Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon 1 J1

Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

60

Nikon 1 J1

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.

competitors

Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$330

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$510

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$497 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$199 with 11-2mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Weight Slightly lighter
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$500 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Autofocus Slower autofocus

discussion

Canon Powershot S100
Powershot S100
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Nikon 1 J1
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Bob (7:37 PM, March 06, 2012)
Nikon J1 does have image stabilization in the lens and it works very well.  I shot some pictures in the dark with no tripod on the first night I had the J1 and image stabilization was compensating for 1/4 second shutter speeds.  Pretty impressive imo.  While you do have a disclaimer regarding point and shoot versus mirrorless, the ratings don't make a bit of sense and at least some of your information is inaccurate.
 
Jinn (9:06 AM, March 02, 2012)
Hey, Admin or Moderator, the image quality rating is wrong. 15 points increase in image quality equates to 100% higher image quality (1 stop). So the 6 points is supposed to be around 40%.  Check this out - http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/About/Sensor-scores