I'm debating: Micro Four Thirds or Nikon 1 system? Locked

Started Jun 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
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REShultz
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Re: Wrong and misleading IMO
In reply to Beach Bum, Jul 1, 2013

Beach Bum wrote:

The strangest thing to me is that these comments are getting thumbs up on a micro four-thirds forum, and virtually no one is even countering it. Shame. I mean it. It really is a shame.

The truth is that micro four-thirds cameras have 1.8x the sensor area of the Nikon 1. This alone makes Nikon 1 uncompetitive.

Wrong. The OP mentioned older generation M43 cameras and when compared, the two are virtually a wash. Please take a look at the GX1 (mentioned) vs the V1 on DXO to measure competitiveness.

There's no way to get around the laws of physics here. Micro four-thirds cameras have just shy of a 1 stop advantage based on sensor size alone.

If this were true, DXO would reflect it (again, comparing the older sensors).

The second point to make is that because both Nikon and Panasonic/Olympus use Sony Exmor sensors on their system cameras, neither one should have an advantage based on sensor efficiency. But the truth is that based on dxomark scoring, it seems that Panasonic/Olympus actually have better sensors (per unit area) than Nikon in their most recent cameras, giving micro four-thirds not only the advantage of bigger sensors but better sensors. In fact, it seems Nikon has improved little since their V1/J1 cameras. To put it in perspective, the RX100 (not the mark II) actually outperforms the V2 (with the same sensor size). I can only imagine how far out of the water the mark II will blow the Nikon 1 system.

The third point, as has been mentioned by others, is that the micro four-thirds lenses vastly outclass the Nikon 1 lenses currently available. It's not even close.

This has also been referenced. So how exactly are the posts so far inaccurate? I actually thought the thread was very fairly stated and objective thus far with both systems getting the credit they deserve.

And based on dxomark testing of lenses, the Nikon 1 lenses currently available appear to be mediocre to poor performers. A lot of people knock micro four-thirds lenses, but, based on objective criteria, the Nikon 1 lenses appear to not perform as well as MFT lenses.

Which lens? The 18.5 is excellent, along with the 30-110. The kit lens (10-30) was a dog, or at least my copy was.

About the only thing the Nikon 1 has any advantage in is its PDAF system. The advantage in video is strongly in favor of MFT BTW, in case anyone cares.

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