Updated (April 2014): Compare the Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100 vs Nikon 1 J3

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon 1 J3

32

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J3

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact (101×61×29 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Nikon 1 J3.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

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
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
101×61×29 mm vs 124×97×74 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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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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
230 lenses vs 20 lenses
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11.5x more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              J31/16000s
              D31001/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J311 EV
              D310011.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J352.0
              D310067.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 with 10-100mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon 1 S2

              Nikon 1 S2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $449 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $971 with 55-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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