Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Pentax Q

Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Nikon 1 J1

45

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Pentax Q

39

Pentax Q

Runner-up
     
 

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
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 94 ms vs 706 ms
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7.5x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 5 fps
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12x 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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 1400 ms vs 3700 ms
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2.6x less delay when turning on
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 47.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Focus points Significantly more focus points 135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 372 ISO vs 189 ISO
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The J1 has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 360k dots
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Around 30% higher resolution screen
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 4x larger sensor
Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/8000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax Q

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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
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.1 EV vs 11 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Lighter 200 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $109.99 vs $189.00
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The best price we've seen is $79 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              Q:98x57x31 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1:$189.00
              Q:$109.99
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.2"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              J1:1/16000s
              Q:1/8000s
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              230 shots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J1:10 MP
              Q:9.7 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              J1:8 lenses
              Q:7 lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              J1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Q:1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              Q:11.1 EV
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1:460k dots
              Q:360k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              J1:21.5 bits
              Q:20.2 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              J1:56.0
              Q:47.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              Q:189 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $460 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $230 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm 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

              $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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $179 with 5-83mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $277 body only

              $230 - $297 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $292

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $587

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Screen size Smaller screen

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