Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Pentax Q

Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

49

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Pentax Q

39

Pentax Q

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 Pentax Q

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Size
Really small
Compact 98x57x31 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
97 ms vs 706 ms
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7.3x less delay when taking photos
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 5 fps
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12x 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 360k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1300 ms vs 3700 ms
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2.8x less delay when turning on
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 47.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
350 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
346 ISO vs 189 ISO
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The V1 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/8000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax Q

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
98x57x31 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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2.2x smaller
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
1.2" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 11 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Lighter
200 g vs 294 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$214.69 vs $409.99
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The best price we've seen is $195 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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              V1:$409.99
              Q:$214.69
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              V1:1/16000s
              Q:1/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V1:10 MP
              Q:9.7 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              V1:8 lenses
              Q:7 lenses
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              V1:11 EV
              Q:11.1 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V1:21.3 bits
              Q:20.2 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V1:54.0
              Q:47.0
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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
              Q:189 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $324 - $400 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $420 - $443

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 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
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $393 - $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 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 - $170 with 11-2mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $745 with 5-15mm, 15-45mm lenses

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $229 body only

              $220 - $269 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 body only

              $377 with 14-42mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $299 with 20-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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