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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
56
Overall
46
Nikon 1 J1 front
 
Nikon 1 J5 front
Portability
91
Imaging
52
Features
78
Overall
62

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 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
  • Announced January 2012
  • Successor is Nikon 1 J2
Nikon 1 J5
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 231g - 98 x 60 x 32mm
  • Announced April 2015
  • Old Model is Nikon 1 J4
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Nikon 1 J1 versus Nikon 1 J5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are created by Nikon. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the 1 J1 (10MP) and 1 J5 (21MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor size (1").

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The 1 J1 was announced 4 years prior to the 1 J5 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going through a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick view of how the 1 J1 grades vs the 1 J5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J1 over the Nikon 1 J5

 1 J1 1 J5 

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J5 over the Nikon 1 J1

 1 J5 1 J1 
AnnouncedApril 2015January 2012More modern by 38 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1037k460kClearer screen (+577k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 J5

 1 J1 1 J5 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera, you're going to have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Nikon 1 J1 enjoys outer measurements of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs) while the Nikon 1 J5 has dimensions of 98mm x 60mm x 32mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 231 grams (0.51 lbs).

Contrast the Nikon 1 J1 versus Nikon 1 J5 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select at the time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the 1 J1 against the 1 J5.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 1 J1 and 1 J5 is 91 and 91 respectively.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to envision the gap in sensor sizes just by viewing specs. The picture underneath may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the 1 J1 and 1 J5.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Nikon 1 J5 to result in extra detail with its extra 11 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more aged 1 J1 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Portrait photography factors
Nikon 1 J5 Portrait photography factors
48
has manual focus
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
64
you can focus manually
good resolution (21MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
comes with face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Street photography advice
Nikon 1 J5 Street photography advice
69
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
lighter than competition (234 grams)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
80
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW formats
includes touch to focus
lighter than competitors (231g)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Sports photography info
Nikon 1 J5 Sports photography info
48
silent mode (1/16,000s)
sensor size is good (1")
features tracking focus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
not so great battery pack (230 CIPA)
63
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
high max fps (20.0 frames per second)
good resolution (21 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
comes with tracking focus
has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery (250 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon 1 J1
Travel photography with Nikon 1 J5
60
lighter than competition (234g)
built-in flash
not so great battery pack (230 shots)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
80
lighter than competitors (231 grams)
includes touch to focus
good resolution (21MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
not so great battery (250 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Landscape photography details
Nikon 1 J5 Landscape photography details
56
has manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
not so great battery pack (230 shots)
68
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good resolution (21 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
no low pass filter
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery (250 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon 1 J5 as a Vlogging camera
30
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (234 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic jack
75
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
comes with face detect focusing
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than competitors (231g)
does not have image stabilization
lack of mic socket
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 J5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 J5
 Nikon 1 J1Nikon 1 J5
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon 1 J1 Nikon 1 J5
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2012-01-20 2015-04-03
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Expeed 5A
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 21 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 3872 x 2592 5568 x 3712
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 160
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 135 171
Lens
Lens support Nikon 1 Nikon 1
Total lenses 13 13
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology 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 rate 10.0fps 20.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.00 m 5.00 m (ISO 100)
Flash options 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
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 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) 4K (15p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (120p/60p/30p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 234 grams (0.52 pounds) 231 grams (0.51 pounds)
Dimensions 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") 98 x 60 x 32mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 56 65
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 22.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.0 12.0
DXO Low light rating 372 479
Other
Battery life 230 photos 250 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL20 EN-EL24
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card microSD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $625 $497