Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 J3 vs Nikon 1 J2

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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 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
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J2

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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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 56.0 vs 54.0
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Almost the same
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Cheaper $200.00 vs $536.73
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The best price we've seen is $337 cheaper (2.7x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              60 fps
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              1,200 fps
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              94 ms shutter lag
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              135
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              Compact 106x61x29 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.2"
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              230 shots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J2:10.8 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J2:21.3 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J2:54.0
              J1:56.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J2:363 ISO
              J1:372 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $358 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $240 with 11-2mm lens

              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 - $847 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm 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
              Placeholder

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $597 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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

              Nikon 1 J2 Competitors

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

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon 1 J1.

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              Avatar for Tom Lim Tom Lim (3:51 PM, July 17, 2013)
              Interesting that the J1 has better image quality!