• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Nikon J3 advantages over Sony QX1

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    28 mm vs 52 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony QX1 advantages over Nikon J3

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $617
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.25 vs 2.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Better color depth
    23.8 vs 20.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,063 vs 420 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.8 vs 11.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/160 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon J1

Nikon J3
Nikon J1
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony QX1
Nikon J1
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive

Compared to Samsung NX2000

Nikon J3
Samsung NX2000
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash
  • $488
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony QX1
Samsung NX2000
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $488
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon AW1

Nikon J3
Nikon AW1
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony QX1
Nikon AW1
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Waterproof

Compared to Nikon J4

Nikon J3
Nikon J4
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony QX1
Nikon J4
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive

Compared to Samsung NX3300

Nikon J3
Samsung NX3300
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Sony QX1
Samsung NX3300
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
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