Nikon 1 V2 review

Nikon 1 gets serious

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It's clear that Nikon has put some considerable thought into the upgrade of its Nikon 1 V1 camera in the shape of the Nikon 1 V2.

What we have now is a more sophisticated CSC that is more likely to appeal to advanced photography enthusiasts than the previous iteration, thanks to the addition of a mode dial and the improved ergonomics.

We liked

The new shape of the camera makes it much easier to hold and helps it feel sturdier, especially when shooting one-handed. Something as simple as adding a mode dial to the top of the camera makes it a much nicer experience when you want to quickly change between modes.

We disliked

It's a shame that digital filters couldn't have made their way onto the camera for those looking to be a bit more creative, but Picture Styles are a good backup.

Final verdict

Whether it will tempt anyone away from the slew of larger sensored compact system cameras currently on the market seems questionable. While it does produce good images, those looking for something a little more advanced will probably be more at home with the likes of the Panasonic G5, Sony NEX-5R or Olympus PEN E-PL5.

That said, it's a nice small size, making it ideal for carrying around a lot. And the unique modes, such as Motion Snapshot and Best Photo Selector, do elevate it higher than the compact cameras that many be used to.

Nikon has done a good job with its upgrade of the V series of compact system cameras. 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.

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