Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Nikon 1 J2

Canon PowerShot G1X

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Large sensor
Sensor size
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
60.0 vs 56.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
644 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The G1X has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
21.7 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 31.5x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 697 ms
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7.4x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Size
Smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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3.2x smaller
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 2.6"
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2.2x thinner
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 492 g
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More than 40% lighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Cheaper
$228.70 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $320 cheaper (2.4x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X:21.7 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              J1:56.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $490 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,047 with 10-100mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

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              Zuiko108 (7:07 AM, January 19, 2012)
              Hi,

              Just wanted to bring up that rhere is a mistake in G1 X sensor size. It isn't Four thirds like you say but slightly bigger.
              The four thirds (and Micro Four Thirds) have a sensor of size 17.3 x 13 mm where as Canon GX 1 has so called
              1.5-inch sensor that is of size 18.7x14.0mm as you correctly state.

              Cheers!