Nikon 1 V2

Released November, 2012
New: 1 V3 (Mar, 2014)
  • 14.2 MP
  • Nikon CX 13.2 x 8.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The good thing about using Picture Styles while shooting in raw format is that a clean version of the image is preserved should you change your mind down the line.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)
7.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon 1 V2

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon 1 V2
7.7
PEN E-PL5
8.9
NEX 5R
9.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon 1 V2
5.9
PEN E-PL5
5.4
NEX 5R
6.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon 1 V2
5.0
PEN E-PL5
10.0
NEX 5R
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon 1 V2
8.9
PEN E-PL5
9.5
NEX 5R
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 3 more

7.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon 1 V2
7.9
PEN E-PL5
8.9
NEX 5R
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon 1 V2

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon 1 V2
403 ISO
NEX 5R
910 ISO
PEN E-PL5
889 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon 1 V2
2,000 LPH
Nikon 1 V1
2,600 LPH
PEN E-PL2
2,400 LPH

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon 1 V2
310 photos
SLT A37
500 photos
Pentax Q7
250 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon 1 V2
20.2 bits
NEX 5R
23.7 bits
SLT A37
23.3 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon 1 V2
10.8 ev
NEX 5R
13.1 ev
SLT A37
12.9 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon 1 V2


8.0
In addition to being capable of shooting regular movies in HD quality, the Nikon 1 V2 can also shoot video at 400fps for slow-motion playback.

7.0
In addition, AF performance is consistently accurate, even when it’s assigned to follow moving subjects in tracking AF mode.

8.0
The standard kit lens that comes bundled with the Nikon 1 V2 has a focal length of 10-30mm, which is an equivalent of 27mm at the widest point, providing a reasonably wide angle of view.

Overall

7.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The V2 features the full range of Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and Manual shooting controls allowing more advanced users to take as much control over the camera as they want to.
by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2013)
You can either use the relocated on/off switch that now surrounds the shutter release button or, if you have a collapsible-barrel zoom lens attached, you can simply press the unlocking button on the lens barrel and turn the zoom ring to unlock the lens, an act that causes the camera to switch on automatically.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
The 10-30mm kit zoom delivers a reasonable level of performance with edge sharpness respectable and very few signs of chromatic aberrations.
by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2013)

Sensor

The Nikon 1 V2 captured images of very high quality, especially if you consider the relatively small size of its sensor and the increase from 10 to 14 megapixels.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
Measuring 13.2x8.8mm this "CX" format imaging chip has double the surface area of the biggest sensors used in compact and bridge cameras, but only about half the area of a standard Four Thirds sensor.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
While the V2’s sensor size remains the same, resolution has been boosted to 14.2MP – a fairly sizeable increase over the 10.1MP offered by the V1.
by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2013)

Focus

In good light the Nikon V2 is still as fast as anything on the market when it comes to auto-focus speed.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
Boasting continuous shooting speeds of 15fps with continuous autofocus and 60fps with fixed-point autofocus, Full 1080p HD video capture, an ultra-fast hybrid auto-focus system, Best Moment Capture and the unique Motion Snapshot Mode, the Nikon V2 also offers more conventional shooting modes like Programmed Auto, Aperture and Shutter Priority, as well as Metered Manual.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
Autofocusing speeds are pretty quick in good light, but this does drop when the light starts to fall.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)

Video

If you don't need Full HD, there's also 720p at 60fps, which is really smooth and still counts as high definition.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
There are separate shutter release buttons for stills and video, and thanks to this - as well as the massive processing power of the Nikon V2 - you can take multiple full-resolution stills even while recording HD video.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
We found that in this case the camera will invariably record the video at 720p/60fps..
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

Photography

Options here include Monochrome (which also encompasses sepia and cyanotype, along with other colour tints), Vibrant and Landscape.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)
Although it probably still won't overtake the J series in terms of popularity, the images from it are a step up for those looking to get a little more serious with their photography, making it a good introduction to the world of CSCs.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)
It's a fun feature that's useful for capturing quick happening moments, such as school sports days, but it does take a little bit of practice to get the hang of it.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 14.2 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3072
Size Nikon CX
Area 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.7x
Pixel size 8.2 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. NEF
  2. RAW
  3. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 73
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Display type LCD

performance

Max continuous shooting None
Battery life 310 photos
Continuous shooting None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video Yes
External mic jack Proprietary
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection
Autofocus type Phase detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 109 x 82 x 46 mm
Thickness 46 mm
Weight 278 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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