• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon S1 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Less expensive
    $199* vs $498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 45 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    323g vs 468g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 11.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A6000 advantages over Nikon S1

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Better color depth
    24.1 vs 21.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,347 vs 397 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.1 vs 11.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/160 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • 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

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

The Competition

Compared to Nikon J1

Nikon S1
Nikon J1
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
Sony A6000
Nikon J1
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon J2

Nikon S1
Nikon J2
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Wider angle kit lens
Sony A6000
Nikon J2
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • Thinner
  • Faster JPEG shooting

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
Sony A6000
Pentax Q7
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A5100

Nikon S1
Sony A5100
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sony A6000
Sony A5100
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher-res screen
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon EOS M3

Nikon S1
Canon EOS M3
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A6000
Canon EOS M3
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
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