Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon 1 J2

Canon PowerShot S95

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

57

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Nikon 1 J1

32

Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

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 S95

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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 277 g
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More than 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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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
94 ms vs 610 ms
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6.5x less delay when taking photos
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
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 47.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2200 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
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 153 ISO
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The J1 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the S95
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$228.70 vs $459.00
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The best price we've seen is $230 cheaper (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
              Size Fairly small Help
              S95:99x58x29 mm
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.2"
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S95:11.3 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S95:20.4 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S95:153 ISO
              J1:372 ISO
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S95:47.0
              J1:56.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S95:461k dots
              J1:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              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
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $80

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $146

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              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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