Nikon 1 V2 Summary

14 Megapixels14 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon 1 V2 Assessment

The Nikon 1 V2 is a compact SLD with a unique 14 megapixels sensor which provides ultra-fast Phase-Detect autofocus, continuous shooting up to 60 FPS and full 1080p HD video. The V2 also squeezes in a large 0.47" EVF with 1.4 megapixels for a clear eye-level view while shooting and filming. This digital camera is the flagship model of the Nikon 1 system.

Image quality of this mirrorless depends on what it is compared against. Its 2.7X crop-factor sensor puts it well ahead of of most fixed-lens cameras but also behind the majority of mirrorless ones, including its predecessor, the V1
Nikon 1 V1
which uses larger pixels in its 10 megapixels sensor.

Still, the V2 produces clean images up to ISO 400 and usable results until ISO 6400 for small prints. Metering, color and white-balance are all quite good. The most impressive aspect of the V2 is its speed. Autofocus and stutter-lag are class-leading with very good shot-to-shot speeds as well. Unfortunately, a 1s delay when starting to record video happens but this is the only time one has to wait for the V2.

In short, the Nikon 1 V2 leads in terms of speed while placing itself right between most compact and most mirrorless cameras for output quality. This makes it one of a few mirrorless ones that can actually handle action photography, at least down to moderate light levels.

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PROS CONS
Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light Above average image noise for a mirrorless
Excellent metering General image softness
Realistic image colors Limited dynamic range
Good white-balance Limited lens selection
Usable up to ISO 6400 for small prints Not Exposure-Priority on EVF or LCD
Instant shutter-lag Few direct controls
Virtually no blackout Short battery-life
Fast shot-to-shot speed Proprietary hot-shoe
Quick and responsive 1s video delay
Excellent EVF with Eye-Start sensor AF and MF sounds get recorded during video
Sharp and crisp LCD with fast refresh rate Wrong framing of video in image mode and vice-versa
Ultra quiet
Very solid build quality
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Previous Models
Nikon 1 V1
Nikon 1 V1
- 10 MP, Single Control-Dial
Nikon 1 J3
Nikon 1 J3
- No EVF, No Hot-Shoe, No Sound Input, Built-in Flash
Nikon 1 V2
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Nikon V2 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 13 x 9mm

1" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

14 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 160-6400
Nikon 1 Mount
2.7X FLM
Shutter 1/16000-30s
0.47" Built-in EVF 1.4 MegapixelsFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
60 FPS Drive, 40 ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingStereo audio input
3" LCD 920K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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