Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Nikon 1 J1

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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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
 
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 3.8 fps
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Around 16x 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 autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 94 ms vs 312 ms
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3.3x less delay when taking photos
Focus points Significantly more focus points 135 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 50.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Size Slightly smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 107x67x32 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $198.89 vs $272.00
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The best price we've seen is $73 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 90% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 459 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The DMC-GF3 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Weight Slightly lighter 264 g vs 277 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1:$198.89
              DMC-GF3:$272.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              J1:1.2"
              DMC-GF3:1.3"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              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
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k 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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              J1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              DMC-GF3:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J1:21.5 bits
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              J1:230 shots
              DMC-GF3:320 shots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J1:56.0
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $275 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 with 20-50mm 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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              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 - $289 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 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
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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              Axelander (3:41 PM, November 06, 2011)
              could you kindly elaborate?
               
              Rogue Friss (7:40 PM, November 02, 2011)
              is the J1 really better?
               
              Avatar for Alexandru Stoian Alexandru Stoian (9:01 AM, October 04, 2011)
              The Panasonic GF-3 is a far superior camera in all imaginable aspects.