Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Nikon 1 J1

Top 25 Reasons for the

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Compared to Nikon 1 J1

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Significantly more megapixels (photo)
Comment
14.2 MP
vs
10.1 MP
40.59% more megapixels (photo)
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Distinctly larger sensor
Comment
15.6 x 23.4 mm
vs
8.8 x 13.2 mm
3.14x larger sensor. The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
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108
Explicitly lower noise at high ISO
Comment
830 ISO
vs
372 ISO
2.23x lower noise at high ISO. The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
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85
Has a flip-out screen
Comment
Yes
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No
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
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85
Clearly better image quality
Comment
68
vs
56
12 better image quality. A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
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81
Distinctly higher maximum light sensitivity
Comment
12800 ISO
vs
6400 ISO
2x higher maximum light sensitivity. 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.
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60
A little better color depth
Comment
22.1 bits
vs
21.5 bits
2.79% better color depth. The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
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54
Has a stereo microphone
Comment
Yes
vs
No
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
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52
A lot higher pixel density
Comment
471 ppi
vs
333 ppi
41.44% higher pixel density
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50
Has a built-in HDR mode
Comment
Yes
vs
No
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
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49
Noticeably wider dynamic range
Comment
12 Evs
vs
11 Evs
9.09% wider dynamic range. 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.
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49
Measurably higher resolution
Comment
1175x783 px
vs
831x554 px
2x higher resolution
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43
Has a built-in focus motor
Comment
Yes
vs
No
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.
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42
Vastly narrower
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62 mm
vs
106 mm
44 mm narrower
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41
Has a microphone in
Comment
Yes
vs
No
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
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40
Has a two-stage shutter
Comment
Yes
vs
No
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.
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39
Vastly higher resolution (screen)
Comment
920 k dots
vs
460 k dots
460 k dots higher resolution (screen). A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
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38
Supports AVCHD format
Comment
Yes
vs
No
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.
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38
Has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Comment
Yes
vs
No
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
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37
Can create panoramas in-camera
Comment
Yes
vs
No
It allows you to take multiple photos capturing different parts of the scene, and then joins them together into a single photo.
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33
Sizably faster flash X-sync
Comment
0.00625 s
vs
0.01667 s
2.67x faster flash X-sync. 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.
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32
Has a HDMI output
Comment
Yes
vs
No
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
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32
Explicitly more lenses available
Comment
8
vs
4
4 more lenses available. A bigger variety of brand lenses means that you have more options and can find one that suits your needs.
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31
Has manual shutter speed
Comment
Yes
vs
No
This allows to manually set the shutter speed.
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30
Has a hot shoe
Comment
Yes
vs
No
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 is better than Nikon 1 J1 because...

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Top Eleven Reasons for the

Nikon 1 J1

Compared to Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Explicitly more focus points
Comment
135
vs
25
110 more focus points. 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.
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97
Explicitly faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
Comment
60 fps
vs
7 fps
8.57x faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format. Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
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78
Plenty lighter
Comment
234 g
vs
297 g
63 g lighter
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68
Appreciably better video recording quality
Comment
1080 x 60 fps
vs
720 x 30 fps
3x better video recording quality
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54
A tad more battery power
Comment
1020 mAh
vs
950 mAh
7.37% more battery power
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53
Sizably faster maximum shutter speed
Comment
0.0000625 s
vs
0.00025 s
4x faster maximum shutter speed. A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.
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49
Clearly less body volume
Comment
192.69 cm³
vs
322.64 cm³
1.67x less body volume
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41
Has AF tracking
Comment
Yes
vs
No
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.
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38
Explicitly shorter
Comment
61 mm
vs
117 mm
56 mm shorter
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37
Much thinner
Comment
29 mm
vs
41.3 mm
12.30 mm thinner
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28
Can be controlled remotely
Comment
Yes
vs
No
A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.

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