Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

80

Nikon 1 J1

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

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

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
94 ms vs 277 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 122x89x43 mm
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2.4x smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 425 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$214.00 vs $492.67
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The best price we've seen is $279 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Olympus E-M5

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
71.0 vs 56.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.3 EV vs 11 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
826 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The E-M5 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
610k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1400 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The E-M5's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1460k dots
              E-M5610k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J110 MP
              E-M515.9 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              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
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 - $375 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 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 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $455 - $700 body only

              $575 - $800 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $900 - $1,299 body only

              $1,520 - $2,099 with 12-40mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,299 body only

              $1,598 - $1,699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $530 - $562 body only

              $760 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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