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Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1

Portability
84
Imaging
67
Features
84
Overall
73
Canon EOS M6 front
 
Nikon 1 J1 front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
56
Overall
46

Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 Key Specs

Canon M6
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 112 x 68 x 45mm
  • Released February 2017
  • Succeeded the Canon M3
  • New Model is Canon M6 MII
Nikon 1 J1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 234g - 106 x 61 x 30mm
  • Announced January 2012
  • Replacement is Nikon 1 J2
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Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 Overview

Its time to look a little more in depth at the Canon M6 and Nikon 1 J1, former is a Advanced Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by manufacturers Canon and Nikon. There exists a sizable gap among the sensor resolutions of the M6 (24MP) and 1 J1 (10MP) and the M6 (APS-C) and 1 J1 (1") offer totally different sensor sizes.

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The M6 was introduced 5 years after the 1 J1 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go right into a full comparison, here is a brief overview of how the M6 scores versus the 1 J1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon M6 over the Nikon 1 J1

 M6 1 J1 
AnnouncedFebruary 2017January 2012Newer by 62 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kClearer display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J1 over the Canon M6

 1 J1 M6 

Common features in the Canon M6 and Nikon 1 J1

 M6 1 J1 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Display size3"3"Same display dimensions

Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Canon M6 comes with outside dimensions of 112mm x 68mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8") having a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) while the Nikon 1 J1 has dimensions of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the M6 compared to the 1 J1.

Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the M6 and 1 J1 is 84 and 91 respectively.

Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 top view buttons comparison

Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to envision the gap in sensor dimensions merely by viewing technical specs. The pic underneath will offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the M6 and 1 J1.

As you can tell, each of these cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The M6 with its larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Canon M6 will result in more detail using its extra 14MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The younger M6 will have a benefit in sensor tech.

Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 sensor size comparison

Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M6 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon 1 J1 Portrait photography highlights
80
has manual focus
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW files
48
manual focus
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
can't use external flash
low megapixels (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Canon M6 as a Street photography camera
Nikon 1 J1 as a Street photography camera
80
screen tilts
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
offers focus via touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
69
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
lighter than competition (234g)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon M6
Sports photography with Nikon 1 J1
66
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
not so great battery life (295 shots)
48
silent mode (1/16,000s)
sensor size is good (1")
offers tracking focus
sensor has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
low battery pack (230 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Canon M6 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon 1 J1 as a Travel photography camera
80
has bluetooth
offers focus via touch
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery life (295 shots)
60
lighter than competition (234 grams)
flash built-in
low battery pack (230 CIPA)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M6 Landscape photography factors
Nikon 1 J1 Landscape photography factors
74
has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
not so great battery life (295 shots)
56
manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
low battery pack (230 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M6 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon 1 J1 as a Vlogging camera
80
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
supports face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external microphone port
no image stabilization
30
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (234 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing microphone socket
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Canon M6 vs Nikon 1 J1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M6 and Nikon 1 J1
 Canon EOS M6Nikon 1 J1
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model type Canon EOS M6 Nikon 1 J1
Category Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2017-02-15 2012-01-20
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 7 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 3872 x 2592
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 49 135
Lens
Lens support Canon EF-M Nikon 1
Total lenses 23 13
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.7
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Max silent shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 9.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.00 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/60 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 390 gr (0.86 lbs) 234 gr (0.52 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 68 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8") 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 78 56
DXO Color Depth rating 23.4 21.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.6 11.0
DXO Low light rating 1317 372
Other
Battery life 295 shots 230 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - EN-EL20
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom, remote) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $679 $625