Summary: Image quality of this mirrorless depends on what it is compared against. Its 2.7X crop-factor sensor puts it well ahead of of most fixed-lens cameras but also behind the majority of mirrorless ones, including its predecessor, the V1 Nikon 1 V1 which uses larger pixels in its 10 megapixels sensor. Still, the V2 produces clean images up to ISO 400 and usable results until ISO 6400 for small prints. Metering, color and white-balance are all quite good.
Pros: Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light, Excellent metering, Realistic image colors, Good white-balance, Usable up to ISO 6400 for small prints, Instant shutter-lag, Virtually no blackout, Fast shot-to-shot speed, Quick and responsive, Excellent EVF with Eye-Start sensor, Sharp and crisp LCD with fast refresh rate, Ultra quiet, Very solid build quality
Cons: Above average image noise for a mirrorless, General image softness, Limited dynamic range, Limited lens selection, Not, Few direct controls, Short battery-life, Proprietary hot-shoe, 1s video delay, AF and MF sounds get recorded during video, Wrong framing of video in image mode and vice-versa
Summary: There's a lot to like about the Nikon V2; a camera which sees a real marked improvement on its predecessor. Although the design might not be to everyone's taste on an aesthetic level, there's no arguing with the fact that the addition of a fully functioning mode dial on the cameras top plate, as well as an ample hand grip, both make the V2 a more enjoyable camera to shoot with.
Conclusion: Nikon has done a good job with its upgrade of the V series of compact system cameras. Although it probably still won't overtake the J series in terms of popularity, the images from it are a step up for those looking to get a little more serious with their photography, making it a good introduction to the world of CSCs.
Summary: The Nikon 1 V2 is an impressive little camera, and if you can look beyond the relatively small sensor and resolution there are some superb features. Its AF system is extremely fast in good light, and the EVF, fast shooting rate, and build and handling all add to the camera's appeal.
Image quality is also very good, and while it cannot quite match the quality of a camera with a larger sensor, it will be more than enough for enthusiast photographers, particularly if used...
Excerpt: The Nikon 1 V2 has undergone a rather radical redesign since the original V1 model was launched last year. The Nikon V2 now has a prominent handgrip, a prism-like hump that houses the new built-in flash unit and the EVF, and a completely revised control layout. It's subsequently an altogether more angular proposition than its much sleeker and more stylish predecessor.
Excerpt: This 14 megapixel compact system camera uses Nikon’s CX format sensor – larger than a standard compact but smaller than micro four thirds. It has an in-built electronic viewfinder of 1440 dots and the viewfinder screen is small, so it is very high definition. Construction and ergonomics are excellent with every important control easily to hand and, in spite of the small body form, well spaced.
Summary: Buy this camera if: - You're looking for a well-built snapshooter's camera with interchangeable lenses and HD video recording. - You want an optical viewfinder. - You have Nikkor lenses that wouldn't be out of balance on the smaller body but could provide benefits through longer effective focal lengths. Don't buy this camera if: - You require a pocketable camera (it's only pocketable without a lens). - You want full manual control over all camera functions.
Pros: You're looking for a well-built snapshooter's camera with interchangeable lenses and HD video recording., You want an optical viewfinder., You have Nikkor lenses that wouldn't be out of balance on the smaller body but could provide benefits through longer effective focal lengths. Don't buy this camera if:, You require a pocketable camera (it's only pocketable without a lens)., You want full manual control over all camera functions. Buy this camera if:, You're looking ...
Conclusion: The Nikon 1 V2 is an interesting concept. It attempts to right some of its predecessor's wrongs by adding a more traditional mode dial to the redesign, but the interior menu system still feels alien and can be a faff to navigate. What the camera really gets right is speed. Autofocus is really, really fast - it wipes the face of the Canon EOS M by a country mile - and the burst mode totally knocked our socks off.
Pros: Super-fast autofocus system, impressive burst mode, sharp images are good quality, relatively small size, dedicated mode dial, built-in electronic viewfinder
Cons: Blocky design, pricey, sensor won't match up to larger equivalents, subtle image noise visible from mid-ISO settings, layout and menus conflict with more traditional systems, EVF could be higher resolution, ghosting lag in viewfinder upon movement, no ISO 100