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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

45

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Nikon 1 J1

31

Nikon 1 J1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Badge
Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
 

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 2.5 fps
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24x faster continuous shooting
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 420 ms
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4.5x 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
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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.4"
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Around 20% thinner
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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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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              DMC-TZ5:103x59x36 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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

              $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
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 - $170 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

              $289 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 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $389 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

              $410 body only

              $490 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

              $254 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-TZ5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS Has a GPS
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $191

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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