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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
Focus points
More focus points
135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.5"
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More than 20% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
106×61×30 mm vs 111×59×38 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony 5N

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
62 lenses vs 20 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
460 shots vs 230 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% 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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 5N's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1106×61×30 mm
              5N111×59×38 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              J1277 g
              5N269 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              J11.2"
              5N1.5"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1$831.69
              5N$710.47
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              J11080p @ 30fps
              5N1080p @ 60fps
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J110 MP
              5N16 MP
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              J13,200 ISO
              5N25,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              J1135
              5N25
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              J120 lenses
              5N62 lenses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1460k dots
              5N920k dots

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