Nikon 1 J3 does not impress the DXO Markers: More 'Boo' than 'Woo' again for Nikon's 1 series.

"Although the new Nikon 1 J3 has been updated over its predecessor with the higher-resolution sensor found in Nikon’s top-of-the-line interchangeable lens model, its overall performance scores haven’t improved over the J2. The camera seems to be hampered by the reduction in overall sensitivity range and most notably scored 2/3 stop lower than the J2 for color depth. Given that cameras such as the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Pentax K 01 perform significantly better than the J3 despite being priced equivalently or less, the J3 doesn’t seem to provide a good value per dollar for those seeking the best image quality from an interchangeable lens camera.

One of the biggest changes made between the Nikon 1 J2 and the Nikon 1 J3 is that the J3 now utilizes the same 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor as the higher-end (and more expensive) Nikon 1 V2 (suggested list price of $899.95 with the 10-30mm lens).

Both cameras’ predecessors, the J2 and V1 respectively, also share a sensor (a 10-megapixel CMOS). While the J2 and V1 share an Overall DxOMark of 54, however, the J3 scores two points higher than its big brother, the V2 (primarily due to its higher low-light ISO score), but still comes in below its predecessor as well. Differences are too low to be noticeable on final images."

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