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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
56
Overall
46
Nikon 1 J1 front
 
Nikon 1 S1 front
Portability
92
Imaging
41
Features
56
Overall
47

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 Key Specs

Nikon 1 J1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 234g - 106 x 61 x 30mm
  • Revealed January 2012
  • New Model is Nikon 1 J2
Nikon 1 S1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 197g - 102 x 61 x 30mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Later Model is Nikon 1 S2
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Nikon 1 J1 versus Nikon 1 S1, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and they are both created by Nikon. The resolution of the 1 J1 (10MP) and the 1 S1 (10MP) is relatively well matched and they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1").

Photography Glossary

The 1 J1 was released 17 months before the 1 S1 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going in to a in depth comparison, below is a quick overview of how the 1 J1 matches up versus the 1 S1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J1 over the Nikon 1 S1

 1 J1 1 S1 

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 S1 over the Nikon 1 J1

 1 S1 1 J1 
LaunchedJune 2013January 2012More recent by 17 months

Common features in the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 S1

 1 J1 1 S1 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera regularly, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Nikon 1 J1 has external dimensions of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs) whilst the Nikon 1 S1 has specifications of 102mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs).

Examine the Nikon 1 J1 versus Nikon 1 S1 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the 1 J1 compared to the 1 S1.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 1 J1 and 1 S1 is 91 and 92 respectively.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be difficult to see the gap between sensor measurements purely by checking a spec sheet. The photograph here will give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the 1 J1 and 1 S1.

Clearly, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution and you can expect similar quality of photos though you will want to take the launch date of the products into consideration. The older 1 J1 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Portrait photography features
Nikon 1 S1 Portrait photography features
48
manual focus
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW files
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
48
you can focus manually
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
no external flash support
low MP (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Street photography information
Nikon 1 S1 Street photography information
69
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW files
lighter than average in class (234 grams)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
69
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition (197g)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon 1 S1 as a Sports photography camera
48
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
sensor size is nice (1")
offers tracking focus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
terrible battery pack (230 CIPA)
49
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
good sensor size (1")
comes with tracking focus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
bad battery life (220 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Travel photography highlights
Nikon 1 S1 Travel photography highlights
60
lighter than average in class (234 grams)
built-in flash
terrible battery pack (230 CIPA)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display
61
lighter than competition (197 grams)
has built in flash
bad battery life (220 shots)
low MP (10MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon 1 S1 as a Landscape photography camera
56
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10MP)
terrible battery pack (230 per charge)
56
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is good (3")
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
bad battery life (220 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Vlogging advice
Nikon 1 S1 Vlogging advice
30
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (234 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
does not have microphone socket
30
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (197g)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have microphone port
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 S1
 Nikon 1 J1Nikon 1 S1
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon 1 J1 Nikon 1 S1
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-01-20 2013-06-21
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3872 x 2592 3872 x 2592
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 135 135
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon 1 Nikon 1
Available lenses 13 13
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000s 1/16000s
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per sec 15.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.00 m 5.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/60s 1/60s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Optional
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) 197 gr (0.43 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") 102 x 61 x 30mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 56 56
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 21.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.0 11.1
DXO Low light rating 372 397
Other
Battery life 230 pictures 220 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL20 EN-EL20
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $625 $231