Nikon 1 J5 – Better Looking and More Professional

TEST: with the launch of the new J-Series J5 Nikon goes up one level in the hierarchy. It does not replace the V-series, but approaching it technically. But the question is if Nikon has competed out themselves?

Nikon’s 1-series is available in three different levels, V, J, and S (there’s also a specials in AW 1 is waterproof), where V is the most crisp, J is easier and is even simpler. V is aimed more towards the advanced photographer who wants a convenient alternative to their SLR, j. points to the audiences who want a simpler camera and aims the all the freshest in photo turn.

But with new J5, there will be a slight shift of the J-Series up the hierarchy. V-series still leads the League with regard to how advanced users to go against, but J5 has approached with the changes that have occurred since the predecessor. The whole concept is speed, agility and function for a larger group than in the past.

Updated both inside and outside

News of the J5 is both on the aesthetic and the functional. Gone are the little more futuristic, and dare we say more elegant, design of the J4 and backward. Now it is external rather more practical. An operation has been taking place on the front and a thumb rest is found on the back. These are two things that raise the ergonomics considerably and makes the camera very pleasant to deal with.

The grip also gives the camera a little more serious impression, something that adds to that feeling is the program knob which, like previous sits on the top of the camera, but now has several modes. It makes it much faster to choose how you want to photograph, something that the slightly more advanced user is guaranteed to appreciate. The camera also has a programmable Fn button on front easy access with, in my case, the ring finger when you grab the camera.

On the inside, there have also been big changes. The sensor is new, and with their 20.8 Megapixels are also more hi-res than for example V3. If the electronics of the sensor has a similar upgrade to it, inter alia, D5500 then you should be able to expect a noticeable improvement with regard to noise and dynamic range.

In addition to the sensor, Nikon has also replaced the processor, the latest variant interceptions into J5 called Expeed 5A and except that it so clearly speeds up everything so it shall also consume less electricity; It makes you according to Nikon gets out around 300 images from a fully charged battery. Speed is something that Nikon focused much on and like to highlight with J5, it’s there thanks to the new processor.

Fast as the eye

As mentioned in the above paragraph, so the speed is something that Nikon focused on and in terms of the focus, I think they have succeeded quite well. In daylight, it feels like the sharpness is sitting as soon as you press the button. The slightly longer focal lengths is the slightly slower, but that’s probably to be expected. This in the case of enpunktsfokusering, when you start mixing in face recognition can go down slightly. There is of course also a motif-following autofocus in the camera, and even it is really good. Often it feels as if the focus point is glued on the subject. It differs of course in different environments, but my understanding is that it follows the clever. Ensure only not to make the same frustrating mistakes I made in the beginning, namely to choose subjects following autofocus with no change to the AF-S. Then, the camera will follow your subject until you press the shutter button halfway, then lock it. Clumsy, admittedly, but it is still something that can be done with the camera to act stupid, that’s it.

Should I moan slightly at the focus, it is that it has a small sharp grumbling sounds, when it works. The sound does not come from the camera without the lens.

When people talk about speed, it’s inevitable that burst shooting comes on the speech. In Nikon J5 can push it up to 60 images per second, but then it’s not in particularly long. Nor when using 20 frames per second, you get to enjoy it in especially long moments. It depends, of course, that there are large amounts of data to be handled in a short time, and Expeed 5A may be fast, but it is not quite that quick.

Burst or video

When you look at the Nikon 1 J5 we see a small sign that says» 4 k movie «, it indicates that the camera can record video in 4 k format. Perhaps, it is perhaps a little salted assertion, the camera can shoot at 4 k but only with 15 images per second-which is not really so much to cheer for in the film context. The camera can shoot in standard full-HD or lower resolutions, if you will. Up to 60 images per second in 1080, which is nice for anyone who thinks it’s fun to film.

Another thing that is good, which is becoming a standard now, is that it is possible to control the exposure manually in movie mode. We must indeed scarce around a bit to set the manual mode when the standard is an automatic exposure with simple adjustments, although very convenient for those who do not have such a great track on the technical aspects. The vari-angle screen also makes the camera easier to film with.


One of the things that I noticed when I started shooting with J5 was that when you took a picture so was broken not signal to the screen until I released the button. Normally the viewfinder go black as soon as you press the shutter button.

It wont be an easy way to see if the camera is actually taking a picture if you turn off the shutter sound (which I usually do). But it did not work with J5, therefore you will get no indication that the image was taken, which felt a little strange at first. But after I turned on the lights again, so there was no fuss. When it was clear that the picture was taken.

To make sure that not only was I that disturbed me on so I left over the camera to a colleague who experienced the same thing. But as I said, can you live with the shutter sound, it is a ickeproblem. And the shutter sound is not so bad actually.

Exemplary wireless

Nikon has, since some years back, done well with their wireless connections between cameras, and mobile devices. J5 is no exception. Nikon’s product manager Bear N say that the important thing is not to have wifi, but what you can do with it and what it means. He has a point there.

With Nikon’s Wi-Fi, you can control the camera and transfer pictures. It is above all the exemplary simple to hook up. J5 has a large clear button with a network icon, press the start to the wireless mode. Launch the app on your phone, connect and then it’s done. When you have wifi so you can quickly upload your images online through various social media, you can also email them to your friends, or anything else.

The road from the camera to the world is becoming ever shorter, and that is what is important because many people want to share their pictures and therefore use a mobile camera instead. A J5, you considerably more possibilities than with your phone’s camera and it goes almost as fast to share pictures. J5 have NFC for those who like it.

Image quality

Our tests show that the camera has taken a great step forward with the new sensor. It is not primarily the properties at high ISO that has improved but the dynamic range. It’s actually a full step better than big brother V3, so you can keep your fingers crossed for a V4 with this sensor if one thinks that the J5 is a simple camera.

When filming at 4 k bekärs picture something and you get an apparent focal length multiplier of 1, 45 x which may be worth considering. The image quality when shooting video is good, not exceptional in any direction, but approved.


In conclusion, we can say that Nikon J5 is a really nice little camera.The size makes it easily goes down in your pocket and you combine it with one of the smaller, fixed lenses, it will be a really cool camera for gatufoto or at any time when you want to include a small camera with many features.Size is similar to that of Sony’s RX100 III, but this gives you the ability to change lenses.

And how was it now, compete it out its own big brother V3?No, it doesn’t, even if the picture quality is better. V3 has more features and is a bit more advanced. So it still has its place.

One thing that I feel I must mention, even if it’s very silly, the supplied camera strap is really long. But it does not affect the camera’s otherwise very positive impressions.