Nikon 1 J4 vs. Sony alpha 3000

The Nikon J4 is a 1 inch sensor based camera and on the other hand the A3000 comes with APS-C sensor and DSLR styled body, so if we look at image quality A3000 clearly wins.. take a look at the details below…

Nikon 1 J4 vs. Sony alpha 3000 1

Major Difference

Nikon 1 J4 vs. Sony alpha 3000 Specification Comparison Table.

Nikon 1 J4 vs. Sony alpha 3000 3

Megapixel:  The Sony alpha 3000 features more resolution compared to Nikon 1 J4, so you will get large printouts and you can also re-compose /crop your images after shooting.


Bigger Sensor Size:  The Sony alpha 3000 comes with a bigger sensor compared to Nikon 1 J4, the bigger sensor of Sony A3000 will sure give broad dynamic range, colour depth, improved low light performance aka less noise in High ISO mode.

The NO-OLPF benefit – Nikon 1 J4 built without low-pass filter and Sony alpha 3000 have, we will sure see improvement in sharpness performance when compared to 100%.

AF System: Sony alpha 3000 features contrast based AF system with 25 number of total AF points, the Nikon 1 J4 comes with Hybrid AF system (Phase + Contrast) with 171 number of total AF points, The J4 will do AF quickly compared to Sony alpha 3000 since phase AF system quickly acquire the subject into focus and finally the contrast based system fine-tune the sharpness for ensured accuracy.

Better low light performance – The Sony alpha 3000 features more ISO range compared to Nikon 1 J4, the ISO range of Sony alpha 3000 is upto 16000, Nikon 1 J4 is limited to 12800 only.

Top Continuous shooting speed: Nikon 1 J4 features fast shooting speed compared to Sony alpha 3000.

Video Mode: Nikon 1 J4 features full HD video recording @ 60, 30 fps frame rate. HD video recording @ 30 fps.

Supported formats Cinematic movie modes: Fast Motion, Jump Cut, and 4-Second Movie.

Other Video Feature of Nikon 1 J4

  • easy to add a touch of cinematic magic
  • capture high-resolution stills while filming simply by pressing the shutter-release button
  • Nikon’s new Auto Image Capture function
  • energise street scenes with Fast Motion
  • 4-Second Movie clips (you can stitch 8 together)
  • advanced movie mode and you can achieve dramatic effects with Slow Motion
  • 120 fps HD movie clip over 12 seconds

Better Video Mode: Sony alpha 3000 features full HD video recording @ 60 fps frame rate.

Supported formats Sony alpha 3000 videos are recorded using the high-quality AVCHD codec, Additionally, 1440 x 1080p and 640 x 480p at 30 fps formats are also supported.

Other Video Feature of Sony alpha 3000

  • Built-in stereo microphone records sound
  • Dolby Digital AC-3 format
  • Internet-friendly MP4 format


Nikon 1 J4 vs. Sony alpha 3000 2

Nikon 1 J4 features touch screen fixed display with+1,037,000 (screen dots)  on the other hand Sony alpha 3000 have fixed display with +230,400 Screen dots, so we get more flexibility with Nikon 1 J4.

Battery Life (CIPA): Sony alpha 3000 battery rating is 470 shots and other hand Nikon 1 J4 battery rating is 240 shots. According to CIPA.

Dimensions: Nikon 1 J4 is smaller than Sony alpha 3000.

Weight: Nikon 1 J4 lighter than Sony alpha 3000.

 Verdict: Sony A3000 will give you better image quality than Nikon J3, but the J3 have hybrid AF system (phase + contrast) so for sports shooter we recommend you to buy J3, for everyone else we recommend to buy Sony A3000.

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