Photographers who choose a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC) do so in large part because they want image quality that approaches that of a DSLR but in a smaller camera body. And if you’re looking for one of the smallest mirrorless ILCs on the market, my latest perfect Nikon 1 J5 shows a model that doesn’t let its small size get in the way of producing high quality images.
What holds the tough and historical Nikon 1 J5 back from being a perfect option are some awkward design choices and performance issues. The J5’s button placement makes it too easy to press the wrong button at the wrong time, leading to errors. And some of the camera’s burst modes are frustrating to use. Still, few cameras provide a 1-inch image sensor in such a small camera body, which makes the popular Nikon 1 J5 a best compact digital camera for 2016 choice.