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

59

Nikon 1 J1

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
830 ISO
Great color depth
Color depth
22.1 bits
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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 Alpha NEX-3.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$500 with 16mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$439 body only

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Much longer battery life
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Pro digicam

$832 - $848

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$353 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$199 with 11-2mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$498 with 10-30mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Color depth Worse color depth

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.