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Nikon1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Compact (12)
  • Large clear LCD (9)
  • Fast shutter speed (7)
  • Great resolution (7)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (11)
  • Family photos (10)
  • Wildlife (8)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile Everything-Docs need help

It was a hard decision V1 or V2. Based on looks and so many improvements, despite the higher price, I went with the V2 and am elated with the camera. The camera feels...Read complete review

It was a hard decision V1 or V2. Based on looks and so many improvements, despite the higher price, I went with the V2 and am elated with the camera. The camera feels VERY solid and stable. Every time I pick it up, there is something new to be found. 14MP pictures are awesome. The viewfinder (which only comes on when your eye is looking through it) comes in very handy especially in bright light. The oversize battery does not seem to run out of energy. There are so many creative touches to the camera, that the book does not do it justice. I shot professionally with 35mm and an RB67, and the V2 does in inexperienced hands what I could have done professionally. Sometimes the shot is a fraction too early or late. The V2 compensates and records multiple shots - play back the series and save the best one. It makes timing look awesome. The 2 lenses cover all needs from 27mm to 300mm, and the package together is lighter than a D5200 with the standard lens. Another nice feature, the filter size is 40.5mm - the same for both lens, so you can save on special effects. Storage is immense. With a 16MB card, I can get 3,200 4MP pictures.The ONLY drawback is in the documentation. I'm a visual person and reading the 236 page manual is as painful as it gets (I got to page 40 before falling asleep the first time). I wish NIKON would have made and included an instructional video explaining the functions of the camera in lieu of the book. I wrote to them, and none is planned. That is a shame because the camera can do so many things. This looks like a long term commitment - and I'm happy!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small & easy to carry

I just got this kit, so have not used it much yet. I have seen some excellent results from it on the web though. The $[$]price for the dual lens kit...Read complete review

I just got this kit, so have not used it much yet. I have seen some excellent results from it on the web though. The $[$]price for the dual lens kit is a pretty good price. The 2 best lenses for it are expensive though. But this camera and the cx 70-300 should make a good birding kit. Search flickr to see if you can be happy with the result capable. Then work to get them...

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5.0

Great camera

By RCV

from Texas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

    Bought the camera for my wife--she loves it. Easy to use with fast focus ability. She uses programed auto mode and has produced great shots on a recent trip to a bird sanctuary. Able to print 8x10 prints that are acceptable. Also purchased the adaptor and tried my 70-200 lens and got some good shots, but I will stick with my 800E-I don't mind the heavier camera but she can handle the light weight much better and shows renewed interest in photography. Battery life is good. Very easy to turn camera off because the on/off switch is easy to move accidentally. Shots with both lenses (10-30, 30-110) came out well. The instructional manual is written better than most and for those that like video instruction B&H provides a Kelby video on line as well which will get you familiar with all basic functions. A much better camera than a point & shoot, but can be used in that manner with very good results, yet providing the ability to expand into greater technique if one chooses. Considered the V3 with higher megapixel count, but the V3 has no internal flash and the zoom is electronic--my wife prefers manual zoom. A great deal while they last, but I doubt the V2 will be available much longer and at such a great price! Bought 2 more for my sons and they are having a great time with the camera. For the current good price you will get great results, but don't expect this camera to replace your high end Nikon or Canon. One word of caution--I tried using the provided CD, but locked up my computer completely. The provided book which you can download from B&H and hands-on-video are all you need.

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    5.0

    Just loving it!

    By geo

    from Stroudsburg, PA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

    I bought 2 of these, one for my daughter. We just love them!

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    3.0

    Small & easy to carry

    By Dwight with GAS

    from Austin, Texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

    I just got this kit, so have not used it much yet. I have seen some excellent results from it on the web though. The $[$]price for the dual lens kit is a pretty good price. The 2 best lenses for it are expensive though. But this camera and the cx 70-300 should make a good birding kit. Search flickr to see if you can be happy with the result capable. Then work to get them...

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great upgrade from V1

    By pe1125

    from Albuquerque

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

    Bought this to upgrade from V1 which ahs a number of annoying characteristics, worst of which is inability to turn off image review. V2 met all my expectations. Built in flash was handy over Christmas, but it sure would have been nice if it worked with Nikon CLS system.

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    5.0

    Love this camera

    By Gil

    from Atlanta, GA

    Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

    I got my camera this Christmas and have already used it so much! It works so great and I'm in love! I will never be able to use a crappy camera again! I love this camera so much.

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    5.0

    nikon v2

    By Wes

    from Las Vegas, Nv

    Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

    I love the little camera. It takes great pictures. I am really enjoying the 2.7 crop factor witht my nikon 70-200mm 2.8 vrII & the FT-1 adapter.

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    5.0

    Great way to save on lens cost. with FT1

    By GAS

    from Braselton GA

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Quick Focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

      I got this for the extra reach of the 2.7 crop factor. Using the FT1 adapter it works great with my 70-200mm VRI 2.8 and my 70-300mm VR lens to give the extra reach 540 and 810 at 14MP. If I do my part it makes great clear picture. I also have the D300 and D800, this fits well in my system. I use the view finder for all my shots for me it works well.

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      5.0

      Great camera

      By Gerry

      from Elma, NY

      Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

      Great supplement to my Nikon d7000. Controls are easy to use, the ones most often used are readily available, no searching through menus. It's small size and weight are a real treat. Very pleased with the purchase.

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      5.0

      Good Things Come in Small Packages

      By Rand

      from New York City

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Ergonomic
      • Good Imaging
      • Light
      • Small

      Cons

      • Not full frame
      • Small For Some Hands

      Best Uses

      • Need For Light Weight
      • Quiet Situations

      Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

      I got this non-SLR because I do theatre photography and must avoid the annoyance of shutter and mirror noise lest the audience rise up in anger and eject me from the house. The camera is deadly silent and certainly fits the bill for my purposes. That said, it also provides a very light yet ergonomic package for anyone who wishes to have the features of an SLR with half the size and weight. The smaller sensor is not on a par with my D-800, but the electronics seem to compensate, and the results are quite good. One probably would not want to enlarge beyond 11x14, and the handling of the camera might pose a problem for very large hands. But, all in all, the best small camera I have ever used.

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      5.0

      Great lightweight camera

      By Mel

      from Texas

      Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

      I needed a lighter set up after my D700 and lenses started adding to my back problems. I enjoy hiking, and my current equipment is just too heavy now. This little camera and the 2 lenses are perfect.
      I'm happy with the image quality, I only wish it came with a circular polorizer and extra battery. That will be my next purchase.
      It's easy to figure out where menu items are, use was easy for me.

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      5.0

      Just what we wanted.

      By Tomkat

      from Northern Kentucky

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

        Just the right size for vacation and local adventures. The 10-30mm and 30-110mm lenses offer the options we need for family, nature and creative shots. Great help from B&H. We could have purchased a full DSLR but opted for a smaller camera. Added the flash and other items to round out the complete package.

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        5.0

        A good camera! No surprises!

        By Doc Pete W

        from Curitiba, Brazil

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Build
        • Good grip
        • Great Resolution
        • Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (White):

          I bought this camera in substitution of a Nikon 1 J3, to be used in travel situations due to its reduced weight/size and the overall quality of the pictures and build of these cameras. The grip of the 1 J3 wasn't good at all and it lacked an electronic viewfinder, which were corrected in the 1 V2, and both these additions are excellent. Although I don't have a final opinion on the matter, apparently the battery life also was improved. On the other hand, the Easy Panorama function of the 1 J3, which I liked very much, was removed from the 1 V2. Recently I acquired a FT1 adapter to be used with other F Nikkor lenses I have, and it works perfectly. The manual focus could be better, though.

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          5.0

          The best in class

          By Bob The Designer

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

            This is the best digital camera I have owned. I had a Sony mirrorless and it was poorly made, the metering was meh and the touch screen hard to see into. This camera is the opposite. Solid, the best metering on auto, great live motion capture. Unbelievable video and audio.

            I use the camera for both business and pleasure and love it. The battery lasts, the resolution is amazing and the resulting color is beyond description!

            I love this camera!

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            4.0

            1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NI

            By jt

            from connecticut

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

              Great small size. Easy to travel with or just to have with you. IQ not bad given the small sensor.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Wow!

              By Grasshopper Mouse

              from La Grande, OR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (White):

                I am an amateur photographer that has learned a great deal by trial and error. I wanted a light camera with speed capable of capturing photos of our local raptors on the wing and the lightning fast moves of my niece. While many hardcore Nikon users were unimpressed by a mirrorless camera, let alone something as small as this one, a few more open minded bloggers raved about the fps speed and the film-like quality of the images. After a week or so of reading and price shopping, I decided that the price point for the fps speed was favorable (comparable fps on an SLR came at thousands of dollars more in price). I am extremely happy with my purchase. The quality of my images, ease of use, size, and NO LAG are wonderful. Great buy.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
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                5.0

                Perfect size, great quality

                By celinabg

                from Mexico

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

                  This is the perfect camera when traveling with 3 kids and want great quality photos. Ligth and very easy to handle.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Versatile Everything-Docs need help

                  By RockyP

                  from Columbia, SC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (White):

                    It was a hard decision V1 or V2. Based on looks and so many improvements, despite the higher price, I went with the V2 and am elated with the camera. The camera feels VERY solid and stable. Every time I pick it up, there is something new to be found. 14MP pictures are awesome. The viewfinder (which only comes on when your eye is looking through it) comes in very handy especially in bright light. The oversize battery does not seem to run out of energy. There are so many creative touches to the camera, that the book does not do it justice. I shot professionally with 35mm and an RB67, and the V2 does in inexperienced hands what I could have done professionally. Sometimes the shot is a fraction too early or late. The V2 compensates and records multiple shots - play back the series and save the best one. It makes timing look awesome. The 2 lenses cover all needs from 27mm to 300mm, and the package together is lighter than a D5200 with the standard lens. Another nice feature, the filter size is 40.5mm - the same for both lens, so you can save on special effects. Storage is immense. With a 16MB card, I can get 3,200 4MP pictures.The ONLY drawback is in the documentation. I'm a visual person and reading the 236 page manual is as painful as it gets (I got to page 40 before falling asleep the first time). I wish NIKON would have made and included an instructional video explaining the functions of the camera in lieu of the book. I wrote to them, and none is planned. That is a shame because the camera can do so many things. This looks like a long term commitment - and I'm happy!

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

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                    4.0

                    Terrific Update!

                    By Doug

                    from Mooresville, NC

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Lens Kit (Black):

                    Nikon's new v2 improves on the V1 in several respects, including improved controls, faster frame rate, a built-in flash and a useful grip.

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                    • No

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