• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon J1 advantages over Fujifilm X-E3

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $1049
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    57.9 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Fujifilm X-E3 advantages over Nikon J1

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.93 vs 3.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/180 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    14 months vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    48 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

  • Very small body, with solid feel; Fast AF; No-nonsense interface. Excellent video capture, Good picture quality.

  • Body could be smaller for sensor size; High ISO isn't as good as other compact system cameras; Battery life below average; Weak flash; Confusing controls.

  • Stylish, compact body; Great image quality; Very good overall performance; Touchscreen LCD; 4K UHD video recording.

  • Small EVF; Fixed display; Unreliable continuous autofocus.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon V1

Nikon J1
Nikon V1
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
Fujifilm X-E3
Nikon V1
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Slow-motion videos

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon J1
Nikon J3
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
Fujifilm X-E3
Nikon J3
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Nikon S1

Nikon J1
Nikon S1
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
Fujifilm X-E3
Nikon S1
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony A6500

Nikon J1
Sony A6500
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Fujifilm X-E3
Sony A6500
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-A5

Nikon J1
Fujifilm X-A5
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Fujifilm X-E3
Fujifilm X-A5
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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