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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
56
Overall
46
Nikon 1 J1 front
 
Nikon 1 J4 front
Portability
92
Imaging
49
Features
62
Overall
54

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 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
  • Released January 2012
  • Replacement is Nikon 1 J2
Nikon 1 J4
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 232g - 100 x 60 x 29mm
  • Introduced April 2014
  • Succeeded the Nikon 1 J3
  • Replacement is Nikon 1 J5
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Nikon 1 J1 versus Nikon 1 J4, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and they are both produced by Nikon. There is a sizeable difference among the image resolutions of the 1 J1 (10MP) and 1 J4 (18MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (1").

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The 1 J1 was manufactured 3 years before the 1 J4 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going right into a complete comparison, here is a short view of how the 1 J1 matches up against the 1 J4 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J1 over the Nikon 1 J4

 1 J1 1 J4 
Focus manually More exact focusing

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J4 over the Nikon 1 J1

 1 J4 1 J1 
IntroducedApril 2014January 2012Fresher by 27 months
Screen resolution1037k460kSharper screen (+577k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 J4

 1 J1 1 J4 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera, you have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Nikon 1 J1 offers outer measurements of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs) while the Nikon 1 J4 has dimensions of 100mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 232 grams (0.51 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you choose at that moment. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the 1 J1 and the 1 J4.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the 1 J1 and 1 J4 is 91 and 92 respectively.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to see the contrast in sensor sizing just by researching technical specs. The visual below should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the 1 J1 and 1 J4.

As you have seen, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Nikon 1 J4 to result in greater detail due to its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older 1 J1 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon 1 J4 Portrait photography highlights
48
focusing manually
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
56
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW files
no manual focus
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Street photography camera
Nikon 1 J4 as a Street photography camera
69
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
lighter than competition (234 grams)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
74
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW files
includes touch to focus
lighter than average (232 grams)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Sports photography highlights
Nikon 1 J4 Sports photography highlights
48
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
good sensor size (1")
includes tracking focus
comes with phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10MP)
bad battery life (230 CIPA)
62
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
fast shooting (60.0 frames per second)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
includes tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery (300 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Travel photography factors
Nikon 1 J4 Travel photography factors
60
lighter than competition (234g)
has built in flash
bad battery life (230 CIPA)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
69
lighter than average (232g)
includes touch to focus
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
terrible battery (300 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Landscape photography advice
Nikon 1 J4 Landscape photography advice
56
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10MP)
bad battery life (230 per charge)
56
interchangeable lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW files
no manual focus
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery (300 per charge)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Vlogging information
Nikon 1 J4 Vlogging information
30
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (234g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no mic jack
34
touch screen
includes face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (232g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
lack of external microphone jack
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 J4
 Nikon 1 J1Nikon 1 J4
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon 1 J1 Nikon 1 J4
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2012-01-20 2014-04-10
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Expeed 4
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 3872 x 2592 5232 x 3488
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 160
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 135 171
Cross focus points - 105
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon 1 Nikon 1
Amount of lenses 13 13
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech 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 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 60.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.00 m 5.00 m (ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill-flash, fill-flash w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/60 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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 (60p, 30p), 1472 x 984 (60p, 30p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 234 gr (0.52 lb) 232 gr (0.51 lb)
Physical dimensions 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") 100 x 60 x 29mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.0 not tested
DXO Low light score 372 not tested
Other
Battery life 230 images 300 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 EN-EL22
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card microSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $625 $600