Nikon 1 J5 Review

April 29, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Nikon 1 J5 is a new compact system camera featuring a 20-megapixel 1"-type CX sensor format sensor with no low-pass filter and the Nikon 1 lens mount. Boasting continuous shooting speeds of 20fps with continuous autofocus and 60fps with fixed-point autofocus, 4K and Full HD 60p video capture, time-lapse movie shooting, an advanced hybrid auto-focus system with 171-points, Best Moment Capture and the unique Motion Snapshot Mode, the Nikon J5 also offers more conventional shooting modes like Programmed Auto, Aperture and Shutter Priority, as well as Metered Manual. Also on-board is a tiltable 3-inch touchscreen LCD display, an electronic shutter, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800, next-generation EXPEED 5A image processor, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, a new control wheel, an aluminium housing and a built-in pop-up flash. The Nikon 1 J5 is available in three colour combinations: all-black, silver-white and silver-black. The Nikon 1 J5 costs £349.99 body-only, $499.95 / £429.99 / €539.00 with the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, $749.95 / £559.99 / €709.00 with both the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lenses, and $1,049.95 with the 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens.

Ease of Use

The Nikon 1 J5 is mostly made out of aluminium with magnesium alloy reinforced parts and is therefore heavier than you would think based on its size alone (98.3 x 59.7 x 31.5 mm), weighing in at 231g for the body only (40g heavier than its predecessor, the J4). It now has a small hand-grip which can accommodate two fingers, a big improvement on the grip-less J4, plus there's an new thumb-grip on the rear too.

The new J5 has a clean, minimalist front plate that's dominated by the Nikon 1 lens mount. Instead of being a scaled-down version of the good old F mount, it's a completely new design that provides 100% electronic communication between the attached lens and the camera body, courtesy of a dozen contacts. Just like on the manufacturer's F-mount SLR cameras, there is a white dot for easy lens alignment, although it has moved from the 2 o'clock position (when viewed front on) to the top of the mount. The lenses themselves feature a short silver ridge on the lens barrel, which needs to be in alignment with said dot in order for you to be able to attach the lens to the camera. While this may require a bit of getting used to, it actually makes changing lenses quicker and easier.

With no lens attached, you can see the sensor sitting right behind the plane of the bayonet mount. The sensor is a brand new 20.8 megapixel imager. Measuring 13.2x8.8mm this "CX" format imaging chip has double the surface area of the sensors typically used in compact and bridge cameras, but only about half the area of a Micro Four Thirds sensor. In linear terms, a Four Thirds chip has a 1.36x longer diagonal than the Nikon CX imager. Given that Four Thirds has a 2x focal length multiplier, the CX "crop factor" works out to about 2.72, meaning that a 10mm lens has approximately the same angle of view as a 27.2mm lens on an FX or 35mm film camera. The Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-30mm VR standard zoom is thus equivalent to a 27.2-81.6mm (or, practically speaking, 28-80mm) FX lens in terms of its angle-of-view range.

The rest of the Nikon J5's faceplate is almost empty, featuring only the new Fn button, the lens release button and a small AF assist/self-timer lamp.

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Front of the Nikon 1 J5

There are two ways of powering on the Nikon 1 J5. You can either use the new on/off switch which encircles the shutter release or, if you have a collapsible-barrel zoom lens attached, you can simply press the unlocking button on the lens barrel and turn the zoom ring to unlock the lens, an act that causes the camera to switch on automatically. This is an ingenious solution as you need to unlock the lens for shooting anyway. Start-up takes just over a second - nothing to write home about but still decent and entirely adequate.

You can only frame your shots using either the rear screen - there's no optional electronic viewfinder as on the V3 model, a key difference between the two. The LCD is a three-inch, 1037K-dot display that boasts wide viewing angles, great definition and accurate colours but only so-so visibility in strong daylight. Usefully the screen can now be tilted upwards through 180 degrees and downwards by 86 degrees, making it easier to take the ubiquitous selfie as well as overhead shots, and you can also use the new Self-portrait mode to soften skin or set the Self-timer.

Nikon have also included touch functionality to the V3's screen, offering the ability to tap almost anywhere to either focus or to both focus and take the picture at the same time. You can also interact with some of the onscreen settings and use the main menu system too. The virtual horizon displays roll (horizontal inclination) and pitch (forward or rear inclination) information, useful for keeping everything straight. We did miss having an EVF when using the J5, as holding the camera up to eye-level helps to stabilise the lens and avoid camera shake.

The Nikon 1 J5 has a small, top-mounted mode dial that now has most of the shooting modes that are usually found on similar dials - most notably P, A, S and M - something that was bizarrely missing from the J4. In addition to PASM the J5's mode dial has six other settings, Motion Snapshot, Best Moment Capture, green Auto Photo for beginners, the Creative mode, Video and the new Sports mode.

One major change to the Nikon 1 J5 is the addition of a control dial, which encircles the one-touch movie button on top of camera. The inclusion of PASM modes, the Fn button on the front, the handgrip and this new control dial all signify the J5 being a more serious camera for enthusiasts, rather than a purely-consumer focused camera like the previous J4 was.

The four-way controller on the rear has four functions mapped onto its Up, Right, Down and Left buttons; including the "F" function, exposure compensation, flash mode and self-timer, respectively. Although this isn't a bad choice of functions, the fact that there is still no ISO button will doubtless cause a lot of photographers interested in buying the Nikon J5 to be unhappy.

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Rear of the Nikon 1 J5

The F button opens a mini GUI with aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus mode, metering, picture control white balance all available at the touch of a button. The J5 has a a scroll wheel around the four-way pad which in conjunction with new command dial is used to set the shutter speed in Manual and Shutter Priority modes. Last but not least, there are four small buttons around the navigation pad, flush against the rear panel of the camera, including Playback, Menu, Wi-fi (which offers one-touch access to the camera’s Wi-Fi functions) and Delete.

The Auto Photo mode, marked with a green camera icon, is for beginners, with a much reduced set of options on offer (image quality, image size and continuous). The Nikon J5's Scene Auto Selector is a smart auto mode in which the camera analyses the scene in front of its lens and picks what it thinks is the right mode for that particular scene. You can also choose one of the conventional PASM modes, which give you full menu access and the ability to manually set the aperture, shutter speed, or both (Program AE Shift is available in P mode). ISO and white balance can also be manually selected, but only from the menu, as already mentioned.

Of course there's AWB and auto ISO as well, with the latter coming in three flavours (Auto 160-800, 160-3200 or 160-6400) allowing you to specify how high you want the camera to go when the light gets low. You can also choose from three AF Area modes, including Auto Area, in which the camera takes control of what it focuses on (this isn't a great mode to have as your default as the camera obviously can't read your mind and may focus on something else than your actual subject); Single Point, in which you can pick one of 171 AF points by first hitting OK and then moving the active AF point around the frame using the four-way pad; and Subject Tracking, in which you pick your subject, press OK and allow the camera to track that subject as it moves around, as long as it doesn't leave the frame of course.

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. It also makes it possible to control the J5 remotely via a smart device using the free Wireless Mobile Utility app, and set the focus point using the smart device's touchscreen. NFC connectivity is also now included.

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Tilting LCD Screen

The Nikon 1 J5 has an intriguing hybrid auto-focus system that combines 105 focus points with phase-detection AF and 171 focus points with contrast-detect AF. This allows the Nikon 1 J5 to focus extremely quickly in good light, even on a moving subject. The company claims the Nikon 1 system cameras are the fastest-focusing machines in the world, and this matches our experience - as long as there's enough light. When light levels drop, the camera switches to contrast-detect AF which, though faster than on most cameras, isn't nearly as fast as the other method. It's always the camera that decides which AF method to use - the user has no influence on this.

Generally speaking, the J5 will usually only resort to contrast detection when light levels are low. In good light, we were able to take sharp photos of fast-moving subjects. The Nikon J5 certainly does not disappoint here. Manual focusing is also possible, although the Nikon 1 lenses do not have focus rings. If you want to focus manually, you first have to hit the AF button, choose MF, press OK and then use the scroll wheel to adjust focus. To assist you with this, the Nikon J5 magnifies the central part of the image and displays a rudimentary focus scale along the right side of the frame - but those are the only focusing aids you get. There's still no peaking function available as on some rival models.

The J5 has an electronic shutter (the V3 also has a mechanical shutter). It's completely silent (the focus confirmation beep can be disabled from the menu) and allows the use of shutter speeds as fast as 1/16,000th of a second and, with the Electronic Hi setting selected, lets you shoot full-resolution stills at 60 frames per second. Note however that while this is a major achievement, it's limited by a buffer that can only hold 40 raw files. Additionally, the use of this mode precludes AF tracking - you have to lower the frame rate to a still very fast 20fps if you want that - and the viewfinder goes blank while the pictures are being taken. About the only application we can think of where shooting full-resolution stills at 60fps could really come in handy is AE bracketing for HDR imaging. At this rate, a series of 5 bracketed shots could be taken in less than 0.1 second, rendering small movements that can otherwise pose alignment problems - like leaves being blown in the wind - a non-issue. Alas, the Nikon J5 still doesn't offer such a feature - in fact it does not offer autoexposure bracketing at all, something that was also missing in the J4.

Grabbing the headlines is the ability to record 4K movie footage, though sadly it's only at a very jerky frame rate of 15fps. The Nikon 1 J5 can also be set to shoot Full HD video footage, and you get to choose from 1080p at 60fps or 30fps. If you don't need Full HD, there's also 720p at 60fps, which is really smooth and still counts as high definition, and also at 120fps for slow-motion movies. The Nikon 1 J5 is also the first 1-series camera to feature time-lapse movie shooting. Set the camera to take shots every five, 10 or 30 seconds and you record Full HD time-lapse clips composed of up to 300 photos. Secondly, you get full manual control over exposure in video mode. This is an option; you don't have to shoot in M mode but you can if that's what you need. Thirdly, you get fast, continuous AF in video mode, and it works well, especially in good light. Movies are compressed using the H.264 codec and stored as MOV files.

There are separate shutter release buttons for stills and video, and thanks to this - as well as the massive processing power of the Nikon J5 - you can take multiple full-resolution stills even while recording HD video. This works in the other way round too - you can capture a movie clip even when the mode dial is in the Still Image position, simply by pressing the red movie shutter release. We found that in this case the camera will invariably record the video at 720p/60fps. The Auto Image Capture mode analyses every video frame and automatically records a still image when conditions are best, while the Fast Motion, Jump Cut, and 4-Second Movie modes extend the J5's video versatility even further.

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Top of the Nikon 1 J5

The Nikon 1 J5 can also shoot video at 400fps for slow-motion playback. The resolution is lower and the aspect ratio is an ultra-widescreen 2.67:1, but the quality is adequate for YouTube, Vimeo and the like. These videos are played back at 30fps, which is more than 13x slower than the capture speed of 400fps, allowing you to get creative and show the world an array of interesting phenomena that happen too quickly to observe in real time. The Nikon J5 goes even further by offering a 1200fps video mode, but the resolution and overall quality is too poor for that to be genuinely useful.

There are three Best Moment Capture modes. Smart Photo Selector allows the camera to capture no less than 20 photos at a single press of the shutter release, including some that were taken before fully depressing the button. The J5 analyses the individual pictures in the series and discards 15 of them, keeping only the five that it thinks are best in terms of sharpness and composition. This feature can be genuinely useful when photographing fast action and fleeting moments. The Active Selection mode takes up to 40 full-resolution shots in less than a second and lets you choose the one to keep. The Slow View mode captures up to 40 full-resolution continuous shots and displays them in slow motion on the LCD screen, making it easier for you to select the exact moment that you want to keep from the burst sequence. The new Sports mode on the shooting mode dial offers instant access to the camera’s burst modes and lets you view fast-action sequences as one group of shots.

The Creative Palette is available in the camera’s Creative Mode and effectively allows you to adjust the brightness, saturation simply by sliding your finger around the ring on the touchscreen or by rotating the multi selector dial, with a live preview before the picture is taken. In the innovative Motion Snapshot mode the Nikon 1 J5 records a brief high-definition movie - whose buffering starts at a half-press of the shutter release, so again includes events that had happened before the button was fully depressed - and also takes a still photograph. The movie and the still image are saved in a single MOV file.

The Nikon J5 stores photos and videos on microSD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The camera runs on a smaller EN-EL24 battery to its V3 big brother, and is consequently capable of producing considerably less shots on a single charge, managing around 230, although it does help to make the camera body more compact. The camera's tripod socket is made of metal and is positioned in line with the lens' optical axis. This also means that changing batteries or cards is not possible while the J5 is mounted on a tripod, as the hinges of the battery/card compartment door are too close to the tripod mount.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 9Mb.

The Nikon 1 J5 captured images of high quality, especially if you consider the relatively small size of its sensor and the increase from 18 to 20 megapixels. Noise is kept to a minimum, and only becomes disturbing at ISO 1600 in very low light, although the much noisier RAW files indicate just how much noise-reduction the J5 applies to the JPEGs. Colours are perhaps somewhat muted for a consumer camera but you can easily add a little punch by switching to the Vivid picture control. The Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens performed admirably with good sharpness throughout the frame and negligible purple fringing, and the close-up performance is surprisingly good. The night shot came out well even with long-exposure noise reduction switched off, and the Vibration Reduction feature of the lens worked very well.


The base sensitivity of the Nikon 1 J5 is ISO 160 and the highest setting is ISO 12800. The 100% crops below show what the quality is like at each setting for JPEG and RAW formats.


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The out-of-camera JPEGs are quite sharp but still benefit from a little sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop.

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File Quality

The JPEG quality settings available on the Nikon 1 J5 include Normal and Fine. The camera can also save photos in Nikon’s proprietary raw file format, NEF.

Fine (9.43Mb) (100% Crop)

Normal (5.39Mb) (100% Crop)

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RAW (20.6Mb) (100% Crop)



The flash settings on the Nikon 1 J5 are Auto, Auto with Red-eye reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync with red-eye reduction, Rear-curtain Sync and Flash Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m. Some vignetting and barrel distortion is apparent at the 27mm wide-angle setting.

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Flash On - Wide Angle (27mm)

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Flash On - Telephoto (81mm)

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And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Auto or the Auto with red-eye reduction options caused any amount of red-eye.

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The Nikon 1 J5 has a minimum shutter speed of 30 seconds, with a Bulb setting also available for really long exposures. The shot below was captured at a shutter speed of 20 seconds at ISO 160.


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Vibration Reduction

The Nikon 1 J5 does not offer body-integral image stabilisation, but the 10-30mm VR kit lens bundled with the camera features Vibration Reduction, Nikon’s proprietary lens-based optical stabilisation system. This allows you to take sharp hand-held photos at slower shutter speeds than with lenses that lack this function. You can see that this feature really works and could mean the difference between a ruined shot and a sharp capture. Note that even though VR is lens-based, you need to activate it via the camera's menu as the lenses do not feature a VR switch. The available VR modes are Normal, Active and Off.

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Active D-Lighting

Active D-lighting is Nikon’s dynamic range optimisation tool that attempts to squeeze the full dynamic range of the sensor into JPEGs. On the Nikon 1 J5, the strength of the effect cannot be modified by the user. The only available settings are on and off.



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Picture Controls

Nikon’s Picture Controls, similarly to Canon’s Picture Styles, are preset combinations of different contrast and saturation settings. The available Picture Controls are Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape. The following series demonstrates the differences across these settings.



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Creative Modes

The Nikon 1 J5 offers a number of creative shooting modes to help spice up your JPEG images.



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High-contrast Monochrome

Nostalgic Sepia

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Miniature Effect

Selective Color

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Cross Process

Toy Camera Effect

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Cross Screen


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Skin Softening


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Nikon 1 J5 camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Nikon 1 J5 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Nikon RAW (NEF) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840 x 2160 pixels at 15 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 81.4Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920 x 10800 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 82Mb in size.

Product Images

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While the ability to capture 4K video footage may make all the headlines, the Nikon 1 J5's change in focus to a more prosumer, enthusiast camera is actually the bigger story. The addition of front and rear handgrips, PASM modes on the shooting mode dial, a command dial and Function button all point to a change in direction for the J5, despite it still being a very affordable compact system camera. In many ways it out-performs the flagship V3, although that model is perhaps due for an upgrade.

4K video recording is actually something of a miss on the J5 due to the limiting 15fps frame rate. We were actually more impressed by the slow-motion and time-lapse movie options. Still, the inclusion of 4K video at least promises better things on future Nikon 1 cameras, and maybe the company's DSLRs too. The tilting LCD screen is arguably a more attractive upgrade for budding videographers, as well as making it easy to take selfies, seemingly the must-have feature for 2015.

Utilising a new 20.8 megapixel sensor, the jump in megapixels from 18 to 20 thankfully hasn't made the resulting images too objectionably noisy at ISO 1600, although 20 megapixels is a little too much for the small 1-inch sensor, despite the removal of the optical low-pass filter. The Nikon 1 J5 continues to enjoy a much more sensible price tag for a camera with such a small sensor than its big brother, the V3, making it much more competitive with its main compact system camera rivals, which does go some way to compensating for the slightly inferior image quality between the two cameras.

In summary, the Nikon 1 J5 offers a more refined interface and more advanced features that are especially targeted at enthusiast photographers, rather than out-and-out beginners. Whether this alienates the latter group remains to be seen, but for us the Nikon 1 J5 is the best-realised Nikon mirrorless camera to date, even despite that so-so 4K video mode...

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 4.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon 1 J5.

Canon EOS M

The Canon EOS M is a new compact system camera that boasts 18 megapixels, full 1080p high-definition videos with continuous auto-focusing, and a touch-screen interface. Other key features of the EOS M include a 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution, ISO range of 100-25,600, and a flash hotshoe. Is Canon's new mirrorless model a real contender? Read our Canon EOS M review to find out...

Fujifilm X-A2

The Fujifilm X-A2 is a new entry-level compact system camera designd to take better selfies. The retro-styled X-A2 features a flip-up , 175-degree LCD screen with face and eye detection, a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, built-in flash and hotshoe, wi-fi connectivity, 5.6fps burst shooting, a new kit zoom lens, and Full HD video recording. Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-A2 review now to find out if it's the perfect step into the world of interchangeable lens cameras...

Kodak Pixpro S-1

The venerable Kodak name is back with the Pixpro S-1, a Micro Four Thirds compact system camera. Boasting a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-inch 920k-dot articulated LCD, sensor-shift image stabilisation and Full HD video recording capabilities, can the first-generation Kodak Pixpro S-1 compete with its more well-established rivals? Read our in-depth Kodak Pixpro S-1 review to find out...

Nikon 1 V3

The Nikon 1 V3 is the latest flagship compact system camera from Nikon, boasting an amazingly fast 20fps burst shooting rate with continuous focusing (60fps without), a new tilting touchscreen LCD, built-in wi-fi, new 18.4-megapixel "CX" format sensor and a more compact design . Read our in-depth Nikon 1 V3 review to find out if this is the best Nikon compact system camera yet...

Olympus E-PL7

The Olympus E-PL7 is a new compact system camera aimed at the discerning fashionista. Also known as the PEN Lite, the EPL7 boasts a 3 inch 180-degree tilting LCD display, full 1080p HD movies, and an extensive range of creative filters. Read our in-depth Olympus E-PL7 review to find out if it offers both substance and style...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a tiny interchangeable lens camera complete with an electronic viewfinder and a flash hotshoe. Can the Panasonic GM5 challenge the likes of the Samsung NX Mini and the Sony A5100? Read our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 review, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images to find out...

Pentax QS-1

The Pentax QS-1 is a tiny new compact system camera. Featuring a 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor, the Pentax QS1 is available in 40 different colour combinations. Read our in-depth Pentax QS-1 review to find out if it can stand out from the crowd...

Samsung NX mini

The NX mini is the new entry level model in Samsung's compact system camera range. The tiny Samsung NX mini features a a 1-inch CMOS sensor with 20.5 megapixels, 3-inch swivelling touchscreen, 1080p video recording at 30fps, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and 6fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Samsung NX mini review to find out if it's worth upgrading from your cameraphone...

Samsung NX3000

The Samsung NX3000 is a well-appointed new entry-level compact system camera. Featuring a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, full 1080p video, ISO 100-25,600, a 3 flip-up screen, 5fps continuous shooting and Wi-fi / NFC connectivity, all for just £350 / $529, is this the best budget mirrorless camera? Read our Samsung NX3000 review to find out...

Sony A5100

The Sony A5100 is an exciting new mid-range compact system camera. The Sony A5100 certainly packs quite a punch, featuring a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, Fast Hybrid AF system, 1080p HD movies with XAVC S support, 3 inch tilting touch-screen, 6fps burst shooting, built-in wif-fi/NFC connectivity, and a pop-up flash. Read our in-depth Sony A5100 review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files and movies...

Sony A6000

The Sony A6000 is a new compact system camera that features the fastest auto-focusing system in the world. With a 24.3 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, 1080p HD movies, high-res 3 inch OLED screen, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, the Sony NEX-6 also offers 11fps burst shooting, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps. Read our full Sony A6000 review to find out if it's the best Sony NEX camera yet...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Nikon 1 J5 from around the web. »

The Nikon 1 J5 is the latest camera in the 1 series of interchangeable lens cameras from Nikon, and features a new 20.8 megapixel 1inch sensor, 20fps continuous shooting with AF, 4K video, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, and a 180degree tilting touch-screen, all packed into a redesigned metal body with improved handling.
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Type Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens mount Nikon 1 mount
Effective angle of view Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Image sensor CX, CMOS, 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm
Total pixels 23.01 million
Effective pixels 20.8 million
Image size (pixels) Still images taken in auto, P, S, A, M, sports, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than easy panorama (aspect ratio 3 : 2): (L) 5568 x 3712, (M) 4176 x 2784, (S) 2784 x 1856. Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 120 : 23): (L) 4800 x 920. Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 8 : 25): (L) 1536 x 4800. Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 240 : 23): (L) 9600 x 920. Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 4 : 25): (L) 1536 x 9600. Still images taken during movie recording (aspect ratio 3 : 2): (L) 5568 x 3712. Motion Snapshots (photo portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9): 5568 x 3136
Storage file formats NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8) compression. NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape. selected Picture Control can be modified.
Storage media microSD (micro Secure Digital), microSDHC, microSDXC
File system DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Shooting modes auto; sports; creative, with a choice of the following options: pop, retro, high-contrast monochrome, nostalgic sepia, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process, toy camera effect, cross screen, fisheye, skin softening, night landscape, night portrait, landscape, close-up, and portrait; programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, and manual; best moment capture (Active Selection, slow view and Smart Photo Selector); advanced movie (HD movie, 4K movie, time-lapse movie, slow motion, jump cut, fast motion and 4-second movie); Motion Snapshot; self-portrait
Shutter type Electronic shutter
Shutter speed 1/16,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb. Note: Bulb ends automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash sync speed Synchronizes with shutter at X= 1/60 s or slower
Release mode S (single frame), Continuous, Self-timer, Interval timer shooting
Frame advance rate Approx. 60 fps. Approx. 5, 10, 20, 30 or 60 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 10 s
Exposure metering TTL metering using image sensor
Metering method Matrix. Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame. Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Mode P programmed auto with flexible program, S shutter-priority auto, A aperture-priority auto, M manual, scene auto selector
Exposure compensation –3 to +3 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO sensitivity ISO 200 to 12800 in steps of 1EV. ISO 160; 6400 (NR); 12800 (NR); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160 to 6400, 160 to 3200, 160 to 800) available (user controlled in exposure modes P, S, A, and M)
Active D-Lighting On, off
Autofocus Hybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Full-time AF (AF-F), Single AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C). Manual focus (MF)
Focus area Single-point AF: 171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF. Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
AF-area mode Single-point, auto-area, subject tracking
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Built-in flash Auto and all creative modes other than HDR, easy panorama, landscape, and night landscape: Flash pops up automatically and fires as required. P, S, A, M and self-portrait: Manual
Guide Number Approx. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Flash control i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Flash modes Auto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync, off
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie - metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie - metering method Matrix. Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame. Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate HD movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9). 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps). 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps). 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps). 1280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps). 4K movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9). 3840 x 2160/15p (14.99 fps). Slow-motion movies. 1280 x 720/120 fps. (aspect ratio 16 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps). 800 x 296/400 fps. (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps). 400 x 144/1200 fps. (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps). Time-lapse, fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4-second movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9). 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps). Motion Snapshots (movie portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9). 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps).
Movie - file format MOV
Movie - video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording format PCM
Movie - audio recording device Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor Size: 7.5 cm (3–in.) diagonal. Resolution: Approx.1037k-dot. Type: tilting TFT LCD touch screen with brightness adjustment.
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 16 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, bursts shown as key frames or as consecutive pictures, movie and panorama playback, slide show, histogram display, and auto image rotation
USB Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output Type D HDMI connector
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency 2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range (line of sight) Approximately 10 m/33 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) data rates (actual measured values) 54 Mbps. Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) access protocols Infrastructure
NFC - Operation NFC Forum Type 3 Tag
Supported languages Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL24 battery
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5F power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 98.3 x 59.7 x 31.5 mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 1.3in.), excluding projections
Weight Approx. 265 g (9.4 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 231 g (8.2 oz), camera body only
Operating environment - temperature Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Body Cap BF-N1000, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL24 (included with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-31 (included; plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), Lens (supplied only if lens kit is purchased with camera), Strap AN-N1000, USB Cable UC-E20, ViewNX 2 Software

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