Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

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Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Longest exposure
Long exposures
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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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 2.5 fps
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24x 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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 94 ms vs 420 ms
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4.5x less delay when taking photos
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 4x larger sensor
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The J1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.2" vs 1.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $198.99 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (2.5x less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ5

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 300 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Weight Slightly lighter 245 g vs 277 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              DMC-TZ5:103x59x36 mm
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J1:10 MP
              DMC-TZ5:9 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 - $450 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

              $634 body only

              $776 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 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $352 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

              $304 body only

              $308 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              $433

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

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              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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