As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Nikon 1 J1 is also often compared to pro digicams, travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Nikon 1 J1's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the 1 J3 and the Coolpix A900) and Sony (such as the NEX 5N and the Cybershot DSC-RX100)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon J1 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records even higher-speed movies (1,200 fps vs none), shoots faster continuously (60 fps vs 10 fps), can focus continuously while recording movies and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3
1 year newer
$199 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J3 (vs the J1)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the J3 (vs the J1)

  • None found

common strengths of the J3 and J1

  • Extremely high speed movies: 1,200 fps vs 1,200 fps
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fairly small: Compact (101×61×29 mm) vs Compact (106×61×30 mm)

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
similar age

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the J1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the J1)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 1,200 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 10 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the 5N and J1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (106×61×30 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.2"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
3 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the J1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 20 lenses
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the J1)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 1,200 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3.8 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-GF3 and J1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (108×67×33 mm) vs Compact (106×61×30 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.2"

Pentax Q

Pentax Q
3 months older

Significant advantages of the Q (vs the J1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the Q (vs the J1)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 1,200 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Q and J1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (98×57×31 mm) vs Compact (106×61×30 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 1.2"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
10 months older
$106 (body only)
$280 14mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the J1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 20 lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the J1)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 1,200 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3.2 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-GF2 and J1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×68×33 mm) vs Compact (106×61×30 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.2"

Nikon 1 J2

Nikon 1 J2
10 months newer
$237 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J2 (vs the J1)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the J2 (vs the J1)

  • None found

common strengths of the J2 and J1

  • Extremely high speed movies: 1,200 fps vs 1,200 fps
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 60 fps vs 60 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon J1 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it shoots faster continuously (60 fps vs 1.3 fps), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), has slightly more focus points (135 vs 25) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
8 months newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the J1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 10 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 10 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and J1

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
1 year newer
$439

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the J1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 10 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the S110 and J1

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon Coolpix P7100
similar age
$750

Significant advantages of the P7100 (vs the J1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the P7100 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 1.3 fps vs 60 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P7100 and J1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/16000 of a second

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
1 year newer
$598

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the J1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 10 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 10 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and J1

  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
1 year newer
$528

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the J1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 12 fps vs 60 fps
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/16000 of a second

common strengths of the x20 and J1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/16000 of a second

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon J1 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it shoots faster continuously (60 fps vs 7 fps), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), has slightly more focus points (135 vs 9), has interchangeable lenses and has a faster max shutter speed (1/16000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
4 years newer
$199 - $397

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the J1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and J1

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/16000 of a second

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SH-1 (vs the J1)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 230 shots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SH-1 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 11.5 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SH-1 and J1

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the J1)

  • Has a GPS
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 10 fps vs 60 fps
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and J1

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon J1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), records high-speed movies (1,200 fps vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen, shoots faster continuously (60 fps vs 3.5 fps) and has much less shutter lag (94 ms vs 262 ms).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and has much more startup delay (1400 ms vs 700 ms).

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$337 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the J1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 60 fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 135
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 1,200 fps

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and J1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Olympus E-520

Olympus E-520
3 years older

Significant advantages of the E-520 (vs the J1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the E-520 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.5 fps vs 60 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 135 ms vs 94 ms
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the E-520 and J1

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm) vs Compact (106×61×30 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.2"

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the J1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 60 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 264 ms vs 94 ms
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 135

common strengths of the T5i and J1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the J1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 60 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 279 ms vs 94 ms
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 135

common strengths of the D3100 and J1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
6 months newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the J1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 60 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 276 ms vs 94 ms
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 135

common strengths of the D3200 and J1

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
2 years older
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the J1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 20 lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the J1)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 60 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 262 ms vs 94 ms
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 135

common strengths of the D3000 and J1

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Very small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Compact (106×61×30 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 1.2"