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Nikon 1 V2 review

January 12, 2013

Overall Rating:

3

Nikon 1 V2


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Price as Reviewed:

£799.00

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...

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Nikon 1 V2 review – White balance and colour

Image: The strong colours in this sunset didn’t fool the V2’s AWB, and the image is very good straight out of the camera

I found that the colours produced by the Nikon 1 V2 were pleasing, with only slight adjustments needed when it came to editing raw files. The AWB worked well in most scenes, although it did have a tendency to be slightly on the cool side. With a very strong sunset, the colours were as rich and as vivid as they were in reality, with the camera seemingly doing little to reduce this.

There are only six preset white balance settings in the V2, as well as AWB and a preset manual setting. However, each setting can be adjusted if you prefer your images slightly warmer or cooler, which is useful for customising the colours to your own taste.

There are six image styles in the image control menu, and each of these can have their level of sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue adjusted. Should you wish to save your own style, there is an impressive nine slots available, making it possible to have your own portrait, landscape, black & white or vivid colour styles, as well as the default ones. Just like Nikon DSLR cameras, these custom picture styles can also be loaded from a memory card should you wish to copy a style from another camera.

Image: Strong autumn colours can fool the AWB, so I found shooting in the daylight setting a better option

  • 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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