Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Nikon 1 V2

Nikon 1 V1 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

49

Nikon 1 J1

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 V1.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
56.0 vs 54.0
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
106×61×30 mm vs 113×76×44 mm
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Around 50% smaller
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
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$235.00 vs $490.00
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The best price we've seen is $255 cheaper (2.1x less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
277 g vs 294 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1300 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              1,200 fps
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              60 fps
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              J194 ms
              V197 ms
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J121.5 bits
              V121.3 bits
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              8 lenses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J156.0
              V154.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1372 ISO
              V1346 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $600 with 10-100mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 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

              $448

              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
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $453 body only

              $747 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,097 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Joejns039 (8:47 AM, May 16, 2012)
              j1 is amazing camera very easy to use nd amazing features nd picture quality