• 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-T2

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $1499
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 49 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    396g vs 817g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    57.9 fps vs 13.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Fujifilm X-T2 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 340 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years 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
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
    32 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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.

  • Excellent image quality from both JPEGs and RAW files; Superb high ISO performance; Very fast hybrid AF; Robust weather sealing; Dual UHS-II card slots; 4K video.

  • Precise manual focus is tricky with fly-by-wire focusing; Battery life is only decent; Video quality still not on par with competing cameras.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Nikon J1
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $1532
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Fujifilm X-T2
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1532
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

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-T2
Nikon V1
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon J1
Nikon J3
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • $299
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
Fujifilm X-T2
Nikon J3
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $299
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Internal flash

Compared to Nikon S1

Nikon J1
Nikon S1
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
Fujifilm X-T2
Nikon S1
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Fujifilm X-T20

Nikon J1
Fujifilm X-T20
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Fujifilm X-T2
Fujifilm X-T20
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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