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

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-GF5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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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
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Focus points Many 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
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 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
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
Lowest price Cheaper $198.00 vs $430.79
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The best price we've seen is $233 cheaper (2.2x less)
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
Lens availability Much more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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 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
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
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 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
              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:$198.00
              DMC-GF5:$430.79
              Weight Light weight Help
              J1:277 g
              DMC-GF5:267 g
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              DMC-GF5:10 EV
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              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
              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

              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 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 slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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

              $548

              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 - $400 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
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm 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
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 with 10-100mm 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

              $265 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $315 body only

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 body only

              $415 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $844 body only

              $249 - $330 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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