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
Badge
Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $235.85 vs $752.04
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The best price we've seen is $516 cheaper (3.2x less)
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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              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J1:10 MP
              DMC-TZ5:9 MP
              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

              $448 - $580

              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 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 - $260 with 11-2mm lens

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

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $460 with 10-30mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 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 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $294 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

              $279

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $293

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              $490

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $203

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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