Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 J3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J3

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Focus points
Many focus points
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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V2

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J3

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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 73
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Smaller 101x61x29 mm vs 109x82x46 mm
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2.3x smaller
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 52.0 vs 50.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.1" vs 1.8"
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Around 40% thinner
Color depth Better color depth 20.4 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Lowest price Cheaper $359.99 vs $746.94
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The best price we've seen is $387 cheaper (2.1x less)
Weight Lighter 224 g vs 278 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon 1 V2

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J3:20.4 bits
              1 V2:20.2 bits
              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
              J3:11 EV
              1 V2:10.8 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              14.2 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J3:52.0
              1 V2:50.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J3:420 ISO
              1 V2:403 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $597 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $298 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
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $454 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,194 - $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $520 - $749 with 18-55mm 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 J3 Competitors

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              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 - $450 with 11-2mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 - $299 with 20-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen size Much larger screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon 1 V2 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon 1 V2.

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              Avatar for BigPapa88 BigPapa88 (9:52 PM, December 07, 2013)
              Thank you! Perfect review - exactly the comparison I needed, and a fantastic, clear layout. Very impressive. :-D