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

Nikon 1 V1 vs Pentax Q

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

49

Pentax Q

39

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
  1. Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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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
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
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1300 ms vs 3700 ms
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2.8x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 360k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 5 fps
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12x faster continuous shooting
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
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
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
  1. 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
98×57×31 mm vs 113×76×44 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 11 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
200 g vs 294 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$195.00 vs $490.00
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The best price we've seen is $295 cheaper (2.5x less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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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
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V110 MP
              Q9.7 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              V111 EV
              Q11.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V121.3 bits
              Q20.2 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              V18 lenses
              Q7 lenses
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V154.0
              Q47.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              V1Hybrid detection
              QContrast detection
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              V1346 ISO
              Q189 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
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              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
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $581 body only

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 with 10-100mm lens

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

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $252 with 5-15mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $389 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              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
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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