Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony NEX-F3 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Sony NEX-F3

64

Nikon 1 J1

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-F3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,114 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
73.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.7 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag

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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 2.5 fps
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24x faster continuous shooting
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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 314 ms
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3.3x less delay when taking photos
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 117x67x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1400 ms vs 1500 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Weight
Slightly lighter
277 g vs 314 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$214.00 vs $379.29
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The best price we've seen is $165 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-F3

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 56.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,114 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The NEX-F3 has excellent image quality 1.6 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 11 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
22.7 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
470 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
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
16,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-F3's maximum light sensitivity is 2.3 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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1$214.00
              NEX-F3$379.29
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J110 MP
              NEX-F316 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $320 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 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 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 - $375 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points More focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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