Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

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Sony NEX-5N

79

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Nikon 1 J1

48

Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.7 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 10 fps
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6x 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
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 94 ms vs 235 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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 111x59x38 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.5"
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More than 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The NEX-5N has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 77.0 vs 56.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Battery life Much longer battery life 460 shots vs 230 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 2.5x more lenses available
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
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 mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        Size Fairly small Help
        J1:106x61x29 mm
        NEX-5N:111x59x38 mm
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $300 body only

        $298 with 18-55mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon 1 V1

        Nikon 1 V1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $384 with 10-30mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498 - $548

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Samsung NX2000

        Samsung NX2000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 - $299 with 20-50mm lens

        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon 1 J3

        Nikon 1 J3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $360 - $380 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 S1

        Nikon 1 S1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $199 - $250 with 11-2mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon 1 J2

        Nikon 1 J2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $360 with 10-30mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Color depth Worse color depth
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        Nikon 1 J4

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $597 with 10-30mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Autofocus Slower video autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $348 body only

        $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $396 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 body only

        $798 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen

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        Hnguy47 (5:50 PM, January 07, 2012)
        I have an eight month old little girl. I have no experience in photography but would like to capture all of those candid moments with and of her. I noticed that the comparisons reported that the Nikon was quicker at snapping pictures than the Sony but the Sony was better with the quality of photos. I was wondering if the difference of the speed between the two outweighed the quality comparisons of the results. Any advice would be helpful!! Thanks in advance.
         
        Avatar for SKATE4FREE SKATE4FREE (4:13 PM, January 01, 2012)
        for video which is best?