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

Nikon 1 J2

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
 

differences

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
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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
Slightly cheaper
$189.00 vs $279.99
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              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 autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Shutter lag Minimal 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 Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J2:$279.99
              J1:$189.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              230 shots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J2:10.8 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              J2:21.3 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J2:54.0
              J1:56.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J2:363 ISO
              J1:372 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 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

              $145 - $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,047 with 10-100mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              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
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm 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 J2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S2

              Nikon 1 S2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $447 with 11-2mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              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!