Hands-on with Nikon V2

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Nikon announced two major products at this year's Photo Plus Expo tradeshow in New York - a new constant-aperture F4 70-200mm zoom for its range of DX and FX-format DSLRs, and the V2, which replaces the V1 as the flagship in Nikon's 1 System. The CX-format V2 features an all-new 14MP CMOS sensor and a built-in flash, a proper exposure mode dial (oh, happy day...) but retains the same innovative Hybrid AF system and 1.4 million-dot EVF as its predecessor.

We caught up with Nikon on the first morning of the show, and managed to get some time alone with its new high-end 1 series camera and 18.5mm F1.8 prime - the fastest lens in the system (making it equivalent to a 50mm lens in terms of field-of-view and F4.9 in terms of depth-of-field). 

Our first impressions, seeing the camera 'in the flesh' for the first time, are that it isn't as ugly as it looks in photographs. Yes, it looks like a Sony NEX with mumps. But the lumps and bumps that characterize its external design are much less objectionable when you actually pick the camera up and start using it. We know this might be controversial, but we might actually prefer how the V2 looks compared to the V1...

This view shows the V2 without a lens mounted, and its 1" (13.2 x 8.8mm) CX sensor exposed for all the world to see. Much more businesslike in appearance than the J2 and even its predecessor the V1, the V2's lumps and bumps are functional, if not terribly attractive.

The protruding grip allows for an unusually firm hold (by MILC standards) and the faux-prism hump above the lens houses an EVF and a pop-up flash. 

Another thing that isn't all that apparent from press photographs is how small the V2 is. We didn't have competitive mirrorless cameras nearby to compare it to directly, but it's about the same size as the Olympus PEN Mini, if you ignore the viewfinder hump. The view of the exposed 1-inch CX sensor, above, should give you some idea. In terms of how it feels in the hand, the V2 reminded us of a slightly miniaturized Sony NEX-7, more than anything else. The same super-thin body, similarly nice metal construction, and a deep, rubberized handgrip.

Other than the pronounced hump, the 14MP V2 is one of the smaller mirrorless ILCs. Our model has pretty dainty hands (and charming nail varnish) and as you can see from this view, the V2 isn't much of a handful, even for her. Viewed from the back, the V2 is very different to its predecessor, The control layout has been overhauled, and enthusiasts will appreciate the exposure mode dial on the top-plate, and the control dial at upper-right. 

The rear of the V2 is quite different from the V1, and actually, rather NEX-like as well. It's dominated by a large LCD screen and integrated control dial/four-way controller, but unlike many of its competitors, the V2's rear LCD screen is fixed rather than articulated. New to the V2 is the vertical strip of buttons on the left of the screen, replacing the dense cluster of control points which surround the 4-way controller on the V1.

The V1's rear-plate mode dial has been deleted completely, to be replaced by a 'proper' exposure mode dial, complete with PASM positions, which can be found on the top of the camera - exactly where an enthusiast would expect to find it. Even better than this, the V1's sharp little control toggle has also been removed, and replaced by a more traditional control dial. 

The V2 is Nikon's most DSLR-like 1 System camera yet, and features about the most generously-proportioned hand grip that we can remember seeing outside of the realm of DSLRs.   The control layout of the V2 has been completely overhauled compared to its predecessor the V1. There's an exposure mode dial on the top, and to the right, a control dial which replaces the fiddly up/down toggle on the V1.

The V2 still has a proprietary 'multi accessory port' connector, limiting flash choice to the SB-N5 or new, more powerful, bounce-able SB-N7.

With the camera held to the eye, there's no novelty. The view is the same as you'll get through the EVF on the older V1, because it's the same viewfinder. That's no bad thing though. Although not class-leading, the 1.4 million dot display (800 x 600 RGB pixels) built into the V2 is bright, contrasty and detailed. There's a diopter wheel on the left, for those of us with less than perfect eyesight. 

The model that we handled is unfinished - Nikon reps were keen to stress that it might not perform quite as well as the final shipping cameras, but we're happy to report that with the fast 18.5mm prime attached, autofocus seems extremely fast and positive, even in the poor light of a tradeshow meeting room. The bigger the aperture, the more effective the V2's Hybrid AF system (which uses fast on-sensor phase-detection in good light, falling back on contrast-detection when illumination gets low) should be, and that certainly seems to hold true for this new prime. We should have a production sample of both camera and lens soon, and look forward to doing some real-world shooting. 

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zinedi
By zinedi (Oct 26, 2012)

Tihis is ugly Sonykon with poor EVF. Another wrong step.

5 upvotes
Dougbm_2
By Dougbm_2 (Oct 26, 2012)

SonyKon. No. This has an Aptina sensor in it. Not Sony.

4 upvotes
HBowman
By HBowman (Oct 26, 2012)

Same s""t different body :P

1 upvote
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Oct 26, 2012)

you mean s" "t like your sigmas ? no i think it´s not that useless like your S" "a s" "t when the light gets low during the winter :P

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0 upvotes
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Oct 26, 2012)

what step? where?

0 upvotes
altugo
By altugo (Oct 26, 2012)

What an ugly camera! ;-(

5 upvotes
Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Oct 26, 2012)

what an ugly comment ;-)

10 upvotes
AlpCns2
By AlpCns2 (Oct 26, 2012)

Is this some kind of irrelevancy contest? We get it: the herd thinks its ugly. So what? Its a tool!

Comment edited 49 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
altugo
By altugo (Oct 26, 2012)

What about ergonomics and design? You think, a camera is only consists of technical specs?

0 upvotes
wetsleet
By wetsleet (Oct 26, 2012)

What about 'ergonomics'? Look it up. I think maybe you confused ergonomics with aesthetics.

1 upvote
George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Oct 26, 2012)

I can hardly swallow those hard edges . But it can look really cool if mounted on the silver car from the "back to the future" movie ... I do not know ..it is has 1980's disco style design ... not really classic nor modern, rather maybe mediocre ...

2 upvotes
gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Oct 26, 2012)

I liked the look of the V1 but they went from no grip at all on the V1 to this over compensated monster grip which removes any chance of making it pocketable.

Greif! something in between would be nice.

0 upvotes
JesperMP
By JesperMP (Oct 26, 2012)

Look at the pictures above with the lens attached. It is the lens that dominates, not the grip. Just like on all other mirrorless, they are not really "pocketable" when you put a lens on them.
I find the grip very good (at least from the looks of it).

2 upvotes
BG_CX3_DPREVIEW
By BG_CX3_DPREVIEW (Oct 26, 2012)

too bad the pirce tag is way too high, iwould be nr 1 in the line. For a photographer, this one simply comes close to perfection as back up.

1 upvote
highwave
By highwave (Oct 26, 2012)

You know what,

I think I want to buy this camera. I figured out a creative exclusive application for it.

I think I can scare little children with it. If paired with that new fast lens it'll be a great tool to make frightened children portraits with. It can be a new theme.

11 upvotes
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 26, 2012)

Don't forget to record the screams.

1 upvote
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 26, 2012)

Lol
Frankenstein camera
Slapped together a few parts that don't quite fit and too big. Perfect analogy!

2 upvotes
robmanueb
By robmanueb (Oct 26, 2012)

If all we have to complain about on this camera are its looks then it should be a good piece of kit.

0 upvotes
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 27, 2012)

Are you calling this tour de force a piece of kit?!

Oh, wait, kit -- yeah, that's all right then.

0 upvotes
anthony mazzeri
By anthony mazzeri (Oct 26, 2012)

In a way, I was hoping the V2 would actually be similar to the V1 because this release now kills the notion of any possible 'P1' model to use with standard Nikon speedlights and the CLS etc.

I think it's way past time the hotshoe was industry-standardized like any other accessory port such as USB HDMI audio-in etc etc.

1 upvote
kadardr
By kadardr (Oct 26, 2012)

Anybody read the specifications?
1. Slow motion action moment capture: you select image after getting 1.33 sec of action and viewed 3 times slower
2. Best moment capture: camera takes 20 shots and selects best 5
3. Advanced movie mode: you can take stills while taking hd video footage.

And I still cannot get what live image control mode is.

Just think over. This is not what you think to be. I hated V1 and thought it was phony and useless, but V2 is some serious innovation imho.

0 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Oct 26, 2012)

Many of those "serious innovation" was first seen in Casio cameras years ago, high fps, slow motion, camera pre-taking shots for you to choose. Not really new and not so serious.

It was around 2008, Casio Ex-F1 started these fast shooting innovation, 60 fps per second. Then there were many other much cheaper models from Casio since.

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5 upvotes
Apteryx6
By Apteryx6 (Oct 26, 2012)

Only the first of those (selecting a shot from 1.33 sec of video) is new. The other two you can get on the V1 (or J1).

0 upvotes
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 26, 2012)

At least it doesn't smell bad.

Right?

2 upvotes
Tom2572
By Tom2572 (Oct 26, 2012)

Meh, I'll keep my NEX-5N with 2.3 million dot EVF attachment. At least I can take the EVF off when I need to go any smaller. The pocket is the great equalizer here. Once you can no longer stuff a camera in your pocket it doesn't matter how big it is. The NEX-5N with no viewfinder and the 16mm lens can slip into my pocket. The V2 is not going into anyone's pocket.

2 upvotes
magneto shot
By magneto shot (Oct 26, 2012)

the v1/v2 image quality is no match for the NEX 5N. Sensor size sense.

0 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 26, 2012)

Why does Nikon not make a camera body smaller than M4/3 that is jeans pocketable and then some killer tiny primes then everyone would be singing their praises. Imagine a pocketable body you can slap on a slew of Nikon lenses or tiny primes in 16 Fish Eye, 24, 35, 50mm equivalent. I would buy one if they made a decent one like that. Accessory battery grip too while you are at it. Come on Nokon! Dazzle us!

1 upvote
Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Oct 26, 2012)

Somehow I don't like the looks of any of Nikon 1 system cameras....It could have been designed much better......

2 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Oct 26, 2012)

It is just a toy, not a photographic instrument.
Forget it.

2 upvotes
Dimitri Khoz
By Dimitri Khoz (Oct 26, 2012)

I like this V2.
It really resembles old-school Nikon 8400 compact camera.
Back in 2005 it offered 2/3' sized 8Mp sensor coupled with superwide 24-85mm lens which was bright even for todays standard f2.4-4.9.

New V2 has pretty much the same size and weight after attaching the lens.
And I expect IQ to be even better.
Coupled with 32mm(86mm eqiv.) f/1.2 Nikkor lens it will be a killer!

1 upvote
VivaLasVegas
By VivaLasVegas (Oct 26, 2012)

This is my third day looking at this latest release in hopes of purging my intial easthics impression. No change, it is such a fugly piece of plastic, sorry. Its getting uglier everyday I look at it.

4 upvotes
maboule123
By maboule123 (Oct 26, 2012)

Don't worry. It will pass. It's only temporary. She'll be getting attractive a week from now.
Remember the ugly girl who put out in High School?
There.

2 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 26, 2012)

Yeah, but the V2 isn't going to give me VD

1 upvote
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 26, 2012)

It'll give you V2D.

0 upvotes
russbarnes
By russbarnes (Oct 26, 2012)

Why do you personally care Viva? After all you are a self confessed silly little Canon troll and a VERY boring one at that. You don't even troll in an amusing way, you can't spell and that speaks volumes about your trailer park education. The word you were looking for is "aesthetics" :)

7 upvotes
Dougbm_2
By Dougbm_2 (Oct 26, 2012)

I think you may be deceived by the size. When you see it in real life I think it may make more sense and not appear ugly but utilitarian. A bit like an old F4 - but way smaller, This is about the size of an LX7

1 upvote
ventur
By ventur (Oct 26, 2012)

or about the same size of an Nex-6... and the nex 6 also has a better EVF, better and bigger sensor, pop up flash, tilting screen and its cheaper!

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 26, 2012)

Its still more camera than your capable of using.

1 upvote
Glen Barrington
By Glen Barrington (Oct 26, 2012)

I'm getting less and less interested in the newest cameras. WHAT do the camera manufacturers think they are doing? I still love photography, it's the cameras I hate.

1 upvote
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 26, 2012)

Then... uh... get off dpreview and go take some photos

1 upvote
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 26, 2012)

THAT'S what's going wrong with my life!! This neverending stream of kit is unhinging my mind.

Tomorrow, I'll go to Chinatown (NY) and photograph the crap out of Mott Street. I'll bring home a roast duck.

0 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 26, 2012)

Hassy will make a baby leopard skin version and charge 5k more. Buy it now! It's a steal!

7 upvotes
maboule123
By maboule123 (Oct 26, 2012)

What? Do you want me to believe that a skin leopard camera will make me a better photographer?
Are you nuts??!!
Err...Where can I send my order?
Are they going to be numbered? Special Edition?
Name engraving?

0 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 26, 2012)

Hassy seems to think that gold and other rare materials with its brand stretching or shall I say over reaching will a better camera make. Like Leica and Panny but more pimp. "My Humps" song is now stuck in my head.
Make the V1 with a vertical grip accessory where the flash is built into the accessory grip and you can have a decent cam and keep the small form or go big with a flash. It's not hard Nikon. Think outside the lumpy box!

1 upvote
magneto shot
By magneto shot (Oct 26, 2012)

nope, thats the job of Leica, a camera that will enable u to take better pictures just by owning one. inspiration counts!

0 upvotes
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Oct 26, 2012)

I think it looks pretty cool. Its far from the ugliest out there.

11 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Oct 26, 2012)

Canon EOS M is a disappointment, Nikon 1 series also a disappointment. Why they can't do the right thing with mirror-less camera for foreign market? Of course, EOS M and Nikon 1 are targeted for some of young people in domestic (Japan) market, it's obvious. While Fuji with its X series is targeting domestic market and abroad.

Canon EOS M, wrong body choice (why put S100ish body to APS sized sensor mirrorless system?)

Nikon 1 series, wrong sensor size.

Fuji, right sensor size, right body.

BTW, IMHO, the industrial design of this V2 actually not bad at all, if only it has the right sensor size (of course not Nikon 1 system, APS sized sensor is more preferable) then with the right price (700-900 USD?) should this V2 to be appealing to a much more audiences.

1 upvote
Zoltan Csuka
By Zoltan Csuka (Oct 26, 2012)

This is simply put a horrible looking mutant design. It's not even funny. The viewfinder housing looks like a screwed-on multipurpose accessory that could fall off anytime. Huge step back from V1, not even mentioning Nex 6/7.
99.9% of DPreview forum members could do better...

5 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Oct 26, 2012)

It's designed by a committee don't you get it?
The body is designed by the body committee, the hump is designed by the humping committee.
What do you expect? Coherence is not in their dictionary.

1 upvote
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 26, 2012)

Damnit. Just realized I missed my last humping committee meeting

2 upvotes
YorkM
By YorkM (Oct 26, 2012)

I am very interested in the V2 from its function and size point of view.
The design is reasonable. If you do not like this design, you have many other choices.

I am a user of EOS-5D and am looking for compact and lens interchangeable one for trip. Among the any mirrorless cameras, I expect the most speedy AF and a full size shot can be retrived from video to V2.

My only concern is the V series have manuan focus control from dial and poor line-up of lens. I hope Nikon will develop new prime lens with manual focus in lens.

1 upvote
Jun2
By Jun2 (Oct 26, 2012)

Good, nobody will steal it.

10 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 26, 2012)

So true
Built in theft deterrent
Lol!

1 upvote
highwave
By highwave (Oct 26, 2012)

But somebody might smash it to little pieces when you're not looking. It's that ugly.

1 upvote
Meanie
By Meanie (Oct 26, 2012)

I suppose it comes down to not wanting us to cross shop segment models but why couldn't they use the P7700 attractive form factor, marvelous control layout, articulated LCD, hotshoe for full size flashes with commander capability, put in the larger CX sensor, interchangeable lenses and add an optical viewfinder on the side (like a Fuji X10)? That would make for a more compelling enthusiast model and truer system capability.

2 upvotes
Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Oct 26, 2012)

I seriously cannot understand why they can't just have a standard Nikon ( ISO ) hotshoe with those contacts so we can use something like the GPS or just the SB flash .. its a failure in systematic and brand wise deployment as far as product design goes

3 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Oct 26, 2012)

Simply money.

1 upvote
lmtfa
By lmtfa (Oct 26, 2012)

I have the V1 with 10mm, 10-30mm, 30-110mm, 10-100mm, lens adapter, flash, tripod spacer, grip, hand strap and body case. The body and internals will always change. The lenses, lens adapter, flash, spacer (for the 10-100mm) remain relevant.Were there improvements? Yes.

I'm familiar with the back layout of the V1 and can navigate it in my sleep, this happens when you use the camera a lot. Function buttons on the left are nice on a dslr, V models, not. Barney likens the looks to the Pen/Nex-7. How about the OM-D, the high top hat look. Body design change, yes, not enough to trigger a sell off of V1. Placement of mode dial and exp. mode dial, yep. That's it fellow V1 owners. Not earth shattering and the selling price is about the same as the V1 when it came out. I might sell my V1 but it won't be until a V3. The lenses matter. In a year if I liked the V3 and could only sell the V1 for two hundred bucks, so be it. As long as I got use out of the camera, that's what matters.

4 upvotes
Cheezr
By Cheezr (Oct 26, 2012)

Well dpreview are any of the real annoying issues with the v1 fixed?
can you cancel the post capture preview? can you set shutter speed for auto iso?
can you modify the program line or you still stuck with blurry subjects?
are you still scrolling endlessly down the shooting menu ?

have you already forgotten your review of the V1?

0 upvotes
JJJPhoto
By JJJPhoto (Oct 26, 2012)

As a Nikon DSLR user I would have jumped on this camera ... if it used the SB-600/700/800/900 etc. flashes (and Pocket Wizards) that I already use with my Nikon gear.

It looks like Nikon still doesn't understand that serious photographers also like the idea of lightweight mirrorless system cameras. :(

6 upvotes
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Oct 26, 2012)

the trouble is it is still a bulky thing. for its censor size thes one cameras are huge

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 26, 2012)

wait a min, you think it;s to bulky (it's not), but you want to put a SB-900 on it. Riiiight.

3 upvotes
yellowstar
By yellowstar (Oct 26, 2012)

I like the v2 more so than the V1. The video specs are better. if the IQ holds and is better at high iso, I will get a V2 with some primes in 2013 The V2 look reminds me of a small canon F1 with the TTL finder or a Nikon F2.

1 upvote
CutlassCait
By CutlassCait (Oct 26, 2012)

Ugly or not I want to know how it feels in our hands and if the buttons are easy to access. More importantly how is the picture quality and IQ as well as low ISO quality.

I like it's small size however as my Nikon set up was stolen 3 years ago and I'm now back to an Olympus user I'm looking at saving the OMD EM5.

I'd like to mess with this though and miss being a card carrying Nikon shooter.

sincerely,.
Cait

0 upvotes
shanet
By shanet (Oct 26, 2012)

I have Nikon gear, and nice to see quick response on previews, but where's the reviews of other cameras? Cannon EOS-1D C? Canon EOS-1D X? etc...

In the past I though that DPreview always had a bias towards cannon, and Nikon was the underdog. But fairs fair... at least we could actually compare cameras against cameras. Many of us are now looking to other websites for comparisons.

By the way, the v2 looks ok by me.

0 upvotes
GeorgeZ
By GeorgeZ (Oct 25, 2012)

The looks wouldn't distract me if it was the camera I want but the price! Nikon will again antagonize early buyers who see the price drop more than any other camera I can remember. And it will drop just like the J/V1 did.
Nikon reasons like Microsoft/Nokia in the phone market- come late, bring controversial products and ask high prices.

0 upvotes
eNo
By eNo (Oct 25, 2012)

All these comments about the looks... here and elsewhere... now I really know for sure that people don't buy cameras to take pictures. :)

24 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Oct 26, 2012)

no kidding. Definitely a forum filled with poseur tech geeks instead of photographers.

You know what's ugly? My Toyo 8x10 view camera, or a $30,000 Leaf AFi

5 upvotes
Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (Oct 26, 2012)

Are mirrorless cameras supposed to look a certain way? Like a Sony NEX? Like a Fuji X-series? Like a Canon M-series? If they did then we would still see complaints about a lack of originality. Unlike DSLRS and compacts, this category has always had the strangest mix of designs.

1 upvote
highwave
By highwave (Oct 26, 2012)

Well,it's sort of a contradiction when a photographer has a good eye to capture images of beautiful things in life yet doesn't notice he's holding a man made abomination.

4 upvotes
precognito
By precognito (Oct 25, 2012)

I actually like the functional look. Back in my film days I depended upon standard prism Fs and F2s and thought them to be ruggedly handsome, unlike the clunky Photomic finders. I will be interested to see how well the sensor performs but even so, this probably isn't the camera for me. For a carry-around, I don't want another bag of lenses and the additional investment another system entails --I already have Canon 7 and 5Ds and L lenses for premeditated work. I'll settle for less resolution and the Panasonic FZ200's versatile lens for grabs.

0 upvotes
JonSr
By JonSr (Oct 25, 2012)

why make a toy camera look so serious. put a hello kitty outfit. neutered loser of a product that should shame any nikon badge owner.

0 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (Oct 25, 2012)

Badge? I didn't know they sold them. How much?

2 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 26, 2012)

Less than $10, depending on which one you want to buy.

However, if you want the real, Nikon brand patches they'll run you a bit more.

Heh. You may be backinthegame, but it looks like you missed that point.

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0 upvotes
hikerdoc
By hikerdoc (Oct 25, 2012)

And a new type of battery and charger?

0 upvotes
jhinkey
By jhinkey (Oct 25, 2012)

Though I don't find the V2 "attractive" or "good looking" I do find it industrial looking and reminiscent of the last generation or so of pro film cameras (like the F5).
That's OK with me as I don't really judge a camera on it's looks unless it's really out there (like it's pink or has a faux-wood grip).

This camera looks like it would be a great tool to have in my photographic tool box. Actually it looks similar to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Really it's the camera functionality and lens selection that we all should be focused on.

3 upvotes
Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 26, 2012)

I agree. I would only turn down a camera based on looks if it were festooned with live snakes.

1 upvote
rusticus
By rusticus (Oct 25, 2012)

pott ugly camera - why Nikon does not have a "F3 Body" and equipped it with modern technology?

2 upvotes
Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni
By Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni (Oct 25, 2012)

Nice Camera!
Now, where is my sports lens, Nikon? You promised one at the time of 1 system launch.

Why is Nikon limiting to 110mm? If we get something 220mm (35 mm equiv of 600mm) VR then this combination (with v2) will be good for sports. FT1 adaptor has quite a few restrictions so not suitable for moving subjects.

2 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 26, 2012)

I have a 600mm lens and it's generally far too long for sports.

0 upvotes
AstonC
By AstonC (Oct 25, 2012)

The functional but unattractive look doesn't bother me one bit. I can imagine a full day out with the V2 will be much more comfortable than all other dSLR and retro-styled mirrorless cams.

I am exciting about this V2 because it has all the improvements I hoped for my V1. So all I need to know now is how the sensor performs!! :-)

1 upvote
Tee1up
By Tee1up (Oct 25, 2012)

I can't get over how small that front lens element is. Cosmetically, I think I preferred the look of the V1. Oh yeah, and it is almost as small as the D3200 :P

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2 upvotes
Leiduowen
By Leiduowen (Oct 25, 2012)

Are you sure? http://camerasize.com/compare/#392,317

2 upvotes
zavart
By zavart (Oct 25, 2012)

Oh, and yes, it is ugly but if it manages to beat or equal Sony RX100 in terms of IQ and DR than I will definietely put it on my shortlist !

0 upvotes
JohnyP
By JohnyP (Oct 25, 2012)

I wouldn't get the hopes too high. Current Nikon 1 sensor lose out to RX100 in many parameters i don't think Nikon has had a chance to develop anything radical. Probably slightly improved and could even match RX100 but i doubt it will be noticeably better. RX100 is just hard to beat -Sony milked that sensor and came up with a well rounded camera.

0 upvotes
rjjr
By rjjr (Oct 25, 2012)

It certainly hasn't gotten any better looking...it's still ugly.

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DanCart
By DanCart (Oct 25, 2012)

Oh wow ! This camera looks gorgeous , it reminds me of the superzooms of 10 years ago ! I loved it based on its looks alone....

0 upvotes
Peanut88
By Peanut88 (Oct 25, 2012)

AMAZING ! ! !
Indeed amazing that Nikon can come out with such a ugly camera design.
I am dumbfounded indeed.

6 upvotes
Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (Oct 25, 2012)

I would not call this camera ugly, but rather curious looking.
If Nikon succeeded in good ergonomics, many users will quickly forget the looks and enjoy using the cam. After all, this is the tool meant to take photographs without being in the way or distract from the intended use. If it fits comfortably in hand, I think it will be prized for that. Just like well designed hammer or shovel.

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 25, 2012)

Soon all the technology advances this has will be in larger sensors so what are you left with? Something the same size as an APS c mirrorless but only a fraction of the sensor size. FAIL! It wont even have good resale value due to poor build quality and bad looks. What you are left with is a bridge camera to nowhere. This should be a tad larger than the Q by Pentax. This V2 is a rocket going nowhere fast but the consumer electronics recycle center. Abort Abort!!!

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JJ10
By JJ10 (Oct 25, 2012)

I am wondering if it is fitted with the adaptor and a 300 AF-S F4 lens how it will be as a birding camera? 2.7 crop factor makes it look interesting if the image quality is there. Would be a whole lot lighter for a 70 yr old to lug around and still do bird photography.

1 upvote
padoods
By padoods (Oct 25, 2012)

There are many image samples of the V1 attached to a fast nikkor telephoto lens available on the web. I would assume that the V2 would provide equal if not better image quality.

0 upvotes
zavart
By zavart (Oct 25, 2012)

Does anybody know if Nikon installed live histogram in this new V2 camera?

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roblarosa
By roblarosa (Oct 25, 2012)

FUGLY!

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SDhar
By SDhar (Oct 25, 2012)

One question - Why is it so damn ugly!!??

13 upvotes
GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (Oct 25, 2012)

This is what the V1 should have been. From initial impressions here, I really quite like this little brick.

2 upvotes
DanCart
By DanCart (Oct 25, 2012)

Yeah, this camera really looks promising...and the nice hand grip is a very welcome addition !

1 upvote
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