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

49

Nikon 1 J2

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Color depth
Great color depth
22.1 bits
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
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon J2

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Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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 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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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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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
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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 330 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
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
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
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 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
              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"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J2:$357.76
              NEX-3:$354.49
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 with 10-30mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $450 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm 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
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $319 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              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

              $339 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 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $280 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 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 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 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 NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $766 - $921 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $700 - $749 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $480 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $305 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

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