Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon 1 J2

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

96

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Nikon 1 J1

34

Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x29 mm
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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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 25.5x more lenses available
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 400 ms vs 1400 ms
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3.5x less delay when turning on
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 540 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality 1.6 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 4 fps
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15x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size Significantly smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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4.8x smaller
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 94 ms vs 276 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.2" vs 3"
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2.6x thinner
Weight Lighter 277 g vs 505 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $199.99 vs $496.95
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The best price we've seen is $297 cheaper (2.5x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $530 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $384 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $285 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $264 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $439 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $316 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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