Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Nikon 1 J1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

55

Nikon 1 J1

31

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

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

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Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 6 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 41.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Focus points
Many more focus points
135 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 310 ms
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3.3x less delay when taking photos
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Slightly smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
372 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The J1 has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX5
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$238.88 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $360 cheaper (2.5x less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J111 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J121.5 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1372 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J156.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $261 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 - $350 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $395 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $144 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $293

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $739 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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