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

Nikon 1 V1

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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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 3.8 fps
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Around 16x 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
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
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 Much less shutter lag 97 ms vs 312 ms
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3.2x less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.9 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
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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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
Lens availability Much more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 90% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Size Smaller 107x67x32 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GF3'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
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Cheaper $299.00 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $190 cheaper (around 40% 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V1:10 MP
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              V1:11 EV
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V1:21.3 bits
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              V1:3,200 ISO
              DMC-GF3:6,400 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V1:54.0
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              V1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              DMC-GF3:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              V1:346 ISO
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $210 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $499

              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

              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
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $268 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              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

              $430 body only

              $576 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-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

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $747 body only

              $847 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 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,194 - $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $623 with 11-2mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              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

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $809 body only

              $299 - $430 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $400 - $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $306 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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