Face-Off: 1 J1 vs Alpha NEX-C3

Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1 Sony Alpha NEX-C3
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Nikon 1 J1
Overview - Full review
Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Overview - Full review
Price
Overall Scene
Nikon 1 J1
Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Score
3/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5
Speed
3/5 4/5
Image Quality
4/5 4/5
Video
5/5 4/5
User Score
5/5 (1)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 10 Mpx, 1" , 8.6 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 27-81 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 3:2, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 55 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI
Power source EN-EL20
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight NC / 277 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5) , 1 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 921600 dots, 16:9, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 200 - 12800 ISO
Video mode 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB HDMI Flash hot-shoe
Power source NP-FW50
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 0.203 x 0.359 x 0.244 mm / 225 g
Conclusion
The Nikon 1 J1 is built with sound technology that delivers good picture quality, responsiveness and great video. Although the new features Nikon seems intent on plugging in the J1 turned out to be a little disappointing, in its standard Auto mode, this camera still does a very good job.
With its compact, lightweight design, responsive electronics, vertical tilt screen and large-format 16-Megapixel APS-C sensor, the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 has got a lot going for it. It's just a shame that the 18-55 mm lens is still a bit disappointing. The battery life could be better too.
Pros

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Picture quality up to 1600 ISO

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Excellent video mode with slow-motion functions

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Built-in flash (unlike the V1)

+

Good LCD

+

Generally responsive

+

Picture quality: noise management, depth of field

+

Compact design

+

Good 720p video mode (optical zoom, stereo sound)

+

VGA LCD screen with vertical tilt

+

Fast autofocus, sweep panorama mode

Cons

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No swivel screen or touchscreen

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No sweep panorama

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Video record button doesn't work in photo mode

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Not many lenses to choose from yet

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No built-in help function in the menus

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Battery life is a bit disappointing

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Noisy shutter-release

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Not many lenses to choose from

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No built-in stabilisation or flash (separate accessory included)

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Handling could still be better