• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 84.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S1 advantages over Canon G9X

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $379
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.41 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 6.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon G9X advantages over Nikon S1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    495 vs 397 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.3 vs 11.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.2 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

Common Weaknesses

  • 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 panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • 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

  • Smallest 1-inch sensor camera available; Slips in a pants pocket almost unnoticed; Bright lens at wide-angle; Great image quality; Swift 6.5 fps JPEG burst shooting; Intuitive touch-screen control; In-camera Wi-Fi gets images onto your phone easily

  • Limited 3x zoom range; Tighter wide-angle than competitors; JPEG buffer limited to 10 frames; very slow bracketing / raw burst shooting; Touch-screen menus take lots of tapping; Poor battery life

The Competition

Compared to Nikon J1

Nikon S1
Nikon J1
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
Canon G9X
Nikon J1
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX100

Nikon S1
Sony RX100
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $368
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G9X
Sony RX100
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $368
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon S1
Nikon J3
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
Canon G9X
Nikon J3
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $619
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Pentax Q7

Nikon S1
Pentax Q7
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G9X
Pentax Q7
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video

Compared to Canon G9X Mark II

Nikon S1
Canon G9X Mark II
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G9X
Canon G9X Mark II
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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