Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon 1 J2

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

79

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Nikon 1 J1

33

Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Phase detection
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 25.5x more lenses available
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 500 ms vs 1400 ms
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2.8x less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1.7 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 D5100'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
Size Significantly smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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5x smaller
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 94 ms vs 273 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.2" vs 3.1"
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2.6x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 277 g vs 560 g
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2x lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $239.00 vs $352.00
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The best price we've seen is $113 cheaper (more than 30% 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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $358 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

              $199 - $240 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

              $847 with 10-30mm lens

              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

              $468 with 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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