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Canon EOS M vs Nikon V1

Canon recently announced its first APS-C sensor based mirrorless camera and from Nikon we have Nikon V1 system with 1 inch sensor, read the comparison review below and find out which one is better and why, share your thoughts with us

Sensor and image processor:
Nikon V1 uses 1 inch 10 Megapixel CMOS sensor and Expeed 3 image processor, Canon EOS M uses 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and latest DIGIC 5 image processor.

sensor size comparison

ISO, Noise Levels & Dynamic Range
Large sensors produce low noise and higher dynamic range.  Canon EOS sensor offers standard ISO sensitivity up to 12800 for still image shooting and expandable up to 25600, on the other hand Nikon small 1 inch sensor offers standard ISO sensitivity up to 3200 and expandable up to 6400 only.

AF system
Nikon V1 features the 135 AF point system  with Phase and contrast detection AF, Canon EOS M comes with 35 point AF system with Phase and contrast detection AF system and with EOS M photographers can simply touch the  display to pinpoint the area on which the camera should focus and instantly  capture a still image.

The V1 AF system is very fast and you do 10 fps shooting with full time AF tracking, the speed of EOS M is limited to 4.3 fps only.

Shutter Speed  – If we look at the type of shutter used and shutter speed in both the camera, the Nikon V1 comes out as a clear winner

Shutter Type Continuous shooting Shutter
Min Max
Nikon 1 Mechanical + Electronic 10 fps – Mech. Shutter60fps  – Elect. shutter 30 sec 1/16000 sec
Canon EOS M Mechanical 4.2 fps 60 sec 1/4000 sec


Nikon  offer Full HD Video recording at 60 fps, Canon EOS M Full HD video recording is limited to 30 fps only, at HD mode you can select 60 fps speed, Both camera offers full time AF during movie mode.

Nikon V1 with Fixed 3″  TFT LCD with 920,000 screen dots, whereas Canon EOS M comes with Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) that features  multi-touch operation allowing  users to do “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” to scroll between pictures and Touch AF technology for video and still shooting.

Canon EOS M is Compatible with all Canon Speedlite accessories including the new Speedlite 600EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT.
Nikon V1 has only one option the Nikon 1 SB-N5 Speedlight made for Nikon 1 series camera.

No viewfinder or any option available for Canon EOS M Mirrorless camera.
Nikon V1 offers 1440k dot TFT EVF, good option for viewfinder lovers.

Overall conclusion: If you are looking for a compact camera system  with DSLR image quality, Buy Canon EOS M.
Nikon 1 system is recommended for sport & Action Photographers, it features advance AF system and continuous shooting up to 60fps, but remember the sensor size is small compared to Canon EOS M, so you get limited dynamic and  ISO range.

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