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

Sony NEX 5N vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

74

Nikon 1 J1

44

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
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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 NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$747 body only

$779 with 18-55mm lens

Focus points More focus points
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$437 body only

$369 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$500 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$399 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$495 body only

$458 with 10-30mm lens

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

Nikon 1 S1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$440 with 11-2mm lens

Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Worse color depth

discussion

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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?