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

Nikon Coolpix S1 vs Nikon 1 J1

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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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate

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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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
10 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J1:10 MP
              S1:5 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1:460k dots
              S1:110k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $307 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $649 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 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 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $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

              $349 - $375 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              Nikon Coolpix S1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
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              Nikon Coolpix S2

              Compact

              Placeholder

              Nikon Coolpix S4

              Travel zoom

              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger

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