Nikon 1 V2 review

January 12, 2013

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Nikon 1 V2

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There is a lot more to the diminutive Nikon 1 V2 system camera than just a new body, as it also has a 14.2-million-pixel sensor and an impressive 15fps shooting rate. Read the Nikon 1 V2 review...

Nikon 1 V2 at a glance:

  • 14.2-million-pixel, CX-format, CMOS sensor
  • Redesigned body with handgrip
  • 15fps shooting rate while autofocusing
  • New mode dial
  • Expeed 3A processor
  • RRP £799.99 including 10-30mm kit lens

Nikon 1 V2 review – Introduction

Helped by an expensive TV campaign, Nikon’s 1 series has proved to be very popular among photographers wanting a very small system camera with equally small lenses. However, some enthusiast photographers have a few concerns with the first generation of cameras – the Nikon 1 J1 and V1. The sensor size is smaller than APS-C and four thirds, and the sensor resolution is only 10 million pixels. Both of the original 1 system cameras are slim compact-style models. However, many enthusiasts would have preferred the more advanced V1 to be styled like a DSLR.

With the new Nikon 1 V2, some of these points have been addressed. Obviously, the sensor size remains the same, but it is now a higher resolution. A handgrip has been added to the body, as has a pop-up flash, both of which make the V2 look more like a DSLR. These new additions should broaden the appeal of the Nikon 1 system, but I was interested to see just how different the Nikon 1 V2 is to use and what else the new camera has to offer.

  • Video: Full HD (1080p), 30fps, MPEG-4
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, custom
  • External mic: Yes, via accessory shoe and ME-1 stereo microphone
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 5m @ ISO 100
  • Shutter Type: Electronic and mechanical options
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: Electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million dots
  • Field of View: 100% on LCD and EVF
  • Output Size: 4608 x 3072 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot LCD
  • AF Points: 135-area, face detection, AF tracking, select, spot
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Sensor: 14.2-millon-pixel, 13.2x8.8mm CMOS
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec (1/60sec in electronic shutter mode)
  • Focal Length Mag: 2.7x
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, auto scene mode selector
  • Weight: 337g with battery and card (278g body only)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL21
  • File Format: JPEG, NEF (raw) 12-bit, MPEG-4
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec (1/16000sec in electronic shutter setting)
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Up to 5fps in mechanical mode, 10fps, 30fps or 60fps in Hi
  • Focusing Modes: Hybrid contrast and phase-detection AF, single-shot and continuous AF modes
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Dimensions: 107.8 x 81.6 x 45.9mm
  • Metering System: TTL multi-segment, spot, centre
  • Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, PC/AV
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • RRP: Around £829 with 10-30mm lens
  • Lens Mount: Nikon 1 mount
  • ISO: ISO 100-6400
  • Tested as: Advanced CSD

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