Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000

Portability
92
Imaging
51
Features
62
Overall
55
Nikon 1 J4 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S3000 front
Portability
96
Imaging
36
Features
14
Overall
27

Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 Key Specs

Nikon 1 J4
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 232g - 100 x 60 x 29mm
  • Announced April 2014
  • Replaced the Nikon 1 J3
  • Refreshed by Nikon 1 J5
Nikon S3000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 27-108mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 116g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Introduced February 2010
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Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 Overview

Below is a detailed overview of the Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Ultracompact and both of them are designed by Nikon. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the 1 J4 (18MP) and S3000 (12MP) and the 1 J4 (1") and S3000 (1/2.3") have different sensor size.

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The 1 J4 was launched 4 years later than the S3000 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Nikon 1 J4 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Nikon S3000 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving straight to a full comparison, here is a concise overview of how the 1 J4 grades vs the S3000 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J4 over the Nikon S3000

 1 J4 S3000 
IntroducedApril 2014February 2010More recent by 51 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1037k230kSharper screen (+807k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon S3000 over the Nikon 1 J4

 S3000 1 J4 

Common features in the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon S3000

 1 J4 S3000 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon 1 J4 offers physical measurements of 100mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 232 grams (0.51 lbs) and the Nikon S3000 has dimensions of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") with a weight of 116 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the 1 J4 compared to the S3000.

Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the 1 J4 and S3000 is 92 and 96 respectively.

Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to picture the difference in sensor measurements simply by viewing specifications. The graphic underneath should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the 1 J4 and S3000.

Plainly, each of these cameras have different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The 1 J4 because of its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF easier and the Nikon 1 J4 will provide you with more detail utilizing its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The fresher 1 J4 provides an advantage in sensor tech.

Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon 1 J4
Portrait photography with Nikon S3000
57
good MP (18 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has face detect focus
supports RAW formats
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
21
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 J4 Street photography advice
Nikon S3000 Street photography advice
74
sensor size is decent (1")
supports RAW formats
supports touch to focus
lighter than average (232 grams)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
48
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 J4 Sports photography factors
Nikon S3000 Sports photography factors
63
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
fast shooting (60.0 frames per second)
good MP (18MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking focus
supports phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
terrible battery pack (300 per charge)
18
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon 1 J4
Travel photography with Nikon S3000
69
lighter than average (232 grams)
supports touch to focus
good MP (18MP)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
terrible battery pack (300 per charge)
does not posses selfie friendly display
58
built-in flash
fairly wide (27mm)
does not have Timelapse function
low MP (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 J4 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon S3000 as a Landscape photography camera
57
interchangeable lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen is a good size (3")
good MP (18MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports RAW formats
lack of manual focus
no image stabilization
terrible battery pack (300 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse function
28
fairly wide (27mm)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 J4 Vlogging information
Nikon S3000 Vlogging information
34
touchscreen enabled
has face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (232 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
does not have microphone socket
26
fairly wide (27mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have microphone jack
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Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon S3000 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon S3000
 Nikon 1 J4Nikon Coolpix S3000
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon 1 J4 Nikon Coolpix S3000
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Announced 2014-04-10 2010-02-03
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 4 Expeed C2
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 5232 x 3488 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Lowest native ISO 160 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 171 -
Cross type focus points 105 -
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon 1 fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 27-108mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.2-5.9
Macro focusing range - 8cm
Available lenses 13 -
Focal length multiplier 2.7 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 1,037k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting speed 60.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (ISO 100) -
Flash settings 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 Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1472 x 984 (60p, 30p) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 232 gr (0.51 lbs) 116 gr (0.26 lbs)
Physical dimensions 100 x 60 x 29mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 300 pictures -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL22 EN-EL10
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage microSD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
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