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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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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

Nikon 1 V2 with speedlight SB-N7 Speedlight SB-N7
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Total comments: 576
By LukeDuciel (Oct 24, 2012)

it looks like a toy, badly designed one.

Robert Morris
By Robert Morris (Oct 24, 2012)

Wow! And I thought the D5000 was ugly!
Back to the future anyone. Nikonmat with a grip.

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By raizans (Oct 24, 2012)

that's a camera only a mother could love.

By photoad (Oct 24, 2012)

What the 1 Series needs is 14 bit RAW and a shutter speed dial. Then it needs a hot shot or an adaptor for one. Then it needs FAST GLASS, especially wide glass. Then it needs a thumb button for 100% focus check. Then it needs uncompressed video out.

It's not the ugly, it's the bumpiness that's bad. Looks like the top will snag on everything. As for a new battery...

By Bamboojled (Oct 24, 2012)

Lenses are coming they just announced a 50 1.8 equivalent...
Nikon also just announced 3 new lenses that will be coming soon..

By photoad (Oct 24, 2012)

F1.8 is the new F1.4 it seems. These tiny sensors could enable seriously fast glass, F1.4 and better, but to be honest the limited RAW hardly makes it worthwhile. I've been swapping between the awesome D800 and a V1, I really don't see an improvement in the 1 output over a D200, very disappointing. But the 60fps is incredible.

Abhijith Kannankavil
By Abhijith Kannankavil (Oct 24, 2012)

it's an improvement. But, competitors are still better.

By TTC947 (Oct 24, 2012)

hmmm...v2 or nex6...and the sony is smaller lol !

By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

Yeah, with slower AF and bigger lenses.

By ET2 (Oct 24, 2012)

Wrong. Nex-6 has on sensor PDAF AF. and the 16-50mm zoom is smaller than Nikon 1 zoom lenses

Alberto Tanikawa
By Alberto Tanikawa (Oct 24, 2012)

Did Nikon hire Cecilia Jimenez (look her up) to do the design of the camera? WTF??? It can be ugly outside but it should at least perform on the inside I hope. And where are the new lenses, the 32mm f/1.2 especially?

By Reinhard136 (Oct 24, 2012)

Pls. someone set me straight here - they have built a bigger camera than a Nex, with a much smaller sensor than a Nex, have finally put a viewfinder on it like a Nex. Don't these people go down to the camera shop to see where the competition is ? I suppose smaller sensor means it can use smaller lenses, maybe, but even if they are eventually smaller and lead to super zoomy type things - will they really be that far ahead of cropping/digitally zooming on a Nex ??

By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

The V1 had already a viewfinder.

By WCguy (Oct 24, 2012)

Its actually smaller than the V1 over all and lighter, check the specs out.

By niXer (Oct 24, 2012)

This is the camera I was waiting for. I wish the grip wasn't so far out but I'll take it.

Commander mode, PSAM dial, that's all I wanted. Even can do wireless connectivity like the D600/D800.

Goodbye P7000.

By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 24, 2012)

This is not butt ugly
It's monkey butt ugly!
This might have been cool 4 years ago.
Good for vision impaired soccer moms.
Maybe make a NASCAR Dad version with bottle opener and chewing tobacco spit cup that connects to the hot shoe.

By Marriott (Oct 24, 2012)

Thanks Trolls for giving me a laugh-out-loud moment this morning.

By Mal_In_Oz (Oct 24, 2012)


You'll never find a spit-cup to fit that hot-shoe.

By ezradja (Oct 24, 2012)

But i guess it's still a good system for kids with rich parents. I mean, they better handled this than the real DLSR/MILCs.

By NK777 (Oct 24, 2012)

Looks like NEX7's son, who was sick :(
Designers J1 are on vacation?!
But, tech's very well.

By NowHearThis (Oct 24, 2012)

Looks like a bad mating between an L120 and a V1.

Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Oct 24, 2012)

very true, it looks weird on a whole new level. although finally nikon has added PASM on mode dial which was sorely missing on V1.

Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (Oct 24, 2012)

I usually don't care about the look of cameras. To me the camera is just a tool. It's just like how I don't care about the look of my cordless drill. But then this thing is really an absolute eyesore. Especially the white one. And for $899 again??? Really???? I guess people should wait for the fire sale. FYI, Adorama and Amazon were selling the V1 kit for $399 not long ago (It's now $499 @ Adorama.)

By SirSeth (Oct 24, 2012)

Ashton Kutcher couldn't even make this camera look attractive. Btw, I've never seen a cordless drill I didn't like the look of, but my Makita Lithium drills are just plain sexy.

1 upvote
By ezradja (Oct 24, 2012)

Come on, those who defend this system, are you not considered yourself fanboys? LOL
It's not about it's look, it's not ugly.
The system that's suck! Small sized sensor, relatively slow lenses, unbelievable high price, all are bad!

By flangad (Oct 24, 2012)

slow and BIG lenses regarding the sensor size!

Is this new camera a Joke? april fool?

Joel Benford
By Joel Benford (Oct 24, 2012)

It does autofocus on moving targets like a passable DSLR, though. Can't say that for a RX100, or PEN, or NEX, or OMD. Silent electronic shutter too.

Also it has a viewfinder, which is rare even at its MSRP.

And the lenses are cheap.

It will suit some people. Street shooters spring to mind -- fast AF, silent shutter, generally fast operation, ridiculous appearance reduces intimidation factor...

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By Kokeen4231 (Oct 24, 2012)

This is a really great improvement over last year. Seems like theres some hope for it, though there are still some issues.

By migus (Oct 24, 2012)

For a short while i entertained the thought of buying the initial J model w/ kit zoom at $250. But why bother w/ this tiny sensored ILC?

In stead I bought a NEX C3 ($225, mostly for my nikkor glass) and a 2nd NX100 w/ its 20-50kit (again, $225). Thus i'm in the APS-class of IQ, glass compatibility and bokeh. When i need 1" sensor size for macros and light tele, i'd rather choose fixed zoom P&S vs. ILCs.

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By dgreene196 (Oct 24, 2012)

As a former Nikon DSLR owner and a current Panasonic GX1 owner, I'm really fascinated by this camera.

It's not the most beautiful camera I've seen recently, but I don't think it's ugly, either (opinions may vary). The tech looks like it has continued to mature, and could be very, very interesting. Definitely something I'll be looking at if I don't warm up more to µ4/3.

By Nightwings (Oct 24, 2012)

That's more like it! I love it!

My one critique..... BIG critique is the lack of a STANDARD hot shoe - ARE YOU LISTENING NIKON???

To the rest of you with the "ugly" comments .. I don't think you know what ugly is.

THIS....... is ugly

By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)


Nick Savoiu
By Nick Savoiu (Oct 24, 2012)

Ugly. Eye. Beholder.

By micahmedia (Oct 24, 2012)

Still a lack of lenses and still no longer than 20 minute video clips. PASS.

EDIT: ANNNND a new battery? You made the grip bigger so you could...?! Introduce a new smaller battery?!

Nikon, I would tell you to get lost, but you already are. Get found for pete's sake. Get it together. And get rid of Nikon USA while you're at it. They're crampin your style.

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By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

The new smaller battery was really a bad idea!

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By Bamboojled (Oct 24, 2012)

Lenses are coming...
50 mm 1.8 equivalent just announced...
Nikon also just announced 3 new lenses that will be coming out for the system...

By jcmarfilph (Oct 24, 2012)

It's ugly but a lot better than holding a slippery brick like J1 and V1 or RX100. Crop factor is the thing you are looking for in this camera.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Oct 24, 2012)

RX100 has the same crop factor so I don't know how this V2 stands out... I would even say, the RX100 is a better buy than this camera and most people use these tiny cameras with a wrist strap.

By Digitall (Oct 24, 2012)

No comments.

Best part,is, we can use Speedlight SB-N7 with Nikon P7700.

By Ponxo (Oct 24, 2012)

Thankfully I got a V1. This camera is too big and ugly.

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By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

At least it's lighter and includes a flash at the same time.

By RRJackson (Oct 24, 2012)

SO they made it bigger and clunkier. Well, that sure is a selling point for a camera designed to take advantage of a small sensor. And the lenses are still huge, too.

I completely respect the sensor size and the software/hardware technology of the system, but making it bigger does not seem like the way.

By WCguy (Oct 24, 2012)

Actuall its smaller and lighter, Maybe read the specs.
Made of magnesium alloy, the Nikon V2 is also a little less wide, taller, and less deep overall, measuring 4.2 x 3.2 x 1.8 inches (107.8 x 81.6 x 45.9mm), compared to the V1's 4.4 x 3.0 x 1.7 inches (113 x 76 x 43.5mm).

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By RRJackson (Oct 24, 2012)

There's no way that grip doesn't make the body thicker. Those measurements must completely ignore the grip.

By bluevaping (Oct 24, 2012)

Its 100 grams lighter, You can till the body slimmer in some areas. i.e. were the grip meets the body, the mode dial barely fits in that area.

By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

The white V2 looks nicer. :)

By Combatmedic870 (Oct 24, 2012)

And thats saying alot! :)

I was kind of looking forward to seeing how the v2 would play out....They too the slimish looking size of the v1 and turned it into a gh series want to be. i mean why add a grip like that and not a control wheel on the front.....
Just ho hum.

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By jalywol (Oct 24, 2012)

Man, that is one butt ugly camera. Looks like a hodge podge of stuff from the first gen V's, Sony's Nex-7 and a Panasonic G2, all stuck together in a sort of brick.


Ignacio Feito
By Ignacio Feito (Oct 24, 2012)

Still a micro sensor camera... Why?

By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

The question doesn't make any sense, it's a Nikon 1 mount camera.

By Combatmedic870 (Oct 24, 2012)

...Because thats the sensor size they picked? You cant just change a sensor size after the fact and leave all of the n1 adopters. These 1 series cameras actually sold really japan.

By RRJackson (Oct 24, 2012)

It's a good sensor size, IMO. It's big enough to yield excellent image quality and allow some degree of selective focus, but it's small enough to (theoretically) allow very small primes. The trouble is most of the lenses are big clunky zooms. Of course, the market they seem to be reaching is dominated by a desire for ultra-wide to super-telephoto zoom lenses, so they may just be feeding the beast.

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By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

It doesn't use the old EN-EL15 battery, it uses the EN-EL21.

Alberto Tanikawa
By Alberto Tanikawa (Oct 24, 2012)

The design was strike 1. The change from the EN-EL15 was strike 2. Will it at least perform? I was looking forwards to seeing the new V2, but now it all seems like a bad dream...

By MartinaB (Oct 24, 2012)

Gotta agree, rather big and ugly.

I can't see why chose this camera over similar competitors spec'd cameras. Likely it performs as well though... but no clear reason.

By Combatmedic870 (Oct 24, 2012)

.....Wow......Thats it one ugly camera...very 2002-2004 ish

Who in the hell are designing these cameras nowadays?!?!!? I just dont get it anymore!!

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By Absolutic (Oct 24, 2012)

What's the Flash X-sync rate on this camera, dpreview??????

Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (Oct 24, 2012)

Should have kept the V1 body. Then add more direct control buttons onto it. This thing now looks huge for a camera with an 1" sensor.

By digitallollygag (Oct 24, 2012)

That has got to be the ugliest camera I've ever seen. Clearly, Nikon was not modeling this after the beautiful OM-D E-M5.

Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Oct 24, 2012)

wow, the OM-D cannot be called ugly with this competing against it now.

This almost make the Hasselblad Lunar look good.

However liking the specs, and the mode dials. This is what the Nikon 1 system should have been (with exception to the industrial design).

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By fox-orian (Oct 25, 2012)

o-O people have called the OM-D ugly? I think it's one of the best looking digital cameras ever released aside from the M series.

By ageha (Oct 24, 2012)

Holy s**t, that thing looks ugly!

By ybizzle (Oct 24, 2012)


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By Retzius (Oct 24, 2012)

Well... its ugly.

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