Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Entry-Level Mirrorless. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Nikon and Samsung. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Nikon 1 J2 is equipped with a 10.0 MP CMOS sensor. Samsung NX mini, on the contrary, features BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.5 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon 1 J2 and Samsung NX mini and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon 1 J2 Key Features:
Samsung NX mini Key Features:
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 6 fps||4 fps faster|
|Flash Range||5 vs No||5 better flash range|
|Number Of Focus Points||135 vs 21||114 more focus points|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots vs 461k dots||49.9% higher resolution screen|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||20.5 MP vs 10.0 MP||51.2% more pixels|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||650 shots vs 230 shots||420 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||196 g vs 238 g||42 g lighter|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots | 461k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP | 20.5 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon 1 J2 and Samsung NX mini from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Samsung NX mini is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 42g less than the Nikon 1 J2. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon 1 J2 and Samsung NX mini any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon 1 J2 features a 10.0 MP 1" sized CMOS sensor . Samsung NX mini, in its turn, comes with a 20.5 MP 1" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon 1 J2 and Samsung NX mini by the size of their sensors.
Nikon 1 J2 and Samsung NX mini are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon 1 J2 and Samsung NX mini in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon 1 J2||Samsung NX mini|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon 1 J2 or Samsung NX mini, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon 1 J2 and Samsung NX mini here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Samsung NX mini deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon 1 J2. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon 1 J2||Samsung NX mini|
|Model||1 J2||NX mini|
|Announced||Aug 09, 2012||Mar 19, 2014|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP||20.5 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3872 x 2592||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100||160|
|Lens Mount||Nikon 1||Samsung NX-M|
|Number of Lenses||13||2|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2.7x||2.7x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||135||21|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||6.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain||Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||238 g||196 g|
|Physical Dimensions||106 x 61 x 30 mm||110 x 62 x 23 mm|
|Battery Life||230 shots||650 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card||microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC|