Remember when Nikon both released these two products and took everyone by surprised? Since then, everybody has always been asking which is better, so we’re here to have Nikon 1 J1 vs. Nikon 1 V1 and compare their highlights and differences.
Both Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 has a 10 megapixel 1” CMOS sensor, and what made them standout from their competition was their autofocus and fast, continuous shooting. Thus why both of them can capture clear and beautiful shots even with their small size. Though they have a lot in common, specially in looks and key features, they also have a number of differences making them unique in their respective niche. (See also: Nikon J1 vs. Nikon V1)
Like how the V1 has a built-in 1.4M-dot LCD viewfinder making it have a faster refresh time and clearer shots. While the J1 also captures quality pictures, it lacks this feature. But, even if this was the case, the J1 has a built-in flash to have a better lighting, which the V1 doesn’t. The V1 though, has a multi-accessory port to mount an external speedlight to make up for the lighting advantage of the J1. And the V1 has a higher resolution rear LCD screen and an additional mechanical shutter that is unavailable to the J1, and which makes the V1 a great or better choice than the J1 for shooting moving subjects as it has a faster shutter. Plus, the V1 offers more customization than the J1. However, this makes it simple for J1 users as they don’t have to modify much and can rely on its auto features, unlike the J1 which needs some personalization.
Nikon 1 J1 vs. Nikon 1 V1
So in conclusion, the J1 is more friendly toward beginners because of its simplicity and the V1 is leaning toward advanced users for having more complex modifications. Though these are their general differences, both of them are aimed for entry-level camera users who can practice on these before going to a more advanced camera like a DSLR. Whether you choose one or the other, what matters is you choose what works best for you and your shots.