Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Olympus PEN E-P2

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Olympus PEN E-P2

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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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P2

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 94 ms vs 956 ms
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10.2x less delay when taking photos
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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 121x70x36 mm
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Around 40% 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
Lowest price Cheaper $239.99 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $559 cheaper (3.3x less)
Weight Lighter 277 g vs 355 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.4"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P2

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 505 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The PEN E-P2 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 2x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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 Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J1:10 MP
              PEN E-P2:12.2 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              PEN E-P2:10.4 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              J1:230 shots
              PEN E-P2:300 shots
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1:460k dots
              PEN E-P2:230k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              21.5 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              PEN E-P2:505 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $847 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $255 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              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 Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $339 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 - $594 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
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              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $597 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Olympus PEN E-P2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $209 body only

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $525 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

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