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
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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 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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Focus points Has much fewer focus points
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $640 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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

        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 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 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 J2

        Nikon 1 J2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $537 with 11-2mm 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

        $322 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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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3

        Nikon Coolpix S3

        Compact

        True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
        Weight Slightly lighter
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        Nikon Coolpix S2

        Compact

        Pentax Q10

        Pentax Q10

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $179 with 5-83mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        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
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $190

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

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