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Nikon 1 V3 vs J4

The Nikon 1 V3 and the Nikon 1 J4 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in March 2014 and April 2014. Both the V3 and the J4 are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are equipped with an one-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 18.2 megapixels. Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their sensors, their features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Headline Specifications
Nikon 1 V3   Nikon 1 J4
Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 J4
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Nikon 1 mount lenses Nikon 1 mount lenses
18.2 MP, 1" Sensor 18.2 MP, 1" Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 160-12800 ISO 160-12800
Viewfinder optional No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD, 1037k dots 3.0" LCD, 1037k dots
Tilting touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
60 shutter flaps per second 60 shutter flaps per second
310 shots per battery charge300 shots per battery charge
111 x 65 x 33 mm, 381 g 100 x 60 x 29 mm, 232 g

Body comparison: Nikon 1 V3 vs J4

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Nikon 1 V3 and the Nikon 1 J4. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The J4 can be obtained in four different colors (black, silver, orange, white), while the V3 is only available in black.

Compare Nikon 1 V3 and Nikon 1 J4
Compare V3 versus J4 top
Compare V3 or J4 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon 1 J4 is notably smaller (17 percent) than the Nikon 1 V3. Moreover, the J4 is substantially lighter (39 percent) than the V3. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the V3 nor the J4 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon 1 V3» 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 13.4 oz 310 n Mar 2014 799- i Nikon 1 V3
 
Nikon 1 J4« 3.9 in 2.4 in 1.1 in 8.2 oz 300 n Apr 2014 549- i Nikon 1 J4
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« » 4.2 in 2.4 in 1.7 in 11.3 oz 265 n Feb 2016 699 i i Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon G5 X« » 4.4 in 3.0 in 1.7 in 12.5 oz 210 n Oct 2015 799 i i Canon G5 X
 
Canon G9 X« » 3.9 in 2.3 in 1.2 in 7.4 oz 220 n Oct 2015 529- i Canon G9 X
 
Canon G7 X« » 4.1 in 2.4 in 1.6 in 10.7 oz 210 n Sep 2014 699- i Canon G7 X
 
Canon SL1« » 4.6 in 3.6 in 2.7 in 14.4 oz 380 n Mar 2013 549- i Canon SL1
 
Fujifilm X-T10« » 4.6 in 3.3 in 1.6 in 13.4 oz 350 n May 2015 799- i Fujifilm X-T10
 
Nikon D5500« » 4.9 in 3.8 in 2.8 in 14.8 oz 820 n Jan 2015 899- i Nikon D5500
 
Nikon 1 J5« » 3.9 in 2.4 in 1.3 in 8.1 oz 250 n Apr 2015 399- i Nikon 1 J5
 
Nikon 1 V2« » 4.3 in 3.2 in 1.8 in 9.8 oz 310 n Oct 2012 799- i Nikon 1 V2
 
Nikon 1 V1« » 4.4 in 3.0 in 1.7 in 13.5 oz 350 n Sep 2011 799- i Nikon 1 V1

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The J4 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 31 percent) than the V3, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

 

Sensor comparison: Nikon 1 V3 vs J4

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an one-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.7. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Nikon 1 V3 and Nikon 1 J4 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 18.2 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the V3 and the J4 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. Moreover, the two cameras were released in close succession, so that their sensors are from the same technological generation. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Nikon 1 V3 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 160 to ISO 12800. The Nikon 1 J4 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

V3 versus J4 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The Overall DXO ratings for the two cameras under consideration are close, suggesting that they provide similar imaging performance. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Nikon 1 V3» 1-inch 18.2 5232 34881080/60p20.810.738452Nikon 1 V3
 
Nikon 1 J4« 1-inch 18.2 5232 34881080/60p20.810.742653Nikon 1 J4
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p----Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon G5 X« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p----Canon G5 X
 
Canon G9 X« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563Canon G9 X
 
Canon G7 X« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671Canon G7 X
 
Canon SL1« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363Canon SL1
 
Fujifilm X-T10« » APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p----Fujifilm X-T10
 
Nikon D5500« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.114.0143884Nikon D5500
 
Nikon 1 J5« » 1-inch 20.7 5568 37124K/15p21.112.047965Nikon 1 J5
 
Nikon 1 V2« » 1-inch 14.2 4608 30721080/60p20.210.840350Nikon 1 V2
 
Nikon 1 V1« » 1-inch 10.0 3872 25921080/60i21.31134654Nikon 1 V1

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/60p).

 

Feature comparison: Nikon 1 V3 vs J4

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The V3 and the J4 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. That said, the V3 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the DF-N1000. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Nikon 1 V3, the Nikon 1 J4, and comparable cameras.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Shutter
speed
(1/sec)
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Nikon 1 V3»- n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 4000 60.0 Y n Nikon 1 V3
 
Nikon 1 J4«- n 3.0 1037 Fixed Y 4000 60.0 Y n Nikon 1 J4
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 2000 8.0 Y Y Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon G5 X« »2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 2000 5.9 Y Y Canon G5 X
 
Canon G9 X« »- n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 2000 6.0 Y Y Canon G9 X
 
Canon G7 X« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 2000 6.5 Y Y Canon G7 X
 
Canon SL1« »optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 4000 4.9 Y n Canon SL1
 
Fujifilm X-T10« »2360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 4000 8.0 Y n Fujifilm X-T10
 
Nikon D5500« »optical n 3.2 1037 swivel Y 4000 5.0 Y n Nikon D5500
 
Nikon 1 J5« »- n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 4000 60.0 Y n Nikon 1 J5
 
Nikon 1 V2« »1440 n 3.0 921 fixed n 4000 15.0 Y n Nikon 1 V2
 
Nikon 1 V1« »1440 n 3.0 921 fixed n 4000 10.0 n n Nikon 1 V1

The reported shutter speed and shutter burst refer to the use of the mechanical shutter. In addition, both cameras feature an electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the V3 and the J4 write their files to micro SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

 

Connectivity comparison: Nikon 1 V3 vs J4

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon 1 V3 and Nikon 1 J4 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Nikon 1 V3»-stereomonoY-mini2.0Y--Nikon 1 V3
 
Nikon 1 J4«-stereomono--mini2.0Y--Nikon 1 J4
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon G5 X« »Ystereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon G5 X
 
Canon G9 X« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G9 X
 
Canon G7 X« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G7 X
 
Canon SL1« »YmonomonoY-mini2.0---Canon SL1
 
Fujifilm X-T10« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--Fujifilm X-T10
 
Nikon D5500« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y--Nikon D5500
 
Nikon 1 J5« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Nikon 1 J5
 
Nikon 1 V2« »-stereomono--mini2.0---Nikon 1 V2
 
Nikon 1 V1« »-stereomono--mini2.0---Nikon 1 V1

It is notable that the V3 has a microphone port, which is missing on the J4. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Both the V3 and the J4 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The J4 was replaced by the Nikon 1 J5, while the V3 does not have a direct successor. Further information on the two cameras, as well as related accessories, can be found on the Nikon website.


Review summary: Nikon 1 V3 vs J4

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Nikon 1 V3 and the Nikon 1 J4? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Arguments in favor of the Nikon 1 V3:

  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • More framing options: Can be equipped with a hotshoe-mounted accessory-viewfinder.


Reasons to prefer the Nikon 1 J4:

  • More compact: Is smaller (100x60mm vs 111x65mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 149g or 39 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (31 percent cheaper at launch).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the J4 comes out slightly ahead of the V3 (3 : 2 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera.

V3 02:03 J4

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the V3 and the J4 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews: Nikon 1 V3 vs J4

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog).

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon 1 V3»-76/1004.5/53/54/5 Mar 2014 799- i Nikon 1 V3
 
Nikon 1 J4«--4.5/5-4/5 Apr 2014 549- i Nikon 1 J4
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »++81/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Feb 2016 699 i i Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon G5 X« »++78/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Oct 2015 799 i i Canon G5 X
 
Canon G9 X« »++-4.5/54/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529- i Canon G9 X
 
Canon G7 X« »++77/1004.5/53.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699- i Canon G7 X
 
Canon SL1« »+78/1004/54/54/5 Mar 2013 549- i Canon SL1
 
Fujifilm X-T10« »++80/1005/54/55/5 May 2015 799- i Fujifilm X-T10
 
Nikon D5500« »+79/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Jan 2015 899- i Nikon D5500
 
Nikon 1 J5« »--4.5/54/54.5/5 Apr 2015 399- i Nikon 1 J5
 
Nikon 1 V2« »--4.5/5-4/5 Oct 2012 799- i Nikon 1 V2
 
Nikon 1 V1« »+69/1004.5/54.5/54/5 Sep 2011 799- i Nikon 1 V1
Notes: ++) highly recommended; +) recommended; o) reviewed; -) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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Other camera comparisons

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    Specifications: Nikon 1 V3 vs Nikon 1 J4

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 J4
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Nikon 1 mount lenses Nikon 1 mount lenses
    Launch Date March 2014 April 2014
    Launch Price USD 799 USD 549
    Sensor Specs Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 J4
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1" Sensor 1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 116.16 mm2 116.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 15.9 mm 15.9 mm
    Crop Factor 2.7x 2.7x
    Sensor Resolution 18.2 Megapixels 18.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5232 x 3488 pixels 5232 x 3488 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.52 μm 2.52 μm
    Pixel Density 15.71 MP/cm2 15.71 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 160-12800 ISO 160-12800 ISO
    Image Processor EXPEED 4 Expeed 4
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 52 53
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 20.8 20.8
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.7 10.7
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 384 426
    Screen Specs Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 J4
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1037k dots 1037k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 J4
    Autofocus System On-Sensor Phase-detect On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 60 shutter flaps/s 60 shutter flaps/s
    Silent ShootingElectronic ShutterElectronic Shutter
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium micro or SDXC cards micro or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 J4
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 J4
    Battery Type EN-EL20a power pack EN-EL22 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)310 shots per charge300 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 111 x 65 x 33 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.3 in)
    100 x 60 x 29 mm
    (3.9 x 2.4 x 1.1 in)
    Camera Weight 381 g (13.4 oz) 232 g (8.2 oz)

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