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

Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 J1

45

Nikon 1 J1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
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
Badge
Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
 

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
$189.00 vs $490.00
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The best price we've seen is $301 cheaper (2.6x 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

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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
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              60 fps
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              1,200 fps
              Shutter lag Minimal 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 Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/16000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              8 lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11 EV
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J1:56.0
              V1:54.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              V1:346 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 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

              $145 - $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,047 with 10-100mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 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

              $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
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

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

              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

              $399 - $797 body only

              $499 - $799 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Fewer focus points

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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