Updated (April 2014): Compare the Nikon 1 J3 vs Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J2 vs Nikon 1 J3

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Nikon 1 J2

45

Nikon 1 J3

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Phase detection video autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J3

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

galleries

Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J2.
Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Nikon 1 J3.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J2

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Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
54.0 vs 52.0
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon J3

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True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Lighter
224 g vs 280 g
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20% lighter
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              1,200 fps
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Size Fairly small Help
              J2106×61×30 mm
              J3101×61×29 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              J21.2"
              J31.1"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Weight Light weight Help
              J2280 g
              J3224 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J2$299.97
              J3$279.99
              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
              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
              J210.8 EV
              J311 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J221.3 bits
              J320.4 bits
              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
              J210 MP
              J314.2 MP
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J254.0
              J352.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J2363 ISO
              J3420 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $255 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $437 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $275 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $380 with 10-30mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon 1 S2

              Nikon 1 S2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $449 with 11-2mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              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 significantly more color depth

              Nikon 1 J2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon 1 J2.

              Nikon 1 J3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon 1 J3.

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