Today, I did a short photoshoot with the Nikon J1. This camera is 12 years old, only has 10 mega pixels, a 1 inch sensor and even in good light, it rarely shoots at ISO 400.
The Nikon J1 was Nikon’s first attempt to produce a mirrorless camera and it was a bit of a flop, even though the camera design and its compact size is stellar.
I bought the camera with two kit lenses (10-30mm 3.5-5.6 and 30-110 4-5.6) for my 8 year old daughter. It is used but in remarkable shape.
The camera’s image quality is fair at best. The shots appear too soft to me, obtaining a photo with shallow depth of field is complicated, and photographing in low lighting makes the camera barely usable.
However, when you use this camera in a controlled environment, like my house’s toy/macro studio, this camera works well for on-line content creation, but additional editing tools like Adobe Photoshop is required.
I was pleasantly surprised today. This $50 camera, along with solid photo post-production techniques generated these photos below.
After today, I will invest in their 18.5mm 1.8 lens which is equivalent to a 50mm nifty fifty fast glass. This system has a 2.7x factor magnification!
This camera is good for street photography event with a kit lens. Should you buy one? I say yes, as an accent camera for a toy/macro studio or perhaps for street photography or for the challenge to doing photoshoots like this!
I’m planning to taking a lot more photos with this little camera. It’s fun to do photoshoot with these old cameras. You should try it!