Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 AW1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 AW1

36

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1400 ms startup delay
Phase detection video autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
94 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 AW1

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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Advantages of the Nikon AW1

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Weight
Lighter
201 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 15 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 51.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size
Smaller
106×61×30 mm vs 114×72×37 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$263.50 vs $696.95
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The best price we've seen is $433 cheaper (2.6x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              1,200 fps
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Weight Light weight Help
              AW1201 g
              J1277 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              AW11.5"
              J11.2"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Sensor cleaning Neither has a self cleaning sensor Help
              May require cleaning
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              20 lenses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              AW110.9 EV
              J111 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              AW114.2 MP
              J110 MP
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              AW1220 shots
              J1230 shots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              AW120.2 bits
              J121.5 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              AW151.0
              J156.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              AW1428 ISO
              J1372 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points

              Nikon 1 AW1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Battery life Longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $369

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,097 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Color depth Better color depth
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $180

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $450 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

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