Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01

Winner
Pentax K-01

75

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Nikon 1 J1

45

Nikon 1 J1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,135 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
 

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
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 803 ms
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8.5x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 6 fps
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10x 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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2400 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Size
Significantly smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 122x79x58 mm
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2.9x smaller
Focus points
More focus points
135 vs 81
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Much thinner
1.2" vs 2.3"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Much lighter
277 g vs 561 g
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2x lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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Lens availability
Much more lenses available
109 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 13.5x more lenses available
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
79.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,135 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The K-01 has excellent image quality 1.6 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
Battery life
Much longer battery life
500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.9 EV vs 11 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-01's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $277 body only

              $220 - $269 with 5-15mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 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

              $145 - $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,047 with 10-100mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              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

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $400 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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