Updated (December 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Polaroid IM1836

Nikon 1 J1 vs Polaroid IM1836

Winner
Nikon 1 J1

33

Polaroid IM1836

6

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,200 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Phase detection video autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Polaroid IM1836

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.

differences

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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.99 vs $466.75
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The best price we've seen is $217 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Polaroid IM1836

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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recommendations

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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 with 10-100mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              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

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly 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 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 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon 1 S2

              Nikon 1 S2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $449 with 11-2mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus

              Polaroid IM1836 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
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              Polaroid iM 232

              Digicam

              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Compact

              $82 - $92

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $985

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $156

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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