Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-7

77

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Nikon 1 V1

49

Nikon 1 V1

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 10 fps
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6x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Focus points Significantly more focus points 135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 97 ms vs 223 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price Cheaper $409.99 vs $809.00
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The best price we've seen is $399 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight Lighter 294 g vs 350 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 54.0
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50% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 11 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The NEX-7 has excellent image quality 1.6 f-stops higher ISO than the V1
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 more bits of color
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 2.5x more lenses available
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 2.3 f-stops better
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1200 ms vs 1300 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $749 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $580

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 - $797 body only

              $789 - $799 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 - $2,548 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $569 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $1,054 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Pkrasy (3:05 PM, December 03, 2011)
              V1 worst camera in the world, and the price to quality pfff, the image sensor is too small, its size is like a compact camera, color reproduction far worse than in the first hearing of the NEX series,
               
              Avatar for yuliang11 yuliang11 (10:09 AM, October 04, 2011)
              finally a mirrorless camera from nikon