Nikon 1 J3: Conclusion

March 14, 2013 by Andy Stanton Reads (49,412)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 9
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Expandability
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.60
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


I enjoyed using the Nikon 1 J3. I like its small size, light weight feel and its modern, sleek appearance. The camera’s buttons and controls, while small, work well and I appreciated the dedicated movie button. I was not fond of the camera’s fragile pop-up flash, which could be a problem if used frequently. Performance is a strong point, as the J3 is reliably quick in all respects. It has very good image quality, even in low light, and excellent movie ability. The camera has quite a few advanced features, including a Motion Snapshot mode that combines movies and photos, and its innovative Slow View mode that lets the user select the best photo taken by the camera. It also has a broad array of settings that appeal to the more advanced user, such as manual exposure, shutter priority and aperture priority. However, advanced users may become frustrated by the need to constantly access the camera’s menu, as there are few functions that can be enabled by buttons or dials. Also, since the camera’s battery life is rather short, users should consider purchasing a back-up battery.


  • Small size, attractive appearance
  • Reliably quick performer
  • Very good image and movie quality
  • Many interesting features as well as manual controls


  • Requires frequent access to the menu
  • Fair battery life
  • Fragile pop-up flash
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