Nikon 1 J3

  • Nikon 1 J3
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  • Pocket friendly.
  • Smart Photo Selector.
  • Gorgeous screen.


  • Small sensor.
  • Lacks viewfinder.

Expert reviews and ratings

By camerastuffreviewcom on 65

The Nikon J3 is one of the smallest cameras in the world with an interchangeable lens. The compactness of the body is due to the relatively small sensor (ca 13 x 9 mm). Nikon calls this the CX format. The AF is at least as fast as a DSLR, and this also...

By Digital Photography Review on

Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots and lower-end DSLRs. It's an ever-growing category with options for photographers of varying skill level and intentions. The common factors in this class are...

By Gadget Guy Australia on 70

The Nikon J3 is one of those cameras that feels fantastic in the hands and is barely noticed in luggage, but because of the lack of its manual or creative controls, won’t be for everyone. Ultimately, if you want simplicity, we’d suggest looking at...

By Steves Digicams on

By Josh Fate The Nikon 1 J3 is the new mid-range ILC available from Nikon, and the third generation of the "J" series. As one of the most compact ILC bodies on the market, the Nikon 1 mount supplies you with a great collection of very compact lenses...

By TrustedReviews on 50

The Nikon 1 J3 is flawed on several levels. It handles poorly, has limited features and takes deeply average photos. It’s rare for a camera to disappoint this much, but the Nikon 1 J3 is one to avoid.

By What Digital Camera on 83

Nikon's 1 series of CSCs and its collection of CX-compatible lenses continues to grow, and is possibly shaping up to be a nice little system, but the J3 shows that it still has a long way to go. Considering its high price point the J3 really doesn't...

By ePHOTOzine on 80

The Nikon 1 J3 is smaller and lighter than the J2 available in five different colours, with the small sensor size allowing for smaller lens. The sensor has been increased to 14.2 megapixels and achieves an amazing 60fps shooting, high speed video and...

By Digital Trends on 70

The ILC segment represents an interesting design challenge for camera manufacturers. They are a step-up from point-and-shoots, but a step-down of DSLR cameras – designing a camera to appeal to both types of users is a difficult task. With the Nikon 1...

By on 75

In our recent reviews, we've spent a lot of time talking about the rise of the smartphone camera and the slow death of the point-and-shoot. Most manufacturers have reacted to the proliferation of iPhones and Android devices by creating more advanced...

By Macworld UK on 60

Whilst some may grumble that a compact system camera (CSC) with a smaller sensor than a digital SLR at an identical cost will never be a true match quality wise, Nikon’s two year old ‘1’ series, a reference to the one-inch chip at its heart, has...

By DigitalCameraReview on 80

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...

By T3 on 60

In conclusion, if you want all the mod cons, room to expand and the best image quality achievable from a CSC, look elsewhere. If you want convenience however, and one of the smallest form factors on the market yet one that also boasts a solid build, the J3 fits the bill.

By Pocket-Lint on 70

But there is some attraction, mainly in the camera's quirky special shooting modes. There's a lot going on under the hood too but, despite all its hidden techy gems, we feel that the J3 doesn't advance the series at a price point that's pushing it.

By on 60

The Nikon J3 compact interchageable lens camera is a speedy performer, but it isn't the best in low light, and lacks expansion options when compared with the...

By Amateur Photographer on 79

Compared to its Nikon 1 J2 predecessor, the J3 is a much improved camera. In essence, the J3 is the V2 in a compact, viewfinder-less body, geared to the casual user. It can take a while to work your way around the camera, with manual control tucked away...

By TechRadar on 70

The Nikon 1 J3 is a very likeable camera, and if you're new to the CSC market it's certainly a good option. The number of compatible optics are growing for the Nikon 1 range, with some, such as the 50mm f/1.8 being a good investment to help you get more from the camera. With a few niggles, though, it's far from being perfect.

By TechRadar AU on 70

Buying Guide Best compact system camera In some respects, the Nikon 1 J3 feels like the upgrade that the Nikon J2 should have been, and coming only a few short months after it, it looks like Nikon feels the same. The fact that it has a higher resolution,...

By CNET UK on 90

Nikon's J series comes of age in this revision, with a higher resolution sensor, more extensive menus and a redesigned chassis. The Nikon 1 J3 the best-looking lens-swapping compact you can buy, and one of the best performers,...

By PhotographyBlog on 100

We still like the Nikon 1 J3, but are ultimately left a little confused by the simplified control layout that appeals more to beginners, and the bigger price-tag that doesn't.

By DigitalVersus on 80

Nikon has updated its 1 J-series mirrorless camera nicely with the J3. What were once cute little snappers with fancy high-tech features but picture quality and pure specs that weren't always on par, the Nikon 1 series has finally become credible and...