Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 J3 vs Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100 vs Nikon 1 J3

Winner
Nikon D3100

42

Nikon 1 J3

32

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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
Focus points
Many focus points
135

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Nikon 1 J3.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

competitors

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$399 - $469 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$436 body only

$394 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen

Nikon 1 J3 Competitors

Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$399 with 20-50mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Overall image quality Much better image quality
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$380 with 10-30mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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