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Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
56
Overall
46
Nikon 1 J1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
48
Features
54
Overall
50

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 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
Panasonic GF5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 267g - 108 x 67 x 37mm
  • Released April 2012
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GF3
  • New Model is Panasonic GF6
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 Overview

Let's take a closer look at the Nikon 1 J1 versus Panasonic GF5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. The resolution of the 1 J1 (10MP) and the GF5 (12MP) is fairly comparable but the 1 J1 (1") and GF5 (Four Thirds) provide different sensor measurements.

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The 1 J1 was unveiled 2 months prior to the GF5 which means that they are of a similar age. The two cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going into a in-depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the 1 J1 grades versus the GF5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J1 over the Panasonic GF5

 1 J1 GF5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF5 over the Nikon 1 J1

 GF5 1 J1 
Display resolution920k460kCrisper display (+460k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon 1 J1 and Panasonic GF5

 1 J1 GF5 
ReleasedJanuary 2012April 2012Same age
Manual focus More exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon 1 J1 has exterior measurements of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GF5 has proportions of 108mm x 67mm x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5") having a weight of 267 grams (0.59 lbs).

See the Nikon 1 J1 versus Panasonic GF5 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you select at that time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the 1 J1 vs the GF5.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 1 J1 and GF5 is 91 and 89 respectively.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to picture the gap in sensor sizes purely by checking out specs. The pic below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the 1 J1 and GF5.

All in all, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The 1 J1 using its smaller sensor is going to make getting bokeh harder and the Panasonic GF5 will provide greater detail having an extra 2MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images a bit more aggressively.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Portrait photography features
Panasonic GF5 Portrait photography features
48
you can focus manually
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
55
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focus
saves RAW files
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Street photography highlights
Panasonic GF5 Street photography highlights
69
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
lighter than others (234 grams)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
70
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
offers touch focus
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Sports photography information
Panasonic GF5 Sports photography information
48
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
good sensor size (1")
supports tracking autofocus
supports phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
bad battery life (230 shots)
40
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon 1 J1
Travel photography with Panasonic GF5
60
lighter than others (234g)
flash built-in
bad battery life (230 CIPA)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
61
offers touch focus
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Landscape photography features
Panasonic GF5 Landscape photography features
56
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
bad battery life (230 shots)
59
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon 1 J1
Vlogging with Panasonic GF5
30
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (234g)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
missing external microphone socket
32
touchscreen functionality
features face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have external mic socket
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic GF5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 J1 and Panasonic GF5
 Nikon 1 J1Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
General Information
Make Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon 1 J1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2012-01-20 2012-04-05
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3872 x 2592 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 160
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 135 23
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon 1 Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 13 107
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT LCD TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m 6.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/60 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 234 grams (0.52 lbs) 267 grams (0.59 lbs)
Physical dimensions 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") 108 x 67 x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 50
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 20.5
DXO Dynamic range score 11.0 10.0
DXO Low light score 372 573
Other
Battery life 230 shots 360 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $625 $600