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 V3 belongs to a Semi-Pro Mirrorless category, the other model, Nikon 1 V3 is a Large Sensor Compact camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Nikon 1 V3 comes with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 18.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Canon PowerShot G5 X features a 20.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - MirrorLess and Compact. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon 1 V3 and Canon PowerShot G5 X and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon 1 V3 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot G5 X Key Features:
|Continuous Shooting||60 fps vs 5.9 fps||54.1 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||171 vs 31||140 more focus points|
|Battery Life||310 shots vs 210 shots||100 more frames with a single charge|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 18.0 MP||10% more pixels|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||7 vs 5||2 better flash range|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 1,037k dots||0.3% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||353 g vs 381 g||28 g lighter|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,360k dots vs 2,359k dots||0% higher resolution|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|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 V3 and Canon PowerShot G5 X 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, Canon PowerShot G5 X is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 28g less than the Nikon 1 V3. 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 V3 and Canon PowerShot G5 X 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 V3 features a 18.0 MP 1" sized CMOS sensor . Canon PowerShot G5 X, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 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 V3 and Canon PowerShot G5 X by the size of their sensors.
Nikon 1 V3 and Canon PowerShot G5 X 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 V3 and Canon PowerShot G5 X 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 V3||Canon PowerShot G5 X|
No Significant Advantages
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 V3 or Canon PowerShot G5 X, 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 V3 and Canon PowerShot G5 X here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon PowerShot G5 X deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon 1 V3. 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 V3||Canon PowerShot G5 X|
|Model||1 V3||PowerShot G5 X|
|Announced||Mar 13, 2014||Sep 11, 2015|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5232 x 3488||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||160||125|
|Lens Mount||Nikon 1||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||13||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2.7x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||171||31|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,359k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||60.0 fps||5.9 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Fill-flash, fill-flash w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync||Auto, slow synchro|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|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||381 g||353 g|
|Physical Dimensions||111 x 65 x 33 mm||112 x 76 x 44 mm|
|Battery Life||310 shots||210 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|