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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
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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:


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

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

MSRPWith 10-30mm kit zoom: $899
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
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
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationUnknown
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • NEF (RAW)
Optics & Focus
  • 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
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
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless notesWU-1b adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3)
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
GPS notesGP-N100 GPS unit

Additional images

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Total comments: 576
Ace Disgrace
By Ace Disgrace (Oct 24, 2012)

Nikon not only getting their sensors from Sony but also some design and form factor taken from the nex system.

Nikon will not save the 1 series with this release...

By CabSav (Oct 24, 2012)

I believe that Aptina is responsible for Nikon 1 sensor.

By tzouvalos (Oct 24, 2012)

Did not anyone notice that the shape of Nikon V2 is simular to the old but superb Nikon E5700??? (just please take a look to the model and see what i am talking about)

Come on, you guys, tis camera really rocks.. And if it fits perfect in my hands, and the new sensor does quite a good job, it seems that Nikon is taking very serious the upcoming market of mirorrless. (Instead of the Big Canon - which honestly, just what the*****??? )

A complete photographic small tool, with built in flash and viewfinder. Just what i was looking for.. waiting for a review...

1 upvote
Rooru S
By Rooru S (Oct 24, 2012)

They never took the mirrorless market too serious. They were cautious to not hurt their dSLR sales that they went with a smaller than m4/3 sensor (almost everyone expected at least APS-C) and offer their cameras without a PASM dial. Canon is taking the correct path by using a bigger sensor. Now Nikon can't take this system out since they have already invested on this format. Why would anyone want this camera if we have the Rx100 with a similar sensor size?

m4/3 and aps-c is the way to go for mirrorless.

By JesperMP (Oct 24, 2012)

How many of the "ugly" posters actually use cameras to take photos ?
It may not be pretty in some peoples eyes, but that cannot be the single most important thing to say about a camera. I dont find it pretty, but really it matters little.

Apart from that, looks like Nikon seriously listened to the critique, and improved everywhere they could.
It shall be interesting to see how the new sensor performs. The sensor was the most important weakness of V1.

Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Oct 24, 2012)

I suspect not many actually USE their cameras but rather play the continuous upgrade game. It seems there are a lot of posers in dpreview. It is telling when most have no images in their galleries.

Be careful what you wish for. The v2 sample images look worse than the v1

By Gothmoth (Oct 24, 2012)

if i where you i would not talk about images jared.... or show them.

Rupert Bottomsworth
By Rupert Bottomsworth (Oct 24, 2012)

Why would anyone buy this over a Sony RX100?

By JesperMP (Oct 24, 2012)

Personlly I would get an RX100, but there are enough differences that can explain why someone would prefer V2.

Exchangable lenses vs. fixed lens.
EVF. Large grip. Fastest AF for mirrorless. 15 fps vs. 10 fps. Flash option.

1 upvote
Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Oct 24, 2012)

And with 14mp (instead of RX100 20mp) this V2 should dominate RX100 at high iso. If not = another sensor failure.

By JensR (Oct 24, 2012)

Elaka, noise at same output size is almost independent from sensor resolution. If you look at it at 100%, the pic with more MP will be also larger, so the noise appears worse (per pixel noise vs. per image noise).

1 upvote
Tahir Hashmi
By Tahir Hashmi (Oct 24, 2012)

With the choice in lenses, it would be a great complement for the RX100.

While the RX100 remains a great carry-anywhere camera, you could use the V2 with the 18.5mm f/1.8 (or 32mm f/1.2) for portrait/low-light work where RX100 falls to f/3.2 (or f/4.5).

You can also use a 16-85mm DX on it as a small and light 45-230mm tele, or a 55-300mm DX as a small and light 150-810mm super-tele.

The announced 6.7-13mm 1 Nikkor (18-35mm equiv.) will also provide ultra-wide angle coverage.

By Eleson (Oct 24, 2012)

I ask myself the same.
Some of the rationale behind the 1 system was that DSLR's are to complicated and bulky.
But does these customer want to fiddle around with a handbag full of lenses?

I'd really to here the reasoning when someone in a shop holds the RX100 in their hands and put it down to grab-and-buy this one instead.

Joel Benford
By Joel Benford (Oct 24, 2012)

It's got a viewfinder.

The autofocus is excellent (DSLR grade), the RX100 is lousy.

By Kund (Oct 24, 2012)

Good specs, but nothing better than competition.
And its too ugly.
And its too expensive.
And Its a NO GO...

By Jorginho (Oct 24, 2012)

15 fps and that with good PDAF! Nothing better? Wish I had that on my Gh2. Also: a smallish 300mm lens becomes 800 mm on this cam. M43s comes close, but it is not quite there yet, APS-c compeition results in a BEHEMOTH of a lens.

People here are so easy to bash think, debunk things etc. it is much more difficult it seems to try to look at what seems good. You know, some realsitic 9not even positive) thinking. 15 MPixel on a 1"sensor (RX100 has 20 Mpixel and does well) is sensible too it seems. Ergonomics seem far better and in spite of that it weighs the same or even less than the EPL5 which I consider, but which has a less ergonomic grip. It seems it also has good contols on it.

Of course it is not fr everybody, of course DOF is less than on m43s or APS-c, let alone FF etc. But can't people realise there are personal matters, taste, horses for courses etc? Why not maintain an open mind and see who would benefit from this cam.

By thejohnnerparty (Oct 24, 2012)

This is the funniest bunch of comments that I have every read in the DPreview forums. .... And they are all funny.

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By gpsgps (Oct 24, 2012)

Has the same designer gained their professional experience on Russian tanks?

By Deleted78792 (Oct 24, 2012)

A 1" system camera. Not for me. If I had to buy into a system, APS-C is the one I'd consider, or M43 at the minimum.

A mated lens on the 1" sensor is the way to go, like the Sony RX100. Subtracting the mount makes the camera smaller, reduces camera distance to sensor, and designing the camera for a mated lens ensures best possible IQ for the lens. The making of the 1 system is Nikon's idea to ensure continued revenue from the sale of additional lenses.

The hardware specs of the V2 look good, though. Hope the new sensor does not produce the soft and mushy images of the original. I, for one, kind of like the boxy appearance of the camera- looks to be functional and means business.

Edit- And the kit lens aperture is 3.5-5.6. Couldn't they go any dimmer?

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By cluening (Oct 24, 2012)

Nikon has launched the V2 - as a German I ask myself whether the Japanese copy cats got hold of the old plans...Fruitless attempt, somebody please tell them. ;-)

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By cokeisit (Oct 24, 2012)

It's a shame that the Japanese are leaders in the camera business and yet people still call them copycats.

By Tape5 (Oct 24, 2012)

Sony alone, with its mouth half open, will swallow the whole of The Great German contribution to all things audio-visual ever in history. While it's having a snooze.

So take it easy cluening.

By BSweeney (Oct 24, 2012)

It does not look a thing like the German V2. Poor choice of names on Nikon's part- naming them after vengeance weapons.

This camera looks like a Nikon N8008 from the late 1980s. So if you meant Nikon copying Nikon, you would be right. If you meant "Launching a V2" - most people may not get the reference.

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By cluening (Oct 24, 2012)

@BSweeney: Yeah, people might not get the historical reference and my joke.
So, cokeisit, Tape5 calm down, the dpreview statment that Nikon launched a V2 is just funny, when you know history (V2 being a missile, inventor Ex-Nazi Wernher von Braun, Moon landing, etc) and think about Japan being an ex-member of the "axis". Bad choice of words.
BTW, cokeisit, leader in anything does not necessarily mean you invented it. So, for the most part, Asia including Japan and China are just better at producing electronics, not inventing the key technologies. USA and Europe are still leading tech inventors. And Japan as well as China have a more or less strong history of being copy cats which is just the truth.
Tape5, before swallowing anything, Sony may first make some profit. Otherwise they will be history soon, bought by Volkswagen who need a car hifi sub division. (get some humor and dont take it too hard with Rover, RollsRoyce, Bentley.) ;-)

And psst. Don't mention the war, right?

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Ola Forsslund
By Ola Forsslund (Oct 24, 2012)

Still no 24 or 25 fps video!?
I'm perplexed by companies who force their broken local standard onto the rest of the world.

Sensor readout of 840MP/s is amazing, why don't they use it in their DSLRs?

By Tape5 (Oct 24, 2012)

I am sure Nikon will soon release a firmware update so a tiny box pops open on the side for a witch prop to spring out.

I will buy one if the witch can be illuminated with different light colours.

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R Thornton
By R Thornton (Oct 24, 2012)

Like Arnold said: " ugly motherf*cker!"

Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Oct 24, 2012)

The V2, Nikon's Vengeance weapon! If they can't take over the mirrorless world then they'll use this as the literal weapon of vengeance, by bashing over their competitors with this brick

By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

Why does DPR not mention the new 3 lenses they announced?

By thomas2279f (Oct 24, 2012)

Good specs and camera looks better than V1.

1 upvote
By iliasb (Oct 24, 2012)

Oh nice, a LEGO camera!!!
Great specs though.

TS Sim
By TS Sim (Oct 24, 2012)

Design not pretty, feature hit almost every spot. Hate to admit V1 wasn't that good looking neither but what a camera to use.

By InTheMist (Oct 24, 2012)

I thought they couldn't make the "1" series uglier - I was wrong. Nice specs, though and Best Moment Capture Mode is intriguing!

1 upvote
By Jun2 (Oct 24, 2012)

This master piece needs to be in pink.

By BG_CX3_DPREVIEW (Oct 24, 2012)

great, great price too...

Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 24, 2012)

I think the V2 is by far the most surpassingly beautiful production I ever laid eyes on in my whole life since I was born. Next to this dazzling masterpiece, the Venus de Milo looks like a dead goat.

What is it, a camera or something?

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By abi170845 (Oct 24, 2012)

I admit it is fugly, but if it works seamlessly while on the field, does it really matters how it looks? I would say Leica M is ugly too, it is all relative, but the most important thing is how the camera perform in the field, the less jacking around with the camera, the better the camera is, regardless how it looks.

By VivaLasVegas (Oct 24, 2012)

This is the ugliest camera ever made!

By thejohnnerparty (Oct 24, 2012)

What's your point? :-)

By pwilly (Oct 24, 2012)

Viva HATES Nikon.

By Shunda77 (Oct 24, 2012)

This is actually quite an impressive wee camera, looks similar to the NEX7 in styling. If the DX adapter wasn't so expensive I would buy one as a mega tele option.

By MirosIav (Oct 24, 2012)

Nice improvements, proper grip, but I must agree with all who say it's very ugly. The screen is too big and that's why the hump had to go up. A pity the viewfinder has not stayed in the same place as in V1...

And the price is ugly as well :).

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By nemark (Oct 24, 2012)

I think that moving EVF more to the left saves you from pushing your nose onto the camera/LCD... And greasing it whenever you use EVF.

By nemark (Oct 24, 2012)

Pity, no 1:1 aspect ratio, not articulated LCD, no center crop video ("digital zoom"), no built-in wireless control of optional flash... Otherwise promising little camera.
Center-crop video ("pixel-to-pixel" digital zoom) would add, depending on chosen video resolution, 2.4x, 3.6x, 4.3x, 7.2x "digital tele-converters" for video. Canon did it only once, for 550D giving it a VGA center-crop, and than gave up.
And yes, they need god lenses for this system, primes at first place (6/7mm UWA, better 10mm, 20/25mm and 40mm micro Nikkor....)

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By EvanO93 (Oct 24, 2012)

They just announced plans for a 6-13 UWA zoom and a 85 equiv f1.2.

So there you go.

By nemark (Oct 24, 2012)

I read about it, but 6/7mm PRIME would allow it to have larger and useful aperture at acceptable price, than a zoom... Also they lack macro lenses for the system. And, already existing 10mm needs some optical improvements.

By arhmatic (Oct 24, 2012)

just confirmed, once again, that my switch away from nikon was a good move. Thanks nikon!

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By KentbertLee (Oct 24, 2012)

oh my G...its uglyyyyy..nikonnnn what are you doinnnnnnn!

By nemark (Oct 24, 2012)

Not ugly in my eyes... Much better design than V1.

Vlad S
By Vlad S (Oct 24, 2012)

Is this also a Marc Newson design?

Alberto Tanikawa
By Alberto Tanikawa (Oct 24, 2012)

No no, Cecilia Jimenez design :D

By wong0622 (Oct 24, 2012)

The outlook just look like Sony that the new Nikon style?! Tiny sensor in tank.

By lifeispixels (Oct 24, 2012)

-_-" the number 1 and v2 on the camera are extremely distracting and ugly beyond comprehension...

By MPA1 (Oct 24, 2012)

Looking forward to the IQ tests.

It is starting to look like a small SLR now though...!

By cgarrard (Oct 24, 2012)

Oh my.

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By gl2k (Oct 24, 2012)

The V2 is everything the V1 should have been from the very beginning.
Well done Nikon and thanks for listening to your customers.

By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Oct 24, 2012)

now make it $499 price like the V1 :-) and I will be giving them my $$ ;-)

By iudex (Oct 24, 2012)

No, better make it 399 USD like the V1 was sold on Adorama.

By cluening (Oct 24, 2012)

Well, precision was always a problem with both systems. But the capacity of V2 is surely greater. Wait... you talking about the camera? ;-)

1 upvote
By armanius (Oct 24, 2012)

Oh mine ... Just when I thought the V1 was ugly, because it looked like a Tetris block ... And I though that the K01 was ugly too. The V2 is hands down the ugliest camera in the world!!

Jon Stern
By Jon Stern (Oct 24, 2012)

Worse than the Marc Newson Pentax K-01? Surely not!

By iudex (Oct 24, 2012)

I think they can shake hands. ;-)

1 upvote
By arhmatic (Oct 24, 2012)

Giving nikon a break and credit for their hard work. Not calling the camera "ugly".
How is "fugly"?

By thejohnnerparty (Oct 24, 2012)

OMG .... LOL ..... LOL .....

By tbnl (Oct 24, 2012)

Or I could stick with my real camera.

By SammyToronto (Oct 24, 2012)

I thought the Olympus OM-D hump was excessive (though the rest of that camera is a thing of beauty), but this thing takes it to a whole nother level! I guess they were looking to give it some character, but it went horribly wrong.

1 upvote
By Kodachrome200 (Oct 24, 2012)

because what the tiny sensored one series really need was to be bulkier

By jjchsg (Oct 24, 2012)

Hey, it is not really bigger than V1, it is narrower, and the main body is thinner. Overall, it is lighter than V1 as well. Need to wait until someone post a side-by-side photo.

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By Kodachrome200 (Oct 24, 2012)

looking at the shape it may not have a greater volume and it may not be heavier but it is BULKIER. just look at the finder slash flash are. no way that is less obtrusive to carry

By ogl (Oct 24, 2012)

The designer of this camera should be whipped...

By dod713n (Oct 24, 2012)

wow a really ugly camera, V1 looks much better .. and only 1 inch sensor same size as sony Rx100 which looks very sexy.

Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 24, 2012)

You can't go by external appearances. Take me for instance. I may look like a bug-eyed maniac, but I'm really hot stuff.

By HeyItsJoel (Oct 24, 2012)

Oh God. Nikon, you're trying too damn hard. Leave the compact/point&shoot game (it's a losing battle) and stick to making great optics and DSLR's. Please.

Edgar Matias
By Edgar Matias (Oct 24, 2012)

I counted 19 instances of the word "ugly" in the 54 comments posted so far.

That's 35% ugly. :-)

Not good...

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By arhmatic (Oct 24, 2012)

what about fugly?

By SirSeth (Oct 24, 2012)

Ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly. There, 40%. :)

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Joachim Gerstl
By Joachim Gerstl (Oct 24, 2012)

Nikon goes Lunar.

By BrightEyesOnFire (Oct 24, 2012)

This may be the worst camera ever

By LKJ (Oct 24, 2012)

It's probably perfectly competent as a camera.

By zakk9 (Oct 24, 2012)

Very cool design and an absolute surprise!

By imbimmer (Oct 24, 2012)

This has to be a joke ... LOL

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By Kodachrome200 (Oct 24, 2012)

if the lunar was for real i cant doubt anything anymore

Kartika Sari
By Kartika Sari (Oct 24, 2012)

they need SB hotshoe

By Mal_In_Oz (Oct 24, 2012)

It would be nice to retort "No Mr Sari, they don't need a standard hot-shoe because they have wireless flash support".

Or even "No Mr Sari a standard flash would be too big on such svelt little camera such as this".

Sadly, neither statement is true...

By fmian (Oct 24, 2012)

Glad to see Nikon has done something good with the one system, after only one generation at that. Now they just need good lenses.

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By EvanO93 (Oct 24, 2012)

Everyone whines about the V1 not having a PASM dial. The V2 has it. Everyone whines about the V1 and J1 not having any grip. The V2 has one. Everyone whines about the V1 having no built in flash. The V2 has one. Everyone complains about the SB-N5 being too weak. Nikon makes a stronger SB-N7. Everyone whines about the sensor being only 10 megapixels. The V2 sensor is 14 megapixels. They even did away with the flimsy rocker switch and put an actual dial.

Nikon listened to everyone's constant complaints , and what does everyone immediately comment on? "That camera is ugly. The battery is small."

There's no pleasing you people. So just do us all a favor and stop talking.

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By photoad (Oct 24, 2012)

All very true. The tech is improved too but this is a site for camera users and this is a high priced toy that should appeal to the enthusiast. I have (Nikon) 2 FX, 2 DX plus a J and V1. I use the CX for fast silent shooting, but the RAWS are no better than a D200, that is the big CX failure.

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Alberto Tanikawa
By Alberto Tanikawa (Oct 24, 2012)

We all see the specs are improved, and we thank Nikon for that, but can you honestly say with a straight face the camera is as pretty or well thought out as the D800 or D4? I actually liked the V1's design and simplicity, just wished the V2 had struck a better balance of design, features and ergonomics.

By EvanO93 (Oct 24, 2012)

But it is a brand new sensor. Same size, yes, but the actual performance of it remains to be seen. Nikon also announced plans for three new 1 series lenses, including a UWA zoom and an 85 equiv f1.2. The system is going in the right direction.

Also, remember that the MSRP for the V1 one lens kit at the time of its announcement was $1000, and dropped to $899 for a holiday sale (later became a permanent drop) within a month or two. Could see the same thing happen here.

Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 24, 2012)

>There's no pleasing you people. So just do us all a favor and stop talking.

Your entry hits the mark point after point. It's a draft of fresh air. I get a sick throbbing headache from all the grousing and griping that goes on around here.

Alberto Tanikawa
By Alberto Tanikawa (Oct 24, 2012)

V1s are on sale right now for $489, then add the FT1 adapter for $199, and I'd be happily shooting with my FX lenses by Xmas... interesting :)

By SirSeth (Oct 24, 2012)

As if looks don't matter. Ask Apple inc. Ask Hollywood. Sure, it might be great new technology inside. I love it when companies listen to their customers. I also don't drive a Pontiac Aztec and don't want to have to put on a blind fold when I reach for my camera.

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By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

You can get the body-only for $799.95:

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