• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon J1 advantages over Nikon AW130

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $279*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.41 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    57.9 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    12 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon AW130 advantages over Nikon J1

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM1

Nikon J1
Olympus E-PM1
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Nikon AW130
Olympus E-PM1
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon J1
Nikon J3
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
Nikon AW130
Nikon J3
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Nikon S1

Nikon J1
Nikon S1
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • $199
  • 1 inch
Nikon AW130
Nikon S1
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Canon A1400

Nikon J1
Canon A1400
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
Nikon AW130
Canon A1400
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon AW120

Nikon J1
Nikon AW120
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon AW130
Nikon AW120
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
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