Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Nikon 1 J2

Canon Powershot S100

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Canon Powershot S100

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.6 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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 S100

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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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 9.6 fps
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Around 6.5x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
1,200 fps vs 240 fps
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5x higher fps
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Focus points
Many more focus points
135 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2400 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 50.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
94 ms vs 250 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
372 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The J1 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S100:99x60x28 mm
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S100:240 fps
              J1:1,200 fps
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              S100:1.1"
              J1:1.2"
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100:153 ISO
              J1:372 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S100:50.0
              J1:56.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100:461k dots
              J1:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $459

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $396

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $80

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              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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              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