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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
56
Overall
46
Nikon 1 J1 front
 
Nikon 1 J2 front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
60
Overall
48

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 Key Specs

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
  • Launched January 2012
  • Later Model is Nikon 1 J2
Nikon 1 J2
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 238g - 106 x 61 x 30mm
  • Introduced August 2012
  • Earlier Model is Nikon 1 J1
  • Refreshed by Nikon 1 J3
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 Overview

Below is a complete comparison of the Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are manufactured by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the 1 J1 (10MP) and the 1 J2 (10MP) is fairly close and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (1").

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The 1 J1 was launched 6 months prior to the 1 J2 which means that they are both of a similar age. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight into a in depth comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the 1 J1 matches up against the 1 J2 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J1 over the Nikon 1 J2

 1 J1 1 J2 

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J2 over the Nikon 1 J1

 1 J2 1 J1 
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 J2

 1 J1 1 J2 
IntroducedJanuary 2012August 2012Same age
Manual focus More precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to think about its weight and proportions. The Nikon 1 J1 features outer dimensions of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") along with a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs) while the Nikon 1 J2 has measurements of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 238 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you choose at that moment. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the 1 J1 and the 1 J2.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the 1 J1 and 1 J2 is 91 and 91 respectively.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to imagine the difference in sensor measurements just by viewing technical specs. The photograph below will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the 1 J1 and 1 J2.

As you have seen, both of those cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of photos though you need to take the age of the cameras into account.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Portrait photography features
Nikon 1 J2 Portrait photography features
48
focusing manually
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
MP count low (10MP)
48
manual focus
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
low resolution (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Street photography camera
Nikon 1 J2 as a Street photography camera
69
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
lighter than others in class (234 grams)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
69
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW formats
lighter than others in class (238g)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon 1 J2 as a Sports photography camera
48
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
good sensor size (1")
features tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
not so great battery (230 CIPA)
48
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
sensor size is decent (1")
comes with tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
low battery power (230 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon 1 J2 as a Travel photography camera
60
lighter than others in class (234 grams)
built-in flash
not so great battery (230 shots)
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
60
lighter than others in class (238g)
has built in flash
low battery power (230 per charge)
low resolution (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Landscape photography features
Nikon 1 J2 Landscape photography features
56
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
not so great battery (230 CIPA)
56
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
low battery power (230 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Vlogging advice
Nikon 1 J2 Vlogging advice
30
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others in class (234g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
does not have external microphone jack
30
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (238 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have external mic jack
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 J2
 Nikon 1 J1Nikon 1 J2
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon 1 J1 Nikon 1 J2
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2012-01-20 2012-08-09
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Expeed 3
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 10MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3872 x 2592 3872 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 135 135
Lens
Lens support Nikon 1 Nikon 1
Amount of lenses 13 13
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s 1/16000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.00 m 5.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/60s 1/60s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 234 gr (0.52 lb) 238 gr (0.52 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 56 54
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 21.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.0 10.8
DXO Low light rating 372 363
Other
Battery life 230 photographs 230 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL20 EN-EL20
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $625 $550