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Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
93
Imaging
45
Features
60
Overall
51
Nikon 1 S2 front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 Key Specs

Nikon 1 S2
(Full Review)
  • 14.2MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 190g - 101 x 61 x 29mm
  • Announced May 2014
  • Succeeded the Nikon 1 S1
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Expand to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Announced March 2023
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Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

Below, we will be matching up the Nikon 1 S2 and Sony ZV-E1, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Nikon and Sony. The sensor resolution of the 1 S2 (14.2MP) and the ZV-E1 (12MP) is pretty comparable but the 1 S2 (1") and ZV-E1 (Full frame) come with totally different sensor size.

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The 1 S2 was announced 9 years prior to the ZV-E1 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a quick view of how the 1 S2 grades versus the ZV-E1 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 S2 over the Sony ZV-E1

 1 S2 ZV-E1 

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Nikon 1 S2

 ZV-E1 1 S2 
AnnouncedMarch 2023May 2014Fresher by 107 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1037k460kSharper screen (+577k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon 1 S2 and Sony ZV-E1

 1 S2 ZV-E1 
Manual focus More exact focus
Screen dimension3"3.00"Identical screen size

Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera regularly, you will need to consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon 1 S2 has got outside measurements of 101mm x 61mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs) whilst the Sony ZV-E1 has proportions of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") and a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you select at the time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the 1 S2 and the ZV-E1.

Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 1 S2 and ZV-E1 is 93 and 80 respectively.

Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to see the gap in sensor sizing purely by going through specs. The graphic below will provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the 1 S2 and ZV-E1.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The 1 S2 using its smaller sensor will make getting shallow depth of field harder and the Nikon 1 S2 will produce greater detail with its extra 2.2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively. The older 1 S2 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon 1 S2
Portrait photography with Sony ZV-E1
60
manual focus
resolution is good (14.2 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
72
focusing manually
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
low resolution (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 S2 Street photography features
Sony ZV-E1 Street photography features
71
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW files
lighter than competition (190g)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
84
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
supports focus via touch
environment proof
lighter than average (483 grams)
above average high ISO (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon 1 S2
Sports photography with Sony ZV-E1
60
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
fast shooting (60.0 frames/s)
resolution is good (14.2 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
provides tracking focus
supports phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
low battery life (270 shots)
72
quiet shutter (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
environment proof
better than average battery (570 CIPA)
supports phase detect autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/ seconds)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 S2 Travel photography factors
Sony ZV-E1 Travel photography factors
66
lighter than competition (190g)
resolution is good (14.2 megapixels)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse recording
low battery life (270 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
79
better than average battery (570 shots)
lighter than average (483g)
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
supports focus via touch
screen is selfie friendly
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 S2 Landscape photography highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Landscape photography highlights
60
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice screen size (3")
resolution is good (14.2MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low battery life (270 per charge)
missing Timelapse recording
79
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3.00 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
above average high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW files
environment proof
better than average battery (570 shots)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 S2 Vlogging info
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging info
33
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (190g)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing microphone port
85
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 1920 pxls)
comes with mic socket
lighter than average (483g)
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Nikon 1 S2 vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 S2 and Sony ZV-E1
 Nikon 1 S2Sony ZV-E1
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Sony
Model Nikon 1 S2 Sony ZV-E1
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2014-05-21 2023-03-29
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 4A -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 13.1 x 8.8mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 115.3mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 14.2 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4592 x 3072 4240 x 2832
Max native ISO 12800 102400
Max boosted ISO - 409600
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO - 40
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 171 759
Cross focus points 73 -
Lens
Lens mount Nikon 1 Sony E
Available lenses 13 195
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3" 3.00"
Display resolution 460k dots 1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs -
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 60.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
Flash modes Fill, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear curtain w/ slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, off no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p) 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x1920
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 190 grams (0.42 lbs) 483 grams (1.06 lbs)
Dimensions 101 x 61 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.1") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 270 pictures 570 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL22 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $450 $2,198