Should I get a Nikon J1 or V1?

Well, consider the differences:

  • J1 no EVF, V1 has an EVF 
  • J1 has less rear LCD resolution (460k dot versus 921k dot)
  • J1 has only an electronic shutter, with a slow 1/60 flash sync speed, the V1 adds a mechanical shutter option with a 1/250 flash sync speed
  • J1 has a slightly smaller body with no protrusion, the V1 has a protrusion for the EVF
  • J1 has no accessory port, the V1 does (supports flash, GPS, more)
  • J1 has a internal flash, the V1 doesn't
  • J1 has a smaller buffer (18-19 NEFs at 5 fps) than V1 (44-45 NEFs at 5 fps)
  • J1 has only internal mics for video, the V1 supports an external microphone
  • J1 doesn't have a dust reduction system, the V1 does
  • J1 has a 230 shot battery life, the V1 a 400 shot battery life
  • J1 uses a new battery (EN-EL20), the V1 uses an existing battery (EN-EL15)
  • J1 has an aluminum body, V1 has an aluminum magnesium body
  • J1 doesn't have regular audio visual output, V1 does; both have HDMI output, though
  • The J1 is less expensive
  • The J1 comes in black, white, red, pink, and sliver, the V1 comes in only black and white

So, if one of those things is important to you, it should dictate which camera you buy. For a less expensive not-quite-pocket camera that isn't going to be accessorized, the J1 is probably the answer. For the serious shooter who wants complete flexibility in accessories, the V1 is the answer.

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