Updated (May, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Olympus Pen E-P5

Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V1

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Olympus PEN E-P3

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Olympus PEN E-P3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 97 ms vs 222 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Color depth Better color depth 21.3 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 54.0 vs 51.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The V1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 294 g vs 369 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Lens availability Much more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 536 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The E-P3 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay Less startup delay 900 ms vs 1300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 90% larger sensor
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The E-P3's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Size Smaller 122x69x34 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $369.99 vs $438.75
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              V1:$438.75
              E-P3:$369.99
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              V1:6,400 ISO
              E-P3:12,800 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              V1:3,200 ISO
              E-P3:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V1:10 MP
              E-P3:12.2 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              V1:11 EV
              E-P3:10.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V1:21.3 bits
              E-P3:20.8 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V1:54.0
              E-P3:51.0
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              V1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              E-P3:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              V1:346 ISO
              E-P3:536 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 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
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $784 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm 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
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,358 body only

              $998 - $1,123 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $265 with 11-2mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $800 body only

              $979 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $644 body only

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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