Nikon 1 J5by Nikon

  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Nikon 1 J5
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
85%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The controls feature an improved design that boosts usability.
  • The camera's compact size makes it a convenient walkabout camera.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity make it easy to connect to social media accounts.

CONS

  • The buffer holds only 20 images, which constrains the effectiveness of the camera's burst mode for continuous shooting.
  • The camera records 4K video at only 15 frames per second.
  • The walkabout lens has a focal length of 30 mm, which is barely long enough to be satisfactory.
The Nikon 1 J5 may be a small and lightweight mirrorless camera, but it packs in many of the shooting controls found in much larger SLRs. Priced as a body only or as a kit with a compact walkabout lens, this 20.8-megapixel camera provides a solid alternative to advanced point-and-shoot cameras. This model improves upon earlier iterations by adding full shooting options to the topside mode dial, and it incorporates a tilting, articulating touch-screen display that flips up 180 degrees for selfies.
NameNikon 1 J5OM-D E-M10 Mark IIAlpha a6000Alpha a5100EOS M3
ManufacturerNikonOlympusSonySonyCanon
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List Price$500$650$650$550$680
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With its new 20.8 million pixel CX-format (one-inch) sensor, the J5 has the highest resolution of any Nikon 1 camera yet. What's more, the n…

With its new 20.8 million pixel CX-format (one-inch) sensor, the J5 has the highest resolution of any Nikon 1 camera yet. What's more, the new sensor is backside illuminated, which means that the circuitry is out of the way of the light receptors, allowing them to be larger than they would otherwise be.

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The J5 is the latest Nikon 1 camera to offer built-in connectivity. The wi-fi function essentially pairs the J5 with an iOS or Android smart…

The J5 is the latest Nikon 1 camera to offer built-in connectivity. The wi-fi function essentially pairs the J5 with an iOS or Android smartphone or other smart device, and allows you to edit and share images directly to social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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The Nikon 1 J5 is ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations, such as sports and action shots, as well as making it ideal for anyone wi…

The Nikon 1 J5 is ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations, such as sports and action shots, as well as making it ideal for anyone with kids that move quickly as the camera can focus extremely quickly. Video quality is very good, and this will be of benefit to those who want to record high quality videos, although the 15fps maximum frame rate makes the 4K video option much less appealing.

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Finally, Nikon has a proper mirrorless camera that can go against competing entry-level mirrorless models. There are few reservations, but t…

Finally, Nikon has a proper mirrorless camera that can go against competing entry-level mirrorless models. There are few reservations, but the pros outweigh the cons, and we enjoyed our time with it. If you’re looking for a small travel camera, definitely keep this one in mind.

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A lightweight mirrorless camera, the Nikon 1 J5 has a new 1-inch sensor, processor and the ability to shoot video up to 1080p at 60 frames p…

A lightweight mirrorless camera, the Nikon 1 J5 has a new 1-inch sensor, processor and the ability to shoot video up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. Starting at $500 (with a 3x zoom lens), the J5 holds its own among entry-level competitors. In fact, this model is such an improvement that it can be mentioned in the same breath as bigger mirrorless cameras with the far-larger APS-C and Micro Four Thirds sensors--something I never would've said with previous Nikon 1 cameras.

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If you're getting the J5, you're getting it not because it's the best, but because it has the hot, nasty burst speed you need in a camera th…

If you're getting the J5, you're getting it not because it's the best, but because it has the hot, nasty burst speed you need in a camera that'll fit in your pocket.

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On its rear deck, the Nikon J5 now boasts a tilting LCD touch-screen, which can be flipped up 180 degrees for better visibility from in fron…

On its rear deck, the Nikon J5 now boasts a tilting LCD touch-screen, which can be flipped up 180 degrees for better visibility from in front of the camera -- a must for selfie fans -- or downwards almost 90 degrees for framing over your head.

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The J5 features a Hybrid AutoFocus (AF) system with 171 Contrast-Detect and 105 Phase-Detect AF points, and boasts an astounding 20fps high …

The J5 features a Hybrid AutoFocus (AF) system with 171 Contrast-Detect and 105 Phase-Detect AF points, and boasts an astounding 20fps high speed shooting capability, made all the more impressive because it does 20fps at full resolution AND with AF engaged.

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