Updated (June 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 J1 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

74

Nikon 1 J1

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-RX100 or Nikon J1

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

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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 10 fps
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6x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/2000s
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8x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$263.50 vs $389.99
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The best price we've seen is $126 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 56.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
213 g vs 277 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1106×61×30 mm
              DSC-RX100102×58×36 mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              J11.2"
              DSC-RX1001.4"
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1372 ISO
              DSC-RX100390 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J156.0
              DSC-RX10066.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video 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 Slightly 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 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $450 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Weight Heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

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