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

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Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Color depth
Great color depth
21.7 bits
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
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
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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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
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
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
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
Color depth Better color depth 21.7 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
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 2 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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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 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
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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 113x76x43 mm vs 117x81x65 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
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 250 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.6"
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More than 30% thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G1X:920k dots
              V1:921k dots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1X:Tunnel
              V1:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              V1:11 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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              V1:54.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $648 body only

              $748 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Fujifilm X-M1

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $599 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $549 - $579 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 G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

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

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $799

              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

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $549

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $565

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 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

              $749 - $750 body only

              $799 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 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

              $339 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

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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!