Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Nikon 1 J4 vs Nikon 1 J2

Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J3

40

Nikon 1 J3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
135
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J3

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The J3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 224 g vs 277 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 52.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lowest price Cheaper $209.99 vs $359.99
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              135
              Size Fairly small Help
              J3:101x61x29 mm
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              J3:1.1"
              J1:1.2"
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J3:$359.99
              J1:$209.99
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Sensor cleaning Neither has a self cleaning sensor Help
              May require cleaning
              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
              11 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
              J3:6,400 ISO
              J1:3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J3:14.2 MP
              J1:10 MP
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J3:20.4 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J3:52.0
              J1:56.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J3:420 ISO
              J1:372 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $250 with 11-2mm lens

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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
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $623 with 11-2mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm 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

              $489 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
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $319 with 20-50mm 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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $499

              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

              Nikon 1 J3 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon 1 J3.

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon 1 J1.

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              Elijah (10:18 AM, October 07, 2013)
              It's marketing, dude. They had a lot of time to make J1 and now they have to make new camera each year or smth.
               
              Avatar for Tom Lim Tom Lim (3:52 PM, July 17, 2013)
              Looks like the J series gets worse as they progress.
               
              Avatar for jack bizot jack bizot (8:37 PM, June 15, 2013)
              thank you