight (g)
286
Depth (mm)
32

Features

Water resistant
No
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
Yes

Monitor

Size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
1,037,000
Touchscreen
Yes
Articulated monitor
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Video
3840 x 2160
Microphone input
No

Memory

Memory card
Micro-SD

Flash

Flash type
Pop-up automatic
Connection for external flash
No

More info

Notes

Tested with a 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm 1:3.5-5.6 ED IF PD-Zoom lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.