• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon J1 advantages over Pentax MX-1

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.41 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    372 vs 208 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 51 mm
    Thinner
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 vs 0.24 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    57.9 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Pentax MX-1 advantages over Nikon J1

  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 290 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    12.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen 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
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Good image quality for a compact camera in its class; Sharp, bright f/1.8-2.5 lens with 4x optical zoom; Cool retro-styled design with brass top and bottom plates; Tilting LCD; Exposure compensation dial; Speedy and accurate autofocus; Full HD video recording.

  • Image detail starts dropping off noticeably above ISO 800, and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200 and beyond; Sluggish cycle times and burst performance; Issues with purple fringing in some shooting scenarios; Heavier and larger than other cameras in its class.

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
Pentax MX-1
Olympus E-PM1
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon G15

Nikon J1
Canon G15
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax MX-1
Canon G15
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon J1
Nikon J3
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
Pentax MX-1
Nikon J3
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • 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
Pentax MX-1
Nikon S1
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Canon G16

Nikon J1
Canon G16
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Pentax MX-1
Canon G16
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
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