Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Sony NEX C3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

63

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Nikon 1 V1

53

Nikon 1 V1

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Color depth
Great color depth
22.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 97 ms vs 670 ms
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6.9x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 8.5x 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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Focus points Significantly more focus points 135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Overall image quality Better image quality 68.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 830 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The NEX-3 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the V1
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 2.5x more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1300 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 117x62x33 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              V1:$409.99
              NEX-3:$361.21
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V1:10 MP
              NEX-3:14 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $244 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $749 - $890 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 body only

              $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 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
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $300 with 11-2mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $766 - $921 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $305 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay

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