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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N

Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-3N front
Portability
89
Imaging
58
Features
52
Overall
55

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Announced September 2013
Sony NEX-3N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 62 x 35mm
  • Announced February 2013
  • Old Model is Sony NEX-F3
  • Successor is Sony a5000
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-3N, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by brands Nikon and Sony. The image resolution of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and the NEX-3N (16MP) is pretty similar but the 1 AW1 (1") and NEX-3N (APS-C) boast different sensor sizing.

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The 1 AW1 was announced 7 months after the NEX-3N so they are of a similar generation. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight to a detailed comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the 1 AW1 grades vs the NEX-3N for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Sony NEX-3N

 1 AW1 NEX-3N 
AnnouncedSeptember 2013February 2013More modern by 7 months
Screen resolution921k460kClearer screen (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-3N over the Nikon 1 AW1

 NEX-3N 1 AW1 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-3N

 1 AW1 NEX-3N 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera, you'll have to consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon 1 AW1 has got external dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") with a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Sony NEX-3N has proportions of 110mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4") with a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-3N in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the 1 AW1 and the NEX-3N.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the 1 AW1 and NEX-3N is 86 and 89 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizes simply by reading specs. The picture underneath will provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the 1 AW1 and NEX-3N.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The 1 AW1 using its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field harder and the Sony NEX-3N will offer more detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The newer 1 AW1 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony NEX-3N as a Portrait photography camera
59
has manual focus
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
features face detect focus
supports RAW files
no external flash support
66
you can focus manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography highlights
Sony NEX-3N Street photography highlights
67
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
weather proof
fixed screen
no image stabilization
77
screen tilts up and down
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography advice
Sony NEX-3N Sports photography advice
59
fast continuous shooting (60.0 fps)
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is good (1")
features tracking focus
weather proof
has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
low battery pack (220 per charge)
54
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great battery power (480 per charge)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Travel photography camera
Sony NEX-3N as a Travel photography camera
63
weather proof
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse function
low battery pack (220 shots)
does not contain selfie friendly display
71
great battery power (480 per charge)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon 1 AW1
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-3N
61
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
weather proof
no image stabilization
low battery pack (220 per charge)
no Time Lapse function
70
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
great battery power (480 shots)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Vlogging camera
Sony NEX-3N as a Vlogging camera
29
features face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
no mic jack
28
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have mic port
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-3N Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-3N
 Nikon 1 AW1Sony Alpha NEX-3N
General Information
Brand Nikon Sony
Model Nikon 1 AW1 Sony Alpha NEX-3N
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2013-09-19 2013-02-25
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip EXPEED 3A Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3072 4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 6400 16000
Min native ISO 160 200
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 135 25
Lens
Lens mount Nikon 1 Sony E
Total lenses 13 121
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 921 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 60.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash options Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off -
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/60s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 gr (0.78 lb) 269 gr (0.59 lb)
Physical dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 110 x 62 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 51 74
DXO Color Depth score 20.2 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 12.5
DXO Low light score 428 1067
Other
Battery life 220 photographs 480 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) -
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $0 $399