Updated (September 2011): Compare the Nikon 1 J1 vs Samsung NX5

Nikon 1 J1 vs Samsung NX5

Nikon 1 J1
Samsung NX5

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,200 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1400 ms startup delay
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
55 lenses
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

Items often bought with the Nikon J1 or Samsung NX5

galleries

Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.
Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Samsung NX5.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 3 fps
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20x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Size
Smaller
106×61×30 mm vs 123×87×40 mm
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2.2x smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
277 g vs 491 g
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More than 40% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.6"
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Around 30% thinner
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Advantages of the Samsung NX5

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Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lens availability
More lenses available
55 lenses vs 20 lenses
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Around 3x more lenses available
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Samsung NX5.

similarities

Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

Common Strengths
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Common Weaknesses
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
30 seconds
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
Missing that film look
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
J1460k dots
NX5230k dots
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
J110 MP
NX514 MP
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$360 body only

$481 with 16-50mm lens

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
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$274 body only

$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
Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$263 body only

$358 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
Thickness Is thicker
Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$370 body only

$370 with 20-50mm lens

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
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

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
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Thickness Slightly thicker
Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$270 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Autofocus Slower video autofocus
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$585 body only

$420 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

$299 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

Samsung NX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Live view Has live view
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 body only

$589 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view
Viewfinder No viewfinder
External flash No external flash support
Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,499 body only

$1,498 - $1,500 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Significantly larger
Thickness Significantly thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$540 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view
Size Larger
Thickness Significantly thicker
Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000

Entry-level DSLR

$650 body only

$750 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Live view Has live view
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Screen size Much smaller screen
Size Much larger

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