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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differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 3 fps
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20x 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
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 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
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
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

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
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$299 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
Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 - $309 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
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
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$278 body only

$380 - $427 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 A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$598 body only

$748 with 16-50mm 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
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$525 with 14-42mm 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

$358 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 - $240 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

$847 with 10-30mm lens

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

Nikon 1 J2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$468 with 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

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

$300 body only

$311 - $400 with 22mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$373 body only

$400 - $450 with 14-42mm lens

Live view Has live view
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Thickness Thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$599

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Samsung NX20

Samsung NX20

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$977 with 18-55mm lens

Live view Has live view
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Pro digicam

$619

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor

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