Updated (August 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Nikon 1 J2

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-3

59

Nikon 1 J2

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

galleries

Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J2.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$500 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$376 body only

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$437 body only

$365 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

Nikon 1 J2 Competitors

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$280 with 10-30mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$463 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Dynamic range More dynamic range
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$486 with 10-30mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Worse color depth

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