Excerpt: Straight out of the box I have to say the Nikon 1 V2 is the sexiest camera I’ve ever wrapped my mitts around. In ivory, with a finish reminiscent of a highly polished car’s enamel, the camera is a stand out. Unlike most other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC) the Nikon 1 V2 has a pronounced speed grip that is so effective it rivals even that of high end DLRs.
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: 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 ...
Excerpt: Nikon's been reinventing its 1-series of compact system camera with a whole batch of new releases of late. The Nikon 1 V2 is the top-spec model in the series which incorporates a built-in electronic viewfinder and is, on the face of it, targeted at the more enthusiast snapper. The £749 price tag would certainly suggest so.
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
Conclusion: There’s a lot to like about the Nikon V2 and it’s certainly a big improvement on the V1. The addition of an exposure mode dial on the top-plate and a comfortable handgrip both make the V2 a much more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Performance impresses too, with the V2’s 60fps burst mode and lightning-fast AF system being the obvious highlights, and well supported by a good range of shooting modes.
Pros: Good range of useful shooting features, Addition of dedicated mode dial, Improved handling and design, Blisteringly fast AF performance
Cons: Menu system still clunky, Some image quality issues, High price tag
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: Nikon hat mit der V2 das zweite Modell seiner Nikon-1- Systemkameras am Start, diesmal mit einem eingebauten Sucher und einem Aufklapp-Blitz. Der Test von PC Welt zeigt, ob die Digitalkamera auch noch auf anderen Gebieten punkten konnte.