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

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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
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 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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 94 ms vs 409 ms
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4.4x less delay when taking photos
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
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
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
Size Smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 119x71x36 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
Lowest price Cheaper $198.99 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $500 cheaper (3.5x less)
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
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF1

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Lens availability Much more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Battery life Much longer battery life 400 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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
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 18.0x13.5mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 2x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 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 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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J1:10 MP
              DMC-GF1:12 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J1:21.5 bits
              DMC-GF1:21.2 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J1:56.0
              DMC-GF1:54.0
              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

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $298 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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $548

              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $265 - $400 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $325 with 16-50mm 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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $483 with 14-42mm 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 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 - $380 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 - $250 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $384 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

              $360 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
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              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $597 with 10-30mm 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-GF1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $425 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $737 body only

              $249 - $330 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $610 - $1,215 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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