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

Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Nikon 1 V1

54

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Pentax Q

43

Pentax Q

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
 

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
Size
Really small
Compact 98x57x31 mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 1300 ms vs 3700 ms
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2.8x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 360k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 97 ms vs 706 ms
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7.3x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The Q's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Cheaper $249.99 vs $633.61
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The best price we've seen is $384 cheaper (2.5x less)
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
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              similarities

              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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              V1:1/16000s
              Q:1/8000s
              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
              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
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              V1:3,200 ISO
              Q:6,400 ISO
              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

              $300 body only

              $309 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              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

              $747 body only

              $847 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,194 - $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $460 - $776 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

              $189 - $199 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

              $327 body only

              $347 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

              $224 - $234

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Size Larger
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $538 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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