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Nikon announces 1 V2 - a more photographer-friendly, 14MP 1 series camera

By dpreview staff on Oct 24, 2012 at 04:01 GMT

Nikon has launched the 1 V2 - a more enthusiast-focused 1-series camera built around a 14MP sensor. The V2 adds a built-in flash and mode dial and more extensive front grip. It can shoot at up to 15 frames per second in combination with its hybrid AF system. It also has a configurable 'F' button to give faster access to key camera settings. The V2 uses a processor that lives up to the latest Expeed 3A billing. It also retains the V1's original list price of $899 with 10-30mm kit zoom. Nikon has also announced an accessory SB-N7 bounce-able Speedlight for the 1 System. The V2 will be available from late November, with the SB-N7 following in January 2013.

The camera's Motion Snapshot mode has been enhanced - now capturing 1.6 seconds of footage and playing it back over a 4 second period (rather than 2.5 seconds) - you also gain control over when the final still is taken during the movie, can select the background music after the clip's been shot and, most positively, can export the completed movie, still and music as a MOV file straight from the camera.

There's also a clever 'Slow View' mode that buffers 40 frames in a 1.33 second period when you half-press the shutter, then replays them on the screen at 1/5th speed, giving you a bit more time to grab 'the moment.'

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Press Release:

STRIKING THE BALANCE OF PORTABILITY, PERFORMANCE AND SHOOTING PREFERENCE, THE NEW NIKON 1 V2 PROVIDES USERS WITH NEW WAYS TO BE CREATIVE AND EXPRESSIVE

Nikon Continues to Enhance the Powerful Nikon 1 System with the Addition of Photographer-Friendly Features, Connectivity and Accessories

MELVILLE, N.Y. (October 24, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the revolutionary Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for the creative consumer who seeks stunning images and HD video, the V2 incorporates a myriad of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience, including a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash and the addition of a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact speedlight that offers versatile lighting possibilities for Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 V2 shooters.

The new Nikon 1 V2 is designed to be compact and delivers astoundingly rapid Autofocus (AF) and shooting response, incredible image quality, sharp Full HD video and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options. The V2 offers a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that has been engineered to allow for amazing image quality that exhibits eye-catching colors, rich hues and striking detail. The upgraded sensor combined with the blazing fast Advance Hybrid AF system allows users to shoot up to 15 frames-per-second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that allows the capturing of fast moving subjects. Other new and noteworthy features include versatile and fun shooting modes such as Best Moment Capture Mode and the new Live Image Control that lets a user preview their creative vision, pre-capture.

"The recent additions to the Nikon 1 System, including the new V2, demonstrate Nikon's dedication to delivering a camera system that meets the needs of creative and expressive consumers looking for an easy-to-use camera that is portable enough to take on any life adventure," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. "With a grip and control layout that is familiar to photographers, the V2's incredible speed, versatility, ease of use and portability can be used in various situations to shoot amazing images and sharp HD video."

Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow

The new V2 sports an enhanced design that includes a comfortable traditional grip as well as a textured camera body and thoughtfully placed mode dials. With easy access to the new top-placed Command Dial, V2 shooters will be able to make camera adjustments quickly and easily, even when framing photos in the camera's 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder. The camera also includes a new Direct Setting Control that enables quick access to settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M), so that settings can be changed without taking an eye off the electronic viewfinder or the high-resolution 921,000-dot 3.0-in LCD display. To get creative in challenging light, a built-in pop-up flash supplies extra lighting when capturing images in low-light situations or to provide a fill flash to eliminate shadows. The camera also features a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, affording the use of optional lighting and camera accessories with the Nikon 1 V2.

Though compact and portable, the new Nikon 1 V2 boasts incredible performance and features that will be easily embraced by all levels of photographers. In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera also includes the new EXPEED 3A image processing engine, both specifically designed to produce still images and HD video with stunning clarity and color. Additionally, the new EXPEED 3A has improved image-signal processing capability as well as high-speed readout.

A wide ISO range (160-6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions, while the highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with superfast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action with crisp focus, whether at a football game or dance recital. The Nikon 1 V2's 73 point AF array ensures accuracy and super precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera also provides high-speed continuous shooting with continuous Auto focusing letting users capture approximately 15 fps up to 45 frames. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames is also possible.

Get Creative with Advanced Features

The new Nikon 1 V2 offers various shooting modes and controls that will help photographers flex their creative muscle while providing new ways to be expressive in still images and HD videos. With the new top-placed Mode Dial, V2 users will be able to access the camera's Auto Mode as well as full manual controls on the fly. The camera is also equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilize to capture fleeting moments with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. A Motion Snapshot can be saved as a four second MOV file and JPEG image file separately or it can also be saved as a 10 second movie file without a separate JPEG image file, making it easy to share with others. Furthermore, Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow seamlessly within the camera.

The Nikon 1 V2 also includes Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing, in real time. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 sec). The action is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action sports and events are transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen, letting the user capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with confidence.

Additionally, original Nikon 1 features like Smart Photo Selector are still available on this new camera, and are accessible through the Best Moment Capture Mode. When using Smart Photo Selector, V2 users can capture up to 20 shots with a single press of the shutter button, and the camera will then automatically select the five best images to keep based on factors such as exposure, focus and facial recognition. The Nikon 1 V2 also includes an Advance Movie Mode that allows for the simultaneous shooting of 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same subject or scene. Slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured, plus full manual exposure controls are accessible while in Advance Movie Mode.

Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR and the innovative Live Image Control allow users even more ways to customize their photos. Live Image Control gives users the ability to see end-result images before capture by incorporating effects of various camera settings on a scene. With Live Image Control, real time adjustments to motion control, brightness control, Active D-Lighting and background focus are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder prior to capture to help ensure the user's creative vision is fulfilled.

Expanding the Reach of the Nikon 1 V2: Accessories for the Nikon 1 System

The V2 is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1. When connected to the WU-1b, the camera can shoot high quality images and movies and transfer them to smart devices, making it easy to stay connected and share content wirelessly to social networks. Users of the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™2 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®3 mobile digital devices will also have the ability to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet.

Like the other Nikon 1 system cameras, V2 shooters will have access to a growing lineup of incredible 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter. These lenses and accessories will allow individuals to build a system that truly complements their creative lifestyle.

Alongside the Nikon 1 V2, the new optional SB-N7 speedlight will inspire shooters to take their creative vision to new heights with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight flash unit. When connected to the Nikon 1 accessory port of the V2, the SB-N7 will provide opportunities to explore lighting options including i-TTL support. Additionally, the flash head tilts up to 120 degrees for situations that call for bouncing the flash output. The new speedlight is easy-to-use and travel friendly, and also uses common AAA batteries. The speedlight provides a guide number of 18 meters/59 feet (at ISO 100), as well as a supplied external wide flash adapter for wider shooting coverage.

Price and Availability

The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95*. The SB-N7 speedlight will be available in January 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95*. For more information on the V2 and SB-N7 or other Nikon 1 series products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

1 The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon 1 V2. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™. For use with an Android platform smartphone (2.3 series or later) and tablet (3.0 series or later). For the iOS mobile platform, the application can be downloaded free of charge from iTunes® online store for use with iOS version 5.1 or 5.1.1.
2 Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc.
3 iPhone, iPad and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
**Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Nikon 1 V2 specifications

Price
MSRPWith 10-30mm kit zoom: $899
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3072
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3A
Image
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationUnknown
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • NEF (RAW)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points73
Lens mountNikon 1
Focal length multiplier2.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDNo
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution1,440,000
Photography features
Built-in flashYes (Pop-Up)
External flashYes (Optional SB-N7 mini speedlight )
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive15 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation-3–5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesWU-1b adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL21 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)278 g (0.61 lb / 9.81 oz)
Dimensions109 x 82 x 46 mm (4.29 x 3.23 x 1.81)
Other features
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-N100 GPS unit

Additional images

Nikon 1 V2 with speedlight SB-N7 Speedlight SB-N7
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Comments

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (Oct 24, 2012)

A bit unusual humpy design, but if the image is really that "incredible" as they say in the description, then ok. The V1 image quality was not that incredible, so hopefully they fixed it.

0 upvotes
sroute
By sroute (Oct 24, 2012)

If this is a response to NEX, my feeling is that Sony continue to sell a lot more NEX cameras. Will they sell these to existing Nikon users? Sure.

It may be spec'd well for "soccer moms" but I see more full sized APS-C DSLRs at the soccer pitch than compacts. Most soccer moms and dads (guilty) would be better off carrying something like an RX100 in their purse - at least they'd have the camera with them at the next "big" game.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
1 upvote
fastlass
By fastlass (Oct 24, 2012)

As a soccer dad, I'm amazed at how somewhere between $500-$1000 you can find almost every permutation on IQ vs portability trade off. That's pretty good for the consumer!

3 upvotes
NCummings
By NCummings (Oct 24, 2012)

It looks more like a Sony NEX system CSC than a Nikon - thats maybe no bad thing. I just wonder if Nikon have addressed the issue of the truly awful lenses supplied with the 1 series. The 10-30 and 30-110 lenses for example are particularly bad - way too much distortion and poor open aperture performance considering their price. I also wonder if the existing lens designs are up to the job of delivering 14+ mega pixel images. I had to use a Nikon F adapter with some decent Nikon/Nikkor lenses with my V1 to get satisfyingly sharp images! Now if only Nikon had bought out a fast, say f1.8 pancake lens at the same time as the new camera, we might have been looking at a good little street camera!
I cant say i agree with the comments about the new camera being ugly though, different perhaps, but not ugly.
It will be interesting to se what the new sensor is capable of delivering in terms of image quality and high ISO performance.

1 upvote
Wayne N.
By Wayne N. (Oct 24, 2012)

Wow - your V1 and CX lenses were horrible! Which is strange, because my V1 and CX lenses are amazing. I have no problem getting sharp images with the combo. In fact, you might be the first person I that I have read about who didn't think that the CX kit lenses are great.

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
6 upvotes
john m flores
By john m flores (Oct 24, 2012)

Repeat after me - 15FPS @ 14 megapickles...15FPS @ 14 megapickles.... That's a killer feature for soccer moms and dads.

5 upvotes
Octane
By Octane (Oct 24, 2012)

Actually you get 60 fps as well. No AF at that rate, though.

1 upvote
john m flores
By john m flores (Oct 24, 2012)

True, but the higher frame rates fill up the buffer quickly. The V1 will shoot 60FPS but runs out of buffer after half a second, so it's only really useful in situations where you can time the action, i.e., t-ball or a tennis serve.

I wonder if the V2 is any better in this regard. 60FPS for 3 seconds would be really nice but would also kill a hard drive pretty quickly!

1 upvote
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 24, 2012)

If there is a long buffering period after each 15FPS OR 60FPS burst, you might be better off shooting video, to avoid capturing what turns out to happen 10, instead of 3, seconds after you pushed the button.

1 upvote
john m flores
By john m flores (Oct 24, 2012)

With the V1 at least, you don't have to wait for the buffer to empty before taking the next shot. Depending upon the card used, you have from 5-10 frames instantly available after a 60FPS sequence. But remember, you are in 60FPS mode, so you eat that up in a snap unless you switch to another mode. That, plus the forced automatic shot review makes it a bit cumbersome. I've written about this when testing cards

http://whatblogisthis.blogspot.com/2012/10/oh-perils-of-modern-life.html

Looks like Nikon really listened to feedback on the V1. Let's hope they fixed these things too..

1 upvote
Nerdlinger
By Nerdlinger (Oct 24, 2012)

I'll never buy one, but really what is all the "ugly" comments about? It is not ugly, just go look at the Hasselblad Nex Lunar camera...now that is UGLY....REAL UGLY. This looks ok to me.

5 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Oct 24, 2012)

All the 'ugly' comments are because....it's ugly. Maybe you disagree but than clearly you have bad taste:)

10 upvotes
EvanO93
By EvanO93 (Oct 24, 2012)

@Clint, Do you think the camera is ugly?? I wasn't so positive after reading all seven of your comments that say the same exact thing, just wanted to septuple-check...

3 upvotes
cheddargav
By cheddargav (Oct 24, 2012)

How long can I talk about how ugly that Hasselblad is? Can I have 2 hours please.

0 upvotes
EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (Oct 25, 2012)

Nah dude, it's more than ugly. It's Gyad damned ugly.

That's what make these comments so fun, it's only once in a blue we all get to laugh at a pathetic attempt at a camera model.

It's like the camera's true purpose was only to offend the aesthetic sensibilities of the design gods and commoners alike.

0 upvotes
andreaThode
By andreaThode (Oct 24, 2012)

Nikon and Canon are really racing head to head for the last places in the mirrorless business. Well, Canon has at least two APS-C kinda mirrorless cameras out there.

This comes from a veteran NPS member, just sayin'.

1 upvote
hiplnsdrftr
By hiplnsdrftr (Oct 24, 2012)

This is really good news for Panasonic, Olympus, Sony, etc.

9 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Oct 24, 2012)

Let's see.....Nikon chose a 1" sensor for the 1 series so they can make a small camera....the only advantage to using a smaller sensor. They then make V2 a bigger camera with the same tiny sensor...I don't get it. Oh yeah...it's ugly too.

8 upvotes
JesperMP
By JesperMP (Oct 24, 2012)

Lenses, in particular tele zoom lenses will be proportionately smaller than APS-C or FF. So makes sense.

3 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Oct 24, 2012)

The lenses are actually bigger and heavier than their Olympus m43 analogues, for the sensors twice as big.

1 upvote
VivaLasVegas
By VivaLasVegas (Oct 24, 2012)

This is my second day looking at it, this is the ugliest camera ever made.

16 upvotes
Ben Tomohiku
By Ben Tomohiku (Oct 24, 2012)

Agree...

1 upvote
Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Oct 24, 2012)

Nah, the Olympus EVolt300 beats it with a stick.

I think there is very little historical memory on these boards for the forms of SLRs of the past. Think Exakta, Topcon, Contarex etc.
This actually evokes the transformer toy idiom that their focus groups indicate appeal to the man/boy photographer looking for new toys.

2 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 24, 2012)

Naw. The Sony DSC F505V wins the all-time non-beauty contest.

http://1.static.img-dpreview.com/reviews/sonydscf505v/Images/th_frontview.jpg?v=1768

Comment edited 19 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Ermac
By Ermac (Oct 24, 2012)

The only thing I don't like is the price.... I know the size is a factor but when $500 buys a decent DSLR and lens with a larger sensor in a fairly compact body, who's going to go for this?

Call me when this costs $200.

1 upvote
fotokeena
By fotokeena (Oct 26, 2012)

"Call me when this costs $200."
and your phone number is?

Comment edited 30 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Oct 24, 2012)

The moaners are pretty predictable, but I think they miss the point.

Amazing best in sector AF. Very fast operation. Tiny lenses.

And IQ which is perfectly excellent for most uses, especially the use of ipads and LCD panels which so many people use these days to view their images. For such people ( and there are many ) the little Nikon is perfect.

Besides, the original 1 series has sold pretty well. This will build on that.

People carping on about wanting a bigger sensor in a Nikon mirrorless are missing the point - this camera is not for them and was never intended to be for them.

And if you tend to use an ipad to view your images, then complaining about the small sensor and IQ is pretty moot.

DOF was my only criticism of the small sensor, now ameliorated to some extent by the new fast portrait lens.

Its not a bad offering. Bravo Nikon.

Still wish it has a flip up rear LCD though, as per OMD and NEX

5 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Oct 24, 2012)

It's ugly and performance wise aimed at the soccer Mom crowd. This thing is about as inspiring as a Reliant K car.

3 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Oct 24, 2012)

Most of the photo industry revolves around serving customers who want to take pictures of their family. They want instant accurate AF, great IQ and ease of use. The Nikon delivers at best-in-class levels in all of these things.

Many users of V1's seem genuinely thrilled with the results. The V2 can only improve on this.

4 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (Oct 24, 2012)

soccer moms won't buy this...

2 upvotes
sensibill
By sensibill (Oct 24, 2012)

Using terms like 'moaning and complaining' or 'missing the point' to describe critics means you're a fanboy for the product. Underscored by 'BRAVO NIKON' and lumping this thing in with OMD and NEX (ballsy!)

It's cute you lurve Nikon so much, but don't denigrate those pointing out what they don't like about it just because some people use stuff more demanding than an ipad to look at pictures.

1 upvote
topstuff
By topstuff (Oct 24, 2012)

I'm not saying that I lurve Nikon. And I am far to old and cynical to be a fanboy of anything.

But I am saying that just because people don't "get" the 1 series does'nt meant that there are plenty of people who think it is perfect.

It may not appeal to the DPR elite, but it is a fact that there are loads of people who really only view pictures on a tablet or a screen. Fast operation to catch the image in the first place is what matters to them. In this respect, the N1 range is better than, say, the Sony NEX I own.

Nikons big mistake is not having built in WiFi with this camera. Their target market would expect it. The plug in wifi adaptor is not good enough.

3 upvotes
AnHund
By AnHund (Oct 24, 2012)

My first thought was quite ugly. My next thought was this looks a little like NEX - not that bad.

The focus system is just superior to any other mirrorless on the market and IQ may surpass the RX100 due to lower pixel density - not bad at all.

3 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Oct 24, 2012)

Superior focus system? You need to read the reviews for V1/J1 vs the competition. The AF simply s**ks in low light.

0 upvotes
AnHund
By AnHund (Oct 24, 2012)

The competition sucks more and I know from experienve that it is great even in low light. Apparently you haven't even tried one.

0 upvotes
Simon97
By Simon97 (Oct 24, 2012)

I like the new design. It has an actual grip. No more pinching a flat box between the fingers. It is proportioned that way due to the small size. It looks big, but if you have seen how small the kit zoom is, you know the camera is pretty small. Nikon listened an got the main functions out of the menu and into dials and buttons. Now you can customize!

People afraid of the smaller sensor have not seen images from raw. High ISO noise is less than 4/3rds. Less noise than some older APS-C and about a stop behind the current APS-C sensors. Of course, the new sensor performance remains to be tested.

Don't take my word for it. Go here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonv1j1/18 set ISO to 1600 and compare the shadow areas vs other cameras.

Finally, you will never get a kit zoom or tele lens nearly as small with 4/3rd or APS-C.

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4 upvotes
Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Oct 24, 2012)

You're comparing the old 12mp sensor to the Nikon 1 sensor. The new 16mp sensors coming from the E-M5 and E-PL5/E-PM2 is on par with the NEX-5R.

http://www.43rumors.com/what-the-heck-the-new-e-pl5-even-beats-the-new-sony-nex-5r-in-jpeg-dynamic-range/

2 upvotes
JesperMP
By JesperMP (Oct 24, 2012)

So we should wait for the reviews on Nikons new 14 Mpix sensor before we draw any conclusions.

0 upvotes
PerrimanSmythe
By PerrimanSmythe (Oct 24, 2012)

I don't think it's ugly. It's a matter of taste, anyways.
I like the video specs, and I have F-mount lenses, so I could buy this one as a fun/carry anywhere camera and also use it with my 70-300 for super-tele. I guess, it'll also work ok with VNX and CNX, am I right?
The only thing that bothers me is that sensor got more Mpix, but it's still small. The V1 sensor, based on DxO mark, was no good. Let's see what this sensor is capable of.

4 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Oct 24, 2012)

You're right...it is a matter of taste....and apparently you don't have any:)

Comment edited 12 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
StanRogers
By StanRogers (Oct 24, 2012)

It looks rather like a camera (rather than some sort of melted Dali-esque cheese dish). I'd much rather have functional than sleek; it's for taking photographs, not being photographed. If you want jewellery, get a Leica M—that'll impress people.

0 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (Oct 24, 2012)

i actually like the retro look but definitely don't like the 2020 hyper-inflation price tag with 2004 performance.............................sigh~

1 upvote
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Oct 24, 2012)

Retro look...really??? I didn't think comparing the design from something from early 2000's qualified as 'retro'...but whatever.

3 upvotes
JimSocks
By JimSocks (Oct 24, 2012)

if its around 5-600 maybe. but at 900, i'd rather get gx1 or new sony sensor pens coming out.

0 upvotes
bydloman
By bydloman (Oct 24, 2012)

- So ugly it hurts
- Small sensor for an absolutely NOT pocketable camera
- Not even cheap
- Not a single decent lens for the system ATM

Thanks but no thanks.

7 upvotes
smatty
By smatty (Oct 24, 2012)

Nikon will discount them really fast - maybe even faster than the previous "1" model...

0 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Oct 24, 2012)

What an eyesore. Not for me, but I'm sure the soccer Mom crowd will buy-in.

1 upvote
hattem
By hattem (Oct 24, 2012)

V2 (and the V1) i have seen going up and also down after a short time as an 11 yrs old during WW II.

0 upvotes
Jordan Norris
By Jordan Norris (Oct 24, 2012)

It's kind of like an NEX, but uglier.

4 upvotes
Jordan Norris
By Jordan Norris (Oct 24, 2012)

Am I sad to be heading towards leaving Nikon? Thanks for making it a clear no Nikon.

Perhaps if you put an APS-C(or FX sensor while we're at it) in smaller FE styled mirror-less body and called it the "Nikon Digital-F" rather than releasing your nikon 1 system... you may have got a little more attention.

1 upvote
abolit
By abolit (Oct 24, 2012)

ugly as hell!

6 upvotes
Jim
By Jim (Oct 24, 2012)

Agreed. The designer of the camera ought to be spanked.

2 upvotes
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Oct 24, 2012)

But it takes great images!

0 upvotes
EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (Oct 25, 2012)

Need more detail. Please tell us how u really feel ;)

0 upvotes
Liu_BR
By Liu_BR (Oct 24, 2012)

The Simpsons would say: "like you've never seen them before", so weird...

3 upvotes
ThomasH_always
By ThomasH_always (Oct 24, 2012)

I said already in the forum: Homer Simpson designs a Camera Body. I really have to wonder about Nikon... And the new battery! Even the D800/D600 use the EL15, and that is a good thing. Here the Battery-o-Mania resumes into next act and scene. I Think I will grab than the Olympus and move from CX to m43. They have lenses I would like to have...

0 upvotes
InTheMist
By InTheMist (Oct 24, 2012)

Interesting features in a camera doomed its horrible, hideously ugly exterior - and arguably the tiny sensor too.

6 upvotes
DaveCS
By DaveCS (Oct 24, 2012)

Hey Nikon,

Konica-Minolta called and they want their 2001 body design specs back . . . .

2 upvotes
Bangers and Mash
By Bangers and Mash (Oct 24, 2012)

Who put ugly all over that camera? Oh well, as they say . . . "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder".

4 upvotes
waxwaine
By waxwaine (Oct 24, 2012)

"Please, don´t buy me"
wacala!!! ;P

3 upvotes
Valentinian
By Valentinian (Oct 24, 2012)

I give credit to Nikon for having introduced the 1" sensor size. However, the question is what type of camera is best fit for this sensor?
I don't dare guessing what Nikon's trying to do.
The best type of camera I can think of for this sensor should be better than a p&s and not trying to compete with m43. Look at the LX7 and the RX100, and do better if you can.

2 upvotes
jkonrad49
By jkonrad49 (Oct 24, 2012)

Get rid of that built in flash and connector on the top and the camera could be less curious, nicer and more portable. Controlls are OK now - much more better than on V1. Maybe V3 or V4 will hit the target. Untill yet I will be happy with my V1 as small backup.

1 upvote
Alberto6674
By Alberto6674 (Oct 24, 2012)

You can say what you want about the camera's look, but the really great news is that finally Nikon understood the real problem and upgraded the kit zoom from that pedestrian f/3.5-5.6 to a much more attractive f/1.8-2.4. This by itself makes the camera and system to suddenly become relevant for photographers. Great move!

Hhmm... I'm double checking now and it seems that no, they actually didn't change the kit zoom. My bad.

2 upvotes
jkonrad49
By jkonrad49 (Oct 24, 2012)

Good joke, You are right, 1,8-2,4 would be fine :-).

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bluevaping
By bluevaping (Oct 24, 2012)

Lots of problems with 1.8 -2.4 . F-Stop range is limited, lens is bigger, problems with depth of field and sensor size (RX 100), less incentive to create fast prime with a good f-stop range. A faster lens would be great for lowlight and VR for video would nice. Nikon 1 hybrid for digital still and video. I think I would rather have the 50mm 1.8 prime with VR. But everyone has their wish list.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Oct 24, 2012)

Ok ok, so you all think it is ugly, we get it. Can we maybe add a bit more constructive criticisms than 'beaten with an ugly stick', like that is the most important thing in the world!

So my big gripe with this is the big blank space on the rear right side of the camera, with its tiny little control dial button section all cramed into a tiny speck right in the middle? If this is such a utilitarian camera (not a bad thing at all in theory) but seriously why all the wasted space? They could have had individual buttons on the back in all that blank space instead of that fiddly little rubbish. I quite like most of the layout and design, but that in particular just seems like utter garbage.

1 upvote
samhain
By samhain (Oct 24, 2012)

"Rangefinder-style"? I've never seen any rangefinder that looked ANYTHING like this camera.
Marketing fail.

5 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (Oct 24, 2012)

Uhm that is DPRs designation for cameras more or less with viewfinders. This is not from Nikon.

1 upvote
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Oct 24, 2012)

Gigantic ! Gigantic !

1 upvote
oklaphotog
By oklaphotog (Oct 24, 2012)

Some people say it's too big, but maybe it will balance better with the FT1 attached and an F mount lens... Problem is, I bet it still doesn't have C-AF with FT1 adapter. V2+70-300VR would be a killer combo, if it can perform C-AF.

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Howzer
By Howzer (Oct 24, 2012)

I had a look at the V2 today and I liked it. Compared to the V1 it is much nicer to hold and the buttons and controls are better placed. Here is a picture of the V1 next to the V2:

http://www.pbase.com/howzer/image/146917715

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Oct 24, 2012)

It looks functional.

1 upvote
cameron2
By cameron2 (Oct 24, 2012)

I does kind of look like Nikon bought up some Pentax K-01 bodies and re-labeled them...

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Oct 24, 2012)

Nikon.

Do what you do best.

Go and make some more great DSLR's...

Stop playing around with this genre.

.

2 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Oct 24, 2012)

It really must be hard to be the last one to enter an established market.

Nikon is now struggling to find a niche for itself, in a market dominated by:

* M4/3 offering the most complete system for photographers
* OM-D and NEX-7 offering weather sealing
* Fujifilm offering the best retro high end enthusiast models
* Panasonic offering the best choices with DSLR ergonomics
* Canon offering full lens compatibility with their existing lenses
* Pentax offering both the smallest (Q), and the highest IQ (K-01)
* M4/3. NEX, and NX offering the best choices for P&S users
* Panasonic and Olympus offering the widest range of lenses

So where does Nikon fit in?

In order to break into an already established market you need to do something better, something newer, or something cheaper. I don't think Nikon has done any one of these things.

They might have been better off just offering the V1 and J1 in 24 different colors, to go for the fashion conscious niche...

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Oct 24, 2012)

Canon was the last to the mirrorless ILC market, actually. The M hasn't even been sold yet.

3 upvotes
jkonrad49
By jkonrad49 (Oct 24, 2012)

Nikon 1 is the only one of all mirorrless, that is able to focus quickly, reliably and tracking the focus on moving object. Now I have V1 for the "new" price as small back up for my D700. The controlls are terrible, but AF is OK, telefoto with adapter and DSLR lenses is fun. Controlls on V2 looks OK, but that built in flash is ... unhappy :-(. Maybe Oly is the best, but crappy (with excuse OM-D5). Sony - bad lenses, Fuji bad focus, pricey, Pentax - hmmm. I hope V3 or V4 will be OK finally :-).

2 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (Oct 24, 2012)

Where does the Nikon 1 series fit in? DPR's review of the first release states "The J1 and V1 are the first mirrorless cameras that we'd be truly be confident about using to capture moving subjects, and potentially this means anything from boisterous children and pets to school sports days and weekend soccer games."

3 upvotes
Jorginho
By Jorginho (Oct 24, 2012)

So..which mirrorless does well in shooting fast action? I have a Gh2 and it does not qualify. yes, I can do BIF etc but it is notnearly as good as PDAF AF.supeerslomo is also good on the Nikon. And this ishelpfull for the scoccermums and the sports enthusiast (albeit outdoors or the moment) and BIF photographers.
NEX7 offers no weathersealing I believe (I could be wrong). GH3 does.

What does NEX have over m43s? What does any cam have over m43s? Nothing. Only a bigger sensor that does not help all that much compared to the best m43 offerings. Focus peaking? is that it? or theNEx6/7 withthe inbuilt EVF in a special place that somehw makes it ore special than the OMD?

To me, thesuperfast framrate and therather good PDAF is geared at a very clear group of users others do not address nearly as well. So i disagree with you here.

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Oct 24, 2012)

I don't know. With the introduction of the Nikon D600 and the Canon 6D, I think the landscape is completely changing. With the lower cost full frame cameras, I can see the enthusiasts gravitating towards these cameras, which means Nikon and Canon can let the cropped sensors cameras compete against the m4/3 cameras. As you say, Nikon has to do something, and I think adding in the mode dial, built-in flash and nice grip is a big step in the right direction with this model / platform as making it a serious "fun" camera.

0 upvotes
Infared
By Infared (Oct 24, 2012)

No....with pockets as deep as Nikon and ESPECIALLY Canon...you come into the market seeing the lay of the land and then you can make the mirrorless system that slays them all...with a design that has a great growth potential over time. That being said....I am not a camera company...maybe both companies know what they are doing to expand their bottom line...but one thing they are not doing is exciting enthusiast photographers. That's for sure.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Oct 25, 2012)

Infared.... you are right. Nikon and Canon COULD do that.

But Nikon hasn't done it yet.

Their MILC camera isn't better
Their MILC camera isn't cheaper
Their MILC camera doesn't offer anything new or innovative.

The question for the buyer is "why should I pay more for a Nikon that offers me no advantage over a cheaper Sony, Olympus, Panasonic or Samsung MILC camera?" And that is a very valid question.

At least the Canon EOS M has the advantage of "not having to buy new lenses" for the Canon DSLR owners. All Nikon is offering a is a smaller camera, but not as small as a Pentax Q.

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sadwitch
By sadwitch (Oct 24, 2012)

The design reminds me of Gundam somehow.

1 upvote
Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (Oct 24, 2012)

I can't decide if it looks ugly or not but based on previous comments and peer pressure, I feel compelled to add mine.

"Wow, this camera looks like it fell out of an ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down!"

2 upvotes
jimmyca1219
By jimmyca1219 (Oct 24, 2012)

I don't think this can save Nikon mirrorless system…

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Oct 24, 2012)

Just what the consumers have been asking for. A bigger camera with a smaller sensor.

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jrg
By jrg (Oct 24, 2012)

Gosh, I don't think it looks all that bad. Kind of a NEX-7 on steroids.

1 upvote
rsf3127
By rsf3127 (Oct 24, 2012)

Ugly and pricey...but AF is nice. Soccer moms will buy it.

1 upvote
harry
By harry (Oct 24, 2012)

Actually, I really like the "ugly" style of V2, a throwback to the old-time design (function over look). The ONLY one thing I don't like for now is the package of the 10-30mm kit lens. I would really like the choice of picking my own combo, 10-100mm, 32mm, etc.

2 upvotes
dstate1
By dstate1 (Oct 24, 2012)

It needs to be much, much bigger with more pointy things sticking off of it.

1 upvote
larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Oct 24, 2012)

Why do you people care so much what the camera LOOKS like? It's not a woman in a bikini for crying out loud. I swear some people's priorities are so goofed up. If it takes quality pictures & gives you an enthusiast-oriented control layout and features, I would think that would be what actually MATTERS.

I don't know how competitive it will be, I prefer the Olympus PENs to the other 1-series by a long shot, but it's nice to see Nikon waking up & realizing that the appeal of mirrorless is largely a case of "I own a DSLR & want a QUALITY smaller backup" and not just "I'm a soccer mom & want a better camera for taking pictures of my kids but I want it to be easy to use."

LRH

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Oct 24, 2012)

It matters how it looks because an ugly designed camera just isn't inspiring to use....sounds silly but it's true. This V2 might be faster, more advanced than say a Leica M9 or my XPro1, but I would never leave the house with the Nikon...just sayin'.

1 upvote
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Oct 24, 2012)

It is still a piece of ....
Nikon, just let it die and we will stop making fun of you, we promise!
And yes, I am a Nikon shooter but this thing is just bad, that tiny sensor inside makes me wanna cry when I see Nikon brand on this junk.

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Infared
By Infared (Oct 24, 2012)

Yeah..I am a Canon shooter...you think your mirrorless is bad...take a look at the "M". NOW there is a useless piece of junk!
Thank God a have an MFT KIT, too!

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AnHund
By AnHund (Oct 24, 2012)

I bet you newer tried one.

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Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Oct 24, 2012)

Please check out the print quality and this example the Nikon 1 series isn't that bad as you might think... Nikon are on to something with this concept !
http://500px.com/photo/15900837

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HubertChen
By HubertChen (Oct 24, 2012)

How does this work. One guy cries ugly and all chime in? What if the first guy had said beautiful ? I kinda like the cosmetics. Simple and elegant. I wonder why the viewfinder is still above the lens and not in the edge. This would be a more convenient placement. The rest looks like a knock off of the Sony NEX camera, which I found to be lovely when shooting ( once I got over it that it is so different then my DSLR ). What seems interesting is that some bottoms are left of the Display. Does this mean I know can use both thumbs when adjusting the camera while shooting. This would be interesting :-)

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smatty
By smatty (Oct 24, 2012)

When I first saw the photos I thought that this thimg looked ugly. I wrote my comment without reading what others had posted untill then.

I think that the camera itself would have looked much better had they not just slapped that squary flash / EVF box on top of the camera.

It looks very unproportional to me as if they did not spend any time to try to design something more pleasing looking. You were able to get away with that in the 80's but not any more today!

The camera itself may be technically good. But if I remember correctly, Nikon discounted the first version of the "1" series cameras very quickly after it hit the stores over here. And I'm not sure if discounts would even help to sell this unproportional looking thing...

So it seems like the camera looks ugly to most people on this forum :)

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Oct 24, 2012)

Hubert....we are all chiming in saying it's ugly...because it's ugly. Seriously, not that hard to comprehend. Besides, I don't know about you but I have never bowed to peer pressure, especially on the internet with people I don't even know.

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Mal_In_Oz
By Mal_In_Oz (Oct 26, 2012)

One guy didn't cry ugly. We all did. If the first guy said beautiful I would suggest a good therapist.

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rtogog
By rtogog (Oct 24, 2012)

I still don't understand why many peoples comments that this camera is less interesting compared the previous version (Nikon V1). I personally like this model than the old one.

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Jorginho
By Jorginho (Oct 24, 2012)

If the main complaint is that it is ugly, the camera itself is probably very good.

Other than that it seems like some people think that their preference is THE preference (when it comes to features).
They mainly think "If I can't use it, it IS useless!" instead of wondering "Which people would appreciate this cam?". To me, the shortcoming is not this camera but more their imagination.

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