I have had this camera for longer than the usual 10 – 14 days, this has given me the opportunity to look at the camera in greater depth. So after my extended testing period what do I think of it?
I must confess that I have been a Nikon fan right from the start of my professional photographic career (way back in 1972). I love Nikkor lens quality and in this respect the Nikon 1 lenses do not disappoint. Colouring and sharpness are both excellent. The standard lens 10-30mm produced excellent results in a variety of shooting conditions. I didn’t come across many situations where I was wanting something wider or longer.
There is a small amount of pincushion distortion on the 30 -110mm lens at the longer focal lengths. This is well within acceptable limits, unless you’re heavily into architectural photography. The camera incorporates built in vibration reduction (VR) which can be used with all lenses. This effectively allows you to hand hold the camera using slower shutter speeds.
The camera is a joy to use, I was taking photographs without having to think about the camera settings and the results were well above expectations. My only real criticism of the camera is perhaps in its bulky size with the 10-30mm lens. It’s not small enough to put in a jacket pocket, which means you still have to take a camera bag/pouch out with you. There is some stiff competition with other mirror-less cameras coming in from Panasonic, Olympus, Sony, Canon Fuji and others. However, Nikon have got it almost right with the J1, I look forward to seeing the J2 with some modifications.