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Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Fast shutter speed (10)
  • Large clear LCD (10)
  • Good battery life (7)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (12)
  • Family photos (11)
  • Wildlife (11)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Low light (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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!!

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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.

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5.0

no brainer at this price

By crush

from Montreal

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

        This really is a mini DSLR without all the bulk.All the controls you need, plus a great viewfinder.Yes, you have to be careful with your image processing to deal with the 1 inch sensor, but you will actually take this camera out and shoot with it...without even thinking about it...more than you can say for your typical DSLR where you say, "Mmmm, do I really want to carry this big thing around with its big lens?"So for $ - what a steal.

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        4.0

        Better Than Many Say!

        By fotabug

        from Oregon

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

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

        I fine the Nikon 1 V2 to be a fine general use camera and with the Nikon 1 790300 VR it makes a great wildlife outfit. The only negative for this type of shooting is the initial lag as thee camera switches from review screen to viewfinder. Otherwise, it performs great and I have lots of wonderful bird imaages.

        Because of the resoution and smaller sensor I find a bit of noise at high ISO's, but it is easily removed with software. When I say high ISO I mean ISO3200 and higher. So in actuality, it does better than a lot of other cameras with larger sensors.

        Image quality is outstanding, as is frame rate for continuous mode. The real beauty of the system is very small lenses to match the small camera. It makes a very compact outfit, unlike compacts with larger sensors that have to use lenses as large as for DSLR's. The grip too is great, and the camera works just like a mini DSLR.

        I have long used SLR and DSLR cameras, and like the full frame models. If I want to go lighter, then my choice is something real small, The Nikon V2 and lenses. I recommed it to others.

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        4.0

        A Better Camera than the "critics" think

        By BillP

        from Utah

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Electronic Viewfinder
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Usable Iso Range
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

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

        The Nikon V-series of cameras is like Rodney Dangerfield, in that it "can't get no respect". Many who panned the camera because of the small sensor, evidently have never used it. It delivers very good images in a very portable package. Yes, the image quality cannot compare to my D800, but for most uses (viewing on computer monitors, TV's, and prints up to 13" x 19*), the quality is more than adequate. The inherent limitations of the small sensor are only noticeable if you pixel-peep or try for shots in extreme lighting conditions, such as with high dynamic ranges or very low light levels.

        There are several ways that the V2 is actually BETTER than the D800. Want a fast burst speed to catch the action...with full autofocus? This little camera delivers. Want extreme telephoto without the extreme price? Consider the 2.7X effective focal length multiplier. Pair this camera with the excellent Nikon 1 70-300mm lens and you have the reach of 190-810mm super telephoto in a hand-holdable package.

        This is a great choice for a second camera body for the serious photographer or a first camera for a more casual user. With the current close-out pricing on the V2, you can't go wrong.

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        5.0

        Performs well beyond expectations

        By FJRron

        from Hemet, CA

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Nikon does an absolutely amazing job getting excellent image quality out of it's CX sensors. I have "Big Boy" Nikon gear for studio work, etc. but the Nikon 1 camera/lenses are with me pretty much all of the time.

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          3.0

          Great mirrorless camera

          By Joey

          from Bay Area, Ca

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

          Coming a from a Nikon J1 upgrade, this little camera is great but not exciting. When I first picked up the J1 I was quite surprise about the quality and speed of the camera. I loved it so much that I upgraded it to the V2 thinking it would give me an even more wow factor. The specs on paper looked promising but comparing it to the J1 imo is not a must have upgrade. I would hold out for the nikon v3 or even move up to a micro 4/3 lineup. But if you can get your hands on steal out price such as mine at $ I feel that it is money well spent.

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          4.0

          Good Step Up from Point-and-Shoot

          By rrieger

          from Waynesville, OH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

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

          I like the small size and excellent RAW files it produces. I also have the V1, and the V2 improves on some of the V1 control issues (e.g. V2 has a PASM dial). Still, my wish would be for controls similar to my D800. I realize the small body size may not allow that entirely. I wish it had a standard hot shoe so I could use my SB800 flashes occasionlly. The 1 series lenses are excellent. Overall, I'm quite pleased.

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          4.0

          Nice little Camera

          By ctrclckws

          from New Jersey

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          Pros

          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

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

            A nice little camera, but not quite a DSLR replacement. I was surprised to find that the interval timer function was not there, and it is available on a J1. This is supposed to be a more advanced model.

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            5.0

            Upgrade from J1 is Worth Doing

            By pecohen

            from Sidney, ME

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

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

              I upgraded from a J1 to a V2 mostly to get the viewer and I am happy with the viewer; the J1 was always difficult to use when in bright sunshine and now that problem is solved. A sensor determines when I want the viewer and when I want the back screen and whichever I want to use just turns on automatically. But the V2 gives you more than just the viewfinder and the hot-shoe. There is a downside, that you have to study the manual more than you might expect with cameras in the same family. The controls are quite different and - though I'm not yet accustomed to them - they seem much better. Of course the sensor is an upgrade as is the processor, but you expect that with an upgrade to a newer model. A feature I particularly like is that opening the lens turns the camera on and closing the lens turns the camera off. Most of the time you don't have to use the on/off switch. Another thing I like is simply the feel of the camera; there is a hook to the right side of the body that just fits my hand the way it should. You can't use your batteries or charger from the J1 with the V2. Other than that, I really can't think of a good reason not to upgrade.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Like the 1 V2

              By B Doree

              from Chicago

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              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 (Black):

              Had the V1 and like this one even more.

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              4.0

              Hopefully an improvement over the V1

              By LKBethesda

              from Bethesda, MD

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              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 (Black):

              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.

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              5.0

              Amazed at the results

              By Bob

              from Punta Gorda, FL

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              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 (Black):

              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.

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              • 8
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              • No

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              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 (Black):

              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
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              • No

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              5.0

              Nikon 1 V2 Digital Camera (White)

              By Fred

              from Lyon France

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              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
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                • No

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                5.0

                great camera

                By Bill

                from St. George, Utah

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                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 (Black):

                  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
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                  • No

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                  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 (Black):

                  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
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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Nikon 1 V2 Almost there

                  By rocketdog42

                  from somerville, ma

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                  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 (Black):

                  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)

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                  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?:
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                    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 (Black):

                    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.

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                    5.0

                    Prompt Shipping, Excellent Camera

                    By Bill

                    from Mesa, AZ

                    Verified Buyer

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

                    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.

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                    3.0

                    Better but.....

                    By Art

                    from Hawaii

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

                    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.

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