The Fujifilm X-A1 have APS-C sensor inside it and Nikon S1 have a 1 inch sensor, I personally don’t think that we have to do specification comparison review after knowing the sensor size of both the camera, that’s we are 1000% sure that X-A1 will give you better image output than S1, but the story doesn’t end here… due to the fact that S1 have amazingly FAST HYBRID AF system, take a look at the chart below for major difference.
Fujifilm X-A1 vs. Nikon 1 S1 Specification Comparison Table.
Megapixel: Fujifilm X-A1 more megapixels compared to Nikon 1 S1.
Bigger Sensor Size: Fujifilm X-A1 features bit bigger sensor than Nikon 1 S1.
Fujifilm X-A1 features bigger sensor size than Nikon 1 S1, hence you get better dynamic range, improved High ISO performance and better color and contrast reproduction compared to Nikon 1 S1
Better AF System: Nikon 1 S1 features Phase AF System; on the other hand Fujifilm X-A1 features Contrast AF system.
More AF Points: Nikon 1 S1have More AF points Compared to Fujifilm X-A1, hence you get more area under AF points with Nikon 1 S1.
Better low light performance – The Fujifilm X-A1 features more ISO range compared to Nikon 1 S1, the ISO range of Fujifilm X-A1 is upto 25600, Nikon 1 S1 is limited to 6400 only.
Better Shutter Range: Nikon 1 S1 features better shutter range compared to Fujifilm X-A1.
Top Continuous shooting speed: Nikon 1 S1 features fast shooting speed compared to Fujifilm X-A1.
Better Video Mode: Nikon 1 S1 features better video mode compared to Fujifilm X-A1. Nikon 1 S1 Supports Full HD Video capture mode @ 60fps frame rate, Fujifilm X-A1 is limited to 30 fps only.
Display: Fujifilm X-A1 features tilting display on the other hand Nikon 1 S1 have fixed display, so we get more flexibility while composing our shot with Fujifilm X-A1.
Battery Life (CIPA): With Fujifilm X-A1 you can capture 350 shots (according to CIPA) and other hand Nikon 1 S1 have shorter batter life of 220 shots only (according to CIPA).
Dimensions: Nikon 1 S1is smaller than Fujifilm X-A1.
Weight: Nikon 1 S1lighter than Fujifilm X-A1.
Verdict: It’s no doubt that you will get better image quality from Fujifilm X-A1 but the nikon S1 have a fast Hybrid AF system that combines phase and contrast detect system and will give you faster AF speed than X-A1, other features include better video recording options in S1.
So if you are a sports shooter of video shooter we recommend you to go with nikon S1, however if you are a still image shooter (nature / studio photographer) we recommend you to go with Fujifilm X-A1.
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