Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 J3 vs Sony NEX C3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Nikon 1 J2

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Nikon 1 J2

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J2

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 94 ms vs 670 ms
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7.1x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 41 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size Slightly smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 117x62x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 280 g vs 297 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 830 ISO vs 363 ISO
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The NEX-3 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the J2
Overall image quality Better image quality 68.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 330 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 2.5x more lenses available
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Lowest price Cheaper $398.00 vs $622.50
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The best price we've seen is $225 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              J2:106x61x29 mm
              NEX-3:117x62x33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Thickness Thin Help
              J2:1.2"
              NEX-3:1.3"
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J2:10 MP
              NEX-3:14 MP
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $210 with 10-30mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $499 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $499

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $319 with 20-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $250 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 with 10-30mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Placeholder

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $597 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $1,020 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $403 - $730 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay

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