• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon AW1 advantages over Nikon J5

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.86 vs 2.37 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Nikon J5 advantages over Nikon AW1

  • Less expensive
    $497 vs $797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    479 vs 428 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.0 vs 10.9 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Newer
    4 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.8 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Photographer-friendly controls; Impressive dynamic range for its class; Very fast hybrid autofocus; Fast high-speed shooting capabilities; Tilting touchscreen display.

  • No hot shoe or viewfinder; Aggressive noise reduction, even at base ISO; 4K video is limited to 15fps.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon V2

Nikon AW1
Nikon V2
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon J5
Nikon V2
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon AW1
Nikon J3
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Wider angle kit lens
Nikon J5
Nikon J3
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Nikon V3

Nikon AW1
Nikon V3
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
Nikon J5
Nikon V3
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Samsung NX Mini

Nikon AW1
Samsung NX Mini
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Bigger pixels
  • $580
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Nikon J5
Samsung NX Mini
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $580
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon J4

Nikon AW1
Nikon J4
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in GPS
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Nikon J5
Nikon J4
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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