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

Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

49

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

38

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

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
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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
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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
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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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
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
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
Cheaper
$133.00 vs $409.99
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The best price we've seen is $277 cheaper (3.1x 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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              V1:$409.99
              DMC-GF3:$133.00
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V1:10 MP
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V1:54.0
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $229 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

              $236 body only

              $324 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              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

              $498

              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 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-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $359

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $427 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $280 body only

              $389 - $410 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 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $499 - $799 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $443 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $170 with 11-2mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $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

              $222 body only

              $300 - $799 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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $565 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $350 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 - $449 body only

              $534 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger

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