REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White)
 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Large clear LCD (6)
  • Fast shutter speed (4)
  • Good battery life (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (6)
    • Wildlife (6)
    • Family photos (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great camera

    This is my first mirrorless camera and I am very impressed with what great photos it takes. I am used to using a D3s and D800e and still can't believe how good this little...Read complete review

    This is my first mirrorless camera and I am very impressed with what great photos it takes. I am used to using a D3s and D800e and still can't believe how good this little camera is. It's feather weight is really nice too. I bought it with the 10-100 lens and what a great combo that is!!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Better but.....

    Well I got my Nikon V2 from B & H this week. So I thought I would share my experience so far with it.
    I bought the camera with a special...Read complete review

    Well I got my Nikon V2 from B & H this week. So I thought I would share my experience so far with it.
    I bought the camera with a special project in mind that I will doing later this year. The project requires a small lightweight camera that is easily held and carried without a strap, have great auto focus performance, and better image quality than a compact. I was going to do it with my V1 but the V2's improved weight and handling won me over.
    So what are my impressions?
    First are the additions that Nikon has added to the camera:
    The V2 has a smaller and lighter redesigned body with a built in grip and flash. Also a rear command dial has been added which allows easier control of various camera functions. There is now a more direct way of accessing and changing of camera functions like white balance, ISO, metering, AF settings, Picture control, and exposure mode without going back into the menus using the feature button, command dial, multi-function dial, and exposure mode dial. It is more like a quick menu. The exposure mode dial has been relocated so that is less likely to be inadvertently changed. I feel that handling has been much improved over the V1.
    Sensor size has been increased from 10MP to 14.2 MP. Image quality is still good but there is not that much of change for me to get excited about. Noise level seems on par with the V1. Base ISO has been increased to 160 vs. 100 from the V1. Native ISO is now 160 – 6400 and has no expanded range. I wish they would have kept the base ISO at 100; it comes in handy at times.
    Image review can now be turned off if you desire.
    The image processor has been upgraded to Expeed 3a vs. Expeed 3 for the V1.
    The buffer size has increased. According to Nikon the buffer has increased from 44 to 50 for raw files.
    Nikon has added yet another shooting mode to the V2. In addition to the "smart photo selector" & "motion snapshot" you now get "best moment capture" which allows you to pick the best frame of a 40 frame sequence. I may get shot for saying this but these features should be exclusive to the J2 and not on a top of the line camera. Features like this give the camera a cheap and toy like perception, and just add unnecessary cost to the camera.
    HDR has been added to the shooting menu. I could not get this to work with the image quality set to raw. But it does kind of work with JPEG images.
    The V2 will now continuously autofocus at 15fps vs. 5fps for the V1. There are some minor differences in the AF-C focus mode; there are now brackets in the "detailed" display of the LCD and EVF that shows you where your subject should be to acquire focus. Also in reading the manual as far as I can see does not discuss any limitations of the AF system at the higher frame rates as the V1 manual does, but it looks like the camera does shift into the single point AF-area mode and acquires focus and exposure on the first frame then locks the two for the rest of the burst at frame rates greater than 15. I may be wrong so I need to do more testing and reading on this. Other than that the AF seems to be just as fast and accurate as the V1.
    Next are the deletions & features that have been changed from the V1:
    Nikon has taken away the rear IR sensor for the remote. If you want to use the remote you now have to point it at the front of the camera. The V1 had sensors in the front and back. Since this is the only way to trigger the shutter remotely it can be a real pain if you using a tripod since you will have to stand in front of the camera to use the remote.
    You are also losing the interval timer which is a nice feature to shoot time lapse photography, the feature was on the V1 but sadly it looks like it has been dropped from the V2.
    For all of you that own other Nikon equipment you will now have to buy yet another type of battery if you want spares. The V1 uses a battery that is used in the D600, D800, and the D7000 which was a great benefit for the consumer. Also the battery used in the V2 does not seem to last as long as the one used in the V1.
    The V2 will only use the electronic shutter when you either turn on silent photography or change your frame rate to greater than 5 FPS. So if you are at base ISO and need a shutter speed faster than 1/4000 sec to take a picture in bright light with a large aperture to isolate your subject; you will have to go into the menu and either turn on silent photography or change your frame rate to greater than 5 FPS to switch to the electronic shutter. (1/16,000 is max shutter speed with the electronic shutter) Another option would be to use a neutral density filter but the higher shutter speed would be the better option for me in this case since I do not use filters unless they are necessary. The V1 allowed you shift from mechanical to electronic shutter by using the feature button at any time which was a lot more convenient.
    According to the reference manual the specs on the electronic viewfinder look the same as the V1 except the eye point has changed to 18mm from 17mm, but there is something very different between the two. First, especially in the low light the V2's EVF seems to have a lot more grain and noise in the finder image. Also in all lighting situations the finder image seems very jumpy when you pan the camera as compared to the V1 whose image is very stable. It seems like the image sticks then jerks as it breaks free. This jumpiness seems to improve when pressing the shutter button halfway. Using a lens with VR seems to further help calm the viewfinder down. Also there is a definite color cast to the V2 EVF as compared to the V1. I do not know if these differences are because the camera sensor is now different or the EVF is different but it really is a shame since the V1's EVF was so good.
    The option for sound settings in the setup menu has disappeared. Instead of being able to control the sound of the electronic shutter and autofocus/self-timer separately you now have a silent photography selection in the shooting menu which turns off the sound for both. In addition when you turn on silent photograph it automatically selects the electronic shutter. So if I want to turn off the beeps for autofocus but still have the shutter sound or keep the mechanical shutter active say for flash; I am out of luck. In certain cases I like to hear the shutter to confirm the picture was taken but want to turn off the autofocus beeps because the beeps seem to disturb people more than the shutter sound. If shooting flash with silent photography turned on to mute the autofocus beeps I am now stuck with a very low 1/60 sync speed. There should be way to control sound level for each function not just a master switch for muting all sound which also selects the electronic shutter.
    Lastly are the items that I feel Nikon should have fixed on the V1 but were not addressed in the V2:
    The camera still does not have a standard hotshoe. This means that you will have to buy the 1 series flashes if want to use an external flash and cannot use any of the wonderful Nikon speedlights that you own.
    The Auto ISO feature still does not have the ability to for the user to input a minimum shutter speed that tells the camera when to increase or decrease the ISO. The thing that makes this annoying is that Nikon's preset value shutter speed (seems to be around 1/30 sec.) of when to increase or decrease the ISO are still to low IMO for use on lenses without VR such as the new 18.5 mm 1.8. The newer Nikon cameras also can take lens focal length into account when determining the ISO value; the V2 does not seem to take this into consideration. So if you want to use auto ISO and need a fast shutter speed you will have to go into shutter priority so that you can maintain your shutter speed at the desired speed.
    The camera still does not display RGB histograms. This is important on any digital camera to evaluate exposure and control noise. The luminous histogram will not always show when a Red, Green, or Blue channel is blown out. Also the histogram has white borders and a white graph, makes it real difficult to see if you clipped any highlights or shadows.
    There is still no user programmable function button. There should be at least one function button that is user programmable like every other Nikon DSLR.
    Also if you own the V1 you have probably had to buy spare accessory port covers since they are small and very easy to lose, well the V2 accessory port covers are also small and easy to lose and they are not the same pieces either. These covers prevent dirt and debris from getting into the port and unlike a standard hotshoe cover it should be installed when an accessory is not plugged in.
    Last is that auto exposure bracketing still has not been added. With popularity of HDR and the cameras limited dynamic range this should have been a no brainer for Nikon. Without this feature the user is severely limited when using HDR because now the exposure must be adjusted manually which takes time and the use of a tripod is a must. Nikon's in camera HDR has limitations and is not as good as using a program such as Photoshop or Photomatix. Everyone I have ever talked about the V1 has complained about this feature being missing. My Canon S100 compact camera which costs much less has this feature and also can display RGB histograms.
    The worst part of all this is, a lot of these things could have been be easily fixed with firmware updates but Nikon has chosen not update the V1 to add these features and I do not see them doing it with the V2 either. So if you need these features in your photography do not expect Nikon to add these to the camera with firmware updates. You will have to find workarounds.
    Although I feel the camera has much better handling over the V1, other things such as the deleted features from the V1, the difference in the EVF performance, and the items that were missing on the V1 and still have not been added to the V2 make me believe that Nikon has made the same mistake they made on the V1. They are just charging too much for it and in another couple of months Nikon will have to discount the camera to move it off the shelves. Not everyone is going to feel like me and think that handling improvements over the V1 justify its premium price tag (I do not either but the camera is going to suite the requirements for my project, so I bit the bullet and purchased the camera).
    But if Nikon decides to reduce the price of the camera a little and does a little firmware magic to improve the feature set….. There I go dreaming again….. it may be more in line for what people would be willing to spend on a camera with a small sensor.
    Of course if you feel the camera does what you need it to do and is worth that price, buy it, it is a good camera but right now I would take a hard look at the V1 before the pricing discounts end. At its current discounted price and with the money saved from not buying the V2, you could buy a flash and the new 18.5mm 1.8 or the 30-110 VR. And you may even have a little bit left over to buy a SD card or spare battery if you're lucky. In fact I thought it was such a good deal; I just ordered another V1 at B&H for a second project that requires time-lapse photography in which the camera may get damaged.

    Reviewed by 13 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-13

    Back to top

     
    5.0

    Like the 1 V2

    By B Doree

    from Chicago

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

    Had the V1 and like this one even more.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Hopefully an improvement over the V1

    By LKBethesda

    from Bethesda, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good video
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Fair In Low Light
    • Slow Motion Very Limited

    Best Uses

    • Compact Backup For Dslr
    • Skiing

    Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

    I previously owned the Nikon1 V1 and it was very disappointing. It had poor focusing and resolution at low light, but the most annoying shortcoming was that the LCD stopped working a few months after purchase. It was repaired under warranty but recently failed again 8 months later. Nikon refused to cover it under warranty, quoting a nearly $300 estimate for another repair, so I replaced it with the V2. Added embellishments, including integrated flash and better burst speeds are worthwhile additions. Hopefully it will prove more reliable than its previous iteration as the V1.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazed at the results

    By Bob

    from Punta Gorda, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

    As a serious amateur photographer and dumped my SLR camera, lenses and tripod. I don't miss any of it with the new Nikon 1 V2. I take more pictures with ease.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    V2 - a very handy small camera

    By Phxazcraig

    from Phoenix, Arizona

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Offon Switch

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

    After buying a V1, I found that I liked the little camera more and more. I used it mostly for wildlife with a 300F4 and other long lenses with the FT1 adapter. However, I missed a built-in flash, and I wanted a PASM dial. Several egonomic and control issues have been fixed on the V2, and the built-in flash really helps. I'm using it mostly with a 10-100 lens for general travel, and with long Nikon lenses for wildlife. I like the new controls, except the on-off switch which is too easy to turn the camera off when in use, or on when in a bag. Battery life seems decent. Shooting at 15, 30 and 60 fps is fun, but the buffer fills very quickly and it takes a while to flush to card afterwards.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 7
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nikon 1 V2 Digital Camera (White)

    By Fred

    from Lyon France

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

      It's really a pleasure to use it, easy and very nice pictures.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

      (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great camera

      By Bill

      from St. George, Utah

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

        This is my first mirrorless camera and I am very impressed with what great photos it takes. I am used to using a D3s and D800e and still can't believe how good this little camera is. It's feather weight is really nice too. I bought it with the 10-100 lens and what a great combo that is!!

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Low weight telephoto shots

        By Doctor Bill

        from Phoenix

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

        If you combine V2 with Nikon FT-1 adaptor & DX 55-300mm lens, you get an effective focal length of 800mm, because of 2.7x crop factor. Using the same lens with my D3200, an otherwise fine camera, you cannot get the same sharp image, even with cropping. Much improved grip aids in handling larger DX lenses.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nikon 1 V2 Almost there

        By rocketdog42

        from somerville, ma

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Fast Focus
        • Sharp
        • Small

        Cons

        • No bracketing
        • No Interval Shooting
        • Too Slow In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Daytime Animals Birds
        • Daytime Sports
        • People
        • Vacation

        Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

        I have been using a Nikon d300 DSLR for 3-4 years now. I like using the camera while touring around the city and, more often, on vacations including a few weeks trekking in the Kalahari. I have gotten tired of lugging around the DSLR with a long zoom lens. After looking at several mirrorless lens cameras, I decided on the Nikon 1 because of the size of the telephoto lenses. Of course, the smaller lenses comes with a smaller sensor and all that that implies. The lack of equivalent large aperture decreases the ability of low-light shooting with a hand-held camera.

        As far as picture quality is concerned, after taking photos using a tripod in daylight and in dim light with both cameras, I saw no difference in picture quality. Another nice thing is that the autofocus is very fast and, because of the focus assist function, it focused in low light as well as my D300

        I would like to see them expand the line of lenses available...it looks like that's happening.

        My two complaints about the V2 is the lack of the interval-shooting option and no bracketing function, especially the interval shooting.

        So far I am very happy with its performance...I've used it with a tripod for night shots, with its own flash, and with my remote flash all with excellent results. For me the size ALMOST outweighs any negative properties (except for the two lacks mentioned above that really irritate me)

        Share this review

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Little Camera!

        By ColoradoBob

        from Denver Colorado

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

          I am a very seasoned professional and bought this camera as a "pocket" camera to tote along when I don't want to bring one of my DSLR bodies and lenses. It has truly amazing image quality and very low noise at 3200 ISO. I also bought the 18.5mm F1.8 lens and together they take incredibly high quality images, hardly discernible from my DSLR's. I highly recommend this camera as a main camera for a newer photographer and and as a very capable backup/pocket camera for the more experienced photographer.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Loving it!

          By JPaulJ

          from Hawaii

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Great IQ
          • Inconspicuous
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Need A 8mm F18 Pancake

          Best Uses

          • Pocket camera
          • Wild Life At Long Range

          Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

          Small and inconspicuous, great quality shots, very fast, even the noise seems low. I'm using it with the 18mm f/1.8, and with the FT1 on it I use a 70-200 f/2.8, 300mm f/4, 400mm f/2.8 and the TC1.4. I also have a D4 and D800E, but 90% of the time, the V2 is what I pick up. It's just fun. Love the new controls. Love the images.

          Share this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Prompt Shipping, Excellent Camera

          By Bill

          from Mesa, AZ

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

          Small totally redesigned Nikon 1 V2, with good grip for handling large Nikkor lenses used with FT-1 adaptor. Mode wheel on top of camera rather than on back, where it can be changed by accident. Crop factor of 2.7x enables my 300mm lens to function as 800mm telephoto. Excellent for shooting birds & other wildlife.

          Share this review

          (46 of 55 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Better but.....

          By Art

          from Hawaii

          Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

          Well I got my Nikon V2 from B & H this week. So I thought I would share my experience so far with it.
          I bought the camera with a special project in mind that I will doing later this year. The project requires a small lightweight camera that is easily held and carried without a strap, have great auto focus performance, and better image quality than a compact. I was going to do it with my V1 but the V2's improved weight and handling won me over.
          So what are my impressions?
          First are the additions that Nikon has added to the camera:
          The V2 has a smaller and lighter redesigned body with a built in grip and flash. Also a rear command dial has been added which allows easier control of various camera functions. There is now a more direct way of accessing and changing of camera functions like white balance, ISO, metering, AF settings, Picture control, and exposure mode without going back into the menus using the feature button, command dial, multi-function dial, and exposure mode dial. It is more like a quick menu. The exposure mode dial has been relocated so that is less likely to be inadvertently changed. I feel that handling has been much improved over the V1.
          Sensor size has been increased from 10MP to 14.2 MP. Image quality is still good but there is not that much of change for me to get excited about. Noise level seems on par with the V1. Base ISO has been increased to 160 vs. 100 from the V1. Native ISO is now 160 – 6400 and has no expanded range. I wish they would have kept the base ISO at 100; it comes in handy at times.
          Image review can now be turned off if you desire.
          The image processor has been upgraded to Expeed 3a vs. Expeed 3 for the V1.
          The buffer size has increased. According to Nikon the buffer has increased from 44 to 50 for raw files.
          Nikon has added yet another shooting mode to the V2. In addition to the "smart photo selector" & "motion snapshot" you now get "best moment capture" which allows you to pick the best frame of a 40 frame sequence. I may get shot for saying this but these features should be exclusive to the J2 and not on a top of the line camera. Features like this give the camera a cheap and toy like perception, and just add unnecessary cost to the camera.
          HDR has been added to the shooting menu. I could not get this to work with the image quality set to raw. But it does kind of work with JPEG images.
          The V2 will now continuously autofocus at 15fps vs. 5fps for the V1. There are some minor differences in the AF-C focus mode; there are now brackets in the "detailed" display of the LCD and EVF that shows you where your subject should be to acquire focus. Also in reading the manual as far as I can see does not discuss any limitations of the AF system at the higher frame rates as the V1 manual does, but it looks like the camera does shift into the single point AF-area mode and acquires focus and exposure on the first frame then locks the two for the rest of the burst at frame rates greater than 15. I may be wrong so I need to do more testing and reading on this. Other than that the AF seems to be just as fast and accurate as the V1.
          Next are the deletions & features that have been changed from the V1:
          Nikon has taken away the rear IR sensor for the remote. If you want to use the remote you now have to point it at the front of the camera. The V1 had sensors in the front and back. Since this is the only way to trigger the shutter remotely it can be a real pain if you using a tripod since you will have to stand in front of the camera to use the remote.
          You are also losing the interval timer which is a nice feature to shoot time lapse photography, the feature was on the V1 but sadly it looks like it has been dropped from the V2.
          For all of you that own other Nikon equipment you will now have to buy yet another type of battery if you want spares. The V1 uses a battery that is used in the D600, D800, and the D7000 which was a great benefit for the consumer. Also the battery used in the V2 does not seem to last as long as the one used in the V1.
          The V2 will only use the electronic shutter when you either turn on silent photography or change your frame rate to greater than 5 FPS. So if you are at base ISO and need a shutter speed faster than 1/4000 sec to take a picture in bright light with a large aperture to isolate your subject; you will have to go into the menu and either turn on silent photography or change your frame rate to greater than 5 FPS to switch to the electronic shutter. (1/16,000 is max shutter speed with the electronic shutter) Another option would be to use a neutral density filter but the higher shutter speed would be the better option for me in this case since I do not use filters unless they are necessary. The V1 allowed you shift from mechanical to electronic shutter by using the feature button at any time which was a lot more convenient.
          According to the reference manual the specs on the electronic viewfinder look the same as the V1 except the eye point has changed to 18mm from 17mm, but there is something very different between the two. First, especially in the low light the V2's EVF seems to have a lot more grain and noise in the finder image. Also in all lighting situations the finder image seems very jumpy when you pan the camera as compared to the V1 whose image is very stable. It seems like the image sticks then jerks as it breaks free. This jumpiness seems to improve when pressing the shutter button halfway. Using a lens with VR seems to further help calm the viewfinder down. Also there is a definite color cast to the V2 EVF as compared to the V1. I do not know if these differences are because the camera sensor is now different or the EVF is different but it really is a shame since the V1's EVF was so good.
          The option for sound settings in the setup menu has disappeared. Instead of being able to control the sound of the electronic shutter and autofocus/self-timer separately you now have a silent photography selection in the shooting menu which turns off the sound for both. In addition when you turn on silent photograph it automatically selects the electronic shutter. So if I want to turn off the beeps for autofocus but still have the shutter sound or keep the mechanical shutter active say for flash; I am out of luck. In certain cases I like to hear the shutter to confirm the picture was taken but want to turn off the autofocus beeps because the beeps seem to disturb people more than the shutter sound. If shooting flash with silent photography turned on to mute the autofocus beeps I am now stuck with a very low 1/60 sync speed. There should be way to control sound level for each function not just a master switch for muting all sound which also selects the electronic shutter.
          Lastly are the items that I feel Nikon should have fixed on the V1 but were not addressed in the V2:
          The camera still does not have a standard hotshoe. This means that you will have to buy the 1 series flashes if want to use an external flash and cannot use any of the wonderful Nikon speedlights that you own.
          The Auto ISO feature still does not have the ability to for the user to input a minimum shutter speed that tells the camera when to increase or decrease the ISO. The thing that makes this annoying is that Nikon's preset value shutter speed (seems to be around 1/30 sec.) of when to increase or decrease the ISO are still to low IMO for use on lenses without VR such as the new 18.5 mm 1.8. The newer Nikon cameras also can take lens focal length into account when determining the ISO value; the V2 does not seem to take this into consideration. So if you want to use auto ISO and need a fast shutter speed you will have to go into shutter priority so that you can maintain your shutter speed at the desired speed.
          The camera still does not display RGB histograms. This is important on any digital camera to evaluate exposure and control noise. The luminous histogram will not always show when a Red, Green, or Blue channel is blown out. Also the histogram has white borders and a white graph, makes it real difficult to see if you clipped any highlights or shadows.
          There is still no user programmable function button. There should be at least one function button that is user programmable like every other Nikon DSLR.
          Also if you own the V1 you have probably had to buy spare accessory port covers since they are small and very easy to lose, well the V2 accessory port covers are also small and easy to lose and they are not the same pieces either. These covers prevent dirt and debris from getting into the port and unlike a standard hotshoe cover it should be installed when an accessory is not plugged in.
          Last is that auto exposure bracketing still has not been added. With popularity of HDR and the cameras limited dynamic range this should have been a no brainer for Nikon. Without this feature the user is severely limited when using HDR because now the exposure must be adjusted manually which takes time and the use of a tripod is a must. Nikon's in camera HDR has limitations and is not as good as using a program such as Photoshop or Photomatix. Everyone I have ever talked about the V1 has complained about this feature being missing. My Canon S100 compact camera which costs much less has this feature and also can display RGB histograms.
          The worst part of all this is, a lot of these things could have been be easily fixed with firmware updates but Nikon has chosen not update the V1 to add these features and I do not see them doing it with the V2 either. So if you need these features in your photography do not expect Nikon to add these to the camera with firmware updates. You will have to find workarounds.
          Although I feel the camera has much better handling over the V1, other things such as the deleted features from the V1, the difference in the EVF performance, and the items that were missing on the V1 and still have not been added to the V2 make me believe that Nikon has made the same mistake they made on the V1. They are just charging too much for it and in another couple of months Nikon will have to discount the camera to move it off the shelves. Not everyone is going to feel like me and think that handling improvements over the V1 justify its premium price tag (I do not either but the camera is going to suite the requirements for my project, so I bit the bullet and purchased the camera).
          But if Nikon decides to reduce the price of the camera a little and does a little firmware magic to improve the feature set….. There I go dreaming again….. it may be more in line for what people would be willing to spend on a camera with a small sensor.
          Of course if you feel the camera does what you need it to do and is worth that price, buy it, it is a good camera but right now I would take a hard look at the V1 before the pricing discounts end. At its current discounted price and with the money saved from not buying the V2, you could buy a flash and the new 18.5mm 1.8 or the 30-110 VR. And you may even have a little bit left over to buy a SD card or spare battery if you're lucky. In fact I thought it was such a good deal; I just ordered another V1 at B&H for a second project that requires time-lapse photography in which the camera may get damaged.

          Share this review

          (32 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Is it Worth the Price?

          By M&A

          from Honolulu

          Pros

          • Good image quality
          • Light Weight
          • Small

          Cons

          • Price is too high

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (White):

            I own the V1 and all of the Nikon 1 lenses except for the 10-100 PD zoom. I just borrowed my friends V2 for the weekend and did some comparisons between the two to see if it would be worth upgrading. These are only my initial impressions and only for still photography. I do not shoot video so I have no opinion on the video capabilities of this camera. I consider myself an advanced amateur when it comes to photography and have sold some of my work at local art shows and craft fairs. I use mainly a D3X and the D800 for my work but have come to enjoy the 1 series for its light weight, compatibility with F mount lenses, and more than adequate image quality for those times when I do not want to carry a DSLR. It seems that Nikon has still has not learned its lesson with the V1 and is still overpricing its top of the line 1 series cameras. Even with the $ instant rebate the camera is seriously overpriced for what you are actually getting. At today's price of the V1 at $[$]there is no real reason to buy the V2. The difference in price is not getting you much more; in fact you are giving up some features.So what are you paying a premium price for compared to the V1:Well you get:A 14.2 MP sensor vs. a 10MP, not a big change but it is welcome.More direct access of items like white balance, ISO, metering, and exposure mode without going back into the menus. Image review can now be turned off if you desire. These items are much welcomed and are a big improvement over the V1. Another silly mode to add to the "smart photo selector" & "motion snapshot" is the "best moment capture" which allows you to pick the best frame of a 40 frame sequence. These are totally useless IMHO and should be ignored as should the auto exposure mode.A redesigned body with a built in grip and flash. Also a rear command dial has been added which allows easier control of camera functions. These are welcomed features and are big improvements.HDR has been added to the shooting menu. IMHO Nikon should have added auto exposure bracketing to allow the user to process their own images using an external program such as Photomatix or Photoshop instead of the camera processing the image on its own. Same great AF, really no change that I could see.So far so good you say, but hold on; you are losing some things that you might want:No IR sensor in the back of the camera, if you want to use the IR remote you have to point it at the front of the camera now. The V1 had sensors in the front and back. This can be a real pain if you use a tripod since you now have to stand in front of the camera to use the remote.You also lose the interval timer which is a nice feature to shoot time lapse photography, the feature was on the V1 but it looks like it has been dropped from the V2.For all of you that own other Nikon equipment you will now have to buy yet another type of battery if you want spares. The V1 uses a battery that is used in the D600, D800, and the D7000. I guess that Nikon felt they were losing money because owners were not buying enough spare batteries and chargers so we have yet another battery to add to our collection.So Nikon is giving some but it also taking back some with the feature set. I always thought that newer models take steps in the forward direction and not backwards.But the real reason that the V2 is still not worth the extra money are the items that were wrong with the V1 and are still not incorporated into the V2. What are these you may ask?The camera still does not have a standard hotshoe. This means that you will have to buy the 1 series flashes if want to use an external flash. Another thing that has yet to be incorporated is ability to use the built in flash as a remote commander. Since Nikon has not produced an adapter to use a standard flash on 1 series cameras you cannot use one of Nikons wonderful external flashes as a remote commander either.Speaking of flashes, Sync speed is still 1/250 of a second for the mechanical shutter and only 1/60 of a second with the electronic shutter. My D40 had a sync speed of 1/500 of a second. There is no reason not to add either high speed sync or a faster sync speed on the electronic shutter. The higher sync speed becomes very useful to stop motion in certain situations when using flash. Auto ISO still does not have the ability to set a minimum shutter speed that tells the camera to bump up the ISO. Also the newer Nikons take lens focal length into account when determining the correct ISO, The V2 does not seem to take this into consideration. Also Nikons preset values of when to increase ISO are still to low IMO for use on lenses without VR such as the new 18.5 mm 1.8.Still no RGB histograms. This is totally unacceptable on camera in which costs so much and exposure is so critical to control noise due its small sensor size. My Canon S90 has this ability.Last but not lease is that auto exposure bracketing has still not been added. Since this camera has a limited dynamic range, when you take a picture in a high contrast situation, HDR photography becomes important. Without this feature I am severely limited when I choose to use HDR because I must adjust the exposure manually which takes time and forces me to use a tripod. Nikons in camera HDR has limitations and is not as good as using a program such as Photoshop or Photomatix.After weighing the good with the bad I feel that the V2 while a big improvement over the V1 still does not command the premium price tag Nikon has put on it. (even with the $ instant rebate) The V1 with its discount is a steal at this time and is a great camera once you adapt to it. Things like not being able to turn picture preview off will probably annoy you at first but over time you will adapt to the camera. The V2 is also a great camera, better than the V1 in some respects, worse in others, but not worth the extra money you will need to spend to own it, remember most are going to have to buy spare batteries which are only used in the V2. So figure in extra money for extra batteries.So in a nut shell if you are looking at a V2 should you buy it? The V1 price cannot be beat right now and if I did not own 2 of them already I would buy it in a heartbeat vs. the V2. Am I going to upgrade? No, not at this time, I am going to wait until Nikon discounts the camera to a price that is more reasonable as they have done with the V1 or wait for the V3.

            Share this review