Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of E-P1 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

PEN E-P1
5.6
Nikon 1 J1
10.0
Focus lag

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 43rumors.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of PEN E-P1 vs Nikon 1 J1

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

PEN E-P1
536 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
372 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-P1
1,187 ms
Nikon 1 J1
94 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

PEN E-P1
72 ms
Nikon 1 J1
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

PEN E-P1
2,500 ms
Nikon 1 J1
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-P1
3 fps
Nikon 1 J1
60 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

PEN E-P1
300 photos
Nikon 1 J1
230 photos

Features Key features of the PEN E-P1  vs Nikon 1 J1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

PEN E-P1
12.2 MP
Nikon 1 J1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

PEN E-P1
3,200 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
3,200 ISO

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

PEN E-P1
19.9 microns
Nikon 1 J1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

PEN E-P1  vs Nikon 1 J1 

6.6
6.9
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

9.0
8.0
Obviously the depth and weight increase when the supplied 14-42mm kit lens is fitted, making the E-P1 instantly more DSLR-like, but the new 17mm pancake lens maintains a compact overall package that will particularly suit street photographers looking for an indiscrete camera.
PEN E-P1

7.0
7.0
Control over the main shooting functions such as image quality, ISO setting, metering and AF mode, white balance and drive/self-timer mode is provided by an on-screen quick menu similar to the ones seen on many of Olympus's compact cameras.
PEN E-P1

7.1
7.5
Take for instance, the sensor, which is smaller and lower-resolution than all but the even-more-expensive Pentax Q. With a 2.7x focal-length magnification factor, that means the kit 10-30mm lens has the equivalent angle of view of 27-81mm.
Nikon 1 J1

Overall

7.7 Out of 10
7.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

PEN E-P1  vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Type NMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4032 x 3024 3872 x 2592
Size Four Thirds Nikon CX
Area 18 x 13.5 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.0x 2.7x
Pixel size 19.9 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 60 fps
Battery life 300 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 1,187 ms 94 ms
Shutter lag 72 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 2,500 ms 1,400 ms

video

PEN E-P1  vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 60 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 121 x 70 x 36 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 36 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 355 g 277 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
Sensor shift
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