• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon J3 advantages over Nikon A300

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.86 vs 1.20 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.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • 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
    60.0 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon A300 advantages over Nikon J3

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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 Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Thinner
    20 mm vs 28 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    17 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper 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

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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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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The Competition

Compared to Nikon AW1

Nikon J3
Nikon AW1
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon A300
Nikon AW1
  • $133
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon S3600

Nikon J3
Nikon S3600
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $97
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
Nikon A300
Nikon S3600
  • $133
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $97
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon V3

Nikon J3
Nikon V3
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
Nikon A300
Nikon V3
  • $133
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon J4

Nikon J3
Nikon J4
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon A300
Nikon J4
  • $133
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon S3700

Nikon J3
Nikon S3700
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon A300
Nikon S3700
  • $133
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
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