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

Nikon 1 J1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Pentax Q

41

Pentax Q

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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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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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 video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Low light performance 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The Q's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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 $209.99
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (around 50% 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:$209.99
              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
              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
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              J1:8 lenses
              Q:7 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              J1:11 EV
              Q:11.1 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              J1:3,200 ISO
              Q:6,400 ISO
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1:460k dots
              Q:360k dots
              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
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 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
              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $179 with 5-83mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm 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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $499

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $1,020 with 16-50mm 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
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $319 with 20-50mm 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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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 - $250 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $623 with 11-2mm 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
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              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $597 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

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $305 - $327 body only

              $347 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $606 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $289 - $300

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

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