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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S1

Size
Really small
Super compact 90x58x20 mm
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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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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        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

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon 1 J4

        Nikon 1 J4

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $497 with 10-30mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Samsung NX300

        Samsung NX300

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $485 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        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 Slightly worse image quality
        Nikon 1 S1

        Nikon 1 S1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $199 - $300 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

        $410 body only

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Size Larger
        Nikon 1 J2

        Nikon 1 J2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $690 with 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

        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

        $350 body only

        $315 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

        Nikon Coolpix S1 Competitors

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        Samsung NX200

        Samsung NX200

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,106 - $1,150 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Size Larger
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
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        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P52

        Digicam

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S3

        Nikon Coolpix S3

        Compact

        True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
        Weight Slightly lighter
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        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
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