Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Nikon 1 J1

Top 19 Reasons for the

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Compared to Nikon 1 J1

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Clearly more megapixels (photo)
14.2 MP
vs
10.1 MP
40.59% more megapixels (photo)
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Substantially better image quality
69
vs
56
13 better image quality. A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. We use metrics from http://wwww.dxomark.com.
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Significantly larger sensor
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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Appreciably higher maximum light sensitivity
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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A little bit better color depth
22.1 bits
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21.5 bits
2.79% better color depth. The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. We use metrics from http://wwww.dxomark.com.
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Has a flip-out screen
Yes
vs
No
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
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Reasonably higher pixel density
471 ppi
vs
333 ppi
41.44% higher pixel density
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Appreciably higher resolution
1175x783 px
vs
831x554 px
2x higher resolution
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Has a stereo microphone
Yes
vs
No
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
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35
Has a two-stage shutter
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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Supports AVCHD format
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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Considerably wider dynamic range
12 EV
vs
11 EV
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.
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Appreciably faster flash X-sync
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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Has a built-in HDR mode
Yes
vs
No
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
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Can create panoramas in-camera
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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Has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Yes
vs
No
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
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Has a HDMI output
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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Explicitly more lenses available
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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Has a hot shoe
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 14 Reasons for the

Nikon 1 J1

Compared to Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Sizably more focus points
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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Distinctly faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
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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Significantly faster maximum shutter speed
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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Sizably better video recording quality
1080 x 60 fps
vs
720 x 30 fps
3x better video recording quality
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Amply lighter
234 g
vs
297 g
63 g lighter
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Marginally more battery power
1020 mAh
vs
950 mAh
7.37% more battery power
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Has AF tracking
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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30
Has a flash
Yes
vs
No
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
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Considerably less body volume
192.69 cm³
vs
322.64 cm³
1.67x less body volume
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Can be controlled remotely
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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Has a brand lens
Yes
vs
No
The lens is made by a reputable photographic equipment manufacturer, as opposed to a low-cost unbranded lens.
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Shorter
106 mm
vs
117.3 mm
11.30 mm shorter
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Amply thinner
29 mm
vs
41.3 mm
12.30 mm thinner
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Measurably narrower
61 mm
vs
66.6 mm
5.60 mm narrower

Nikon 1 J1 is better than Sony Alpha NEX-3 because...

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