Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Nikon 1 J3 vs Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J2

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Nikon 1 J2

45

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Nikon 1 J3

38

Nikon 1 J3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J3

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Size
Really small
Compact 101x61x29 mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon J2

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Color depth Better color depth 21.3 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 54.0 vs 52.0
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon J3

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True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Lighter 224 g vs 280 g
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20% lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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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
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              135
              Size Fairly small Help
              J2:106x61x29 mm
              J3:101x61x29 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              J2:1.2"
              J3:1.1"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J2:$293.99
              J3:$338.69
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              8 lenses
              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
              J2:10.8 EV
              J3:11 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J2:10 MP
              J3:14.2 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J2:21.3 bits
              J3:20.4 bits
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J2:54.0
              J3:52.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J2:363 ISO
              J3:420 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              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
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 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 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $230 with 11-2mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $460 with 10-30mm lens

              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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

              Nikon 1 J2 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon 1 J2.

              Nikon 1 J3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon 1 J3.

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              discussion

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