Correcting some disappointing kiến thiết choices of the Nikon 1 J4, the updated Nikon 1 J5 camera features a more photographer-friendly layout, a brand-new CX-format 1"-type image sensor, and upgraded EXPEED 5A image processor. The over result of the wide variety of changes và improvements is a camera that performs well on its own, but is also well-suited to lớn be a complementary compact camera for Nikon DSLR users.

Photographer-friendly kiến thiết makes the J5 enjoyable lớn use

Whereas the Nikon J4 featured a limited mode dial setup, the J5 puts an expanded, more traditional PASM dial right on the đứng đầu deck of the camera. The J5 also has a front grip, a function button on the front of the camera, an additional control dial on the back, & a tilting LCD display. The design is just generally more photographer-friendly & a big improvement over the J4. The J5 is also more comfortable to lớn hold và easy khổng lồ use.


Brand-new BSI CX-format sensor brings notable improvements

With a new 20.8-megapixel CX-format 1"-type sensor, the J5 beats out its predecessor, the J4, by 2.4 megapixels. While this isn"t a big jump in overall resolving power, the J5"s sensor is also backside-illuminated, which leads to an improvement in sensitivity. We found that the J5 produced fairly sharp images at mặc định settings, but that its noise suppression was strong, even at the base ISO. Nonetheless, the J5 managed to lớn outdo its predecessor in terms of JPEG sharpness. By carefully processing RAW files, we were able khổng lồ get more detailed, sharper images, albeit with more noise.

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Improvements khổng lồ both ISO performance và dynamic range

Thanks in part to lớn the backside-illuminated sensor design, the J5"s ISO and noise performance is pretty good for a sensor of this size. Even at ISO 1600, the performance is not bad for this class of sensor. Beyond this sensitivity, image chất lượng degrades rapidly, however. All in all, the J5 performs better at higher ISOs than the J4 và Nikon V3. An area of even larger improvement is with dynamic range. The J5 offers more dynamic range than the Nikon V3 across the entire ISO range, but the J5"s advantage is very large at lower ISOs (over 1 EV in some cases). This is clearly Nikon"s best 1-series sensor effort when considering sharpness, noise performance, & dynamic range.


81mm equivalent (30mm), f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 200This image has been modified slightly. Click for original image.

Familiar autofocus system remains quick

The J5 uses the same hybrid autofocus system found in the J4. Offering 171 autofocus points with the central 105 being phase detect, we found the J5 to be a solid performer. The J5"s 3" touchscreen proved useful with its touch-to-focus feature as well. Full autofocus, single-point AF shutter lag was a blazingly fast 0.074 seconds with the 10-30mm kit lens at medium focal length, which puts the J5 in the company of professional DSLRs.

Fast continuous shooting eats through moderate buffer in no time

With the ability to shoot at up to lớn 60fps (with autofocus locked) và at up to 20fps with full autofocus, the J5 is fast. The camera can be slightly slow to lớn startup and clear its acceptable 20-frame buffer, but its overall speed & performance is impressive. Depending on the burst mode, however, the J5"s 20-frame buffer offers only 1/3 of a second or 1 second of total shooting time. The camera isn"t fit for capturing long periods of action, but it does offer a lot of top-end speed.


4K video...with a catch

The J5 offers a lot of video-centric features, including 1080/60p as well as the ability to lớn record both 4K và slow-motion video. However, performance issues hold it back in some key areas. 4K video clip is a nice ability lớn flaunt, but it"s limited to lớn a paltry 15fps. Slow-motion đoạn clip is neat as well, but its resolution tops out at 720p and gets all the way down to lớn just 400 x 144 for its highest-speed capture. However, the J5 gets high marks for including an in-camera time-lapse feature. Ultimately, the J5 is certainly capable when it comes lớn recording video, but not the strongest.

Expanded functionality with Nikon F-mount lens adapter

The Nikon FT-1 adapter allows you to attach many Nikon AF-S DSLR lenses & achieve autofocus capabilities, although we found that there were a few issues of slow autofocus with certain lenses. Further, you can only use the central autofocus point with the FT-1 adapter, which is a bit limiting. With that said, the 2.7x focal length multiplier can make even a regular telephoto zoom lens, such as the 70-200mm f/2.8, into a 190-540mm equivalent lens. If you"re a Nikon shooter already, adding a 1-series camera like the J5 lớn your bag certainly can become more attractive when you consider its ability to lớn use the Nikon full-frame and APS-C DSLR lenses that you already own.


162mm equivalent (60mm), f/18, 1/5s, ISO 160, Nikon 60mm f/2.8G attached via Nikon FT1This image has been resized. Click for original image.

A big step in the right direction for the Nikon 1 series

Improvements lớn the camera body, resolution, noise performance, và dynamic range help to lớn make the J5 a good option for photographers looking for a compact camera system. While it doesn"t offer the best performance in its class, it does provide good performance for the money and versatility with its interchangeable lens system & Nikon FT-1 adapter. When compared to lớn its predecessor, the J5 is a big step up & a very capable compact camera & certainly gets the nod for a Dave"s Pick.

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Pros và Cons

New 20.8-megapixel BSI sensor offers improved image unique over the previous generationBetter high-ISO performanceMuch better dynamic rangeVibrant colorsIncredibly fast autofocusAble lớn focus in very low lightVery quick shot to shot timesBlistering 60fps full-resolution burst mode with focus locked (20fps with continuous AF)Decent buffer kích cỡ of 20 frames (though that gets filled very quickly at 60fps!)Tilting touch-screen monitorPASM mode dialMulti-shot noise reduction option (but only at ISOs 6400 và 12,800)In-camera HDR modeBuilt-in Wi-Fi and NFCNewly-designed camera toàn thân is compact, but user-friendlyTilting touchscreen works wellFT1 adapter gives Nikon DSLR shooters more lenses to lớn use with the J5Below average battery lifeImage chất lượng still not as good as competing mirrorless cameras with larger sensorsDefault noise reduction a little heavy-handed, và there are only two settings: On và OffSlow buffer clearingWeak pop-up flash, & no hot shoe for a more powerful external flashSlow flash x-sync tốc độ (1/60s)Uses smaller microSD cards (may be a pro for some)No built-in EVF & no support for an external oneLimited selection of native lenses (but the optional FT1 adapter provides access to a vast array of F-mount lenses)4K video clip recording is limited to lớn 15fps

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