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

Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

45

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Nikon 1 J3

38

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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Phase detection video autofocus
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
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Focus points
Many focus points
135
 
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differences

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
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 Slightly cheaper $189.00 vs $338.69
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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 Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J3:$338.69
              J1:$189.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Sensor cleaning Neither has a self cleaning sensor Help
              May require cleaning
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              8 lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J3:14.2 MP
              J1:10 MP
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J3:20.4 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 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 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $200 with 11-2mm lens

              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $460 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 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

              $294 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 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 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              Avatar for ScroobieRoobieRoooo ScroobieRoobieRoooo (3:00 AM, October 14, 2014)
              LOL I have two J-1's. I really didn't need the second one, but it was $149, you gotta be kidding!
               
              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