Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Sony NEX-7

Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

67

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Nikon 1 V1

54

Nikon 1 V1

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.2 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

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 97 ms vs 670 ms
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6.9x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $314.85 vs $581.66
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The best price we've seen is $267 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 69.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 796 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The NEX-5 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the V1
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 22.2 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor size 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 111x59x38 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              V1:6,400 ISO
              NEX-5:None
              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-5:14 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Thickness Is thinner
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $784 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 body only

              $1,013 with 18-55mm 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
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

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              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,358 body only

              $998 - $1,123 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 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 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 with 10-100mm 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

              $265 with 11-2mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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