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

Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Nikon 1 J2

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-3

58

Nikon 1 J2

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Great color depth
Color depth
22.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12 EV
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate

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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.

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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
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Significantly 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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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$285.90 vs $368.00
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The best price we've seen is $82 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
68.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
More lenses available
21 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 2.5x more lenses available
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              J2106x61x29 mm
              NEX-3117x62x33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Thickness Thin Help
              J21.2"
              NEX-31.3"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J2$285.90
              NEX-3$368.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              J26,400 ISO
              NEX-3None
              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
              J210 MP
              NEX-314 MP
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $250 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $205 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

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm 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
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 - $448 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
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 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

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $75 - $399

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $375 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
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 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

              $581 body only

              $395 with 10-30mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $350 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 A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $298 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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