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!! :-)
marike6: Don't know why everyone is carrying on about the V2. It actually looks like a decent shooter with an ergonomic body. And it has super fast processing, a large buffer, great build quality, etc. It's not as pretty as a Fuji XE1 or X100, but few cameras are. Certainly a Pany G5 or GF5 aren't going to win any design awards either. To me the V2 looks all business. Besides I rarely take photos OF my camera but WITH them.
All dSLRs look the same and I don't think any of them could be described as good-looking!
It doesn't look too bad to me. It is certainly not good-looking but at the end of the day it looks FUNCTIONAL which is not a bad thing.
Looks like Nikon put in the main improvements asked for by many (grip, built-in flash, mode dial) and improved (hopefully) the sensor.
I am a V1 fan and am actually quite excited about the V2. The fact that many think it's ugly means its prices will fall quickly for me to buy at $500 soon? :-) every cloud has a silver lining!