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If you're considering purchasing a new camera, then you should definitely have a look at this camera. Whilst the J2 is not massively different to the Nikon 1 J1, there are a few improvements since the previous model. Most notably, the camera now features a much improved LCD screen, ensuring that the multiple options available to the photographer are easily accessible. A selection of features have been added to the control dial, rather than leaving the user to search for the them on the interactive menus.
Nikon are produces of high quality products 99% of the time, and I'd easily recommend the majority of their developments to other consumers. However, this particular product I'd promote without an ounce of doubt in my mind. Its predecessor, the J1, was already a prime example of perfection, and the J2 purely adds to it.
The body is superior to most cameras, despite being a tiny bit too small to confidently hold whilst gaining shots that require the camera to be held in precarious positions. Most notably, there is a lack of places to grip the camera, and on occasion you can find your thumb knocking the control dial by mistake. These combined, you do find yourself constantly worried about dropping it.
The lens is 10-30mm, and retracts into itself when you activate the locking button. This locking button must also be released before you're able to use the camera. It should be noted however, that the unlocking mechanism doubles up as an option for switching the camera on, so you're able to remove the camera from your pocket/its case and take photos reasonably quickly, which can be extremely useful. If you are planning to carry the camera in your pocket, you may need to remove the lens to ensure it fits comfortably.
The camera is fully capable of shooting HD videos at normal speed/lower resolution in slow motion. You can also capture photos whilst recording, but the quality is limited. The stabilisation is extremely good in both the photographs and HD video, meaning that videos shot whilst walking or moving are of reasonable quality.
I won't deny that the camera has it's little issues, such as the images not being crystal clear from the start, but that could be down to not being used to the camera. This is the only flaw I have discovered with the camera, but issues with the photos at times can be incredibly annoying. On the downside, it can be expensive for what it offers, but it's well made and is incredibly quick - thus enabling you to capture facial expressions, actions and events that you would usually miss with a standard point and shoot. The option to record HD video is also an added bonus, with its sharp and colourful quality for the majority.
I'd recommend this camera on its merits, but recommend users to look at other models and pick the features that they require the most, before parting with money for a model that may not offer the best qualities in the area you require most.