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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
56
Overall
46
Nikon 1 J1 front
 
Nikon 1 V2 front
Portability
85
Imaging
44
Features
66
Overall
52

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 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
  • Released January 2012
  • Updated by Nikon 1 J2
Nikon 1 V2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 278g - 109 x 82 x 46mm
  • Introduced October 2012
  • Succeeded the Nikon 1 V1
  • Refreshed by Nikon 1 V3
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Nikon 1 J1 versus Nikon 1 V2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both are offered by Nikon. There is a noticeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the 1 J1 (10MP) and 1 V2 (14MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1").

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The 1 J1 was announced 9 months earlier than the 1 V2 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon 1 J1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Nikon 1 V2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight into a complete comparison, below is a short highlight of how the 1 J1 matches up vs the 1 V2 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J1 over the Nikon 1 V2

 1 J1 1 V2 

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 V2 over the Nikon 1 J1

 1 V2 1 J1 
IntroducedOctober 2012January 2012Fresher by 9 months
Screen resolution921k460kClearer screen (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V2

 1 J1 1 V2 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera often, you will have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon 1 J1 has physical measurements of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs) while the Nikon 1 V2 has proportions of 109mm x 82mm x 46mm (4.3" x 3.2" x 1.8") having a weight of 278 grams (0.61 lbs).

Look at the Nikon 1 J1 versus Nikon 1 V2 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the 1 J1 compared to the 1 V2.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the 1 J1 and 1 V2 is 91 and 85 respectively.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to visualise the difference in sensor sizing simply by looking through technical specs. The graphic below might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the 1 J1 and 1 V2.

As you have seen, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Nikon 1 V2 to render more detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures far more aggressively. The older 1 J1 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Portrait photography info
Nikon 1 V2 Portrait photography info
48
you can focus manually
good sensor size (1")
supports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
66
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
has face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon 1 J1
Street photography with Nikon 1 V2
69
good sensor size (1")
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors (234g)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
63
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Sports photography info
Nikon 1 V2 Sports photography info
48
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
good sensor size (1")
has tracking autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
bad battery pack (230 per charge)
63
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
has tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Travel photography features
Nikon 1 V2 Travel photography features
60
lighter than competitors (234 grams)
has built in flash
bad battery pack (230 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
62
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon 1 V2 as a Landscape photography camera
56
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is decent (3")
good sensor size (1")
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
bad battery pack (230 per charge)
63
has manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Vlogging factors
Nikon 1 V2 Vlogging factors
30
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (234 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have external mic jack
29
has face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
missing external microphone support
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V2
 Nikon 1 J1Nikon 1 V2
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon 1 J1 Nikon 1 V2
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2012-01-20 2012-10-24
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - Expeed 3A
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 10 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3872 x 2592 4608 x 3072
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 135 73
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon 1 Nikon 1
Number of lenses 13 13
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/16000s 1/16000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames/s 15.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/60s 1/250s
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)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 234 grams (0.52 lbs) 278 grams (0.61 lbs)
Dimensions 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") 109 x 82 x 46mm (4.3" x 3.2" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 50
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 20.2
DXO Dynamic range score 11.0 10.8
DXO Low light score 372 403
Other
Battery life 230 shots 310 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 EN-EL21
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Price at launch $625 $599