Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of NEX-3 vs V1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NEX-3
8.7
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX-3
5.9
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX-3
8.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX-3
9.0
Reviews from trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, sonyalpharumors.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NEX-3
8.5

Winner
Nikon 1 V1 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon 1 V1  based on its focusing and responsiveness.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of NEX-3 vs Nikon 1 V1

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

NEX-3
830 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
346 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

NEX-3
2,500 LPH
Nikon 1 V1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX-3
670 ms
Nikon 1 V1
97 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

NEX-3
115 ms
Nikon 1 V1
73 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NEX-3
1,000 ms
Nikon 1 V1
1,300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX-3
7 fps
Nikon 1 V1
60 fps

Features Key features of the NEX-3  vs Nikon 1 V1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

NEX-3
14 MP
Nikon 1 V1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

NEX-3
12,800 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

NEX-3
25

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

NEX-3
26.0 microns
Nikon 1 V1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

NEX-3  vs Nikon 1 V1 

7.0
6.9
With E-mount (NEX) lenses, the aperture will adjust during the video to help maintain correct brightness (though giving the user no control over depth-of-field).
NEX-3

8.0
8.0
Viewed on the desktop there's an overall softness to the NEX-3's images that we hadn't expected - a soft sheen rather than digital crispness - which could well be down to the all-purpose nature of the zoom lens we had in for testing as much as sensor performance.
NEX-3

Overall

7.9 Out of 10
7.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

NEX-3  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Type CMOS CMOS
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
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,500 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,500 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

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

form factor

Size 117 x 62 x 33 mm 113 x 76 x 43.5 mm
Thickness 33 mm 43.5 mm
Weight 297 g 294 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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

video

NEX-3  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No Yes
Type N/A Electronic
Coverage N/A 100%

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps 60 fps
Battery life 330 350
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 670 ms 97 ms
Shutter lag 115 ms 73 ms
Startup delay 1,000 ms 1,300 ms
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