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

Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Size Smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 56.0 vs 54.0
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Almost the same
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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 Cheaper $200.00 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $349 cheaper (2.7x 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 Significantly 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 Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              60 fps
              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
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              J1:94 ms
              V1:97 ms
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              135
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              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
              11 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J1:21.5 bits
              V1:21.3 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J1:56.0
              V1:54.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              V1:346 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $358 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $240 with 11-2mm lens

              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 - $617 with 11-2mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm 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

              $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
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              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $597 with 10-30mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $567 body only

              $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

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              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $747 body only

              $847 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,194 - $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              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