Summary: It's fast to focus, and I liked the quality of pictures taken in low light, but I purchased it specifically for a vacation and it was both HEAVY and BULKY. I used a replacement cross-body strap to take some of the strain off my neck, but it's an odd shape and bounced uncomfortably on my hip and was constantly banging into things. Also, zooming must be done by rotating the barrel of the lens, so I always had to use two hands.
Summary: I'm thinking of buying *another* V1 to have forever for when my current one eventually dies. The way the V2 is, it doesn't look good for the V3, so the V1 may indeed be "the last camera" I'll ever want.
Excerpt: After buying a V1, I found that I liked the little camera more and more. I used it mostly for wildlife with a 300F4 and other long lenses with the FT1 adapter. However, I missed a built-in flash, and I wanted a PASM dial. Several egonomic and control issues have been fixed on the V2, and the built-in flash really helps. I'm using it mostly with a 10-100 lens for general travel, and with long Nikon lenses for wildlife.
Summary: For the travel photographer this is a good choice..with the caution that enlargements about 9X12 will look a bit 'thin' and grainy. While I love the new focus speed and feature for looping a group of frames in slow motion in order to select the perfect moment...this is great if you want to stop your shooting and stare into the viewfinder for awhile in this process. Great for the shooter that does not shoot fast in action settings.
Summary: It retains most of what was solid about the V1. It has added to it's pixel count, but base ISO is also boosted, so new real improvement in that department and for my shooting, that was it's biggest weakness. For a compact camera, with it's own lenses, and pretty good to excellent light, it is a solid performer.
Excerpt: Well I got my Nikon V2 from B & H this week. So I thought I would share my experience so far with it. I bought the camera with a special project in mind that I will doing later this year. The project requires a small lightweight camera that is easily held and carried without a strap, have great auto focus performance, and better image quality than a compact. I was going to do it with my V1 but the V2's improved weight and handling won me over. So what are my impressions?
Summary: To start with I do own the V1 and all the Nikon 1 lenses except for the 10-100 PD zoom. I just borrowed my friends V2 for the weekend and did some comparisons between the two to see if it would be worth upgrading to the new V2. These are only my initial impressions and only for still photography. I do not shoot video so I have no opinion on the video capabilities of this camera.
Excerpt: I own the V1 and all of the Nikon 1 lenses except for the 10-100 PD zoom. I just borrowed my friends V2 for the weekend and did some comparisons between the two to see if it would be worth upgrading. These are only my initial impressions and only for still photography. I do not shoot video so I have no opinion on the video capabilities of this camera.