Break away from the ordinary with the super-portable Nikon 1 J5 system camera. Shoot thrilling 20.8-megapixel images and ultra-sharp 4K video. Miss nothing with faster shooting speeds than a D-SLR.
With its large CMOS sensor and interchangeable 1 NIKKOR lenses, the Nikon 1 J5 will propel your photography forward, fast.
Enjoy the freedom to shoot with confidence in low light. Easily freeze the action at 20 fps with Continuous AF in Sports mode. Record rich travelogues in 4K resolution, or harness the camera’s speed to capture dramatic slow-motion footage. Get creative with the tilting touchscreen and manual controls, then easily share every brilliant shot via your smart device.
Pull ahead of the smartphone crowd with stunning 20.8-MP images. With its large CMOS sensor and 1 NIKKOR lenses, the Nikon 1 J5 will make the most of your creative ideas.
At 20 fps with continuous autofocus, the portable Nikon 1 J5 can bring home action shots that a D-SLR might miss. Freeze everything and miss nothing with Sports mode.¹
Enjoy D-SLR-style control with the camera’s PSAM Mode Dial, command dial and Fn button. Find your creative edge and vividly capture every inspiration just the way you want.
Record monumental movies in ultra-sharp 4K resolution.² Stretch time and up the drama with smooth Time-lapse and HD slow-motion sequences. Capture epic stills while filming.
Easily share every brilliant shot. The Wi-Fi- and NFC-enabled Nikon 1 J5 makes it quicker than ever to upload high-quality photos via your smart device.
From exceptional low-light images to artistically blurred backgrounds, enjoy a new level of image quality. With a CX-format sensor that’s four times larger than the sensor in most compact cameras, the Nikon 1 J5 shines in any situation.³
With its handsome looks, the Nikon 1 J5 has a real sense of photographic style. Perfectly spaced dials ensure you can shoot without taking your eye off your subject. Front and rear grips ensure a firm hold.
Easily shoot intriguing stills and movies. Tap the responsive touchscreen to focus, shoot, and adjust key settings. Tilt the monitor down or up to shoot from unusual angles, or capture creative self-portraits.
The best lenses lead to the best images and 1 NIKKOR lenses are nothing short of exceptional. With a fine selection of fast primes, super-telephoto, and extra-wide lenses at your disposal, you can capture any kind of scene with crisp precision. Each lens is optimised for movie recording, and every lens boasts a portable build that really sets the Nikon 1 system apart.
Remarkable imaging: experience the perfect balance of speed, image quality and portability. With an image sensor that’s four times larger than those found on most compact cameras³, the Nikon 1 J5 frees you to achieve superior images. The large back-illuminated CX-format sensor captures the greatest possible amount of light: every pixel is perfectly reproduced to deliver images bursting with colour and fine detail.
Low-light brilliance: with an ISO range of 160-12800, the Nikon 1 J5 delivers crystal-clear images in just about any light. Manually control ISO for total photographic freedom, or allow the camera to automatically set ISO sensitivity for perfect results. Advanced noise reduction ensures cleaner, better-defined images at high ISOs.
EXPEED 5A: achieve spectacular clarity with Nikon’s next-generation image processor. EXPEED 5A is at the heart of the camera’s lightning-fast autofocus, intelligent noise reduction and crystal-clear imaging. Accelerated processing speeds easily handle the camera’s wealth of creative modes and blazingly fast burst rates, easily transforming the huge amount of data from the 20.8-megapixel sensor into exquisite photos and 4K movies.²
Blazingly fast fps: with faster continuous shooting than a D-SLR, nothing moves too quickly for the Nikon 1 J5. Shoot at a world-beating 20 fps with Continuous AF or enjoy up to 60 fps with focus fixed at the first frame. For easy access to the camera’s burst modes, simply turn the Mode Dial to Sports. You can select the speed you want to shoot at, and instantly view fast-action sequences as one group of shots.
Advanced hybrid AF: Nikon’s trailblazing hybrid AF system uses 171 autofocus points to rapidly lock onto your subject. The system instantly switches between 105 phase-detection AF points and fast contrast-detect AF. Phase-detection AF spots movement at breakneck speed. Contrast-detect AF extends to the edge of the frame so you can focus sharply on peripheral subjects, even in low light.
Mind-blowing movies: record movies in ultra-sharp 4K/15p or Full HD 1080/60p to sweep your audience off their feet.² Relive every heartbeat in Slow Motion, which plays back a three-second, 120-fps HD movie clip over 12 seconds. Use Auto Image Capture or manual shooting to capture stills whilst filming. Active-D lighting conquers high-contrast scenes to deliver naturally balanced light and shade throughout. E-VR keeps your movies sharply focused, even when filming at full zoom.⁴
Creative movie modes: Fast Motion, Jump Cut, and 4-Second Movie features put the cinematographer in you centre stage. Energise your street scenes with Fast Motion, put an animated stop-motion feel on the passage of time with Jump Cut, or get expressive with concise 4-Second Movie clips.
Time-lapse movies: showcase the passage of time with stunning Full HD time-lapse clips composed of up to 300 photos. Attach the Nikon 1 J5 to a tripod to capture the wonder of slow-building marvels. Hang the camera around your neck to create a unique take on your urban adventures. You can set the camera to take shots every 5, 10 or 30 seconds.
Superior ergonomics: compact doesn’t mean cramped with the Nikon 1 J5. The camera’s clean, simple design and perfect spacing between dials ensures controls are easy to reach so that you can shoot without taking your eye off your subject. Easily switch between PSAM and Sports modes via the Mode Dial. Change settings with the command dial and assign frequently used settings to the Fn (Function) button.
Tiltable touchscreen monitor: the responsive 7.5-cm (3.0-in.), 1037k-dot LCD monitor enables clear operation even when the monitor is tilted. Go low for extreme action shots, or easily shoot from a high vantage point thanks to the 86-degree reverse angle. Tilt the monitor up 180 degrees and use Self-portrait mode to soften skin or set the Self-timer. Simply tap the high-resolution monitor to focus and shoot, make intuitive adjustments to camera settings, preview creative functions or disable the touchscreen.
NFC & Wi-Fi enabled: sharing impressive Nikon 1 photos via a smart device has never been easier. Simply touch the Nikon 1 J5 with an NFC (Near Field Communication)-compatible smart device and you can transfer the image that’s showing on the camera’s LCD screen. To transfer photos to your smart device via Wi-Fi, simply press the camera’s dedicated Wi-Fi button⁵. You can also use the Wi-Fi function to trigger the camera shutter remotely, or create perfect compositions by previewing shots on your tablet or smartphone’s screen.
Live Image Control: quickly and intuitively enhance photos or movies in a range of modes before you shoot. Simply adjust the control bars that appear next to your image in order to fine-tune brightness, depth of field, and contrast. Use Creative Palette to apply artistic, studio-quality filters simply by sliding the touchscreen wheel to achieve the look you want. Watch the changes take effect on the LCD monitor: what you see is exactly what you’ll get the moment you press the shutter.
Creative Mode: get creative with popular effects for stills and movies. Go back in time with Retro, be artistic in black-and-white with the moody High Contrast Monochrome, add some zing with Pop, or fit the whole scene in with Panorama. There are 14 effects to choose from in total, and you can access five scene modes that automatically optimise camera settings for portraits, landscapes and close-ups.
Best Moment Capture: capture the magic hidden inside of a second with Smart Photo Selector, Active Selection and Slow View. Use the Nikon 1 J5’s on-board photo expert to pick technically outstanding images in Smart Photo Selector. Choose the photos you want to keep from up to 20 shots snapped in less than a second with Active Selection. Pick the ultimate shot from a slow-motion sequence in Slow View.
Motion Snapshot: show more of a moment and create photos that move in just one click. Designed for sharing, Motion Snapshot creates a “living image”, which starts as a four-second slow-motion clip and ends with a beautiful still. Share instantly, or launch Nikon’s free ViewNX-Movie Editor software to edit and combine with other stills and movie clips.
Free software and storage: continue the creative process after the shoot. Easily import, organise, edit, and share photos, movie clips and Motion Snapshots with Nikon’s free ViewNX-i and ViewNX-Movie Editor software. As a Nikon 1 owner, you also get to take advantage of 20 GB of free storage on NIKON IMAGE SPACE.
Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Nikon 1 mount
Effective angle of view
Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
CX, CMOS, 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm
Image size (pixels)
Still images taken in auto, P, S, A, M, sports, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than easy panorama (aspect ratio 3 : 2): (L) 5568 x 3712, (M) 4176 x 2784, (S) 2784 x 1856. Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 120 : 23): (L) 4800 x 920. Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 8 : 25): (L) 1536 x 4800. Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 240 : 23): (L) 9600 x 920. Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 4 : 25): (L) 1536 x 9600. Still images taken during movie recording (aspect ratio 3 : 2): (L) 5568 x 3712. Motion Snapshots (photo portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9): 5568 x 3136
Storage file formats
NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8) compression. NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape. selected Picture Control can be modified.
microSD (micro Secure Digital), microSDHC, microSDXC
DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
auto; sports; creative, with a choice of the following options: pop, retro, high-contrast monochrome, nostalgic sepia, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process, toy camera effect, cross screen, fisheye, skin softening, night landscape, night portrait, landscape, close-up, and portrait; programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, and manual; best moment capture (Active Selection, slow view and Smart Photo Selector); advanced movie (HD movie, 4K movie, time-lapse movie, slow motion, jump cut, fast motion and 4-second movie); Motion Snapshot; self-portrait
1/16,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb. Note: Bulb ends automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash sync speed
Synchronizes with shutter at X= 1/60 s or slower
S (single frame), Continuous, Self-timer, Interval timer shooting
Frame advance rate
Approx. 60 fps. Approx. 5, 10, 20, 30 or 60 fps
2 s, 10 s
TTL metering using image sensor
Matrix. Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame. Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
P programmed auto with flexible program, S shutter-priority auto, A aperture-priority auto, M manual, scene auto selector
–3 to +3 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Luminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO 200 to 12800 in steps of 1EV. ISO 160; 6400 (NR); 12800 (NR); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160 to 6400, 160 to 3200, 160 to 800) available (user controlled in exposure modes P, S, A, and M)
Hybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Autofocus (AF): Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Full-time AF (AF-F), Single AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C). Manual focus (MF)
Single-point AF: 171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF. Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Single-point, auto-area, subject tracking
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Auto and all creative modes other than HDR, easy panorama, landscape, and night landscape: Flash pops up automatically and fires as required. P, S, A, M and self-portrait: Manual
Approx. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Auto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync, off
-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie - metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie - metering method
Matrix. Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame. Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate
HD movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9). 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps). 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps). 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps). 1280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps). 4K movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9). 3840 x 2160/15p (14.99 fps). Slow-motion movies. 1280 x 720/120 fps. (aspect ratio 16 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps). 800 x 296/400 fps. (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps). 400 x 144/1200 fps. (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps). Time-lapse, fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4-second movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9). 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps). Motion Snapshots (movie portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9). 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps).
Movie - file format
Movie - video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording format
Movie - audio recording device
Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Size: 7.5 cm (3–in.) diagonal. Resolution: Approx.1037k-dot. Type: tilting TFT LCD touch screen with brightness adjustment.
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 16 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, bursts shown as key frames or as consecutive pictures, movie and panorama playback, slide show, histogram display, and auto image rotation
Type D HDMI connector
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency
2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range (line of sight)
Approximately 10 m/33 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) data rates (actual measured values)
54 Mbps. Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security
Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) access protocols
NFC - Operation
NFC Forum Type 3 Tag
Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL24 battery
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5F power connector (available separately)
1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 98.3 x 59.7 x 31.5 mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 1.3in.), excluding projections
Approx. 265 g (9.4 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 231 g (8.2 oz), camera body only
Operating environment - temperature
Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Body Cap BF-N1000, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL24 (included with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-31 (included; plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), Lens (supplied only if lens kit is purchased with camera), Strap AN-N1000, USB Cable UC-E20, ViewNX 2 Software
Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) guidelines.
All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery.
Nikon reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware and software described in these specifications at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that these specifications may contain.
Handle anything from fast action to tight close-ups with ease. The Power Zoom Lens Kit includes the Nikon 1 J5 in black, silver or white, and the ultra-thin 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm PD-ZOOM lens. The lens in this kit zooms incredibly smoothly thanks to the electrical zoom, and boasts Vibration Reduction for clear results. The retractable lens mechanism ensures superior portability and instant start-up.
Enjoy superb versatility when you want to travel light. The Double Zoom Kit includes the Nikon 1 J5 in black, plus the ultra-thin 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm PD-ZOOM lens and the portable 1 NIKKOR VR 30–110mm telephoto zoom lens. This is a powerful and flexible zoom combination. Both the lenses in this kit boast Vibration Reduction and a retractable lens mechanism for superior portability.
Go from wide-angle to telephoto without weighing down your bag. The Zoom Kit includes the Nikon 1 J5 in black, plus the powerful and compact 1 NIKKOR VR 10–100mm zoom lens.¹ This indispensable all-round lens boasts Vibration Reduction for clear results, and a retractable lens mechanism for superior portability.
¹ Depending on the shooting distance, vignetting may occur when you use this lens together with the camera’s built-in flash.