Nikon 1 J2 camera
$549.99 at BestBuy.com
If you’re bored with your inexpensive point-and-shoot digital camera, but aren’t quite ready for a big, bulky digital single-lens reflex camera, here’s something that falls right in the middle. The Nikon 1 features a light, compact form, along with the ability to choose from multiple lenses.
The one that I tested came with a good midrange lens, with a focal length of 10 to 30 millimeters. Just the thing for family snapshots and other casual work. But Nikon offers five other compatible lenses, from a $190 lens for tight closeups to one intended for serious video shooting and priced at $750.
The Nikon 1 delivered good, crisp images. But I was disappointed by its relative lack of fancy features I’ve found on less expensive cameras. There’s no Wi-Fi wireless networking, for instant transfer of photos to a home computer or an online service like Facebook. Also, the video screen on the back, which acts as a viewfinder, is firmly bolted to the back of the camera. Other cameras let you rotate the screen, so you can hoid the camera any which way and still compose your shots accurately.
Still, Nikon’s come up with a well-made, high-quality camera that should appeal to the amateur who’s ready for an upgrade.
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