Sony NEX-F3 vs Samsung NX1000 vs Nikon J2 - Verdict

Verdict

If this test proves anything it's the suitability of different Compacts System Cameras to different requirements. In use it appears as though the Nikon J2 walks over the other two in many areas, but closer examination of its images shows just why Nikon has limited the resolution to 10.1MP. The other two cameras each have charms and foibles in equal measure. The NX1000 may not produce the most dynamic and pleasing images straight out of the camera, and its write times are frankly appalling, but images are at least rich in detail while parameters such as colour and contrast can always be tweaked in-camera. Likewise, the Sony F3 may not have the most intuitive graphic user interface, and its few direct controls will discourage some, but handling is excellent, colours are pleasant and it's significantly cheaper than the others too.