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Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
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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
 
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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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
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 11 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 2 fps
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30x 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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 94 ms vs 380 ms
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4x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 47.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Size Smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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2.1x smaller
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 372 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The J1 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Weight Lighter 277 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.9"
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Around 40% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $198.00 vs $628.88
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The best price we've seen is $431 cheaper (3.2x less)
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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              J1:372 ISO
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              J1:56.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $390 - $410

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $582 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $899

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $409 - $450

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 with 10-100mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $265 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $315 body only

              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

              $326 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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