Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Nikon 1 V1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

49

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,200 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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 video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 3.8 fps
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Around 16x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
97 ms vs 312 ms
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3.2x less delay when taking photos
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
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1300 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 50.0
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Around 10% better image quality
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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 320 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
459 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The DMC-GF3 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
108×67×33 mm vs 113×76×44 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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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Around 30% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$149.99 vs $490.00
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The best price we've seen is $340 cheaper (3.3x less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
264 g vs 294 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              V111 EV
              DMC-GF310.1 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V110 MP
              DMC-GF312 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V121.3 bits
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V154.0
              DMC-GF350.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              V1Hybrid detection
              DMC-GF3Contrast detection
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              V1346 ISO
              DMC-GF3459 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 body only

              $747 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,097 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $700 with 10-100mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $452 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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