Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Samsung NX200

Samsung NX200

Winner
Samsung NX200

60

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Nikon 1 J1

45

Nikon 1 J1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
69.0
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.6 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

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
 

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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 8.5x 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 3600 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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 365 ms
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3.9x less delay when taking photos
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size
Smaller
106x61x29 mm vs 117x63x36 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$225.49 vs $299.95
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The best price we've seen is $74 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Samsung NX200

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Overall image quality
Better image quality
69.0 vs 56.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
36 lenses vs 8 lenses
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4.5x more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
330 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
618 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The NX200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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 NX200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
200 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              NX200:117x63x36 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              J1:$225.49
              NX200:$299.95
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              J1:460k dots
              NX200:614k dots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              J1:372 ISO
              NX200:618 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $322 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 with 20-50mm, 50-200mm lenses

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $600 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

              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

              $149 - $155 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

              Samsung NX200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $359 - $530 with 16-50mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX210

              Samsung NX210

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Weight Slightly heavier

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