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

Nikon 1 J2

Winner
Nikon 1 J2

45

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Pentax Q

39

Pentax Q

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
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

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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
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 5 fps
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12x faster continuous shooting
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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 360k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1400 ms vs 3700 ms
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2.6x less delay when turning on
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 47.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 4x larger sensor
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
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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0.3 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$119.99 vs $279.99
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The best price we've seen is $160 cheaper (2.3x less)
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              J2:106x61x29 mm
              Q:98x57x31 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.2"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J2:$279.99
              Q:$119.99
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              J2:1/16000s
              Q:1/8000s
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              230 shots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J2:10 MP
              Q:9.7 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              J2:8 lenses
              Q:7 lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              J2:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Q:1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J2:10.8 EV
              Q:11.1 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J2:21.3 bits
              Q:20.2 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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J2:54.0
              Q:47.0
              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
              Q:189 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $228 with 10-30mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              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
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $267 - $387 body only

              $390 - $405 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $286 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $468 with 14-42mm 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 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $329 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 - $157 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $397 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              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

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $167 body only

              $424 with 5-15mm, 15-45mm lenses

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $277 body only

              $220 - $269 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $295

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Size Larger
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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