Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 J3 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

60

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Nikon 1 J3

35

Nikon 1 J3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J3

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x61x29 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon J3

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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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 101x61x29 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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5x smaller
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.1" vs 2.9"
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2.5x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 224 g vs 505 g
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2.3x lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The J3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Overall image quality Better image quality 67.0 vs 52.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 25.5x more lenses available
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 420 ISO
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The D3100 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the J3
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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 $284.99 vs $585.35
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (2.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J3:11 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $265 with 11-2mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $680 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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