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

Nikon 1 J2

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Nikon 1 J2

50

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Pentax Q

43

Pentax Q

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J2

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 5 fps
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12x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Screen resolution Significantly 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
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 Many 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
Lowest price Cheaper $109.99 vs $536.73
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The best price we've seen is $427 cheaper (4.9x less)
Weight Lighter 200 g vs 280 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              J2:106x61x29 mm
              Q:98x57x31 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.2"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              J2:1/16000s
              Q:1/8000s
              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
              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
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              J2:8 lenses
              Q:7 lenses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J2:10.8 EV
              Q:11.1 EV
              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
              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

              $199 - $597 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $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

              $322 body only

              $310 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $430 - $591

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $400 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $469 - $480 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              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

              $339 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

              $199 - $339 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

              $497 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
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 - $339 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $179 with 5-83mm lens

              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

              $297 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
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $290

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

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