Updated (September, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J2

Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

49

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Nikon 1 AW1

38

Nikon 1 AW1

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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
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 AW1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 
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Advantages of the Nikon AW1

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Waterproof Waterproof Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Weight Lighter 201 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 15 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 51.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size Smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 114x72x37 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Cheaper $244.00 vs $696.95
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The best price we've seen is $453 cheaper (2.9x less)
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 230 shots vs 220 shots
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              1,200 fps
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              135
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Sensor cleaning Neither has a self cleaning sensor Help
              May require cleaning
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              AW1:220 shots
              J1:230 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              AW1:10.9 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              8 lenses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              AW1:14.2 MP
              J1:10 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              AW1:20.2 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              AW1:51.0
              J1:56.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              AW1:428 ISO
              J1:372 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 with 10-30mm lens

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Nikon 1 AW1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $289 - $340

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $749 - $890 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $300 with 11-2mm lens

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

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $690 with 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

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

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