Updated (August 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Pentax Q

Nikon 1 J2 vs Pentax Q

Winner
Nikon 1 J2

45

Pentax Q

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,200 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1400 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon J2

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 706 ms
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7.5x less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 360k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1400 ms vs 3700 ms
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2.6x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 5 fps
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12x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 47.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
363 ISO vs 189 ISO
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The J2 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lens availability
More lenses available
20 lenses vs 7 lenses
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Around 3x more lenses available
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/8000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax Q

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Weight
Lighter
200 g vs 280 g
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Around 30% lighter
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Size Fairly small Help
              J2106×61×30 mm
              Q98×57×31 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.2"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J2$279.99
              Q$214.69
              Weight Light weight Help
              J2280 g
              Q200 g
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J210 MP
              Q9.7 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              J220 lenses
              Q7 lenses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J210.8 EV
              Q11.1 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J221.3 bits
              Q20.2 bits
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              230 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J254.0
              Q47.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J2363 ISO
              Q189 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $264 with 10-30mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $450 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
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 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
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Nikon 1 J2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon 1 S2

              Nikon 1 S2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 - $449 with 11-2mm lens

              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $255 body only

              $271 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Pentax Q-S1

              Pentax Q-S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $228 - $247 body only

              $296 - $396 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $229 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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