Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of NEX-3N vs J1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Sony Alpha NEX-3N 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony Alpha NEX-3N  based on its image quality and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha NEX-3N vs Nikon 1 J1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha NEX-3N
1,067 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
372 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Alpha NEX-3N
2,200 LPH
Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-3N
272 ms
Nikon 1 J1
94 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha NEX-3N
22 ms
Nikon 1 J1
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha NEX-3N
2,200 ms
Nikon 1 J1
1,400 ms

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha NEX-3N
480 photos
Nikon 1 J1
230 photos

Features Key features of the Alpha NEX-3N  vs Nikon 1 J1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha NEX-3N
16.1 MP
Nikon 1 J1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha NEX-3N
16,000 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Alpha NEX-3N
22.8 microns
Nikon 1 J1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Alpha NEX-3N  vs Nikon 1 J1 

That tilting touchscreen also has another handy bonus - as soon as the screen is put into that position, self-portrait mode is activated.
Alpha NEX-3N

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Alpha NEX-3N  vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Megapixels 16.1 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4632 x 3472 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C Nikon CX
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.7x
Pixel size 22.8 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 16,000 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes No
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 25 135
Supports continuous Yes No


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 110 x 62 x 35 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 35 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 269 g 277 g
Is weather sealed No No


Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images Yes No
Image stabilization


Alpha NEX-3N  vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (24 Mbps, AVCHD, MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None None


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 460 k dots 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes


Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No No
Type N/A N/A
Coverage N/A N/A
Magnification N/A N/A
Display type N/A N/A
Display resolution N/A N/A


Max continuous shooting None 60 fps
Battery life 480 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 272 ms 94 ms
Shutter lag 22 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 2,200 ms 1,400 ms
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