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

Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

53

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Pentax Q

42

Pentax Q

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 97 ms vs 706 ms
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7.3x less delay when taking photos
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 350 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 54.0 vs 47.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 21.3 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 4x larger sensor
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 $109.99 vs $409.99
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (3.7x less)
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              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              V1:$409.99
              Q:$109.99
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              V1:1/16000s
              Q:1/8000s
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              V1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Q:1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              V1:8 lenses
              Q:7 lenses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              V1:11 EV
              Q:11.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V1:21.3 bits
              Q:20.2 bits
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V1:54.0
              Q:47.0
              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

              $199 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

              $350 body only

              $329 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 with 11-2mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $749 with 18-55mm 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
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $699 - $749 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 body only

              $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

              $199 - $289 with 11-2mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $358 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $179 with 5-83mm lens

              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

              $277 body only

              $297 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
              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $310

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Size Larger

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