Nikon 1 V2 review

Nikon 1 gets serious

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With the promise of improved performance from the new sensor, we had relatively high hopes for the Nikon 1 V2. Luckily, we've been pleased with what the compact system camera can produce.

Images are punchy and vibrant, with excellent colour reproduction and plenty of detail, especially in low noise shots.

Autofocusing speeds are pretty quick in good light, but this does drop when the light starts to fall. On several instances during our testing where the light was very poor, the camera struggled to find focus, in some cases failing altogether.

Nikon 1 V2 review

Unlike the Nikon 1 J2, there are no digital filters that can be applied with the Nikon 1 V2. This seems like a great shame, since it surely wouldn't be too difficult to port these over from the Nikon 1 J2.

However, if you're feeling a little creative, you can alter the Picture Style. Options here include Monochrome (which also encompasses sepia and cyanotype, along with other colour tints), Vibrant and Landscape.

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. Although it's a shame not to see more options, the black and white option is rendered well and there's lots of scope for customisation, especially with regards to contrast.

Nikon 1 V2 review

Automatic white balance does a good job of judging the scene to produce accurate colours, even under artificial indoor lighting. If you do find that it struggles slightly, you can change the WB setting via the function button.

Similarly, metering does a good job of accurately assessing the scene in front of it to produce good exposures.

The high resolution screen on the back of the camera does a good job in all but the very brightest of sunlight at reducing the amount of glare and reflections. The EVF is also very good, again having a high resolution and perhaps appealing to those photographers used to optical viewfinders.

Nikon 1 V2 review

Despite its comparatively small size, the one-inch sensor on the Nikon 1 V2 is still capable of producing attractive shallow depth of field effects.

The widest aperture the standard 10-30mm bundled kit lens can achieve is f/3.5, but some good effects can still be achieved with this optic. Focus drop off is good, with out of focus areas rendered well.

Nikon 1 V2 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product Family1
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x, 3x (Lens 1) - 3.6x (Lens 2)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)278 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size13.20 mm x 8.80 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3072
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height81.6 mm
Width107.8 mm
Depth45.9 mm
Focal Length10 mm to 30 mm (Lens 1) - 30 mm to 110 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelV2
Product Name1 V2 Mirrorless Camera
Product Line1
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVVA111K003
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Why compromise when you want to travel light? The Nikon 1 V2 ensures you don't have to.

With a 14.2-megapixel super high-speed AF CMOS sensor, high ISO, and direct access to manual controls, you get detailed images just the way you want them even in low light.

Combining speed, power, and precision in a seriously small body, this is a versatile main camera and a great second camera that you'll end up putting first more often than you'd expect.

Package Contents
  • 1 V2 Mirrorless Camera
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
  • EN-EL21 Rechargeable Li-ion battery (With Terminal Cover)
  • MH-28 Battery Charger
  • BF-N1000 Body Cap
  • BS-N3000 Multi Accessory Port Cover
  • UC-E19 USB Cable
  • AN-N1000 Strap
  • User's Manual
  • Reference Manual CD
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year