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

Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

50

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Nikon 1 AW1

37

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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 AW1

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
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
 
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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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The AW1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 428 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The AW1 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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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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
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $199.99 vs $796.95
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The best price we've seen is $597 cheaper (4x less)
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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 Lots of focus points Help
              135
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Fastest shutter speed Very 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
              Sensor cleaning Neither has a self cleaning sensor Help
              May require cleaning
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              AW1:220 shots
              J1:230 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              8 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AW1:6,400 ISO
              J1:3,200 ISO
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              AW1:10.9 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              AW1:14.2 MP
              J1:10 MP
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              AW1:20.2 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              AW1:51.0
              J1:56.0
              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

              $409 with 10-30mm lens

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $264 with 11-2mm lens

              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $439 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              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

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 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

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $309 - $327

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $274 - $348

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 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 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,173 with 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              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

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $316 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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