Updated (March, 2014): Compare the Nikon 1 V3 vs Nikon 1 V2

Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V2

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Nikon 1 V2

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V2

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon 1 V2

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 403 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The 1 V2 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 1 V2's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight Slightly lighter 278 g vs 294 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Color depth Better color depth 21.3 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Focus points Significantly more focus points 135 vs 73
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Better image quality 54.0 vs 50.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Slightly smaller 113x76x43 mm vs 109x82x46 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $548.12 vs $746.94
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The best price we've seen is $199 cheaper (around 30% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.7" vs 1.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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              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 video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              1 V2:10.8 EV
              V1:11 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1 V2:20.2 bits
              V1:21.3 bits
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1 V2:6,400 ISO
              V1:3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1 V2:14.2 MP
              V1:10 MP
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1 V2:50.0
              V1:54.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1 V2:403 ISO
              V1:346 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 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
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              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
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly smaller
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $480 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 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
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 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
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 with 18-55mm 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 V2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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              Daniel Ma (3:05 PM, July 22, 2014)
              well said. add the FT1 adapter and you can use the full array of AF-S Nikon lens. Sure wish they could improve the image quality to be on par with the Sony NEX.
               
              Avatar for Sotirios George Kaminis Sotirios George Kaminis (8:43 PM, August 03, 2013)
              Comprehensive and to the point analysis. One very important common strength not mentioned is that with an optional adaptor (and a software upgrade) both V1 and V2 can utilize the full array of AF Nikon Lenses. To my opinion V2 is a balanced solution for an intermediate user and a one way street for the seasoned Nikon enthusiast as a back-up tool as well as an all around good solution.