Updated (September 2011): Compare the Nikon 1 J1 vs Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

71

Nikon 1 J1

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,079 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
77.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
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
Badge
Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate

galleries

Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

competitors

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$299 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

Focus points More focus points
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$497 with 10-30mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Dynamic range More dynamic range
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$650 with 10-30mm lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$139 with 11-2mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Weight Slightly lighter
Color depth Worse color depth

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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?