Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

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Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V1

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
20 MP
Color depth
Great color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

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
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 10 fps
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6x faster continuous shooting
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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 1300 ms vs 2800 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price Cheaper $314.85 vs $535.79
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The best price we've seen is $221 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 54.0
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More than 20% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 11 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.6 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Size Smaller 101x58x35 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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More than 40% 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 213 g vs 294 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.4" vs 1.7"
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Around 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              V1:921k dots
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              V1:346 ISO
              DSC-RX100:390 ISO
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $401 - $598

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $494 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $780 - $900

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,358 body only

              $998 - $1,122 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 with 10-100mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 body only

              $1,014 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $345 - $398

              Zoom More zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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              James (9:48 AM, January 04, 2013)
              I returned the RX100 and bought the Nikon V1 to replace it, as the Sony is too small and light for proper handling, lacks a viewfinder, and has troublesome, tiny controls, and clearly inferior build quality. It also frequently blows highlights outdoors and has poor auto white balance indoors, producing missed shots. I strongly recommend comparing these two in person, in the store, as you will be amazed.

              The RX100 is also more than twice as expensive as the V1 at late 2012 discount prices. But even at the same price, I would choose the V1 over the RX100 as the V1 is truly fun to use and is higher quality construction with many technological advantages over the RX100.

              Don't be fooled by the RX100's MP advantage, its files frequently are disappointing, while the V1 just doesn't miss. But to get the most from the V1, you must use one of its fast, sharp lenses such as the 18.5mm f1.8 - not the slow and somewhat soft 10-30mm kit lens!

              Buy the RX100 instead ONLY if you need it's tiny size and light weight for some reason. The V1 is the better camera overall, hands down.