Nikon Mirrorless J1 Digital Camera Review$649.99
Ease of Use
Buttons & Dials
Handling aside, the controls on the J1 are actually very responsive and offer a great amount of tactile feel. It certainly doesn't compare to an entry-level DSLR, but we can say the J1's buttons are as good as anything we've used on other mirrorless models. The only gripe we have is the use of a two-way level (doubling as the zoom in/out lever in playback) for controlling aperture and shutter speed in the respective priority modes. There is a rear control wheel, but it generally is restricted to navigation, making quick swings in either aperture or shutter speed a more difficult proposition.
Taking its cues from the camera's overall physical design, the Nikon J1's menu is clean and functional. It's actually one of the more well-thought-out menus Nikon has produced lately. The menu is separated into three tabs: shooting options, system options, and playback options. The tabs are laid out in a vertical fashion along the left side of the screen, which allows for easy switching between tabs. We still prefer tabbed layouts that don't require scrolling to see all the options—some of the shooting and system options require a bit of digging to find at first—but the free-turning control wheel allows for swift navigation of the menu anyway.