Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

45

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,200 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Phase detection video autofocus
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fast and accurate
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
94 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Many lenses available
40 lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
360 shots
 

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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 4 fps
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15x 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
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 20.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 50.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
94 ms vs 180 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Size
Smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 108x67x37 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF5

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Much more lenses available
40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
360 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
573 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The DMC-GF5 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GF5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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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
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              J1:94 ms
              DMC-GF5:180 ms
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              DMC-GF5:108x67x37 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1:$228.70
              DMC-GF5:$289.95
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J1:10 MP
              DMC-GF5:12 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              DMC-GF5:10 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J1:21.5 bits
              DMC-GF5:20.5 bits
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              J1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              DMC-GF5:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J1:56.0
              DMC-GF5:50.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              DMC-GF5:573 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              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 - $578

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 with 20-50mm, 50-200mm lenses

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $286 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              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 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
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              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
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $448 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $195 body only

              $295 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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