Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of NEX-5 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


What do the experts think?

Reviews from,,, and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha NEX-5 vs Nikon 1 J1

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

Alpha NEX-5
796 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
372 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Alpha NEX-5
2,400 LPH
Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-5
670 ms
Nikon 1 J1
94 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha NEX-5
115 ms
Nikon 1 J1
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha NEX-5
1,000 ms
Nikon 1 J1
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-5
7 fps
Nikon 1 J1
60 fps

Features Key features of the Alpha NEX-5  vs Nikon 1 J1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha NEX-5
14 MP
Nikon 1 J1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha NEX-5
12,800 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-5
26.0 microns
Nikon 1 J1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Alpha NEX-5  vs Nikon 1 J1 

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Alpha NEX-5

It is the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market, but has outstanding build quality, plenty of useful features, excellent performance and the kind of still image and HD video quality you'd be lucky to get from a digital SLR.
Alpha NEX-5

Video is sharp, and the lenses are really quiet, both for zooming and focusing, but you have practically no controls beyond a background defocus.
Alpha NEX-5


8.3 Out of 10
7.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Alpha NEX-5  vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Megapixels 14 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4592 x 3056 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C Nikon CX
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.7x
Pixel size 26.0 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes No
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

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


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

form factor

Size 111 x 59 x 38 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 38 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 287 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-5  vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No Yes


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 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 7 fps 60 fps
Battery life 330 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 670 ms 94 ms
Shutter lag 115 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 1,000 ms 1,400 ms
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