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
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
30 seconds
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
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
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
J1:460k dots
NX5:230k dots
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$322 body only

$311 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

$498

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
Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$305 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 D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$278 body only

$427 - $480 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
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$498 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
Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 - $339 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

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$339 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 - $249 with 11-2mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Weight Lighter
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,013 with 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

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

Nikon 1 J2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$537 - $593 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
Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$497 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Autofocus Slower video autofocus
Color depth Worse color depth

Samsung NX5 Competitors

Advantages

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
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,642 - $1,899 body only

$2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,698 - $2,200 body only

$2,700 - $2,887 with 12-35mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$447 - $476 body only

$480 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Live view Has live view
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX3000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$469 - $480 with 20-50mm lens

Live view Has live view
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Built-in flash No built-in flash

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