Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320

Portability
86
Imaging
46
Features
62
Overall
52
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320 front
Portability
97
Imaging
38
Features
21
Overall
31
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 Overview

Below is a detailed review of the Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Ultracompact by rivals Nikon and Sony. The sensor resolution of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and the W320 (14MP) is pretty close but the 1 AW1 (1") and W320 (1/2.3") feature different sensor measurements.

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The 1 AW1 was launched 3 years later than the W320 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon 1 AW1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony W320 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go straight into a full comparison, below is a brief overview of how the 1 AW1 matches up against the W320 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Announced September 2013
Sony W320
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 117g - 93 x 52 x 17mm
  • Introduced January 2010
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera often, you will want to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Nikon 1 AW1 features exterior measurements of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") and a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) whilst the Sony W320 has dimensions of 93mm x 52mm x 17mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.7") and a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the 1 AW1 vs the W320.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 1 AW1 and W320 is 86 and 97 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be difficult to visualize the difference in sensor sizing merely by going through specifications. The visual underneath will help give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the 1 AW1 and W320.

To sum up, the 2 cameras have got the exact same megapixels albeit different sensor sizing. The 1 AW1 uses the bigger sensor which will make obtaining shallower DOF easier. The more modern 1 AW1 provides a benefit in sensor technology.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Portrait photography info
Sony W320 Portrait photography info
60
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
sensor size is good (1")
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
29
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography highlights
Sony W320 Street photography highlights
68
sensor size is good (1")
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
49
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography features
Sony W320 Sports photography features
60
high fps (60.0 frames per second)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
sensor size is good (1")
offers tracking autofocus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (220 shots)
27
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
slow frames per second (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon 1 AW1
Travel photography with Sony W320
63
environment proofing
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
terrible battery power (220 shots)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
66
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
really wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Landscape photography factors
Sony W320 Landscape photography factors
62
has manual focus
change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is decent (3")
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (220 shots)
lack of Timelapse recording
33
really wide (26mm)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon 1 AW1
Vlogging with Sony W320
29
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
lack of external microphone port
26
really wide (26mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
missing microphone support
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony W320 Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Nikon
Sony
Model type
Nikon 1 AW1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320
Category
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Ultracompact
Announced
2013-09-19
2010-01-07
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip
EXPEED 3A
-
Sensor type
CMOS
CCD
Sensor size
1"
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
116.2mm²
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3072
4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO
6400
3200
Lowest native ISO
160
80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
135
9
Lens
Lens mount type
Nikon 1
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
-
26-105mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
-
f/2.7-5.7
Macro focusing distance
-
4cm
Total lenses
13
-
Focal length multiplier
2.7
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
921k dots
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech
TFT LCD
-
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
None
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
1 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate
60.0 frames/s
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
-
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
5.00 m (at ISO 100)
4.80 m
Flash settings
Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off
Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum 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 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
640x480
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Optional
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
356 gr (0.78 lbs)
117 gr (0.26 lbs)
Dimensions
114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5")
93 x 52 x 17mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
51
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
20.2
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
10.9
not tested
DXO Low light rating
428
not tested
Other
Battery life
220 photos
-
Battery style
Battery Pack
-
Battery ID
EN-EL20
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Card slots
Single
Single
Cost at launch
$0
$269