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-GF2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
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
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 18.5x 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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 94 ms vs 337 ms
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3.6x less delay when taking photos
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 113x68x33 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Slightly lighter 277 g vs 310 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $198.00 vs $249.00
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The best price we've seen is $51 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 506 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The DMC-GF2 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 30% 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
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GF2's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              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-GF2:113x68x33 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1:$198.00
              DMC-GF2:$249.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              J1:1.2"
              DMC-GF2:1.3"
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J1:10 MP
              DMC-GF2:12 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              J1:3,200 ISO
              DMC-GF2:6,400 ISO
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              DMC-GF2:10.3 EV
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              J1:230 shots
              DMC-GF2:300 shots
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J1:21.5 bits
              DMC-GF2:21.2 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              J1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              DMC-GF2:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J1:56.0
              DMC-GF2:54.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              DMC-GF2:506 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $315 body only

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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 Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 body only

              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-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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              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 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $297 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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