Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Nikon 1 J1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Winner
Nikon 1 J1

45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

34

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,200 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Phase detection video autofocus
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 3 fps
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20x faster continuous shooting
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 409 ms
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4.4x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.3 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
56.0 vs 54.0
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Almost the same
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 119x71x36 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 330 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$180.00 vs $349.99
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The best price we've seen is $170 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 70% 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
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
513 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The DMC-GF1 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1:$180.00
              DMC-GF1:$349.99
              Thickness Thin Help
              J1:1.2"
              DMC-GF1:1.4"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              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-GF1:12 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              DMC-GF1:10.3 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J1:21.5 bits
              DMC-GF1:21.2 bits
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J1:56.0
              DMC-GF1:54.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              DMC-GF1:513 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $375 - $379 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $125 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-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
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 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

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $165 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

              $274 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
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $307 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $197 body only

              $300 with 14mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $429 body only

              $534 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $441 body only

              $514 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $339 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Screen size Smaller screen

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