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"
Weight
Light-weight
170 g
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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differences

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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recommendations

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
        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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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon 1 V1

        Nikon 1 V1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $410 body only

        $460 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
        Nikon 1 J2

        Nikon 1 J2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $294 with 10-30mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $548 body only

        $698 - $700 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $280 body only

        $420 with 16-50mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

        Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon 1 S1

        Nikon 1 S1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $199 - $230 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

        $339 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 J4

        Nikon 1 J4

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $497 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

        $236 body only

        $315 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

        Nikon Coolpix S1 Competitors

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        Fujifilm X-M1

        Fujifilm X-M1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 body only

        $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $119

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Canon ELPH 520 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

        Ultra compact

        $150 - $189

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $232 - $309

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Nikon Coolpix S3

        Nikon Coolpix S3

        Compact

        True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
        Weight Slightly lighter

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