Nikon 1 J1 and V1 Firmware v1.2 Released

Today, Nikon released a firmware update for their popular Nikon 1 J1 and V1 compact system cameras. Updates bring minor improvements to camera operation and fix a couple of bugs previously affecting some of the cameras. Here is the list of changes for both J1 and V1:

  1. The exposure control program used with shooting in Smart Photo Selector mode, or still image shooting mode with Exposure mode set to P Programmed auto or Scene auto selector, has been revised for faster shutter speeds to prevent blurred subjects.
  2. Auto white balance performance has been increased.
  3. Exposure accuracy with ISO sensitivity set to Auto 100–3200, Auto 100–800, or Auto 100–400 has been increased with shooting using the optional Speedlight SB-N5 (built-in flash for for J1 owners) to photograph subjects at close distances.

Also, the following issues have been resolved:

  1. An error message was sometimes displayed during interval timer shooting, preventing capture of the specified number of shots.
  2. When the camera was turned on by releasing the retractable lens barrel lock on applicable lenses, there was sometimes a slight delay before the shutter could be released.

Nikon 1 J1

You can download the new firmware for your J1 from the official Nikon Support website by following this link, and if you have the V1, this link is where you need to go.

If you are currently thinking about buying either of these great little cameras, maybe our review of the V1 will help you decide?


  1. 1) Art
    August 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

    At first I did not care for the Nikon 1 system, but over time it has come to replace my S95. It has better picture quality and better low light performance. But one update I wish Nikon would do is to allow a preselected shutter speed to be entered into the camera so the user can determine when the camera will increase the ISO in the auto mode or allow a button to programmed to allow the changing of the ISO without going into the menu. I feel that Nikon’s choice of shutter speed is way too low before increasing the ISO in the auto mode resulting in less than desirable results for moving subjects. Because of this I will not use the auto ISO mode but always having to go into the menu to change ISO is not what I want to do every time I want to change the ISO.
    Two other firmware updates that would really be nice to have is the ability to turn off the picture preview and for the camera to perform auto exposure bracketing.

    • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 1.1) Romanas Naryškin
      August 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

      You should then update your firmware, Art, as soon as you can – this firmware should fix the too-long-shutter issue. Let us know if it worked!

    • 1.2) FL_Guy
      October 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      +1 on exposure bracketing… What was the last camera of $300 that does not offer this feature?? Sigh…

  2. 2) Art
    August 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hello Roman,
    Sorry, I guess I should have mentioned that I own the V1 and installed the firmware and was able to do some testing yesterday. Also thank you for letting us know about the update.
    The firmware ware update only changes the auto ISO settings for exposure control when using the flash when taking pictures of close subjects. It did not change anything when using the Aperture priority exposure mode without the flash. With some quick testing I did yesterday, I set the Auto ISO to A800 in the aperture exposure mode and took some pictures of moving subjects. The results were mixed. It seems that at times the camera will let shutter speed slow to about 1/8 of a second before it will start to increase the ISO. I am sure Nikon did this to minimize noise due to a high ISO value, and this strategy is fine using VR for still subjects, but 1/8 of a second is way too slow for moving subjects. So if I want to stay in Aperture priority exposure mode for moving subjects I need to change my ISO manually to get a fast shutter speed or the other option is to go into the shutter priority exposure mode to have my shutter speed locked at the desired value. In either case it requires me to go into the menu which for me is not desirable.
    It did however change the program exposure mode so that it now uses faster shutter speeds to prevent blurry pictures. I did some quick tests and it seemed to work fine. This great for the people that use the program exposure mode, but I really never use it so that part of the firmware update does not do me much good.
    One thing I did not mention was now the camera seems to judge white balance more accurately, but I need to do more testing to confirm this.
    Don’t get me wrong, I think the 1 system may have a permanent place in my photography, but Nikon needs to give more control of the process of photography to the users that want that control or the system will eventually cause the stagnation of growth & creativity with the user becoming bored and the camera being retired to the closet or sold on E-Bay. A lot of these things can be done with firmware updates to the V1 so the hardware does not need the change only the software. But I will not hold my breath for these changes, I do not think Nikon has ever added features to a product after its release, only fixed problems of the features that were installed. Maybe Nikon should take a lesson from Canon on their 7D firmware release, I am sure that release made a lot of 7D owners very happy and when they do upgrade it does not take a rocket scientist to know what brand of camera they are going to buy .
    Have a great day.

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