Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of J1 vs T1i

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from mirrorlessrumors.com, nikonrumors.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 4 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Canon Rebel T1i 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon Rebel T1i  based on its image quality and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon 1 J1 vs Rebel T1i

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon 1 J1
372 ISO
Rebel T1i
663 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH
Rebel T1i
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon 1 J1
94 ms
Rebel T1i
159 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon 1 J1
74 ms
Rebel T1i
89 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon 1 J1
1,400 ms
Rebel T1i
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon 1 J1
60 fps
Rebel T1i
3.4 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon 1 J1  vs Rebel T1i 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon 1 J1
10 MP
Rebel T1i
15.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon 1 J1
3,200 ISO
Rebel T1i
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon 1 J1
11.6 microns
Rebel T1i
22.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon 1 J1  vs Rebel T1i 

6.9
6.7
Both Nikon 1 series cameras produce good-looking video, benefiting from a metering system that produces pleasingly accurate exposures in a variety of outdoor lighting situations and renders reasonably accurate white balance.
Nikon 1 J1

8.0
9.0
The new 15 megapixel CMOS sensor and expanded ISO range thankfully haven't compromised image quality in any way, quite the opposite in fact.
Rebel T1i

7.0
9.0
The image quality is quite printable at 1600 ISO, which is about what you need for good indoor no-flash photography.
Rebel T1i

7.5
7.8
Photos remain sharp with few artifacts as high as ISO 1,600-by the numbers as high as ISO 3,200-though sharp-eyed photographers will probably want to max out at ISO 400 for the cleanest photos.
Rebel T1i

Overall

7.1 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon 1 J1  vs
Rebel T1i 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 10 MP 15.1 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592 4752 x 3168
Size Nikon CX APS-C
Area 13.2 x 8.8 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 2.7x 1.6x
Pixel size 11.6 microns 22.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 135 9
Supports continuous No No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder No Yes
Type N/A Pentamirror
Coverage N/A 95%
Magnification N/A 0.87x

performance

Max continuous shooting 60 fps 3.4 fps
Battery life 230 400
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
3.4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 94 ms 159 ms
Shutter lag 74 ms 89 ms
Startup delay 1,400 ms 300 ms

video

Nikon 1 J1  vs
Rebel T1i 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 20 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video Yes No
External mic jack None None
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection Manual
Autofocus type Phase detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 460 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/16000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm 129 x 98 x 62 mm
Thickness 29.8 mm 62 mm
Weight 277 g 520 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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