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 make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Nikon 1 J5 belongs to a Entry-Level Mirrorless category, the other model, Nikon 1 J5 is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Nikon 1 J5 comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 21.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Sony Alpha a6000 features a 24.0 MP CMOS sensor.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon 1 J5 and Sony Alpha a6000 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon 1 J5 Key Features:
Sony Alpha a6000 Key Features:
|Continuous Shooting||20 fps vs 11 fps||9 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots vs 922k dots||11.1% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||231 g vs 344 g||113 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 21.0 MP||12.5% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||366.6 mm2 vs 116.16 mm2||68.3% larger pixel area|
|Flash Range||6 vs 5||1 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Number Of Focus Points||179 vs 171||8 more focus points|
|Battery Life||360 shots vs 250 shots||110 more frames with a single charge|
|Dxo Color Depth||24.1 vs 22.1||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13.1 vs 12||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1347 vs 479||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs No||0.7 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Continuous Shooting||20.0 fps | 11.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|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 J5 and Sony Alpha a6000 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, Nikon 1 J5 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 113g less than the Sony Alpha a6000. 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 J5 and Sony Alpha a6000 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 J5 features a 21.0 MP 1" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Sony Alpha a6000, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon 1 J5 and Sony Alpha a6000 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Alpha a6000 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.3x larger than the one featured in Nikon 1 J5. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
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 J5 and Sony Alpha a6000 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 J5||Sony Alpha a6000|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
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 J5 or Sony Alpha a6000, 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 J5 and Sony Alpha a6000 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha a6000 deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon 1 J5. 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 J5||Sony Alpha a6000|
|Model||1 J5||Alpha a6000|
|Announced||Apr 03, 2015||Apr 23, 2014|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5568 x 3712||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||51,200|
|Min Native ISO||160||100|
|Lens Mount||Nikon 1||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||13||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2.7x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||171||179|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||1,440k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||20.0 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill-flash, fill-flash w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync||Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction, hi-speed sync, wireless control|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||65||82|
|DxO Color Depth||22.1||24.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.0||13.1|
|DxO Low Light ISO||479||1347|
|Video Resolutions||4K (15p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (120p/60p/30p)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||231 g||344 g|
|Physical Dimensions||98 x 60 x 32 mm||120 x 67 x 45 mm|
|Battery Life||250 shots||360 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||microSD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|