Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D3100

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
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Contrast detection
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x29 mm
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
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 3 fps
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20x 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
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Size
Significantly smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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4.6x smaller
Focus points
Many more focus points
135 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
94 ms vs 279 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.2" vs 2.9"
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2.5x thinner
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 505 g
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Around 50% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 25.5x more lenses available
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 56.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
400 ms vs 1400 ms
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3.5x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
550 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The D3100 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1:460k dots
              D3100:230k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 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

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 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

              $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 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 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 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 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 D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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