Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Nikon Coolpix S1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S1

Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 1.8 fps
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Around 33.5x 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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 15fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 110k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution Higher true resolution 10 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 5.8x4.3mm
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More than 4.5x larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The J1's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S1

Size Slightly smaller 90x58x20 mm vs 106x61x29 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Weight Lighter 170 g vs 277 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1.2"
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More than 30% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        J1:106x61x29 mm
        S1:90x58x20 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        J1:1.2"
        S1:0.8"
        External flash No external flash support Help
        Less expandable
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        J1:3,200 ISO
        S1:400 ISO
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        J1:10 MP
        S1:5 MP

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon 1 J3

        Nikon 1 J3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $360 - $380 with 10-30mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Nikon 1 V1

        Nikon 1 V1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $384 with 10-30mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498 - $548

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Focus points Has much fewer focus points
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Focus points Has much fewer focus points
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $299 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon 1 S1

        Nikon 1 S1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $199 - $250 with 11-2mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon 1 J2

        Nikon 1 J2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $360 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
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $300 body only

        $298 with 18-55mm 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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        Nikon 1 J4

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $597 with 10-30mm lens

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

        Nikon Coolpix S1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

        Pro digicam

        $798

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

        Compact

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
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        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7

        Ultra compact

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $329 - $354

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger

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