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Gadget Reviews: Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera

Nikon 1 J5

Unboxing Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera: What Photo Enthusiasts And Travelers Should Expect From This Device

Travel enthusiasts and Nikon camera lovers who are presently in search for a small, lightweight and flexible camera has a new device to be excited about as the company has a new, nifty offering dubbed Nikon 1 J5. This device is a 20.8 MP mirrorless camera and is able to record stunning 4K ultra HD videos.

Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera
Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera

Im currently using a Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera. And, yes, I am amazed at a few features crammed into it.

Here is what photographers and travelers should expect from this latest model in Nikon’s compact system camera (CSC) lineup.

What We Liked

Here is a run-through of what we liked the most about this handy camera.

1. Interchangeable lens And Backside Illuminated Sensor

Apart from rocking interchangeable lens, what makes this machine sweet is it comes with a technology that makes enhancements in the camera’s performance in low-light scenarios – the so-called backside illuminated sensor.

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2. Sensor Features Phase Detection Autofocus And Contrast Detection

The J5 boasts a sensor that has new, great features, which include the phase detection autofocus plus contrast detection. As opposed to Nikon 1 J4, the most recent model is also way faster.

Nikon 1 J5 Camera
Nikon 1 J5 Camera

3. Has A Sports Mode

For photographers and travelers who wish to take action shots during their trip, the Sports Mode the camer has in store is certainly a boon.

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4. Includes A Great Screen

In place of a viewfinder, the camera is fitted with a 3-inch LCD touchscreen in which users can frame and capture images.

What’s more, this display can be flipped 180 degrees. So, yes, with this camera, one can take their much-loved selfies.

5. Many Creative Options For Editing Photos

The camera also touts quite a few creative options to be used when editing pictures taken. For instance, users can use effects like monochrome, sepia, fisheye and more on their captured photos.

6. Has Built-In Wi-Fi And NFC

Through the camera’s Wi-Fi feature, one can be able to connect their Nikon 1 J5 to their iOS and Android devices to share images. Plus, users can remotely manage their device via Nikon’s Wireless Mobile Utility app.

Those who have NFC-capable smartphones can quickly pair the camera to their handsets as this is equipped with an NFC chip.

Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 J5

7. Retro Look

J5’s retro look and feel, along with enhancements on its dials and controls, provide a classy appeal to this device.

Nikon 1 J5 Compact Camera
Nikon 1 J5 Compact Camera

Areas of improvement

The J5 is not without its cons, which include:

  1. This camera does not feature a viewfinder.
  2. This records 4K ultra HD video at a slow 15 frames per second.
  3. Rather than a full-sized SD card, it houses a microSD card. What this means for users is that they need to have an SD card adapter to plug it into their computers, which is a bit of a hassle.

Bottom Line

All in all, Nikon 1 J5 is indeed the finest in Nikon’s CSC lineup. Its retro, elegant design, its being small and lightweight plus its beefed-up features make it a very good alternative for photography enthusiasts and enable J5 to compete well with other CSCs and compact cameras on the market today.

My Travel Gadget
My Travel Gadget

Do you have a plan to snag this mirrorless camera? Let us know what’s in your mind in the comments section below.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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