Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Sony NEX C3

71

Nikon 1 J1

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,083 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
73.0
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 11x 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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 430 ms
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4.6x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony C3

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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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,083 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The C3 has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11 EV
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1.2 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
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1200 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The C3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
225 g vs 277 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1106x61x29 mm
              C3110x60x33 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1$214.00
              C3$212.29
              Thickness Thin Help
              J11.2"
              C31.3"
              Weight Light weight Help
              J1277 g
              C3225 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J110 MP
              C316 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $514 body only

              $320 with 16-50mm 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 body only

              $295 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              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
              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

              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

              $320 - $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 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 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 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 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 C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $379 body only

              $385 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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