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 – 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.

  • 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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