Updated (October 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Nikon 1 V2

Canon PowerShot G1X vs Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

71

Nikon 1 V1

34

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great color depth
Color depth
21.7 bits
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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 54.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
21.7 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
644 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The G1X has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 31.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
97 ms vs 697 ms
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7.2x less delay when taking photos
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Help
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Size
Smaller
113×76×44 mm vs 117×81×65 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1300 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
294 g vs 492 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2.6"
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More than 30% thinner
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 250 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G1X920k dots
              V1921k dots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1XTunnel
              V1Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              G1X1/4000s
              V11/16000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X10.8 EV
              V111 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X21.7 bits
              V121.3 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G1X644 ISO
              V1346 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X60.0
              V154.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Fujifilm X30

              Fujifilm X30

              Pro digicam

              $431 - $500

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $518

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,049 body only

              $499 - $1,340 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Macro focus Much closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              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

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

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $779

              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 G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $971

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

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

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $225 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $403 body only

              $647 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,097 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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              discussion

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:08 PM, April 05, 2012)
              This is a hard comparison to make, as the Canon G1X has a fixed lens, while the Nikon V1 is an interchangeable lens camera. Since you can change the lenses on the V1, we are unable to give it a score in that area. We do highlight that above "Snapsort recommends the Canon PowerShot G1X. This recommendation, however, should be taken with a grain of salt since it doesn't always make sense to compare a boutique with a mirrorless interchangeable-lens." 
              My suggestion is to look past the scores on this one and just look at the advantages of each camera.
               
              J Nierentz (8:56 AM, April 05, 2012)
              The difference of 84 to 44 results due to the fact that you completely ignore the lens of the Nikon.
              For the canon the lens alone gets more than 50 points.
              This is not serious!