Comparing Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Nikon 1 J1

1. Sony Alpha NEX-3

25 Reasons why Sony Alpha NEX-3 is better

Comparing Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Nikon 1 J1

1.Explicitly more megapixels (photo)
14.2MPvs 10.1MP (Nikon 1 J1)
2.Appreciably larger sensor
23.4 x 15.6mmvs 13.2 x 8.8mm (Nikon 1 J1)
The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
3.Noticeably lower noise at high ISO
830ISOvs 372ISO (Nikon 1 J1)
The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
4.Has a flip-out screen
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
5.Measurably better image quality
68vs 56 (Nikon 1 J1)
A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
6.Vastly higher maximum light sensitivity
12800ISOvs 6400ISO (Nikon 1 J1)
With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
7.Measurably better color depth
22.1bitsvs 21.5bits (Nikon 1 J1)
The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
8.Has a stereo microphone
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
9.Clearly higher pixel density
471ppivs 333ppi (Nikon 1 J1)
10.Noticeably higher resolution
1,175 x 783pxvs 831 x 554px (Nikon 1 J1)
11.Significantly wider dynamic range
12Evsvs 11Evs (Nikon 1 J1)
The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
12.Has a microphone in
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
13.Has a built-in HDR mode
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
14.Clearly higher resolution (screen)
920k dotsvs 460k dots (Nikon 1 J1)
A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
62mmvs 106mm (Nikon 1 J1)
16.Has a built-in focus motor
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
The focus motor moves the lens in order to autofocus. With it built into the camera, you still have the function when using a lens without its own motor. This allows you to use a wider range of lenses.
17.Can create panoramas in-camera
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
It allows you to take multiple photos capturing different parts of the scene, and then joins them together into a single photo.
18.Supports AVCHD format
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. It's a standard popular among professional cameras and camcorders.
19.Has a two-stage shutter
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
A two-stage shutter is good for taking photos like a pro; apply pressure to the button in order for the lens to focus, and then press it fully to capture the photograph.
20.Has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
21.Has manual shutter speed
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
This allows to manually set the shutter speed.
22.Significantly faster flash X-sync
0.00625svs 0.01667s (Nikon 1 J1)
Flash synchronization is defined as the firing of a photographic flash coinciding with the shutter admitting light to the image sensor. In general, faster flash sync speeds are better if the photographer needs to flash-fill subjects that are backlit and wants to avoid motion blur, or wants to increase depth of field by using a high aperture.
23.Has a HDMI output
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
24.Noticeably more lenses available
8vs 4 (Nikon 1 J1)
A bigger variety of brand lenses means that you have more options and can find one that suits your needs.
25.Has a hot shoe
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
A hot shoe can be used to attach an external flash, as well as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders and other attachments.
Sony Alpha NEX-3
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2. Nikon 1 J1

12 Reasons why Nikon 1 J1 is better

Comparing Nikon 1 J1 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

1.Appreciably more focus points
135vs 25 (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
2.Clearly faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
60fpsvs 7fps (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
234gvs 297g (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
4.Explicitly better video recording quality
1,080 x 60fpsvs 720 x 30fps (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
5.Measurably faster maximum shutter speed
0.0000625svs 0.00025s (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.
6.A little more battery power
1020mAhvs 950mAh (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
61mmvs 117mm (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
8.Clearly less body volume
192.69cm³vs 322.64cm³ (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
29mmvs 41.3mm (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
10.Has AF tracking
Yesvs No (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.
11.Can be controlled remotely
Yesvs No (Sony Alpha NEX-3)
A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.
12.Slow Motion
Can shoot 400 fps and can shoot 1200 fps☺
Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 J1 specs
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