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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 vs Nikon 1 J1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

47

Nikon 1 J1

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
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
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

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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-TZ5.

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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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 420 ms
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4.5x less delay when taking photos
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/2000s
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8x faster max shutter speed
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
  1. 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
              J1106×61×30 mm
              DMC-TZ5103×59×36 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              J11.2"
              DMC-TZ51.4"
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J110 MP
              DMC-TZ59 MP
              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

              $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $380 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

              $149 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

              $279 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 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 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
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 with 10-100mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $730 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Super zoom

              $600

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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