Summary: A beautifully designed and constructed compact camera with a lens system that brings out the strengths of the compact interchangeable lens form factor. Image quality is good and it's genuinely fun to use. Travellers who want the flexibility of a dSLR without the bulk or weight should look this way.
Pros: Compact body and lens system; Image quality; Colour reproduction; Video performance; High frame rate shooting; More accessible controls.
Cons: Some fall off in focus towards corners; Some bleached highlights; Expensive.
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.
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 wi...
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: Nikon V2 review: has enough changed in the V2 to warrant an upgrade over the Nikon 1 V1? Our testing team put Nikon’s new CSC to the test. Nikon has replaced the Nikon 1 V1 with the Nikon 1 V2, an update that promises to be an evolution of the existing camera and is what Nikon hopes will attract...
Summary: The white balance system on the Nikon V2 is generally reliable, managing to produce accurate images in a variety of lighting conditions. Colours do appear a touch muted on the default settings, although the ‘Picture Control’ settings are on hand to add a boost to colour if desired.
Pros: A host of impressive features; Introduction of dedicated mode dial; Improve handling and design; Blisteringly fast AF
Cons: Poorly-designed menu system; Image quality issues; High price tag
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 c...
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.
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