Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of J3 vs J1

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 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 nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, 1001noisycameras.com, photographyblog.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon 1 J3 vs J1

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

Nikon 1 J3
420 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
372 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon 1 J3
2,000 LPH
Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon 1 J3
20.4 bits
Nikon 1 J1
21.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon 1 J3
11.0 ev
Nikon 1 J1
11.0 ev

Features Key features of the Nikon 1 J3  vs J1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon 1 J3
14.2 MP
Nikon 1 J1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon 1 J3
6,400 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
3,200 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 J3
8.2 microns
Nikon 1 J1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon 1 J3  vs J1 

8.0
8.0
With an essentially grip-less design, the Nikon J3 is very much a two-handed affair that requires you to hold the camera's weight in the left hand, clutching the lens, and use your right hand for balance and operating the controls.
Nikon 1 J3

7.0
6.0
As with the other cameras in the Nikon 1 series, the J3 features a hybrid autofocusing system.
Nikon 1 J3

Overall

7.9 Out of 10
7.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon 1 J3  vs
J1 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 14.2 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3072 3872 x 2592
Size Nikon CX Nikon CX
Area 13.2 x 8.8 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.7x 2.7x
Pixel size 8.2 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
NEF
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No No
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 135 135

shutter

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

form factor

Size 101 x 61 x 29 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 29 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 224 g 277 g
Is weather sealed No No

video

Nikon 1 J3  vs
J1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No No
Type N/A N/A
Coverage N/A N/A
Magnification N/A N/A
Display type N/A N/A
Display resolution N/A N/A

features

Is a smart camera No No
Automatic panorama Yes No
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