• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon V2 advantages over Nikon J5

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.86 vs 2.37 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 310 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    40 vs 20 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    40 vs 20 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Nikon J5 advantages over Nikon V2

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    479 vs 403 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.0 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    31 mm vs 45 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    345g vs 457g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.8 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 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
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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

  • Photographer-friendly controls; Impressive dynamic range for its class; Very fast hybrid autofocus; Fast high-speed shooting capabilities; Tilting touchscreen display.

  • No hot shoe or viewfinder; Aggressive noise reduction, even at base ISO; 4K video is limited to 15fps.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon V1

Nikon V2
Nikon V1
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
Nikon J5
Nikon V1
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon AW1

Nikon V2
Nikon AW1
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon J5
Nikon AW1
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon V3

Nikon V2
Nikon V3
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon J5
Nikon V3
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Samsung NX Mini

Nikon V2
Samsung NX Mini
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $529
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon J5
Samsung NX Mini
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $529
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon J4

Nikon V2
Nikon J4
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon J5
Nikon J4
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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