• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 18.4 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Nikon V3 advantages over Sony QX1

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 52 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • 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)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    40 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (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 V3

  • 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 $1197
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.25 vs 2.52 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Better color depth
    23.8 vs 20.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,063 vs 384 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.8 vs 10.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very compact for an interchangeable-lens camera; Generous kit includes lens, high-res electronic viewfinder and accessory grip; Good image quality for the sensor size; Amazing burst performance; Lightning-fast autofocus; Intuitive touch-screen makes focusing a snap

  • Smaller sensor than most rivals limits possibilities for available-light shooting; Program mode opts for wide-open aperture most of the time; Limited dynamic range; Noisy shadows; Below-average battery life; Pricey when considering its image quality

The Competition

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon V3
Nikon J3
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony QX1
Nikon J3
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Samsung NX2000

Nikon V3
Samsung NX2000
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $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 V3
Nikon AW1
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Sony QX1
Nikon AW1
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Waterproof

Compared to Nikon J5

Nikon V3
Nikon J5
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony QX1
Nikon J5
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Samsung NX3300

Nikon V3
Samsung NX3300
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Sony QX1
Samsung NX3300
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
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