Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Samsung NX5

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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
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
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 3 fps
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20x faster continuous shooting
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 123x87x39 mm
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2.2x smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 277 g vs 491 g
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More than 40% lighter
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.6"
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Around 30% thinner
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Advantages of the Samsung NX5

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 36 lenses vs 8 lenses
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4.5x more lenses available
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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similarities

Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
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
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
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
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
J1:10 MP
NX5:14 MP
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
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
NX5:230k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$548

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
Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$384 - $430 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
Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 - $429 with 20-50mm lens

Screen size Has a much larger screen
Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 - $503 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 D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has much better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $749 body only

$550 - $600 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
Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$500 body only

$614 - $670 with 18-55mm 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

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$409 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

$264 with 11-2mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$439 body only

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Size Larger
Nikon 1 J2

Nikon 1 J2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$316 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
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$360 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Samsung NX5 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,089 with 18-55mm lens

Live view Has live view
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$493 - $748 body only

$668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

Live view Has live view
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lens availability Fewer lenses available
Thickness Slightly thicker
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $698 body only

$590 - $798 with 18-55mm lens

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Live view Has live view
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,698 body only

$1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

Live view Has live view
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
Size Larger

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