Nikon has recently introduced the new J4 camera that makes you want to choose the compact factor more than ever. The world was introduced to the Nikon 1 J3 a while back, and it worked quite well. This newer and upgraded model has Nikon’s improved promise that should make the photographer in you impulsive. The camera costs around Rs. 50,000 in India, although you might want to get a DSLR, this camera is not a bad choice.
The following review should give you an overall perspective about the Nikon 1 J4.
Small and simple is the new fashion that changes the technological game for Nikon. This new camera has a great shooting performance that comes along with a great lens kit and a good image sensor.
The Nikon 1 J4 does not have NFC connectivity. But despite being plugged into all sorts of cameras these days, it’s not truly essential. NFC is used to pair up with phones and tablets to transfer data over Wi-Fi, and the Nikon 1 J4 still has Wi-Fi – the important bit.
This camera is among the fastest compact cameras available currently in the market. The J4 shoots at an uber-cool 20 fps. Built in the camera is a clear 18.4- megapixel high resolution CX- sensor that shoots at good speed. If you are looking forward to capturing pets, kids or any fast moving objects, the Nikon 1 J4 is perhaps the right choice. In case you are wondering that 20 fps isn’t fast enough, try 60 fps. The J4 goes as fast as 60 fps once the user sets the autofocus well. The previous camera; Nikon 1 J3 could shoot only at 15 fps, but all thanks to the new and improved EXPEED 4A processor that goes pretty fast.
Well, that’s not the only thing that’s new in the J4. Nikon has added a few creative modes in the compact. A few modes include HDR and color pop, where a shot is made black and white except from a certain shade, for easy in-camera arty results. The presentation of photography and performance is totally excellent. Beating the Nikon 1 J4 is no joke. Nikon has also added a fast performing memory card in the Nikon J4. The camera uses micro SD cards rather than the larger SD cards seen in most cameras.
The camera has speedy focusing capability as well. It uses 171 focusing points, 105 of which can use phase detection as well as well as contrast detection. Nikon has also added a hybrid autofocus system on the camera. This system offers very fast focusing, and with tracking focuses on-board making this a preferable compact system camera over the others.
Design and Display:
The Nikon 1 J4 has an interchangeable lens and extremely small and light, which is a pretty good thing. With just 28.5mm thickness and length that is under 10 cm, this is an extremely pocket friendly camera. The best part is that it weighs just 192 grams, which is almost like a phone over holding a camera.
The camera comes with a standard 10-30mm kit lens attached. Another good thing about this camera is its metal body. Unlike competing cameras, the Nikon J4 has a metal frame that feels hard and high-end unlike other plastic body cameras. The J4 is slightly thinner than its predecessor and around 9 grams lighter. The camera has harsher edges, and the classy factor has been introduced, eliminating curves.
The 1 Nikon J4 comes in an outburst of colors. The camera can be availed in white, silver, black as well as a striking orange, and a red shade. The camera is small and hence lacks handgrip. This simple and brick shaped camera looks great but then again, it is more suited for tiny hands. As far as controls go, the 1 Nikon J4 has virtually no physical controls. There’s a mode dial, but even this doesn’t have traditional camera modes. You won’t find shutter priority aperture priority and so on up here, but access to video capture, creative mode, the 'best moment' burst mode and movie snapshot. The latter takes a photo and a one-second video.
The point about this camera is that, not all control is done using the touch screen on the back. There is a standard D-pad that can be used to flick through menus on the back-plate. This leaves the touch screen for something more productive such as picking a focal point.
The Nikon J4’s screen is yet another attraction. The 3 incher is quite sharp, clear and accurate. With a 1037k dot resolution, the camera produces brilliant images. The touch screen on this camera is responsive and it can be used easily without any strain to your eyes. Unfortunately, this camera lacks a viewfinder and there is no provision to attach an external one either. The screen on the J4 is fixed and so you cannot view the screen at weird angles. If you like shooting at extreme angles, this camera might challenge your body. This camera focuses more on looks than angles and such.
Without any mode dial controls to take you to the PASM priority modes that manage this kind of semi-auto photography, you need to delve into the menus to get access to these settings. The D-Pad is not particularly a great deal of fun and excitement. It gets frustrating and you might have to fiddle a lot with it. In case you do not have experience handling a Nikon, this might seem challenging. The camera also has a loud shutter that gets a tad annoying, especially if you are shooting in a silent area. Although the Nikon J4 is not exactly the replacement of a DSLR, this camera soothes the users with its compact design and style.
Nikon has improved the battery standard of this camera as opposed to its predecessor. The J4’s battery lasts for 300 shots off a charge. If you are ready to accept the camera’s limitations, this camera is pretty practical.
The Nikon 1 J4 is a marvelous camera with very fast focusing accompanied by speedy shooting capabilities. The camera is well constructed and is rightly a compact with high performance capabilities. However, the camera has a limited dynamic range and its ISO performance is poor. Overall, this camera costs more than most entry level DSLR’s. If you prefer a compact camera with interchangeable lenses, this camera might be worth considering.