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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3

Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 front
Portability
86
Imaging
57
Features
60
Overall
58

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Announced September 2013
Sony NEX-F3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
  • Announced August 2012
  • Superseded the Sony NEX-C3
  • Newer Model is Sony NEX-3N
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-F3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by brands Nikon and Sony. The image resolution of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and the NEX-F3 (16MP) is fairly similar but the 1 AW1 (1") and NEX-F3 (APS-C) possess totally different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The 1 AW1 was manufactured 14 months later than the NEX-F3 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight into a in depth comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the 1 AW1 scores against the NEX-F3 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Sony NEX-F3

 1 AW1 NEX-F3 
AnnouncedSeptember 2013August 2012Fresher by 14 months
Display resolution921k920kCrisper display (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-F3 over the Nikon 1 AW1

 NEX-F3 1 AW1 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-F3

 1 AW1 NEX-F3 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and dimensions. The Nikon 1 AW1 enjoys exterior dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") having a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Sony NEX-F3 has dimensions of 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7") and a weight of 314 grams (0.69 lbs).

See the Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-F3 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the 1 AW1 compared to the NEX-F3.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the 1 AW1 and NEX-F3 is 86 and 86 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizing merely by reviewing specs. The visual here might provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the 1 AW1 and NEX-F3.

All in all, the two cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The 1 AW1 due to its tinier sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field harder and the Sony NEX-F3 will offer extra detail due to its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will let you crop photos a little more aggressively. The more recent 1 AW1 is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Portrait photography details
Sony NEX-F3 Portrait photography details
59
manual focus
decent megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
offers face detection focus
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
74
focusing manually
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography factors
Sony NEX-F3 Street photography factors
67
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
76
tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-F3 Sports photography factors
59
high max fps (60.0 frames/s)
decent megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
offers tracking autofocus
environment sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
bad battery power (220 CIPA)
53
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good battery pack (470 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon 1 AW1
Travel photography with Sony NEX-F3
63
environment sealing
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
bad battery power (220 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
69
good battery pack (470 per charge)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Landscape photography camera
61
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
does not have image stabilization
bad battery power (220 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function
70
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (470 shots)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Vlogging factors
Sony NEX-F3 Vlogging factors
29
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have external mic jack
27
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-F3
 Nikon 1 AW1Sony Alpha NEX-F3
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model Nikon 1 AW1 Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2013-09-19 2012-08-16
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor EXPEED 3A Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3072 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 6400 16000
Min native ISO 160 200
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 135 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon 1 Sony E
Available lenses 13 121
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 921 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 60.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash modes Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/60 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 grams (0.78 lbs) 314 grams (0.69 lbs)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 117 x 67 x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 51 73
DXO Color Depth score 20.2 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 12.3
DXO Low light score 428 1114
Other
Battery life 220 photographs 470 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $0 $470