Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Camera

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Key Features

  • 14.2MP CX-format CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid autofocus with contrast-detection and 73 phase-detection AF points
  • Built-in electronic viewfinder with 1.4m-dots
  • 15 frames per second continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-3200, expandable up to 6400
  • 1080 HD video
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dots
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Pop-up flash

Product Description

The Nikon 1 V2 is an enthusiast-focused 1-series camera built around a 14MP 1-inch sensor. Compared to the original V1 the V2 adds a built-in flash and mode dial and more extensive front grip. It can shoot at up to 15 frames per second in combination with its hybrid AF system, which delivers fast autofocus capable of motion tracking in favorable (i.e., bright daylight) conditions. It also has a configurable 'F' button to give faster access to key camera settings. All-round, the V2 is a much more satisfying camera than its predecessor, offering full manual control, good performance and effective ergonomics.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 4608 x 3072
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3A
Image
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 73
Lens mount Nikon 1
Focal length multiplier 2.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 1,440,000
Photography features
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-Up)
External flash Yes (Optional SB-N7 mini speedlight )
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive 15 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation -3–5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes WU-1b adapter
Remote control Yes (Optional ML-L3)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL21 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 278 g (0.61 lb / 9.81 oz)
Dimensions 109 x 82 x 46 mm (4.29 x 3.23 x 1.81)
Other features
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-N100 GPS unit

Reviews

User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Flying Kakapo, Jan 14, 2013 GMT:
    Great Little camera

    I have just spent 3 weeks in Australia and left my D700 & D90 at home and just took my Nikon 1 V2 and 10-30mm & 30-110mm lenses. I took everything from Xmas parties, Xmas lights on houses, landscapes and nature. The photographs of koalas and kangaroos at 110mm (297mm, 35mm equivalent) were sharp, the sunset photos were great although I did need to under expose by -0.3 to -0.7 to get the best of the colours. It's great to wander about with only 500gms weight instead of the 5+ kilos of the D700 ...

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  • Aleo Veuliah, Jan 3, 2013 GMT:
    Fast Review.

    The specs are good. It is a Nikon. But what impressed me was the good handling, ergonomics looking at the design don't tell how good this camera fits in your hands. Problems: None. The Price.

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  • N_Architect, May 20, 2013 GMT:
    A lovely little devil

    Purchased this camera last November in Japan. Very happy with it so far. I got the kit (lens and package) but have not used the zoom lens at all, instead bought two prime lens at the time as well (10 & 18.5mm). For the history, I have a series of cameras (compact and dSLR, plus mirrorless). Therefore any opinion expressed here comes after having tried and consistently used a range of other 'tools' as well (Canon G10, Ricoh GX100, Samsung NX10 + primes, Canon 1D / 5D II / 60D + L primes, Fuji ...

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  • Kevin Omura, Jan 2, 2014 GMT:
    1st impressions

    Much smaller than I had expected. Smaller than my V1, takes the same lenses. The control layout is quite different, I am happy that they moved the PASM dial to the top as I used to constantly hit the control when it was on the back of the camera. Also nice that is is a more standard PASM control now. The high speed motor drive settings are not what I was expecting so this is taking some tinkering. Granted I have only owned the camera for a few hours. Exposure is good, colour balance also good ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic Lenses

Can anyone advise on the following re interchangeable lenses please. Not being too familiar with the MFT world I seem to be going round in circles trying to get this worked out. I use a Nikon D300 coupled with some Nikon FX lens (and may move up to an FX camera at some stage but this is probably a long way off). In the short term I'm looking for something smaller to carry when I don't have the D300 and lenses with me. Also a lot of my photography is at historic / classic motorsport events in the UK so my current set up is ideal but a second smaller camera would be useful for 'pits and paddock' shots, i.e. without have to remove a longer lens from the D300. One option is a Nikon V1 (or rumoured V2) even allowing for its limitations. But the ability to use my Nikon lenses via its adapater is attractive; as is the relative fast autofocus tracking (e.g. as a back-up for motorsport). But before going down the V1 route I am also considering the EM-5. I realize that these are quite ...

gary396 asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

gary396 wrote: Can anyone advise on the following re interchangeable lenses please. Not being too familiar with the MFT world I seem to be going round in circles trying to get this worked out. I use a Nikon D300 coupled with some Nikon FX lens (and may move up to an FX camera at some stage but this is probably a long way off). In the short term I'm looking for something smaller to carry when I don't have the D300 and lenses with me. Also a lot of my photography is at historic / classic motorsport events in the UK so my current set up is ideal but a second smaller camera would be useful for 'pits and paddock' shots, i.e. without have to remove a longer lens from the D300. One option is a Nikon V1 (or rumoured V2) even allowing for its limitations. But the ability to use my Nikon lenses via its adapater is attractive; as is the relative fast autofocus tracking (e.g. as a back-up for motorsport). But before going down the V1 route I am also considering the EM-5. I realize that these ... Continue Reading

djbrom answered
1 year ago

Many thanks, gives me another option i.e as well as the Nikon V1 route. Need to give this some more thought. Continue Reading

gary396 answered
1 year ago

There is one lens that won't work with Olympus and that is the stereo Panasonic lens. Continue Reading

WarrenKK answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Containing a growing set of lenses and accessories?

The Nikon 1 system is not the largest in the world, so this is not a very large problem. At present, I have a J1 and five lenses, about 8 filters, battery charger, spare battery, flash card reader, spare flash card, lens pen, remote.  I'm outgrowing the little Nikon bag that is intended for one camera body and up to three lenses. What I would like is a modest amount of storage space that will hold all my gear, plus maybe a bit of extra space for a V2 body when I finally upgrade.  I'll keep the smaller bag for carrying just what I need on the road. I'm pretty new to this and so I don't know my options. Most of the things I have seen are gigantic, like foam padded suitcases intended for National Geographic photographers. I could probably home brew something with a briefcase and some foam, but I wanted to see if anyone else had this problem and solved it a bit more elegantly. Thank you!

cnicoloff asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

I've just been using this: which houses the SB-N5, spare battery, 32, 18.5, 30-110, 6.7-13, 18-200 and 85f/1.4, one of which attached to the V2. The netted front compartment is also pretty versatile and holds my lens caps, cleaning fluid, filters etc. I find this bag quite impressive, since it stays suitably sized while being padded and easier to just open and change lenses. The only downside as I've realised is that people know you shoot Nikon so I just flip the bag to brand side in. Continue Reading

Aspenz answered
1 month ago

That was a thorough and highly useful reply, I am grateful! Thank you. I will have to investigate this little miracle bag. It has been so hard to get a good idea of scale when the photos always show the bags with DSLRs and giant lenses in them. Continue Reading

cnicoloff answered
1 month ago

I always liked the Lowe Pro Mini Magnum though it appears tobe discontinued, been a while since I bought mine. Packs a lot of gear in a small space. Should be perfect for N1 kit. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/32130-REG/Lowepro_LP00503_PEF_Mini_Mag_AW_Camera.html Continue Reading

Kevin Omura answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

What would you do?

We are going on a very big vacation soon to Legoland/Sea World/San Diego Zoo.  I am planning to take my J1 with 10-30 plus the 18.5, but I am now wondering if a v2 with the 10-100 might serve me better.  Worried about bright sun and not being able to see the screen.  Also, the extra reach of the 10-100 would be nice.  Anybody have any thoughts?  I am worried  that I will pay top dollar for the v2 and then Nikon will announce the v3, sending the v2 price crashing.  When will the v2 likely be released?  Thanks for your help.

ekomorgan asked
8 months ago

ANSWERS

I want to thank those who suggested I get the V1.  It came today and I am very pleased.  I have had a J1 since February 2012 and wish I had jumped to the V1 sooner.  It feels good in the hand.  The J1 was difficult to grip and I ended up buying a Franiec grip for it.  I don't think I will need one for the V1 due to the rougher finish and ridge that is already on the body.  Loving the EVF and  didn't realize how much I missed it in the J1 until today.  I chose a J1 because of its built in flash, but ever since getting the 18.5, I didn't really use it.  My oldest son absolutely hates  flash and makes the weirdest squinting faces when I try to use it, so it ended up not being very useful to me. My only "problem" is that the V1 is black and all my lenses are white.  Looks a little funky, but for $249 I can't complain too much. Continue Reading

ekomorgan answered
8 months ago

ekomorgan wrote: We are going on a very big vacation soon to Legoland/Sea World/San Diego Zoo. I am planning to take my J1 with 10-30 plus the 18.5, but I am now wondering if a v2 with the 10-100 might serve me better. Worried about bright sun and not being able to see the screen. Also, the extra reach of the 10-100 would be nice. Anybody have any thoughts? I am worried that I will pay top dollar for the v2 and then Nikon will announce the v3, sending the v2 price crashing. When will the v2 likely be released? Thanks for your help. In today's digital world, as soon as a new model is released, the old model will definitely go on sale. It's inevitable! The only way to avoid it or to loose as little as possible is to buy an old model where the price has already hit rock bottom. But then, you might be tempted by the new features in the new model............ So, it's up to you to decide what it's worth to you rather than worrying about what might be coming out. Unless you work in Nikon ... Continue Reading

Nung answered
8 months ago

ekomorgan wrote: We are going on a very big vacation soon to Legoland/Sea World/San Diego Zoo. I am planning to take my J1 with 10-30 plus the 18.5, but I am now wondering if a v2 with the 10-100 might serve me better. Worried about bright sun and not being able to see the screen. Also, the extra reach of the 10-100 would be nice. Anybody have any thoughts? I am worried that I will pay top dollar for the v2 and then Nikon will announce the v3, sending the v2 price crashing. When will the v2 likely be released? Thanks for your help. I went to an aquarium/sea world like place a couple of weeks ago with the V2. I brought the 6.7-13mm, 18.5mm, 30-110mm. I've never been to where you are going, but if the Sea World place as an inside aquarium type area then you'll probably use the 18.5mm a lot and of course the sun won't be a factor for the LCD. The 10-30mm might be sufficient for Legoland but for animals I always find myself wanting to get closer. I was generally in the 70-110mm range, ... Continue Reading

iamthenewguy answered
8 months ago

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