Updated (May 2014): Compare the Nikon 1 S2 vs Nikon 1 J2

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1

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Nikon 1 J1

44

Nikon 1 S1

40

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
94 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 S1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/16000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S1

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 11 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Slightly lighter
240 g vs 277 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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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
              S1102×61×30 mm
              J1106×61×30 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.2"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S1$135.00
              J1$220.00
              Weight Light weight Help
              S1240 g
              J1277 g
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S111.1 EV
              J111 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S121.4 bits
              J121.5 bits
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              8 lenses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              56.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S1397 ISO
              J1372 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $490 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 with 10-100mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $288 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much 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

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $400 - $498 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
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Nikon 1 S1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S2

              Nikon 1 S2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $389 - $697 with 11-2mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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