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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3

Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Nikon 1 J3 front
Portability
92
Imaging
45
Features
63
Overall
52

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Launched September 2013
Nikon 1 J3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 201g - 101 x 61 x 29mm
  • Revealed November 2013
  • Succeeded the Nikon 1 J2
  • Replacement is Nikon 1 J4
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 Overview

Following is a extended assessment of the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 J3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and they are both produced by Nikon. The image resolution of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and the 1 J3 (14MP) is relatively close and they possess the exact same sensor dimensions (1").

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The 1 AW1 was announced 2 months prior to the 1 J3 and they are of a similar age. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a short highlight of how the 1 AW1 grades vs the 1 J3 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Nikon 1 J3

 1 AW1 1 J3 

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J3 over the Nikon 1 AW1

 1 J3 1 AW1 

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 J3

 1 AW1 1 J3 
RevealedSeptember 2013November 2013Same age
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Screen resolution921k921kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon 1 AW1 offers physical dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") along with a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) whilst the Nikon 1 J3 has dimensions of 101mm x 61mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.1") having a weight of 201 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using at that time. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the 1 AW1 against the 1 J3.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the 1 AW1 and 1 J3 is 86 and 92 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to visualise the difference in sensor sizes purely by researching a spec sheet. The picture here might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the 1 AW1 and 1 J3.

As you can see, both of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact megapixels and you can expect comparable quality of photographs but you need to consider the age of the cameras into account.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon 1 J3 as a Portrait photography camera
59
manual focus
megapixel count good (14MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
external flash not possible
59
manual focus
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography highlights
Nikon 1 J3 Street photography highlights
67
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
70
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW files
lighter than competitors (201g)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography factors
Nikon 1 J3 Sports photography factors
59
high fps (60.0 frames/s)
megapixel count good (14MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
provides tracking autofocus
environment sealing
comes with phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
low battery life (220 per charge)
58
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
includes tracking focus
comes with phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
low battery (220 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Travel photography information
Nikon 1 J3 Travel photography information
63
environment sealing
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
low battery life (220 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
69
lighter than competitors (201g)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
low battery (220 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Landscape photography details
Nikon 1 J3 Landscape photography details
61
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is good (3")
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
does not have image stabilization
low battery life (220 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse function
64
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low battery (220 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon 1 J3 as a Vlogging camera
29
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
lack of external mic socket
30
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (201g)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic support
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 J3
 Nikon 1 AW1Nikon 1 J3
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon 1 AW1 Nikon 1 J3
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2013-09-19 2013-11-30
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor EXPEED 3A -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3072 4608 x 3072
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 160 160
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 135 135
Cross focus points - 41
Lens
Lens mount Nikon 1 Nikon 1
Available lenses 13 13
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 60.0 frames/s 15.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.00 m
Flash modes Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/60 seconds 1/60 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 gr (0.78 lb) 201 gr (0.44 lb)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 101 x 61 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 51 52
DXO Color Depth score 20.2 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 11.0
DXO Low light score 428 420
Other
Battery life 220 photographs 220 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 EN-EL20
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Retail cost $0 $170