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

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

70

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Nikon 1 J1

33

Nikon 1 J1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
 

differences

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
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1400 ms
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2.8x less delay when turning on
True resolution
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
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Size
Significantly smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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5x smaller
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
Cheaper
$189.00 vs $384.95
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The best price we've seen is $196 cheaper (2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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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              Nikon D5200

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              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

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

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              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5300

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              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 with 10-30mm lens

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

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              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 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 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,047 with 10-100mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 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

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