Budding snappers take next step with Nikon J2



Whenever dad gets his air guitar out at a family wedding it seems you’re the one there to commit his shame to film. The photography bug is creeping up on you, and you’re ready to see what a new camera can bring to your game.

Whenever dad gets his air guitar out at a family wedding it seems you're the one there to commit his shame to film. The photography bug is creeping up on you, and you're ready to see what a new camera can bring to your game.

The Nikon 1 J2 Compact Camera System is a snug fit for those looking to step up from a basic first camera without going full on papa-paparazzi with a digital SLR. The J2 features a 10-30mm kit lens which will allow you to capture clear and crisp photos without messing around with the controls, meaning it's good for capturing those LOL moments that come from nowhere to liven up an otherwise-drab afternoon. Compact and lightweight, the J2 fits easily in your handbag or man-bag to follow wherever you go in order to 'get the shot' - within reason, obviously.

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Here is the Nikon J1, the J2's predecessor, in amplified glory.

But be prepared for whispers and admiring glances as a result of its clean lines, curved edges and chic Japanese design heritage. Its James Bond-like pop-up flash is pretty natty too.

The same pared-back approach is found inside the camera. Nikon has kept things simple by leaving out some of the more detailed features mostly used by fully-functioning pros rather than budding snappers. Although not overwhelmed with knobs and dials, the 10.1 megapixel J2 offers plenty to keep you busy as you try and work out whether you really want to be the next Rankin or David Bailey.

For instance, the inclusion of compact interchangeable lenses will help you take your photography beyond friends and family reportage, while the maximum burst shooting speed will make you feel like Fleet Street's finest by shooting 60 frames per second.

It even offers good results in low light, while the autofocus will help you capture the concentration on dad's face as he tightly shuts his eyes and bends imaginary guitar notes during the crucial solo to Brothers In Arms - eat your heart out Mark Knopfler.

Whether merely snapping and shooting or experimenting with different lenses, the J2 could help you decide how serious you are about photography without compromising your fashionista status.