Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X

Portability
86
Imaging
46
Features
62
Overall
52
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Nikon D3X front
Portability
51
Imaging
70
Features
65
Overall
68

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X 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
  • Released September 2013
Nikon D3X
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1260g - 160 x 157 x 88mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D2Xs
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X Overview

Below is a thorough analysis of the Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Pro DSLR and they are both designed by Nikon. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and D3X (25MP) and the 1 AW1 (1") and D3X (Full frame) boast totally different sensor dimensions.

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The 1 AW1 was released 4 years later than the D3X and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Nikon 1 AW1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Nikon D3X being a Large SLR camera.

Before getting into a in-depth comparison, here is a concise summary of how the 1 AW1 grades against the D3X in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Nikon D3X

 1 AW1 D3X 
IntroducedSeptember 2013February 2009More recent by 56 months
Display resolution921k920kSharper display (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon D3X over the Nikon 1 AW1

 D3X 1 AW1 

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon D3X

 1 AW1 D3X 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon 1 AW1 features exterior dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Nikon D3X has measurements of 160mm x 157mm x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5") accompanied by a weight of 1260 grams (2.78 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. The following is a front view measurement comparison of the 1 AW1 and the D3X.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 1 AW1 and D3X is 86 and 51 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to visualise the gap in sensor measurements merely by seeing technical specs. The graphic here should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the 1 AW1 and D3X.

As you have seen, each of the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The 1 AW1 because of its smaller sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field harder and the Nikon D3X will produce greater detail as a result of its extra 11 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images a bit more aggressively. The more recent 1 AW1 is going to have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon D3X as a Portrait photography camera
60
focusing manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
offers face detect focus
saves RAW files
no external flash support
82
you can focus manually
resolution is great (25MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography factors
Nikon D3X Street photography factors
68
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
weather sealing
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
58
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography information
Nikon D3X Sports photography information
60
fast continuous shooting (60.0 frames/s)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
offers tracking focus
weather sealing
has phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery (220 per charge)
72
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
resolution is great (25 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
weather proofing
great battery power (4,400 shots)
supports phase detect auto focus
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon D3X as a Travel photography camera
63
weather sealing
MP count good (14MP)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse mode
terrible battery (220 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
64
great battery power (4,400 CIPA)
weather proofing
resolution is great (25 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Landscape photography info
Nikon D3X Landscape photography info
62
focusing manually
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
weather sealing
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery (220 shots)
missing Timelapse mode
78
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
resolution is great (25MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery power (4,400 per charge)
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Vlogging factors
Nikon D3X Vlogging factors
29
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing microphone port
9
no video shooting
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3X Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon D3X
 Nikon 1 AW1Nikon D3X
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon 1 AW1 Nikon D3X
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro DSLR
Released 2013-09-19 2009-02-19
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Large SLR
Sensor Information
Chip EXPEED 3A Expeed
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 25MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 4608 x 3072 6048 x 4032
Max native ISO 6400 1600
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW format
Min boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 135 51
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon 1 Nikon F
Amount of lenses 13 309
Crop factor 2.7 1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 921k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology TFT LCD Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 60.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash options 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
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/60 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 356 gr (0.78 lbs) 1260 gr (2.78 lbs)
Physical dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 160 x 157 x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 51 88
DXO Color Depth rating 20.2 24.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.9 13.7
DXO Low light rating 428 1992
Other
Battery life 220 shots 4400 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL20 EN-EL4a
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 to 20 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card Compact Flash (Type I or II) x 2, UDMA
Storage slots 1 Two
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