hello - looking to upgrade my camera and have been looking hard at the J1. Mainly b/c my wife will use it and wants a built in flash. what are the benefits of using this versus a $300 point and shoot? thanks.
I use my new J1 as a replacement for a P&S.
1) In good light, the J1 blows the P&S away for taking pictures of the family. It is faster and takes better images. The only upside of the P&S is smaller size (and often more zoom w/o switching lenses).
2) With a flash, the J1 still beats the P&S, but the experience is similar. My DLSR blows both away.
3) I am very happy with my J1 and the 10-30 and 30-110 lenses (about $400). Although bigger than a P&S, it is small enough to take anywhere. Thursday, I am flying to San Fran for a business trip. Unlike my DLSR, it will fit in my briefcase.
BUT - my D7000 is more powerful, faster, and can take better images.