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 review – Features

While the two first-generation Nikon 1 system cameras used the same 10-million-pixel, CX-sized (1in/13.2×8.8mm), CMOS sensor, the J2 and V2 have different resolutions. The J2 keeps the original sensor of the J1, but the V2 has a new 14.2-million-pixel resolution.

The increase in resolution isn’t huge, and neither should it be with the sensor being smaller than its competitors. Any dramatic increase in resolution would potentially affect image quality by reducing dynamic range and increasing noise. To give an example of what the difference in resolution means for photographers, at a print resolution of 300ppi the new V2 is capable of producing images that measure 15.3×10.2in, which is a moderate increase of 2.4×1.6in compared to the original 10-million-pixel sensor. The 4608 x 3072-pixel-resolution images can be saved as JPEG or 12-bit raw images, with an ISO sensitivity of ISO 160-6400.

One of the most impressive features of the first-generation Nikon 1 system cameras was the powerful processor they possessed. This has been improved further in the V2, which now uses the Nikon Expeed 3A processing engine. It is this powerful system that allows the V2 to shoot at a frame rate of 15fps while the camera is autofocusing. This is very impressive and almost unrivalled for a compact system camera.

  • 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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