Superior Operability

Quick access to the five shooting modes and feature menu selections

Use the mode dial and feature menu to swiftly select your desired settings. The mode dial is smartly positioned for a direct access to five frequently used shooting modes. The feature menu allows you to call up additional features related to the shooting mode you've selected.

Mode dial
Feature menu
Motion Snapshot Mode
Best Moment Capture Mode
Smart Photo Selector
Slow View
Auto Mode
Live Image Control
Creative Mode
Programmed auto
Shutter-priority auto
Aperture-priority auto
Night landscape
Night portrait
Miniature effect
Selective color
Easy panorama
Advanced movie mode
HD movie
Slow motion

See the special effects with live image control before you shoot

Use live image control to see how different effects look before you shoot. The Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows in high-contrast scenes. The motion control creates a sense of movement by blurring a moving object, or a moving object clearly by "freezing" it. The background softening makes a subject stand out, or brings both the background and foreground into focus. The brightness control can make your pictures brighter or darker. The results are displayed on the LCD monitor. When you see an effect you like, just shoot. Live image control will turn you into a more creative photographer by making photographic effects easier to see and understand.

  • Note: Continuous shooting is not available and a flash cannot be used when live image control is in effect.

Creative mode lets you explore new ways of self-expression

Bring an original artistic touch to your photographs using the special modes on these pages. It's easy. All the work is in your imagination.

Let the auto mode choose your optimal shooting style

This smart feature of the Nikon 1 frees you from complicated operations, allowing you to concentrate on getting your best shot. For example, the camera automatically detects whether a scene is a portrait, landscape, night portrait, night landscape, close up, or other and selects the setting that will give you optimal results.

User-friendly menu display

The Nikon 1 J3's menu display features large icons for better legibility and a design easily accessible even for those new to the camera. The menu items are displayed along with graphic icons so it's delightfully easy-to-understand.

High-definition LCD monitor with superb GUI (Graphical User Interface)

The coloration of the Nikon 1 J3's approx. 921k-dot, 3-inch LCD monitor is comfortably subdued for easier viewing of the display. The clearly legible characters and icons further add to a beautiful presentation of the texts.

Automatic pop-up flash

A built-in i-TTL flash pops up automatically when the camera detects that you're shooting in low light.

Auto distortion control

Turn on the auto distortion control, and you can compensate barrel distortion when using a wide-angle lens, or pincushion distortion when using the telephoto lens.