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

Nikon 1 V2

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V2

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,200 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Phase detection video autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

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
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
 

differences

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
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
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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recommendations

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
              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 Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J3:20.4 bits
              1 V2:20.2 bits
              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
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              14.2 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J3:52.0
              1 V2:50.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J3:420 ISO
              1 V2:403 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,047 with 10-100mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $490 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

              $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $575 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $145 - $149 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
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon 1 V2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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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