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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

Total comments: 576
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Spade357
By Spade357 (Oct 24, 2012)

ugly as hell! good luck attracting new generation buyers.

4 upvotes
rjjr
By rjjr (Oct 24, 2012)

That's just ugly.

2 upvotes
MarkByland
By MarkByland (Oct 24, 2012)

It's no uglier than a NEX-7 or an OM-D. In fact, it's the hybrid of the two with a more pronounced grip. This is a nice offering to compare to the EOS-M when it arrives in stores. On that note, Nikon should offer this bundled with an AF adapter for all F Mount lenses.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
2 upvotes
Infared
By Infared (Oct 24, 2012)

DAMN that camera...That has been beaten senseless by the U.G.L.Y stick!

1 upvote
simon65
By simon65 (Oct 24, 2012)

This is without doubt the ugliest looking camera since Olympus inflicted the
AZ-330 super zoom on an unsuspecting world in 1990.

What are Nikon smoking?

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Olympus_AZ-330_Super_Zoom/Infinity_Zoom_330/IZM330_(QD)

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Infared
By Infared (Oct 24, 2012)

Had to check out that Oly....LOL!!!! you are right...the was beaten senseless with the U.G.L.Y. CLUB... repeatedly. Phew.
Nice call!
Makes the V2 look..um...beautious!

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Oct 24, 2012)

Wow.....LOL! that is uglier!

0 upvotes
itchhh
By itchhh (Oct 24, 2012)

AS of this posting the world UGLY was used 56 times across all three pages of comments. I guess it would be safe to say that this thing is ugly.

6 upvotes
Bavarian Raw Shooter
By Bavarian Raw Shooter (Oct 24, 2012)

Thanks Nikon it has a FLASH!!!! Now its a real option for me and i have to decide between the more compact J2 and the more flexible V2.
I like the Nikon 1 System - exactly filling the gap between Compact and APS-C.

1 upvote
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Oct 24, 2012)

This is really exciting news from Nikon - and a great design with better hand grip. I've just scanned over the spec and its got me thinking - I may need to upgrade from my superb V1 to this smart looking V2... For all the doubters of sensor size - well, forget it! The sensor is a quality one and can handle good sized quality prints to A3... - I know I've done it! Nikon dont need to create a APC-S mirrorless to compete with other manufacturers, the sensor is perfect...

Don't rely on the screen on the back of the camera to see how good the images are! PRINT some out! There is room for this camera and spec in the market and to my mind Nikon are playing the market the right way.

There comes a time when we all have to realise that the market is changing very fast.. Yes you can have full frame cameras - for how long? A lot of professional photographers are realising they dont need such bulky status symbols - look what I've got - gear.

Proof is in the PRINT everyone....

4 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Oct 24, 2012)

Meh.

3 upvotes
Mattoid
By Mattoid (Oct 24, 2012)

Way to big for the sensor size. They should be going for pentax q levels of compactness. Then the system might have a point.

7 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Oct 24, 2012)

at this size it should be APS-C.

1 upvote
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Oct 24, 2012)

Check the print quality of the V1 CX sensor before you make that statement...

2 upvotes
Najinsky
By Najinsky (Oct 24, 2012)

I love films about underdog racehorses. A neglected young down and out colt gradually transforming into a champion racer, while an oblivious public evolves into a frenzied fan-base of love for the dashing young pretender.

I've only ever seen one Nikon 1 in the wild. While watching a sunset over Angkor Wat at Bakheng, I stood next to a beautifully dressed Asian lady, Jimmy Choo shoes, Chanel handbag, pristine makeup and hair, a red leather lead tethering some fashionable breed of toy dog, and around her neck a baby pink Nikon J1 with matching lens. I never saw her actually use the camera.

Nikon 1 has some incredible (and incredibly useful) features, but neglects many of the essential basics. Yet it may only take a couple of revisions before heads start turning and people exclaim wow, where did that come from.

It's not there yet, but a V2 tells us Nikon aren't ready to turn this foal into glue just yet. Bring in a couple of fast lenses and who knows, maybe this horse can really run.

1 upvote
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Oct 24, 2012)

I'm hoping Nikon keeps at it. I'm spending lots of money next couple of years to finally build up my dSLR system. Additional lenses, a good flash unit and maybe a body upgrade at some point in time. But after that I'm going to be looking at getting a "fun" camera that I can use when I want to get away from the bulk of a dSLR, but still want to have some manual controls and different lenses to play with. This and the Pentax Q are the 2 platforms I'm going to keep my eye on to see how they develop. The addition of the mode dial, built-in flash, and the possible bounce flash are a big step in the right direction at getting my attention. And BTW I don't care what it looks like. Just how much "fun" I can have with it. :)

0 upvotes
Jokica
By Jokica (Oct 24, 2012)

"I find your lack of faith disturbing, this camera is not ugly! The force is strong with this one." - *Darth Vader*

1 upvote
Kim Seng
By Kim Seng (Oct 24, 2012)

Oh yes I agree with you. When V1 arrives, many say it is ugly. I bought one and the pictures taken were not ugly but really pretty. Now that V2 arrives, some say it is ugly too but I think there is quite a lot of improvement. All the the wishes comes true. I just wait to get a test drive on one.

0 upvotes
Jokica
By Jokica (Oct 24, 2012)

Credits to Nikon for the effort, great spec list! Still, waste of time and resources IMHO. By protecting their own D-SLR line, Nikon put it self into inferior position on MILC market, at least sensor size wise. Nikon 1" sensor is smaller than APC-S and m43 competitors, and equal to CyberShot RX-100. I think we will see flood of compact 1" cameras, escaping from smartphones. Nikon should rise above them, and design APC-S mirrorless to compete Sony, Canon, etc. and, of course if Sony is willing to share their sensors in MILC market witch I doubt.

Comment edited 14 minutes after posting
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Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (Oct 24, 2012)

All the evidence suggests Sony sensors are powering pretty much all of its rivals in the compact interchangeable lens market — Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and possibly even Panasonic and Leica. Only Canon has its own sensors, which lag significantly.

I think Nikon's choice of sensor size may prove prophetic in a few years when sensor technology makes the smaller sensors good enough (they're already quite good -- better than M4/3 at launch). The big issue is DoF isolation, which Sony is already doing on some compacts in *software*.

You may be right about the flood of 1" (so-called) sensor cameras, but Nikon is ahead of the rest on this one.

That said — this camera is butt ugly. Uglier than the V1 or the NEX-6.

0 upvotes
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Oct 24, 2012)

@ Tonio Loewald:
I don't see the quality of sensors improve much over the current CX sized ones (RX100, Nikon 1 series). Their efficiency (per unit area) is already at the level of sensors found in the best low light DSLR's available. Which means about a stop away from the theoretical maximum, which no sensor is going to touch with a single exposure. We've seen a barrier ever since the introduction of the D3S.
The Nikon 1 sensors could improve read noise at low ISO for better DR, the RX100 is already hitting extremely low levels there as well.

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0 upvotes
Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Oct 24, 2012)

Sorry but still a tiny sensor. Nikon is stuck with it as they got lenses to sell. I have been on full frame FX for years now and not looking back.

For some this is still a great option, just not me!

1 upvote
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Oct 24, 2012)

Check the print quality of the CX senor - please!

0 upvotes
Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Oct 24, 2012)

@Greg: Of course a small sensor. It is the heart of the whole concept.
You may enjoy lugging around your huge camera. The vast majority of buyers does not. FF is totally useless for most people. Camera makers know this.

0 upvotes
wallbreaker
By wallbreaker (Oct 24, 2012)

nice but expensive and awful design

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

Did you like the OM-D Olympus?

0 upvotes
Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Oct 24, 2012)

@Griffo:
Yes, why not? OM-D look totally different.

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

Looking at the design it's different its just what the market needs. All cameras all the same - I don't think so! Sadly I think all the sceptics of this Nikon design don't understand - probably don't want to - the qualities of this Nikon 1 concept - As an example of this quality, check this image out please... http://500px.com/photo/15900837

0 upvotes
mapgraphs
By mapgraphs (Oct 24, 2012)

Obviously the 1 V1 sold well enough for Nikon to think about upgrading the 1 line.

It's a Nikon.
It fits in your hand.
You can take photos of the kids at the soccer match.
The lenses are interchangeable.
It's a Nikon.

(You can swap out "Canon" for Nikon and get the same effect)

It isn't going to replace my e-pm1 but if it takes 14mp photos with decent glass, what's to complain about?

3 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Oct 24, 2012)

The thing is you can buy thE-PM1 for 299 USD or this "beauty" for 899 USD. Or having the NEX-6 for the same money.

0 upvotes
Wally Brooks
By Wally Brooks (Oct 24, 2012)

Does the hot shoe let me use my SB-800? if not Nex is my next purchase because my shooting requirers iTTL and pocket wizards. I can do that job with with Sony and Phottix. I think Nikon did not get the memo on mirrorless

1 upvote
smatty
By smatty (Oct 24, 2012)

This camera is not going to win a design award for sure - at least not for pretty design, unless 80's camera design is "en vogue" again now ;-)

1 upvote
michaeleclark
By michaeleclark (Oct 24, 2012)

As a V1 owner (on top of a D4 and D800), the real question for me is did they fix some of the major problems with the V1? I really do not care about the increase in gimmics they list. What I want to know is:
1. Did they fix the confounded mandatory image review following shutter release?
2. Did they fix the rotating selector button that would never stay put and resulted in poor grab-and-shoot abilities?
3. Did they fix the FT1 limitation where only center indicator AF-S and not AF-C focusing was available, and where no continuous frame release was possible?

If they addressed all of the above, maybe they have a chance. If not, there will be yet another round of disappointed Nikon fans...

1 upvote
Lift Off
By Lift Off (Oct 24, 2012)

What a waste of resources.

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

Sorry this is the future for photography small compact and a quality sensor...

1 upvote
Lift Off
By Lift Off (Oct 24, 2012)

The Sony RX-1 is the future, as it should be. Not this.

3 upvotes
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Oct 25, 2012)

Dont be so ridiculous have you seen that Sony have been downrated B++ now... Money problems more to follow and they have bought into another bottomless problem with money, Olympus, plus they haven't got the lens line up and the images need to be post processed too much! Been there and I know it... Ill stick with Nikon thanks...

0 upvotes
sfpeter
By sfpeter (Oct 24, 2012)

Huh. Well, the initial objection I had to the "1" series is the J1 didn't have an EVF, and both it and the V1 were too expensive. I've pretty much accepted mirrorless is the new "wave of the future" but can't do serious shooting without an eye level finder of some kind. There's the problem with seeing the display in bright sunlight, and it being a distraction in dim lighting--and I can judge how things will look in a real life image better than an electronic display regardless. So now......well, it's smaller than a comparable SLR, will likely cost more than the baseline DSLR models, and not perform as well. Go figure.

1 upvote
Shunda77
By Shunda77 (Oct 24, 2012)

The design is one of practical considerations over aesthetic. This is guaranteed to rile the default DPR forum poser and oh my oh my hasn't it just done the job nicely!!.

I'd prefer a practical piece of equipment over a "look at me, I'm the super photog" poser equipment any day.

Get a life, get off the internet and go and learn something worth knowing.

It may look ugly, but it looks like it would handle beautifully for a small camera, which ultimately means better pictures and a more enjoyable user experience.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
7 upvotes
larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Oct 24, 2012)

You're darn right. I do not understand people caring so much about what a camera (or phone, car either) freaking LOOKS like. As I said in my own post, it's not a woman in a bikini. Form follows FUNCTION. I could care less what it looks like, and anyone with a brain (like you) would say the same thing.

1 upvote
Tim in upstate NY
By Tim in upstate NY (Oct 24, 2012)

OMG this thing is ugly.

5 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Oct 24, 2012)

A striking departure from the initial foray of disaster models.

Nikon is quick to get back to the drawing board.

These new models look like they were well thought out and researched. They don't have a shred of design connection with the previous massacre.

.

2 upvotes
Eleson
By Eleson (Oct 24, 2012)

I see some place value in having the option to mount DSLR lenses on this little bugger.
As this sensor@14MP scales to approx 106 MP on an FF sensor, I wonder how many legacy lenses that actually can resolve this?

In other word, is backwards compatibility a pipe dream?

0 upvotes
blank_
By blank_ (Oct 24, 2012)

they go the sony way.. more bodies than lenses :)

12 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Oct 24, 2012)

Oh just get a D3200 it's cheaper and better :p

1 upvote
BelDDB
By BelDDB (Oct 24, 2012)

right

0 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Oct 24, 2012)

First of all I must say I do not mind the look of V2; I do not buy cameras because they look nice, but because they take good pictures.
But...
The V2 is as big as mirrorless competition with APS-C.
The V2 is as expensive as mirrorless competition with APS-C.
I don´t get such good pictures from 1" sensor that I get from the APS-C.
So why the he.l should I buy a V2 instead of an APS-C camera?

Comment edited 27 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Oct 24, 2012)

Just to compare the size: V1 with 10-30mm vs. Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm: http://camerasize.com/compact/#375.360,123.41,ha,t
So where is the size advantage?

1 upvote
Greynerd
By Greynerd (Oct 24, 2012)

The size of the lenses?

Edit: Parallel post with iudex: aps-c goes pear shaped with longer focal lengths.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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blank_
By blank_ (Oct 24, 2012)

not to mention that the lenses are very slow for the sensor size.

0 upvotes
Bavarian Raw Shooter
By Bavarian Raw Shooter (Oct 24, 2012)

With only the standard zoom there is not a great difference in size, but look at the telephoto range. The 30-110 is really very small and i don't think jou can produce anything similar for APS-C. A whole camera bag with 2 or 3 Nikon 1 lenses is much smaller than anything similar with the other Systems.
Sure has APS-C better image quality, but the image quality of CX is still good enough to satisfy the 90% of people which only want to view the images on the screen or put them into nice photo albums.

0 upvotes
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Oct 24, 2012)

@Bavarian Raw Shooter:
Only the mid telephoto range, simply because the NEX series doesn't have a collapsing design here yet.
On the other hand, the existing Nikon 10-100 superzoom is actually heavier and arguably larger (much larger diameter) than the black Sony 18-200.

0 upvotes
marcuz
By marcuz (Oct 24, 2012)

Should this be called "rangefinder style" mirrorless, as in the specs?
This is just yet one more tiny sensor plain mirrorless imho.

0 upvotes
Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Oct 24, 2012)

Although I don't like this system at all, it does take quite good images for the size of sensor and should allow for some fast sub f2 lenses which are optically up to par for Nikon while not being that large.

0 upvotes
marcuz
By marcuz (Oct 24, 2012)

Yeah, I cannot know that, I don't dispute it, I'm just saying, a rangefinder body isn't something you would say only of cameras with a rangefinder mechanism using parallax focusing etc?
I may be wrong, maybe in english language rangefinder style is synonym of mirrorless?

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RStyga
By RStyga (Oct 24, 2012)

And they called K-01 ugly???

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Oct 24, 2012)

Yes, and still do.

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RStyga
By RStyga (Oct 24, 2012)

No doubt... and it's as true as that Nikon advanced DSLRs are lightweight and compact....

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blank_
By blank_ (Oct 24, 2012)

wrong again in my opinion.

nikon 1 should focus on getting smaller and thinner, not bigger.
I think that 1" sensor system camera is a good concept, but it's biggest strenght is, that it can be small and cheap enough to make a lot of sense as a second compact system.

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krikman
By krikman (Oct 24, 2012)

Last year many internet users sling whole barrel of clear sh|t at Nikon:
"Nikon won't love DX users with D400"
"Nikon must go with fullframe compact"
"Nikon 1 is useless and awful system"

Today is clear what strategy lays behind Nikon moves, and as DX user I like any of possibilities with Nikon:
1. Go CX and shoot for own pleasure.
2. Stay DX if you are not a pro.
3. Go FX D600 and use f/4 zooms.
4. True Pro remains with f/2.8 and 2012' pro bodies.

Honestly I'm very impressed with any of today's solution. Few years ago quality photo was possible only with 4th direction.
So many of us amateurs spend thousands for Pro equipment as the only way. Now we have a choice of actions.

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Oct 24, 2012)

D7000 : not a pro.
D800/D4 : True Pro. TRUE! PRO! With the matching camera strap to prove it.
D600 : ???

quasi pro? sorta-pro? pro-lite? wedding photographer?

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Oct 24, 2012)

I'll be surprised if, when we see the results this can produce, the people who were writing off the CX format aren't also surprised. As someone with a substantial collection of Nikon lenses, if this had appeared a few months ago I would have bought it instead of an OMD. As for the looks... when people start treating the appearance as a major consideration it's not hard to see why companies like Leica and Hasselblad/Sony are producing the pink lizard-skin models. The pix make it look big though. I'll be interested to handle one.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Oct 24, 2012)

The V2 is smaller than you'd think !

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii301/moviemonster6/front_zps501a5605.png

Especially with a tele lens on it ;)

http://camerasize.com/compact/#317.321,123.43,ha,t

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Roman Stedronsky
By Roman Stedronsky (Oct 24, 2012)

I do not understand why so many people is crying it is ugly. For me it is not it is far away from Pentax Q and it is prettier than many interchangeable lens mirrrorless cameras.

What's more - design seems to be functional. And it matters.

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hexxthalion
By hexxthalion (Oct 24, 2012)

i must say i'm very surprised by thin. some say it's ugly as hell, but boy it looks so ergonomic, the grip, layout, really really nice - at least to my eye

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Reinhard136
By Reinhard136 (Oct 24, 2012)

maybe they didn't announce it at the last photokina, because they hadn't started on it yet.

1 upvote
Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Oct 24, 2012)

1, I don't mind the design
2, Even if I minded it, cameras are not about looks. It's about taking the pictures & usability & ergonomics. In this respect it supposedly does the job very well.

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vFunct
By vFunct (Oct 24, 2012)

also, lenses need to keep up with AF speed.

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ageha
By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

lol, they do very well.

1 upvote
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Oct 24, 2012)

Why should anyone buy this instead of an entry-level DSLR?

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Jorginho
By Jorginho (Oct 24, 2012)

It weighs 269 gram. The lenses are tiny compared to an entry DSLR level. The cam is also more sophisticated than an entry level cam. Videomode on this cam is no doubt far superior.
The size of this cam plus lenses is dwarfish compared to you entry level DSLR. 2.7 crop means a 300 mm lens becomes 800 mm, which, with that 15 FPS and good PDAF means youhave an excellent and very small package for BIF, sports close ups (during the day).

That is why.

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vFunct
By vFunct (Oct 24, 2012)

Entry level dSLRs are only like 5FPS.

This could be a good 2nd camera for photojournalist D4 users.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Oct 24, 2012)

So far I've only got replies based on specs and frills. Any considerations about image quality?

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vFunct
By vFunct (Oct 24, 2012)

No, because photojournalists do not care about image quality.

Image quality is the LEAST important factor in a camera when shooting people. It is more important for landscape/still life.

Photojournalists are fine with noisy sensors.

In fact, the more pure an image is, the worse it is. It is why people destroy their images in Instgram and Hipstamatic, because no one wants to see super-sharp images of a person's face.

Stop thinking about landscapes. This is not about landscapes at all. Nikon made it 15FPS because of it's for journalism, not landscapes.

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Jorginho
By Jorginho (Oct 24, 2012)

Any other question we do not know anything of 9your IQ question). we can only surmise that it is a 1"sensor with fewer MPixels than the Sony, so it wll resolve less and it will have better high ISO. it is fair to expect that it will be better allround than the Nikon V1 sensor. That is about it. I don't think IQ was one of the bad sides of the V1. It was about as good as the old m43 12 MPixel sensor. If this one is as good as the GX1 sensor, that is very good. I assume it will somewhere in between GX1 and G1/EPL3 sensor wise. DR could easily be up there with the Gh2.

Now IF that would be the case I feel no one can complain about its performance but that is all we can say now. We can only assume things when it comes to IQ.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Oct 24, 2012)

Manuel, you seem to have no idea about this, but the V2 with lenses is smaller, lighter and faster than any (or at least most) DLSR, including many pro models. Concerning the IQ... the V1 has excellent IQ, so I suppose the V2 is even better. It's an ugly camera that's true, but hey, who cares? I buy cameras for taking photos with, not for how they look.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Oct 24, 2012)

@ Jorginho:
If there's one thing that should be clear by now, is that there is no real correlation between pixel density and high ISO performance in practise. So suggesting the new sensor is going to be better than the RX100 sensor, is quite an assumption, which I very much doubt to be true (based on best efficiency currently available in any sensor, which the RX100 already hits).

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Oct 24, 2012)

I'll reformulate it: with mirrorless cameras like the Olympus E-PL5 and the Sony NEX-6 on one side, and the Nikon D3200 on the other, why should anyone care about this neither-fish-nor-fowl camera? Its puny sensor guarantees no higher image quality than the mirrorless cameras mentioned above, and it will be light-years behind the D3200 in terms of image quality. I know the latter is a minor concern for many (frankly, the idea of a photojournalist using this camera made me laugh), but you can have small, better-looking cameras and better image quality for less than what the V2 costs, and super image quality - and an open door to using stupendous lenses - with the D3200. Given this, I just don't figure who this camera is for.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Oct 24, 2012)

ugly.... i rather buy a oly e-pl5.

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The A-Team
By The A-Team (Oct 24, 2012)

Nikon sure makes some ugly mirrorless cameras.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Oct 24, 2012)

Yes, that's rapidly becoming their specialty. Pentax had better watch out...

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Donnie G
By Donnie G (Oct 24, 2012)

The look is controversial, but I think people will warm up to it. Seems like the designers were going for a Nikon F2 look around the EVF housing. As a Nikon product, the camera seems to make sense. If you can get enough folks to accept an electronic viewfinder over the traditional optical viewfinder and if they are happy with the image quality from the smaller sensor, then you may very well finally have a potential Canon Rebel beater that costs much less to manufacture, but can still be sold at Rebel prices. Sony is trying to do the same thing for the same reasons, but Nikon has a much stronger brand identity among camera buyers, so they stand a better chance of selling the idea to a larger audience. It'll be interesting to see what happens. :)

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vFunct
By vFunct (Oct 24, 2012)

These 1-series cameras are BEASTS. No other camera, not even the D4, can touch their 15 FPS with FULL phase-detect AF. It really is a pro-camera.

People that even think about comparing this camera to NEX are clueless noobs. The NEX and other competitors in this category are worthless junk. Those are toys because they don't have the high-speed phase-detect AF that 1's and dSLRs have.

Obviously if all you shoot are still-life or landscapes, then you don't need high-speed focus, but if you ever take shots of people, and if you DON'T want to make it look like they're always posing stiff, then you'll have to go with a phase-detect autofocus system that you'd normally only get with a dSLR. And a professional might take thousands of these non-stiff shots per day.

Seriously, 15 frames a second with full phase-detect AF is an entirely different class of photography!

My only concern left is if it reverts back to contrast-detect AF in low-light like the previous models.

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Jorginho
By Jorginho (Oct 24, 2012)

Well...low light capability of m43 and APSc sensors, OMD, EPL5/Epm2 and most NEX cams especially is also on another level. Same is true for DR.

yes the PDAF on Nikon isadmirable, but I have a Gh2 and its AF speed is fantasti allround. Day and night youwill get a very snappy focus. it does shoot BIF and sports also, but simply not aswell as the 1 series. There is more to a cam than burstrate, high ISO noise, Dr, movie etc.

Indeed many people shoot parties, landscapes, cityscapes, weahter, nature, macro etc where fast burstrates are not that if not completely unimportant.

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vFunct
By vFunct (Oct 24, 2012)

It's most important for anything that involves action.

There's an entirely different class of photography when going from 7FPS to 10FPS, and then again to 15 FPS.

You can do different photography just by going from 10FPS to 15 FPS.

It's the difference between pros that get the shots and those that don't.

I don't expect this camera to sell much, but I do expect this to be a nice 2nd camera for D4 users.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Oct 24, 2012)

So to sum it up, 15fps = pro?
I'd say those who shoot sports using single shot, manual focus and get sharp pictures are the real pros.

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GeorgeZ
By GeorgeZ (Oct 24, 2012)

Considering what you usually post this post is almost unbiased LOL

>>Also, Canon cameras are terrible.
Everyone should just use Nikon, since they are much better cameras than Canon.

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CabSav
By CabSav (Oct 24, 2012)

There are some very good sport and action photos from the time AF haven’t even existed. On the other hand technological advancement always helps in extending possibilities of creative minds.

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Stephen Carpenter
By Stephen Carpenter (Oct 24, 2012)

You should have checked the AF specs of the NEX-5R and NEX-6 before posting. Who's the "clueless noob" now?

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Oct 24, 2012)

That is...if the light is good. In less than great light, it doesn't compare favorably to any current DSLR, due to the switch to CDAF.

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ken1fs
By ken1fs (Oct 24, 2012)

I will only buy this V2 only if it got a battery grip.

With is I can use with my current Nikon lens which holds better.

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tompabes2
By tompabes2 (Oct 24, 2012)

OMG... design from the '90s! So outdated!

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ZorSy
By ZorSy (Oct 24, 2012)

I am puzzled over the "window" under the flash - somehow think whoever designed this thing was looking at F3HP prism and thought how awesome it would be to marry V1 and HP prism. It looks boxy, no question - but on product shots like this Nikon should have included the actual photo of real person holding it. Alone as it is, the hump dominates the image, quite the same as if EP or NEX would look with their optional EVF (worse even and still either EVF or flash, not both). From the practical point of view, still better having it fixed on the camera than a loose accessory in the pocket. Either way, something is in the air designers breathe these days....

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aleckurgan
By aleckurgan (Oct 24, 2012)

uglier and bigger than V1. well done Nikon! :)

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Jorginho
By Jorginho (Oct 24, 2012)

Looks like a very nice cam, also spec wise. I have aGh2, considering an EPl5 so not a fanboy if some might wodner. The 15 FPS with that very good AF system DOES set it apart from any mirrorless system. This is the only one that will give you good BIF and sports shooting. Oke: Nikon needs to get more native lenses out and faster ones 9they are coming) but to me this is the most allround mirrorless system yet.
I also think the ergonomics look a lot better on this one and the weight is still very low.
If we look at the 20 MPixel RX100, which is still very good for such a small sensor, the 14,6 Mxels could be even better when it comes to high ISO noise.

To me this seems like a camera for enthusiasts, much more so than the V1/J1.

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roy5051
By roy5051 (Oct 24, 2012)

UGLY, UGLY, UGLY! Why on Earth have that bl**dy great lump on the top? Surely it is not beyond the bounds of the designers to build the viewfinder and flash into the body? Looks like it was designed by a committee!!!!!

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zakk9
By zakk9 (Oct 24, 2012)

They had to place the viewfinder somewhere. If you don't like it, you can always buy the J2 (or a Sony). I seem to remember also that Nikon, Canon etc. have made cameras with that ugly lump for decades. They're called SLR cameras.

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roy5051
By roy5051 (Oct 24, 2012)

Yes, but they had a mirror box, so there was an excuse - this is NOT an SLR, it's an abortion.

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JensR
By JensR (Oct 24, 2012)

I think you mean abomination, not abortion.

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roy5051
By roy5051 (Oct 24, 2012)

If I were Nikon, I'd abort it, NOW!

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limlh
By limlh (Oct 24, 2012)

Is there a reason to choose this over the NEX 6? No!

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zakk9
By zakk9 (Oct 24, 2012)

For anybody with a lot of Nikon AF-S lenses, yes. It will AF with those. The 85mm f/1.8 will make a very nice, compact 220mm eqv. and the new 70-200 f/4 an excellent 180-540mm.

The big letdown is the battery. As opposed to the V1, it doesn't use the same battery as the big Nikons anymore. Why on earth did they change that?

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Jorginho
By Jorginho (Oct 24, 2012)

Can the NEX6 shoot 15FPs? Can it AF as good as the Nikon does (PDAF)? I know Sony has PDAF too, but AFAIK not much is known about how good it is. Nikon 1 does an admirable job. Also, those Nikon lenses are pretty good which is not something you can say in general about NEX lenses.
I would consider this over the NEX6 and I am a m43 user. Never had a Nikon or Sony. The NEX6 seems very nice, that is not thepoint, but the Sony lenses are putting me off compared to the Nikon.
Finally: 2.7 crop has its advantages, not only downsides. Try to get 700 mm reach with your Sony and look how large the package becomes....

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gl2k
By gl2k (Oct 24, 2012)

After having watched a couple of NEX 6 hands-on videos ... ugh. The V2 looks pretty bad in comparison. Disappointing indeed.

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Joel Benford
By Joel Benford (Oct 24, 2012)

Well, NEX 6 AF is reportedly a a useful improvement over the NEX 7, but not quite up to EM5 standards.

So the V1 is way better for moving subjects. The V2 remains to be seen.

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