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

92

Nikon 1 J1

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
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
 

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

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$373 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$616 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Battery life Much longer battery life
Startup delay Much more startup delay

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lens availability Much more lenses available
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$333 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Thickness Slightly thicker
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$495 body only

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Autofocus Slower autofocus

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.