Nikon 1 V2 review

Nikon 1 gets serious

Nikon 1 V2 review
Inside the Nikon V2 is a new 14.2MP CX format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3a processing engine

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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.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.