Summary: I purchsed this camera with the specific goals that (1) it would take acceptable image quality , (2) the video would be very good, (3) it would take my existing Nikon lenses and (4) it would fit in a coat pocket. All the goals seem to have been met. I was pleasantly surprised at how tough the camera feels. It seems very robust and able to withstand the challenges of going into nature.
Summary: My back and neck hurts from years of lugging around heavy SLR/DSLR gear. The V2 looked ideal. And it was. I took it on a transatlantic cruise with multiple stops. Results were outstanding. However when I returned, my large inventory of AI/AIS lenses beckoned to me. I bought an FT-1 adapter. I used these lenses in aperture priority mode, fixed ISO. The V2 will meter and adjust shutter speed. This effectively simulates a Nikon F3.
Summary: Bought this camera because I didn't want to lug a large camera on a trip to Dublin, Ireland bought 1 V2 with 4 lens and flash and extra battery. Have a small backpack to store everything. I love the quality of the photos, they look as good as my D80 and its a lot less to lug around. I have carried it in my pocket on several trips. Just makes life much easier when traveling. I use the 1 V2 all the time.
Otherwise this is a superb camera, that I highly recommend.
3 May 2013
Summary: The reason I bought this model camera was primarily to use it with the FT-adapter and a fast tele. I happen to own a Sigma 300 f 2.8. ( 810mm f 2.8 would be a combo, that money can´t buy!) BUT to my dissatisfaction I noticed that Nikon managed to introduce a BUG! in the V2 that wasn´t there in the V1 ,that has made the use of the above lens impossible! Surprise surprise! I would be grateful for any suggestions, how to overcome this.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: First, this is camera that takes excellent photographs. The compact size and light weight are two more attributes that make this camera desirable to someone who wants flexibility without bulk. The V2 provides multiple options for capturing subjects as you imagine them turning out.