October 29, 2012
This is my first time moving away from a simple point and shoot camera. At the time, I wanted a camera that could create most of the effects a DSLR can, but still maintain that portability. That was when I stumbled upon the Nikon J1. It's design is beautiful and solid, image quality is crisp and clear. With the 10-30mm lens and the 30-110mm lens, you can't go wrong. They are both great starter lenses for you to get use to the camera, but still have enough versatility to take different types of shots. I personally prefer using the 30-110mm lens more, because I love playing around with the depth of field.
After 6 months, the only real complaint I have about it is the flash. It is definitely not the greatest,the flash creates very unflattering pictures which reminds me of point and shoot photos with flash. I generally avoid using it most of the time, and it can still take good pictures at night, it just requires a more steady hand. Another thing I wish they could address is the access to the focus mode. It is a bit of a hassle to scroll through the camera's menu all the time, find the focus area, adjust it to the mode I prefer, then toggle some more to get the right focus. It would have been a lot easier if I could have that option of switching focus modes directly on the dial at the back.
The Nikon is definitely the best of both worlds. It was an expensive purchase, but it is totally worth it. It inspires me to take pictures and be creative with it. I am looking forward to the release of the 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens in the near future. I think the functionality of this lens combined with the older lenses really completes this camera off nicely.
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