Updated (September 2011): Compare the Nikon 1 J1 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-3

57

Nikon 1 J1

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Great image quality
Overall image quality
68.0
Great color depth
Color depth
22.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12 EV
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
 

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 video autofocus
fast and accurate
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag

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 Alpha NEX-3.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$481 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$492 body only

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$559 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$922 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

$282 with 11-2mm lens

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

discussion

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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:49 PM, May 04, 2012)
Thank for letting us know, sometimes our system pulls the wrong price. We will fix that up. 
 
Arielheminway (10:50 AM, May 04, 2012)
The price of $95 for the Nikon J1 is incorrect. That price was for accessories like the lithium ion battery--not the camera itself.