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

91

Nikon 1 J1

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
Badge
Phase detection 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 Alpha NEX-3.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$390 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$318 - $699 body only

$358 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$436 body only

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

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$359 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon 1 S2

Nikon 1 S2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$378 body only

True resolution Higher true resolution
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Travel zoom

$403

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Battery life Much longer battery life
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

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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.