The Nikon 1 J4 follows on the J3, arriving with an 18.4MP 1in CX-format sensor and a very impressive performance with regard to speed. Other improvements consist of a considerable raise in the ISO sensitivity range to 160-12,800, while there is also the added good thing about a jump in battery life for some 300 images for a passing fancy charge. Capable of shooting as much as 20 frames per second at full quality, this jumps up to 60fps if you’re delighted to shoot in fixed AF thanks to the camera’s electronic shutter. The trunk of this camera houses an impressive 3in, 1,037k-dot LCD touch display and there’s Wi-fi too for hassle-free transfer of images to cellular devices. Particularly welcome is the access to AF point selection through the touch screen, with swipe and pinch to zoom functionality also being an added bonus.
Your body is noticeably more refined than the J3 and its design will definitely appeal towards the style-conscious. The shooting modes include Auto, Best Moment Capture, and Creative, so it is maybe no surprise then that the J4 caters more for the beginner photographer than advanced shooters, and as a result, it is often easiest to utilize the auto environment if you are shooting in situations that demand quick adjustment of camera settings. Something that might present an issue is the lack of any type of hand grip to obtain a solid grasp of the camera when your hands are wet or cold. Regardless of the metering system being dependable, the disappointment is the J4’s dynamic range, which doesn’t retain a great level of detail in shadow or highlight areas. Above ISO 800 however, images have problems with a loss of detail and aggressive sound reduction applied by the camera, meaning these settings are best avoided. Resolution and information captured is consistent with what’s to be anticipated from a camera of its type and the performance during the lower end for the ISO scale is respectable.