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

62

Nikon 1 J1

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$667 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$437 body only

$379 - $399 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$495 body only

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$380 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$329 with 11-2mm lens

Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Worse color depth

discussion

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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.