Updated (July 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Nikon 1 V1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

49

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

40

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
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1.

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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 4.2 fps
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Around 14.5x 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
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
Significantly less shutter lag
97 ms vs 259 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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 310 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1300 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Weight
Slightly lighter
294 g vs 318 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Lower noise at high ISO
703 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has excellent image quality: 1 f-stops higher ISO than the V1
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
116×68×39 mm vs 113×76×44 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.95 vs $490.00
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The best price we've seen is $240 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              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-GX110.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V121.3 bits
              DMC-GX120.8 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V154.0
              DMC-GX155.0
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V110 MP
              DMC-GX116 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              V1Hybrid detection
              DMC-GX1Contrast detection
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              V1346 ISO
              DMC-GX1703 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 - $648 body only

              $698 - $705 with 16-50mm 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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $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
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $899 body only

              $499 - $1,140 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $581 body only

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $220 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $453 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 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $536 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              $449 - $500 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              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
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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