Nikon 1 V2 review

Build and handling

The most obvious changes are to the Nikon 1 V2's body. Like its V1 predecessor, the V2 is well built, and the magnesium alloy and aluminium body feels sturdy in the hand.

However, I feel the V2's angular design makes it look rather ‘utilitarian'. Yet while it may not be the prettiest camera to look at, the addition of a new handgrip really improves the V2's handling. The grip almost doubles the width of the slim camera body, and the steep inside curve allows the hand to grasp the camera securely. Handling is much more like that of a DSLR, although it could do with a slight groove or contour to allow fingers to fit a little more snugly.

Another new addition to the body is the pop-up flash. The original V1 lacked a built-in flash, and relied instead on a hotshoe with an accessory socket. Enthusiast photographers will be pleased to know that despite the new flash there is still a hotshoe and accessory socket on the top of the camera should a more powerful flash be required.

On top of the V2 is a new mode dial that allows access to eight different shooting modes. This replaces the more limited four-shooting-mode dial that was found on the V1. Elsewhere, there have been slight tweaks to the button arrangement, with the camera having four buttons on the left-hand side of the rear LCD screen, leaving the right-hand side looking relatively sparse, apart from the usual standard directional control dial and button arrangement.

Overall, the V2 is good to use. The menus are very clear and easy to read, while the button arrangement makes the camera feel like an entry-level DSLR when in use. The new grip allows the camera to feel much more stable in hand, which is great news for those who will use the V2 with the far larger Nikkor F-mount lenses via the FT-1 mount adapter.