Updated (September 2011): Compare the Nikon 1 J1 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

99

Nikon 1 J1

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
62 lenses
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Super zoom

$195 - $257

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Battery life Much longer battery life
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$400 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$361 - $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 Antonio Pires Antonio Pires (11:03 AM, December 23, 2011)
Dave, the Sony NEX-5 is better for lightpaintings using its longer exposures (until 30s), and the Nikon 1 just go until 1/3 sec. (0.33 seg.).

 
Avatar for Antonio Pires Antonio Pires (11:03 AM, December 23, 2011)
Dave, the Sony NEX-5 is better for lightpaintings using its longer exposures (until 30s), and the Nikon 1 just go until 1/3 sec. (0.33 seg.).
 
Dave (9:17 PM, November 24, 2011)
Hi, maybe it's a very noob question, but can you do lightpainting or timelapses (tuese type of things) with the nex5 or j1? Thanks.