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Review: Nikon's J1 and V1 cameras and 1 Nikkor lenses - Continued

Nightfall: Nikon 1 J1 + VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 at 110mm, ISO 100, I/2, f/8. Click to enlarge (Photo by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)

Downloadable full-resolution photos


All photos linked to the thumbnails below are full-resolution JPEGs created from NEFs converted in Nikon Capture NX2 v2.2.8 for Mac. All are in the AdobeRGB colour space, and are best viewed in Photoshop or a photo browser that honours embedded colour space profiles. Beneath some thumbnails you'll see a second link. This is to an alternate version of the picture or scene, either converted with Raw Photo Processor (RPP) v4.4.1 for Mac, shot with a different camera model or, in the case of one picture, the in-camera JPEG. Definitely have a look at the alternates. The RPP renderings reveal more detail, while the other cameras show how a bigger sensor (in a more expensive camera) handles the same scene.

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Metadata: The full-resolution downloadable JPEGs contain an embedded metadata banner displaying key shooting and processing settings
Most photos have been converted from NEF to finished file at the same settings as captured, with two notable settings exceptions: software exposure compensation and Shadow Protection (which is Nikon's phrase for shadow lightening).

These controls in Capture NX2 were adjusted as needed to correct for exposure error, or to open up shadows that were too dense. Only a handful of files required this help, and they are marked as such in the metadata in the upper left corner of each full-resolution picture (an example metadata banner is at right).

Rather than indicate the numeric position of the Shadow Protection slider, which won't have much meaning for you unless you're really familiar with Nikon software, you'll see instead a subjective impression of how much shadow opening was applied. Low means just a little bit, Medium means a fair bit (and therefore shadow noise, if present, will be noticeably more visible) and High means that shadows have been lightened dramatically (with a commensurate big boost in shadow noise visibility).

A modified version of the Standard Picture Control was used for most conversions in Capture NX2. Sharpening was set to 0, while all other parameters were at their defaults. The remainder were converted on Neutral, with Sharpening set to 0, Saturation on 1 and the other parameters on their defaults.

The Noise Reduction filter was disabled, which means the only noise reduction applied in Capture NX2 was the under-the-hood, always-on noise processing that's performed during J1/V1 conversions. For the handful of comparison files converted in Raw Photo Processor, the K64 colour appearance was used, and all sharpening and noise reduction was turned off.

Most converted files were subsequently run through PictureCode's Noise Ninja noise reduction software, on settings meant to err on the side of retaining detail. The Smart Sharpen filter in Photoshop CS5.1 was applied to all converted files. In-camera JPEGs have not been adjusted in any way, other than to add a metadata banner.

Right-click on a thumbnail below, then choose your web browser's save-to-disk option, to download.


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Buildings: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 100
Rest: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 100
Alternate version: RPP

Bowling: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 100

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Stands: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 100
Portrait: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 100
Alternate version: RPP
Rails: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 100

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Street: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 100
Alternate version: RPP

Team: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 100
Overhead: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 200
Alternate version: Nikon D3S


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Boys: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 200
Go Kart: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 200
Soccer: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 200

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Mall: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 280
Implosion: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 400
Lobby: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 800

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Model: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 800
Sideline: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 1600
Football: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 3200
Alternate version: Nikon D7000


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Player: Nikon 1 J1, ISO 3200
Alternate version: in-camera JPEG



ISO series The computer desk scene below was photographed with both the Nikon 1 J1 and the Coolpix P7100 from ISO 100-6400. Click the links beneath the photo to download full-resolution JPEGs from both cameras. The warm, shadowy light, and the amount of shadow lightening required, leads to noisy-looking pictures from both cameras. It also helps reveal how much the better the J1/V1 file is from ISO 400 and up.

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Computer Desk: Nikon 1 J1 + VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 (Photo by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)


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