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79 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Nikon's first mirrorless camera has a stylish design, but performance misses the mark for pro and other advanced users.

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79 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
iheath34
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
60
barelyanything
This is an expensive EVIL camera, it doesn't excel in image quality. Doesn't...read more
80
chrisdiaz
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
70
Average Critic Score
 
60
TechRadar
In summary, the J1 provides a good introduction to interchangeable lens cameras, although it lacks some of the fun features such as in-camera filter effects seen on other offerings
 
70
TrustedReviews
It’s good to finally see Nikon in the CSC market, and the J1 certainly shows some promise, but it’s not quite the all-conquering model we’d hoped for.
 
70
Engadget
Nikon's first mirrorless camera has a stylish design, but performance misses the mark for pro and other advanced users.
 
80
CNET UK
By keeping the resolution fairly low, Nikon has given the Nikon 1 J1's pixels room to breathe. The result is perfect exposures and great low-light performance. The compact 1 Nikkor lens system delivers zooms to match bulky dSLR rivals.
 
70
PC Mag
The Nikon J1 is a compact interchangeable lens camera that is capable of capturing sharp images at incredible speeds. Its autofocus is extremely quick and accurate, and the included lens delivers consistently sharp results.
 
70
Digital Trends
Although the Nikon 1 J1 has a lot of pluses, we feel the negatives (and the competition) make it difficult to recommend unreservedly. It’s a good, but not great, camera.
 
70
CNET
The Nikon 1 J1 is a fine camera, but there's nothing here that screams out "buy it" over similar competitors. It's also on the expensive side for a point-and-shoot upgrader, but has drawbacks for the more advanced user.
 
70
Imaging Resource
Enthusiasts expecting every bell and whistle may want to look elsewhere, but for those who can manage the occasional sacrifice for a camera and lenses that won't weigh you down, the Nikon J1 is worthy of serious consideration.

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