Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 4 fps
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15x 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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 97 ms vs 293 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 21.3 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Size Smaller 113x76x43 mm vs 115x84x47 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1300 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 294 g vs 336 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.7" vs 1.9"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Lens availability Much more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 667 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The DMC-G3 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 15.8 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% 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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 56.0 vs 54.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-G3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              V1:$438.75
              DMC-G3:$449.99
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              V1:3,200 ISO
              DMC-G3:6,400 ISO
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              V1:11 EV
              DMC-G3:10.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V1:21.3 bits
              DMC-G3:21 bits
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              V1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              DMC-G3:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V1:54.0
              DMC-G3:56.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $327 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $815 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
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 body only

              $415 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $900 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,247 body only

              $1,349 with 14-140mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Smaller
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              rudolf (0:19 AM, July 15, 2012)
              Lumix still have its slr style design which makes their camera look bulky. The nikon, apart from being stylish and elegance, it also make its user a classy people.