• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 18.4 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 8.3 megapixels
  • 15.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon J4 advantages over Nikon 170

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 240 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.52 vs 1.61 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    28 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • More dots on screen
    1037k vs 345k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    18.4 vs 8.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 1/2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon 170 advantages over Nikon J4

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Nokia N8

Nikon J4
Nokia N8
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $549
  • 1/1.83 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Thinner
Nikon 170
Nokia N8
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $549
  • 1/1.83 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung Galaxy S II

Nikon J4
Samsung Galaxy S II
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $200
  • 1/3.2 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Thinner
Nikon 170
Samsung Galaxy S II
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
  • $200
  • 1/3.2 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon J4
Nikon J3
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Nikon 170
Nikon J3
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Samsung NX Mini

Nikon J4
Samsung NX Mini
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $529
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
Nikon 170
Samsung NX Mini
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $529
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon J5

Nikon J4
Nikon J5
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon 170
Nikon J5
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
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