Nikon 1 V2 Announcement

Nikon has just announced the Nikon 1 V2, an update to the existing Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless camera that was released last year. Unlike the disappointing J2 release earlier this year that had almost no improvements over the J1 that it replaced, the V2 seems to be a much bigger upgrade. First, the camera body went through a complete rework, with a different ergonomic design of a much more serious camera. The camera grip looks similar to those found on Sony NEX series mirrorless cameras and there is now a dedicated PASM Command Mode Dial on the top of the camera. A small built-in flash is now included in the body, with an additional hot shoe that allows mounting Nikon 1 speedlights, similar to the also newly announced SB-N7 speedlight.

Nikon 1 V2

Along with the new Nikon 1 V2, Nikon also announced the future development of Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 32mm f/1.2 lenses.

Nikon 1 V2 Specifications

  1. Lens Mount: Nikon 1 mount
  2. Picture Angle: Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (Nikon CX format)
  3. Effective Pixels: 14.2 million
  4. Sensor Size: 13.2mm x 8.8mm
  5. Image Sensor Format: CX
  6. Image Sensor Type: CMOS
  7. Total Pixels: 15.13 million
  8. Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning
  9. Image Resolution: 4,608 x 3,072
  10. Supported File Formats: Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW), JPEG, NEF (RAW) + JPEG
  11. Picture Control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Selected Picture Control can be modified, User-customizable Settings
  12. Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  13. Card Slot: 1 Secure Digital (SD)
  14. Viewfinder: EVF (electronic viewfinder), 0.47-in., approx. 1440k-dot color TFT LCD viewfinder with diopter control and brightness adjustment
  15. Viewfinder Frame Coverage: 100% Approx.
  16. Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: -3 to +2 m¯¹
  17. Fastest Shutter Speed: Electronic Shutter: 1/16,000 sec., Mechanical Shutter: 1/4,000 sec.
  18. Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. with either Electronic or Mechanical Shutter
  19. Flash Sync Speed Electronic shutter: 1/60 sec., Mechanical shutter: 1/250 sec.
  20. Bulb Shutter Setting: Yes
  21. Shutter Release Modes: Single-frame mode, Continuous, Mechanical, Electronic, Electronic [Hi], Self-timer mode, Delayed remote, Quick Response Remote, Interval Timer Shooting
  22. Frame Advance Rate: Electronic [Hi]: Approx. 5, 15, 30, or 60 fps, Other modes: Up to 5 fps (single AF or manual focus, S Shutter- priority auto or M Manual exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)
  23. Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 5 frames per second 10, 15, 30 or 60 fps using Electronic (Hi) shutter
  24. Self-timer: 2, 10 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
  25. Metering Method: Matrix, Center-weighted: Meters 4.5mm circle in center of frame, Spot: Meters 2mm circle centered on select focus area
  26. Exposure Modes: Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M), Scene Auto Selector
  27. Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, Auto
  28. Shooting Modes: Still Image (3:2), Smart Photo Selector (3:2), Movie (HD 16:9), Movie Slow Motion (8:3), Motion Snapshot (16:9)
  29. Exposure Compensation: ±3 EV in increments of 1/3EV
  30. ISO Sensitivity: 160-6400
  31. Autofocus System: Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF), AF-assist illuminator
  32. AF-area mode: Single-point AF: 135 focus areas, Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas, Subject tracking, Face-priority AF
  33. Focus Modes: Auto (AF), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Full-time Servo (AF-F), Manual Focus (MF)
  34. Built-in Flash: Yes
  35. Accessory Shoe: Yes
  36. Movie File Format: MOV
  37. Movie Video Compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  38. Movie Audio recording format: AAC
  39. Movie Audio recording device: Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable, Optional external ME-1 stereo microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter)
  40. Movie HD: 1920 X 1080/60i, HD: 1920 X 1080/30p, HD: 1280 x 720/60p, Slow-motion: 640×240/400fps, Slow-motion: 320×120/1200fps, Motion Snapshot: 1920×1080/60p (plays at 24p)
  41. Monitor Size: 3.0 in. diagonal
  42. Monitor Resolution: 921,000 Dots
  43. Monitor Type: TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
  44. Battery: EN-EL21 Lithium-ion Battery
  45. Battery Life (shots per charge): 300 shots (CIPA)
  46. AC Adapter: EH-5b AC Adapter, Requires EP-5D Power Supply Connector
  47. Approx. Dimensions: Width 4.2 in. (107.8mm), Height 3.2 in. (81.6mm), Depth 1.8 in. (45.9mm)
  48. Approx. Weight: 9.8oz. (278g) camera body only
  49. Supplied Accessories: EN-EL21 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-28 Battery Charger, UC-E19 USB Cable, BS-N3000 Multi Accessory Port Cover, BF-N1000 Body Cap, AN-N1000 Strap, ViewNX 2
    Short Movie Creator CD, User’s Manual, Reference manual CD

Official Press Release

Here is the official Nikon press release for the Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera:

Striking the Balance of Portability, Performance and Shooting Preference, the New Nikon 1 V2 Provides Users with New Ways to be Creative and Expressive

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the revolutionary Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for the creative consumer who seeks stunning images and HD video, the V2 incorporates a myriad of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience, including a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash and the addition of a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact speedlight that offers versatile lighting possibilities for Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 V2 shooters.

The new Nikon 1 V2 is designed to be compact and delivers astoundingly rapid Autofocus (AF) and shooting response, incredible image quality, sharp Full HD video and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options. The V2 offers a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that has been engineered to allow for amazing image quality that exhibits eye-catching colors, rich hues and striking detail. The upgraded sensor combined with the blazing fast Advance Hybrid AF system allows users to shoot up to 15 frames-per-second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that allows the capturing of fast moving subjects. Other new and noteworthy features include versatile and fun shooting modes such as Best Moment Capture Mode and the new Live Image Control that lets a user preview their creative vision, pre-capture.

“The recent additions to the Nikon 1 System, including the new V2, demonstrate Nikon’s dedication to delivering a camera system that meets the needs of creative and expressive consumers looking for an easy-to-use camera that is portable enough to take on any life adventure,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. “With a grip and control layout that is familiar to photographers, the V2’s incredible speed, versatility, ease of use and portability can be used in various situations to shoot amazing images and sharp HD video.”

Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow

The new V2 sports an enhanced design that includes a comfortable traditional grip as well as a textured camera body and thoughtfully placed mode dials. With easy access to the new top-placed Command Dial, V2 shooters will be able to make camera adjustments quickly and easily, even when framing photos in the camera’s 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder. The camera also includes a new Direct Setting Control that enables quick access to settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M), so that settings can be changed without taking an eye off the electronic viewfinder or the high-resolution 921,000-dot 3.0-in LCD display. To get creative in challenging light, a built-in pop-up flash supplies extra lighting when capturing images in low-light situations or to provide a fill flash to eliminate shadows. The camera also features a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, affording the use of optional lighting and camera accessories with the Nikon 1 V2.

Though compact and portable, the new Nikon 1 V2 boasts incredible performance and features that will be easily embraced by all levels of photographers. In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera also includes the new EXPEED 3A image processing engine, both specifically designed to produce still images and HD video with stunning clarity and color. Additionally, the new EXPEED 3A has improved image-signal processing capability as well as high-speed readout.

A wide ISO range (160-6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions, while the highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with superfast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action with crisp focus, whether at a football game or dance recital. The Nikon 1 V2’s 73 point AF array ensures accuracy and super precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera also provides high-speed continuous shooting with continuous Auto focusing letting users capture approximately 15 fps up to 45 frames. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames is also possible.

Get Creative with Advanced Features

The new Nikon 1 V2 offers various shooting modes and controls that will help photographers flex their creative muscle while providing new ways to be expressive in still images and HD videos. With the new top-placed Mode Dial, V2 users will be able to access the camera’s Auto Mode as well as full manual controls on the fly. The camera is also equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilize to capture fleeting moments with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. A Motion Snapshot can be saved as a four second MOV file and JPEG image file separately or it can also be saved as a 10 second movie file without a separate JPEG image file, making it easy to share with others. Furthermore, Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow seamlessly within the camera.

The Nikon 1 V2 also includes Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing, in real time. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 sec). The action is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action sports and events are transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen, letting the user capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with confidence.

Additionally, original Nikon 1 features like Smart Photo Selector are still available on this new camera, and are accessible through the Best Moment Capture Mode. When using Smart Photo Selector, V2 users can capture up to 20 shots with a single press of the shutter button, and the camera will then automatically select the five best images to keep based on factors such as exposure, focus and facial recognition. The Nikon 1 V2 also includes an Advance Movie Mode that allows for the simultaneous shooting of 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same subject or scene. Slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured, plus full manual exposure controls are accessible while in Advance Movie Mode.

Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR and the innovative Live Image Control allow users even more ways to customize their photos. Live Image Control gives users the ability to see end-result images before capture by incorporating effects of various camera settings on a scene. With Live Image Control, real time adjustments to motion control, brightness control, Active D-Lighting and background focus are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder prior to capture to help ensure the user’s creative vision is fulfilled.

Expanding the Reach of the Nikon 1 V2: Accessories for the Nikon 1 System

The V2 is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1. When connected to the WU-1b, the camera can shoot high quality images and movies and transfer them to smart devices, making it easy to stay connected and share content wirelessly to social networks. Users of the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™2 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®3 mobile digital devices will also have the ability to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet.

Like the other Nikon 1 system cameras, V2 shooters will have access to a growing lineup of incredible 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter. These lenses and accessories will allow individuals to build a system that truly complements their creative lifestyle.

Alongside the Nikon 1 V2, the new optional SB-N7 speedlight will inspire shooters to take their creative vision to new heights with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight flash unit. When connected to the Nikon 1 accessory port of the V2, the SB-N7 will provide opportunities to explore lighting options including i-TTL support. Additionally, the flash head tilts up to 120 degrees for situations that call for bouncing the flash output. The new speedlight is easy-to-use and travel friendly, and also uses common AAA batteries. The speedlight provides a guide number of 18 meters/59 feet (at ISO 100), as well as a supplied external wide flash adapter for wider shooting coverage.

Price and Availability

The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95*. The SB-N7 speedlight will be available in January 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95*. For more information on the V2 and SB-N7 or other Nikon 1 series products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

A separate article comparing the Nikon 1 V1 and V2 will be posted shortly.


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Comments

  1. Am quite satisfied with the original V1 and am not about to spend another 900$ to upgrade.

    However will look carefully at the reviews of the V2 and try to keep an open mind. Peter

    • Peter, just wait for a year and you will be able to buy the V2 for half the price :)

    • 29
      ) Van

      I don’t see interval timer shooting included with the new V2. My V1 includes interval shooting, but interval must be > or = to 5 sec.

      I waited until the V1 with 10-30mm lens kit dropped to $349. And it uses the same battery and IR remote (with IR rcvrs on fron t and back) as my D600, very convenient. I will stick with my V1 for now.

  2. Thanks Nasim. Bought a V1 last week knowing this was around the corner, but it will be a testing ground in case I wish to upgrade in the future. Just annoyed the speedlight is now included as mine came yesterday! Have put a link on Nikonians to your post as usual.

    Richard

    • Richard, the speedlight is not included – it is priced separately, as expected from Nikon :) A built-in flash, on the other hand, is now included. Whenever Nikon says “optional”, it automatically means “you will have to purchase it separately” :)

      • Thanks, but I did understand that but didn’t communicate it clearly.

        Richard

  3. A great lover of Nikon yes, but sometimes I think their tech team haven’t got the brains they were born with! The current V1 uses a EN-EL15 as does the D800 and D7000. Why or why have they chosen to change the battery to a EN-EL21? New battery, new charger which should really annoy the current V1 owners upgrading who have bought spare EN-EL15 batteries, especially if they don’t own a camera that uses the current V1 battery.

    That’s really annoyed me!

    Richard

    • Richard, fully agree. I do not understand why on earth they changed the battery on the V2. The EN-EL15 was a perfectly good camera, but maybe it did not give enough juice for the new processor on the V2? I doubt it, but who knows…

      • 10
        ) Richard

        Well said. They always do it to maximise sales of new batteries I think thereby squeezing the last possible buck from the customer. Surely the V2 doesn’t consume more power than a D7000 or D800, I’d be very surprised if it did!

        Richard

    • 32
      ) Grimbot

      Hi Richard,

      Yes…not having the same battery is a bit of a pain…especially since the V2 will only do about 320 shots on a full charge.

      I just shrugged and bought a couple of extra batteries for my V2 as I really love the video capability and how well this little camera performs with the FT-1 and a telephoto lens. The $100 or so for a couple of extra batteries was not a deal breaker for me, given the capabilities of the V2. For my commercial video business this little camera is worth every penny.

  4. 4
    ) KSPGM

    seems like Nikon has been listening to its critics! This is getting to be almost exactly the camera I was hoping for as the next generation of Nikon 1. I am very satisfied with the ‘potential’ of my V1 but just felt there was a really great camera just waiting to get out of the body – this might be it – 14MPa, more accessibility to the controls – a more user friendly speedlight option for travelling light – and so on.

    I could not spot anywhere if they have impropoved the FT1 functionality. Does anyine know if they have implemented Continuous Focusing with this new model? I’m sure Nikon can do it, but were just holding back upgrade features …. a usual marketing ploy which we have all learned to accept and put up with.

    Let’s hope this new development of the Mark goes some way to denying the downsayers claim that ‘Nikon have made a big mistake’ with the CX sensor. Maybe even Nasim will grow to love this camera!

    KSPGM

    • KSPGM, this V2 sounds intriguing. I will certainly give it a try when it comes out. I was hoping for bigger resolution for slow motion stuff – I loved that feature on the V1. If only it was bigger than 320 pixels, I would seriously consider it for fast action sports like Taekwondo.

      Now here is an interesting observation – at 14 MP, the V2 has a very high pixel density. If we were to convert that over to full-frame, we would end up with a camera that has over 100 MP! I get excited about these kinds of announcements, because it shows what could potentially be in the pipeline a couple of years from now :)

      As for FT1, I seriously doubt that they have made any changes to it. I do not see any mention of that in any of the marketing materials. If they improved it, we would have probably seen it in the press release…

      I am still shopping for a good mirrorless system :) If the price is right, I might jump on the V2 later!

      • 14
        ) David B

        Good mirrorless system? Have you should with Olympus OM-D? I can’t take one out of my hands for a month since I got it. Brilliant camera

        • 16
          ) Richard

          I borrowed a friends and agree, what a terrific camera cleverly posing as my old OM4 etc.

          Richard

  5. Interesting, think I prefer the look of this version! Me thinks I’ll keep an eye on the price. Mind you – I’m well impressed with my P7100

    • 19
      ) adrian

      Nikon should have simply put all this wonderful technology and the 1″ sensor into a version of the current P7700 body. Too bad. Wonder why Nikon has no faith in their own product development. Seems like the experience level and expectations of the P7700 customer is the same as the 1 series V customer. Why not maintain some consistency here? Nikon does that so well in their DSLR line. I have always enjoyed using the current P7x00 line, especially the current P7700 model. Why does Nikon think they have to reinvent the user interface for each successive model?

      • 22
        ) Stefan

        I so much agree with you!
        P7xxx are perfect cameras, especially for second camera next to your DSLR.
        Too sad they went that way…

      • Adrian, Hi…. I agree with you. I work as a wedding photographer and have 2 x D700′s plus lenses; BUT….. when I’m ‘off duty’ and out and about, when I just want to photograph for fun – I can’t be bothered to lug all that heavy DSLR gear around with me!

        I did a lot of research then bought the P7100, just after the V series was launched in fact. I haven’t regretted buying the P7100, it packs all the features I wanted and shoots RAW. I think maybe Nikon just think it didn’t look ‘sexy’?

        I see Stefan agrees with us too.

  6. 12
    ) LanceJ

    The V1 had such promise for shooting lovely video, except that it suffered from two significant flaws. First, when panning using the VR lens, you would get a jerkiness, or “jumping” effect in the video, that is extremely annoying.

    Likewise, exposure adjustments were very abrupt and noticeable, due to the “stepping” of the aperture. That is also very distracting too.

    Otherwise, though, video from the V1 is gorgeous. If these two flaws in the V1′s video feature have been corrected in the V2′s video, I may seriously consider this camera.

    • LanceJ:

      My thoughts exactly, except you put them better than I could have.

      As the owner of a D700 and considering getting into video, this could be the camera that gets me to make a purchase. Having seen the video potential of the V1 it’s been in my mind for quite some time, but I have stayed away due to the flaws you describe.

      I don’t see an articulated LCD, which would be very useful for my purposes chasing athletes on motorbikes and trying to use interesting angles to photograph them. So I might have to keep waiting…

  7. 15
    ) Stefan

    Here is what i think about the new v2.
    I was very exited when v1 came out. Reading inspiring reviews like the one from Steve Huff, who said very nice things about the camera, i immediately bought it. Except that out looked unique, i was very disappointed from this camera. I believe you all know it’s features, so i won’t repeat what is missing or wrong with that camera.
    I do think v2 is a step up upgrade, but it still had been made without too much thought.
    The grip is welcomed, but added lot of bulkiness to the body. As Nasim said, slow motion is still at 320dpi, which makes it almost useless imo.
    The image quality of v1 was good, but not really that much more impressive than p7xxx, which i also had. Look at Sony rx100, which has quite impressive iq even in low light and in high iso. And look at it’s really portable size.
    In the same time for still smaller size, nex series manager to have excellent aps-c sensors and as it goes, we can expect ff very soon.
    Then we have cannon’s aps-c mirrorless too. E have cameras like om-d and xe-1, with outstanding quality and larger sensor. We have gh3, with probably the best video features out there.
    Where does the v2 stands in this picture?
    I think only as some kind of a family camera, no more.
    I think that the camera should be easy smaller, for the image quality it presents, or with way bigger sensor for the size it has.
    The new battery is just another stupid decision from Nikon.
    Imagine if you have a Nikon dslr. It seems Pxxxx are more suitable for a second camera, than v2 is. P7700 shares the same en-el15 battery, van use the same normal speedights, and even have fully articulated screen.
    I don’t know you, but v2 is still not my camera. And it’s not because i don’t want to…

    • 21
      ) adrian

      Unfortunately, the P7700 does not use the EN-EL15 battery. You might be thinking of the V1 which does. I do agree with you though. Nikon got it right with the P7700, adding physical controls that matter, even an articulating LCD screen for video. Why reinvent the user interface again? Simply put all that wonderful technology into a version of the P7700 and we’ll have an incredible camera!

      • 23
        ) Stefan

        yeah, my bad, V1 had it.
        But yeah – I agree with you – all I (probably many others like you) needed was the “1″ sensor and technology in P7700 body.
        I think P7xxx are very smart built cameras (I had the 7000 and 7100, but I love the changes on 7700 too).
        To me they should combine those two line-ups as high end consumer point and shoot.
        Well, that’s not the issue I guess.

  8. 17
    ) Paul

    Electronic shutter flash sync is 1/60s ?!! I thought one of the benefits of an electronic shutter was a vast improvement in sync speed (e.g., Nikon D70 syncs faster than modern bodies). What’s going on?

  9. 18
    ) Pete

    V2 is going to have a hard time competing with Sony NEXs and the like. I see the biggest flaw of this camera in its small sensor.

    Sensor surface area:
    Nikon 1 V2 = 116 mm2
    Sony NEX6 = 366 mm2

    You can put more than 3 CX sensors into 1 Sony NEX sensor.

  10. 20
    ) Art

    Thanks for all the info on Nikon’s new products. I am looking forward to your review on the V2 to see if it is really worth the money. It does look interesting and they have addressed a lot of what I disliked about the V1, but it is still appears too expensive for what you are getting in return.
    Just by looking at the press release the things that would still bother me about this camera are:
    Why a different battery? More stuff to buy and carry around.
    Still no auto exposure bracketing. I love doing HDR at times and this feature would be missed. Do not like Nikons in camera HDR.
    Still no standard hotshoe? Limits the use of flash and accessories to only 1 series flashes and accessories. More stuff to buy and carry around
    Speaking of flashes, the new flash takes AAA batteries which in one sense are great now you do not deplete the camera battery, but now I have another new type of battery to carry around since all my other flashes take AA. Couldn’t they have just put a standard hotshoe on the camera to be compatible with the AS-19 and all the other Nikon speed lights that are available? Again Nikon making your wallet thinner.
    I could live with these items missing from the camera but what I cannot live with is the price. It is great that Nikon is expanding the 1 series (in some ways better than their DX Camera System) and I think it has great potential as a small light camera system. The 1 series now replaced my Canon S95 as my small light compact camera. With a good review by you and a instant rebate campaign of about $300 or so I will be very interested in this camera.

    Regards
    Art

    • 24
      ) Art

      Loooking at the Nikon’s web site it only rates the V2′s battery for 310 shots while the V1′s battery is rated for 400 shots, so either the v2′s battery has less capacity, the V2 draws more current, or both. either way for exsisting owners of camera,s that take the EN-EL15 we now get less number of shots per charge and will have to buy at least an extra battery or two if you take more than 300 pictures without a charge. So for those that do a lot of shooting your going to have add to the price of the camera extra batteries if they are available (Does any other camera use these batteries?) which will not be cheap.

      • 25
        ) Art

        Sorry, I forgot about the built in flash: Nikon V2 310 vs V1 with flash 350, sorry not that much of a difference.

  11. 26
    ) JohnN

    Nasim,

    The Nikon 1 models to date have a few rather debilitating firmware ‘features’ – e.g. compulsory image review and no visibility of chosen Auto-ISO value before shooting. I wonder if these issues are fixed in the V2, since they haven’t been fixed with the V1.

    • 30
      ) Van

      I do not see compulsory image review with my V1, after toggling the display key, the LCD remains dark after a shot. My J1 does not act this way, I cannot turn off image review with the display key.

  12. 31
    ) Grimbot

    Hi Nasim,

    I’ve had my Nikon 1 V2 now for a couple of months and have shot over 8,400 images with it, and overall I really like this camera. It certainly cannot match my D800 for image quality, colour depth or dynamic range….but I didn’t expect it would when I bought it. As long as it is shot at ISO800 or under it is quite a capable little camera. Using the FT-1 adapter with this camera is simply wonderful for stills of birds and other wildlife. BIF…..a challenge….but for perching birds in good light it is wonderful.

    The video on this camera is very capable (which is one of the reasons I bought it). I just did a commercial video shoot for a client and used the V2 along with my D800…..shooting both at 1080 30 fps. I used the 6.7-13 and 30-110 Nikon 1 lenses with the V2 and it performed admirably. Its small, lightweight size is very handy for video. I could mount it easily on a monopod to get some ‘crane-like’ views, on my skater dolly, and with the tripod dolly I recently built. In all cases the small size and very good video quality gave me quite a bit of flexibility when doing client projects. Also, with the CX sensor the DOF characteristics of the sensor put more in focus at the same aperture as my D800. There are specific situations where this is a real plus.

    As long as video is shot at ISO800 or lower very few people could tell the difference between the output of the two cameras. The V2 is not designed for continuous video shooting and it will overheat after about 20 minutes of continuous use….so one has to bear this in mind when shooting. I have never had an overheating problem with my D800 or D7000 when shooting video.

    I know a lot of people brush the Nikon 1 V2 off because of its small sensor….but there are some advantages. With a teleconverter and telephoto lens mounted on the V2 with the FT-1 it is possible to get very acceptable shots where you really need added reach ‘on a budget’. I think of my V2 as a 2.7 teleconverter. I have been using the V2, FT-1, with my 1.7 teleconverter and 70-200 f/4 VR efov of 918mm, hand-held as low as 1/200 at f/6.7 and got very acceptable results. I’m hoping Nikon launches a new 300 mm f/4 soon. This would give me an efov of 1377mm at f/6.7 and I could still use it hand-held which is a real plus to me.

    Very decent landscape shots can be achieved with the V2 when using the 6.7-13 lens and shot at ISO160 and f/5.6…..as long as there isn’t too much contrast in the scene….since the somewhat limited dynamic range of the V2 can be an issue at times.

    This camera will never replace my D800….but it has now become my back-up video camera for the commercial work I do. My D7000, while an outstanding DX camera….is being sold next month along with my last 2 DX lenses as the combination of the D800 and V2 give me much more overall video and stills capability than the D800/D7000 combo did.

    The Nikon 1 V2 with 10-30, 30-110, 6.7-110 and 18.5 f/1.8 lenses create a flexible, lightweight ‘second camera’ set up for my video business and I love it.

    BTW….the Nikkor lenses I use with my D800 are the 16-35 f/4 VR, 70-200 f/4 VR, 105 f/2.8 micro, 28mm f/1.8 G, 50 f/1.8 G, and 85 mm f/1.8G. I’ve found this selection allows me to address just about any video situation in the field. The only thing I’m planning to add is the 300 f/4 VR if it is ever launched….and considering some kind of zoom in the 24-70/85 range. I’m looking at the 24-85 Nikkor VR and the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VR. At this point I’ve ruled out the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 as VR is very important to me for video work.

    Nasim, any thoughts about the Nikkor 24-85 VR in terms of price/value/performance with the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VR?

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