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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S1

Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
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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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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
Much 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              S1:90x58x20 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              J1:1.2"
              S1:0.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1:460k dots
              S1:110k dots

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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 Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $197

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $145 - $149 with 11-2mm lens

              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

              Nikon Coolpix S1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $68 - $70

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
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              Nikon Coolpix S2

              Compact

              Nikon Coolpix S01

              Nikon Coolpix S01

              Ultra compact

              $65

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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