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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:

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

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

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

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

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

Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow

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

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

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

Get Creative with Advanced Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price and Availability

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

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

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

Nikon 1 V2 specifications

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

Additional images

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

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

FRANKENKAMRA!

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sohrab bonyanalam
By sohrab bonyanalam (Jan 12, 2013)

hi everybody, I would like to buy a mirrorless camera for about 600 - 900 $ , my choices are SONY NEX-F3 and NIKON 1V2 , I'd love to have comments from those who have experience in photography.thx

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mehran langari
By mehran langari (Dec 11, 2012)

its not artistic manufacterd but an usefull daily capturing camera,,

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NikonScavenger
By NikonScavenger (Nov 14, 2012)

It's garishly ugly... but that isn't really an issue. It has a built in EVF, hot shoe, and probably wouldn't look comical with an F-mount lens attached to it--that and you could probably still wield the camera semi-effectively with most reasonably sized lenses.

I have a GX1 with the LVF2, despite having invested in Nikon DSLRs.

Why?

Bigger sensor and more lenses. You can't convince me that the tiny little sensor of the entire V line is worth investing in. Or that there are no lenses for it, despite it being now a full year since the system was introduced.

Is anyone that brand conscious that they wouldn't buy a mirrorless camera just because of brand name? Because obviously Sony and Panasonic/Olympus have better offerings in the segment.

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jonikon
By jonikon (Dec 5, 2012)

Not better in focusing though! I don't think it is a stretch to say that in decent light, the V1 and V2 can focus faster and more accurately than 95% of DSLRs in the world, but you have to experience it to believe it.
As for image quality, I think this article proves the V1 is very capable.
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2012/12/05/the-nikon-18-5-f1-8-cx-lens-review-for-the-1-series-by-craig-litten/

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Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (Oct 29, 2012)

I didn't know you could get CAD for the Commodore 64!

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Oct 28, 2012)

BEAUTIFUL to look at, and
at peace with not owning one (because of the small sensor (for the category))

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Shamael
By Shamael (Oct 27, 2012)

When Sony brought the first NEX, the comments I read here where the same for the NEX. Well there is nothing ugly or nice in this world. All is just what you do out of it. This camera looks huge to me and since ever, despite being a NEX shooter, the V1 has impressed me with it's picture quality. The only treat is dynamic range and the highlight burning. In many situations an ND and Polarizer filter will help. Let's hope Nikon made that better. The RX1 encounters that problem too, same as NEX in certain counter light conditions. Maybe my view of photography is rotten by the Fuji S5 counter light capacity. My NEX 7 handles shots into the sun quiet well and in many cases it made better than the S5.

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Shamael
By Shamael (Oct 27, 2012)

A prove that there is a good progress in sensor managing. Th V1 makes excellent pictures and the 1" sensor is to my view as good as the 4/3, despite the smaller size. Again, for me that camera shown here looks great, an integration of the OVF in Sony NEX style had made of it a copy of the NEX and when I saw this body first time, I asked myself if Sony had not bought a part of Nikon shares as well :-) This camera has one major advantage, that is fast AF and silent operation mode with electronic shutter, one thing I would like to find in all NEX bodies as well. Now you can shoot good quality at the Opera or classical concert, and in the crowd on street, silent and incognito. The only treat for me is the excessive pricing, at 650 the kit I would say yes, a NEX5 cost also around that price.

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kucink132
By kucink132 (Nov 2, 2012)

650$ for tiny sensor compared to superior aps-c sensor? i'll go for nex

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robmanueb
By robmanueb (Nov 13, 2012)

Small costs. Always has always will. Except for the technological anomaly that is pro SLR in the new millennium, where bigger is more expensive? SLRs will come down to the size they were in film days but not until they have milked it for what it is worth.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Oct 27, 2012)

I was trying to think what was that camera reminding me of, and finally I realized: Nanarchy!

Take a pit bull terrier, a real ugly son-of-a-b!tch. It loses it's leg, somehow, and the pit bull says to you "hey man, I've only got three legs, will lady pit bulls still like me?? I mean, you've got to stop from laughing, haven't you? He's ugly with *four* legs! He's ugly with three! Hell, he'd be ugly if you put him in a suit and gave him a carnation!

2 upvotes
forpetessake
By forpetessake (Oct 27, 2012)

I have a feeling somebody's gonna get fired from Nikon pretty soon.

5 upvotes
Michael She
By Michael She (Oct 26, 2012)

I think they forgot to hire a designer, this camera is pretty ugly.

5 upvotes
wetsleet
By wetsleet (Oct 26, 2012)

You are supposed to look through the camera, not at it.

2 upvotes
Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (Oct 29, 2012)

It's also preferable for a camera to be designed for a human rather than Klingon hand, wetsleet.

2 upvotes
LiSkynden
By LiSkynden (Oct 26, 2012)

"a more photographer-friendly"
Makes you think what are they usually thinking when making cameras. Money? And now they started to think photographers? haha.

2 upvotes
3enson
By 3enson (Oct 26, 2012)

yeah nikon your too much trying hard, this product does not even give a dam compared to sony nex system, your design team su.cks and your camera looks bulky and fre-ak'n bulky old fashion, look at sony, samsung, ... the looks upgrade together with the specs, your just a good lens maker, not a good body and system maker... and that su.cks...

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robmanueb
By robmanueb (Nov 13, 2012)

First they made them too effeminate and only soccer mums would use them (or it was claimed). Next they make it functional with a decent hand grip and now it's too ugly?

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cesaregal
By cesaregal (Oct 25, 2012)

Nikon FT-1 mount adapter allows Nikkor F-mount lenses to be used on V2.
Then Nikon shooter improves own gear capabilities.
He gains greater telephoto lens magnification in wildlife photography.
He gains video capabilities.
He can use F-mount macro lenses on V2 too.
V2 is well complementary to Nikon DSRL cameras and to Nikkor F-mount lenses.
V2 is an ideal camera for Nikon shooters.

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nathaniel m
By nathaniel m (Oct 25, 2012)

So a NEX-5R (or N) is cheaper, smaller, larger sensor, and has a greater lens selection. For those who would say no viewfinder, use the savings to add the removable one.

I see zero reason to buy this. Ever.

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Oct 25, 2012)

So after all, Aptina is right on cue

The V2 pretty much made a CX / interchangeable lens remake of causal users megazoom DC. And with the 10-100, pretty much do the job too. Still, as more serious enthusiast goes, this does not do much to get there. And the RX100 probably an overall better go along pocketable everyday DC for the dedicated photographers.

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Charrick
By Charrick (Oct 25, 2012)

I wouldn't get it, but I think that the look is at least better than that of the V1. Importantly, it has a hand grip. The only problem is that that adds to bulk. This isn't going to be a pocket camera.

Unless you need the features like the super-high frame rate (for a short burst), I think that the Sony RX100 would be better. I wouldn't buy interchangeable lenses for any camera with a sensor smaller than M4/3. To me, it wouldn't be worth it.

But anyway, I do have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the look of this one compared to the last one.

2 upvotes
Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Oct 25, 2012)

The grip, and the hump seems to be the major grip with the V2 right now. One thing I worry is that the grip seems to be too close to the lens and anyone with less than S / XS sized hand might find pinching there with their fingers.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Oct 25, 2012)

528 comments already on the Nikon V1 camera, wow!! Heck, that's probably more comments than actual V1 copies Nikon was able to sell so far, huh?

"It can shoot at up to 15 frames per second."

That's good, now let's see if the Nikon V2 can do that 15fps frame-rate sustained with 4K video as well, like the $399 GoPro Hero3 Black Edition can?

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Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Oct 25, 2012)

As usual, the gearheads here have no clue about what the market actually wants in a camera, or what actually sells.

"sales of the newly released the Nikon 1 series and Nikon 1 interchangeable lenses have been robust. Despite a reduction in the market for compact digital cameras, we have been channeling energy into expanding sales in this area, and as a result, achieved record sales for the quarterly period."

http://www.nikon.com/about/ir/ir_library/result/qa/2012_3q/index.htm

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AstonC
By AstonC (Oct 25, 2012)

It doesn't look too bad to me. It is certainly not good-looking but at the end of the day it looks FUNCTIONAL which is not a bad thing.

Looks like Nikon put in the main improvements asked for by many (grip, built-in flash, mode dial) and improved (hopefully) the sensor.

I am a V1 fan and am actually quite excited about the V2. The fact that many think it's ugly means its prices will fall quickly for me to buy at $500 soon? :-) every cloud has a silver lining!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Oct 25, 2012)

Just about any Micro 4/3 camera will do what the V2 does and go for a whole lot less dough in the process. Added advantage is the larger sensor size of M4/3rds versus this 1-incher imager 1-series with the whopping 2.7x crop factor, ouch. Who knows, maybe Nikon is taking lessons from Canon now: charge more just for the brand name?

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 25, 2012)

Not one single m43 camera shoots 15 fps or has PDAF, but nice try.
It was funny to read all the criticism when the Nikon 1 series was released, but nearly everyone was surprised when DPR's tests showed the V1/J1 was extremely competitive with m43 cameras. What's also funny is that for some odd reason the RX100 is a giant killer, yet people make fun of the Nikon 1, yet they have the same 1" sensor, and the Nikon 1 can actually do solid AF tracking and has a huge buffer. Go figure.

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fotokeena
By fotokeena (Oct 26, 2012)

Well, there are always exceptions, maybe this cloud only comes with a bronze lining. ok, by the time you can get it at $500, you get a tarnished silver lining at best.

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kucink132
By kucink132 (Nov 2, 2012)

well RX100 is pocketable size. while nikon 1 combined with lenses is too damn huge considering its tiny sensor

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JazzMasta
By JazzMasta (Oct 25, 2012)

That was the ugliest camera I've seen in a while!

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Oct 25, 2012)

It's not that bad. I'm thinking, if the Toyota Cube looks good to you, this new Nikon will seem rather svelte. Like a tiny Topcon Super D. With a big hand grip.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Oct 25, 2012)

Toyota does not make a "Cube" model, Friend. You must have been thinking of the Nissan Cube, maybe?

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johnduncan
By johnduncan (Oct 25, 2012)

A 'photographer-friendly' camera? What will they think of next ?!?!?!

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Alberto Tanikawa
By Alberto Tanikawa (Oct 25, 2012)

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20121024_568156.html

Much more coverage of the new V2 (more and better photos), including pictures of the V2 with FT1 adapter mounted, and some DX and FX lenses too. I still don't like the design, and Nikon's choice to use a smaller battery (10.6Wh vs 14Wh), but I want to see what this new camera has to offer in IQ and performance.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 25, 2012)

Excellent link. DC Watch is one of my favorites.

Looks like a great little shooter, especially with the new 18.5 1.8 (50 1.8 equivalent).

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/568/156/html/011.jpg.html

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Oct 27, 2012)

You meant to say 50mm F/5.6 FF equivalent
<sarcasm>
Yea, that's a super-duper lens, go Nikon!
</sarcasm>

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camerashopminion
By camerashopminion (Oct 25, 2012)

It'll be interesting to see if this one can achieve shutter speeds faster than 1/60 while it fires 60fps, might actually try selling it if it does.

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Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Oct 25, 2012)

The DPR have done the 1V2 the worst disservice they possibly could by not displaying the camera's body in holding hands. I completelly changed my opinion regarding its aesthetics after seeing it held.

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tonywong
By tonywong (Oct 25, 2012)

This is just the press release, so Nikon should have released images of it being held. Other manufacturers get the same kind of coverage. If the body's aesthetics don't appeal to people then that's Nikon's problem, not DPR's.

I'm sure DPR will have some decent coverage of the 1V2 once they have one in their hands. Maybe some photos of it being held too.

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 25, 2012)

Lots of hand shots at http://www.photographyblog.com/news/nikon_1_v2_hands-on_photos/

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 25, 2012)

Don't know why everyone is carrying on about the V2. It actually looks like a decent shooter with an ergonomic body. And it has super fast processing, a large buffer, great build quality, etc. It's not as pretty as a Fuji XE1 or X100, but few cameras are. Certainly a Pany G5 or GF5 aren't going to win any design awards either. To me the V2 looks all business. Besides I rarely take photos OF my camera but WITH them.

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AstonC
By AstonC (Oct 25, 2012)

Exactly!

All dSLRs look the same and I don't think any of them could be described as good-looking!

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fotokeena
By fotokeena (Oct 26, 2012)

"Besides I rarely take photos OF my camera but WITH them."

But you do look at them before you take photos with them!

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Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Oct 26, 2012)

Fotokeena, form follows functionality.
Only things to look at in camera for photography (instead of some darn fashion decoration) is how ergonomical grip you can get from it, and if controls are positioned properly.
Modern higher end DLRs all have similar grip and control layout of front and rear dial precisely because that's most ergonomical for human hand.
Unlike those gripless piece of two by four retro designs made to comply with limitations of analog mechanical tech.

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Jeff Morris
By Jeff Morris (Oct 25, 2012)

Well I can not remember such a debacle from any other major company as the one system. IMHO the V1 is a confusing camera with a few major design flaws. When my wife bought hers last January I was shaking my head. Once we got it home I found the mode dial, entire menu system, lack of built in flash etc. to be real deal breakers. When Nikon cut the price in half I could not rember a single time where a current manufacture cut the legs out from under their customers as Nikon did with the V1. Even if we wanted to sell the V1 and move to a V2, we can not. They made the V1 totally worthless.

BTW, this is a tiny camera. If you knew how tiny the 10-30mm lens is, then the photos would make sence to many.

This was the one and only bad Nikon purchase we ever made. But the one system leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The V2 is what the V1 should have been.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 25, 2012)

Hmmmm ... this is a quite common view. The manufacturer decreases the price and comes out with a better camera. Then some buyers starts hulking and is talking about being swindled. But - what do you think they should have done? Kept the high price and not made a better camera? Whats the brilliant plan about that?

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JesperMP
By JesperMP (Oct 25, 2012)

I am in the camp of "dont care about beautiful or ugly as long as it takes pictures".

Now after thinking about it, I think that Nikon missed out on one opportunity.
The big viewfinder hump (which seems to be what people dislike so much) is big enough that it could have been tiltable ! And since it would be integrated into the body it would be much more rugged than the add-on VFs some other mirrorless offers as options.
Now THAT would have been a distinct advantage no other current camera has.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Oct 25, 2012)

You'd lose the hotshoe and builtin flash to make it tiltable tho.

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JesperMP
By JesperMP (Oct 25, 2012)

The hotshoe is proprietary anyway, so I am sure the Nikon engineers could have found a way to attach a flash somehow. Kinda like the SB-N5 that sits more to the side on the V1.
And the builtin flash, yeah it probably could not be a pop-up type.
I think (opinionated) that a tiltable EVF would be a must-have for some, more than a pop-up flash would be.

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choochoo22
By choochoo22 (Oct 25, 2012)

My old Minolta A2 from 2004 managed to pack in a tiltable viewfinder, tiltable view screen, auto screen/view switching, popup flash, and a standard hotshoe. Plus it had a PC synch socket. Still waiting for a modern small camera to match those features. The V2 manages only the popup flash.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 25, 2012)

Your Minolta A2 was quite bulky. Weighted twice as much. Had a smaller sensor. Had no interchangeable lens. And a 1.8 inch LCD.

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ventur
By ventur (Oct 25, 2012)

they just needed to move the EVF to the side, rangefinder style!

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Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Oct 26, 2012)

Roland, that utilitarian size LCD was the reason why A2 had such good menu free controls in smaller size than lot worser controls entry level DSLRs.
Today's cameras look like their main use is watching movies instead of taking photos.

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SylvainBdg
By SylvainBdg (Oct 25, 2012)

For the same price I'll go for the pen 5 or the sony nex6.. the nikon looks like s____! does nikon have a partnership with playmobils toys??

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Oct 25, 2012)

I think they've ruined what made the "1" concept good in the first place, the small size, this looks like an admission that SLRs were probably the way to go in the first place.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Oct 25, 2012)

Nice job, Nikon. I like that more built-in EVF mirrorless models are slowly coming out, but it is a shame that the first models of compact system cams of the past years, from across the range of makes, almost invariably seemed to lack an EVF. I bet that those other stunted mirrorless models eventually did not sell as well as their manufacturers had hoped, and so the leadership of each company finally decided to get their heads out of their orfices (albeit slowly) and start to listen to their customer base.

Also, A quick glance at the comments below shows me that many seem to be concerned with the camera's aesthetics. Honestly guys, who gives a rat's behind about how the body looks? Sheesh, as long as it WORKS right, then I am a happy camper. I care infinitely more about function than I do about form, and it looks to me, to a degree, like Nikon does too in this case, which I commend them for. Bravo. I hope that Olympus, Canon and the others can get the hint as well. No EVF, no deal.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Oct 25, 2012)

This CSC is a little confusing. I'd go for the Canon SX50HS as it's has a similar size sensor and I don't have to worry about changing a lens, as it gives a 24mm wide to 1200mm at the top end and has an EVF. As for needing an EVF young consumers don't use them and other brands understand this. It's called moving forward, not staying stuck in the past.

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black pearl
By black pearl (Oct 25, 2012)

The SX50HS has a 1/2.3" sensor not a 1" sensor like the 1 Series.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 25, 2012)

"Young consumers don't use EVFs?" That's a new one. An EVF or OVF are not only better for composing in all kinds of light, putting the camera up to your eye provides an all important point of contact. I'm fairly young, and I almost never shoot with arms stretched out with the camera shaking like a leaf.

IQ from the SX50HS won't come close to the V1 or 2. It's a small sensor bridge camera with an extremely dark f6.5 lens at the tele end.

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nemark
By nemark (Oct 25, 2012)

It would be great if it had IR-trigger receptor at frond AND rear side of the body. I like this feature at D7000 very much. I use rear one 98% of the time when camera on tripod, in conjunction with MLU function.

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Tahir Hashmi
By Tahir Hashmi (Oct 25, 2012)

What a shame that people are declaring the camera ugly just by looking at pictures of the body that are over-sharpened and don't give a sense of scale.

Look at how it feels in actual proportions in this video http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/24/nikon-v2-mirrorless-compact-hands-on/

The white body actually has a glossy surface and, to me, looks very beautiful.

How do you feel after seeing it shoot at 15fps? http://vimeo.com/52067338

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Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 25, 2012)

The new winner of UGLIEST CAMERA COMPETITION!
With this flash on top, and square grip I think it even breaks the record established by Pentax K-01 and Hasselblad Lunar.
Ridiculous. They got any designers out there?!

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Nightwings
By Nightwings (Oct 26, 2012)

Where do you propose they should have placed the flash if not on top....... perhaps hanging from the bottom?.... would that have worked for you?

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R Thornton
By R Thornton (Oct 25, 2012)

The ugly looks – as if they went extra out of their way to save on any design effort – is actually not what condemns V2, it is the overall package. If it is to be a second system, for less hassle than a DSLR, then it better be similarly if not equally capable and less expensive. This is neither, a niche product at best. The controversy that arose immediately upon its introduction is a testimony to yet another of a number of disappointments coming from Nikon in the last two or three years. And these flies in the ointment keep piling up. When you are a giant and disappoint or, say, do not quite satisfy the market one time, they expect more the next time to make up for the wait and anguish. After a while, good or even excellent will not cut it any more: what everyone expects now is nothing short of spectacular! Is this spectacular by today's standards? You did it to yourself, Nikon…

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robinl59
By robinl59 (Oct 25, 2012)

Does the V2 allow continuous AF with the FT-1 adapter and AF-S lenses?

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 25, 2012)

Trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear it seems...

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zycamaniac
By zycamaniac (Oct 25, 2012)

Reminds me of Fujifilm Big Job from a decade ago...

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kongqueror
By kongqueror (Oct 25, 2012)

I honestly like the design! The black one especially - I think the seeming imperfections on it give it character - the Pentax K-01 is just plain boring (and ugly in its plainness). Best of all, it addresses nearly everything I had against the Nikon 1 series (lack of direct user control). But it still has one major flaw - the price. At $900, I could get a Sony A57 kit + prime or a refurbished OMD kit. Just like my comment before on the V1 when it was launched, the V2 only makes sense at $499.

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austin design
By austin design (Oct 25, 2012)

I agree, although I think what others refer to as imperfections are merely instances where form follows function. For me, the plainer the camera, the better. I want a camera to work well, not look good; like a Jeep. It's when cameras (or cars) sport features solely for aesthetic purposes that I become bothered. I guess that puts me in the minority -- a more logical minority. To be blunt, those craving cute designs can go play with their Mac products. The price is indeed high, but I imagine it'll soon sell for $750-800.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Oct 25, 2012)

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50129188

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50129254

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Oct 25, 2012)

Sergey,

Thanks for the turn-on to http://camerasize.com.

It's a handy resource!

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pc168
By pc168 (Oct 25, 2012)

Ugly or not, it's pretty subjective. I believe, many of the Nikon 1 existing and/or potential users, are having a bunch of Nikkors. While the D700 is way too heavy, I'm looking for a smaller form factor body for travel. Let see how good the IQ and high ISO control would perform.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 25, 2012)

then just buy NEX if you have bunch of Nikkors. This thing is ridiculous.
It's like ogre with tiny peenie (sensor).

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pc168
By pc168 (Oct 25, 2012)

Well, sensor size does matter. Otherwise I would have already bought the V1 a year ago.

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sharpdart
By sharpdart (Oct 25, 2012)

A lot of us have been wondering what the roadmap looks like with the 1 system. Now that it's clearer, I can't imagine anything remotely as hideous as the V2. I've been a big Nikon fan, but I have no regrets looking at that road in my rear view mirror.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Oct 25, 2012)

Excellent design. Many haters and many lovers. Well done, Nikon.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Oct 25, 2012)

Hi, Amadou,

There seems to be an error in your specification for this V2. According to what I found on numerous other websites including Nikon (not the US one, which is not clear on whether their weight includes battery), the V2's weight with battery should be 337.

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Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Oct 25, 2012)

I know this is entirely subjective but I think this thing is hideous, and I'm partial to Nikon, generally.

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3a
By 3a (Oct 25, 2012)

DPR, any update on AEB capability ? what a waste of such high frame rate uif bracketing is not included.

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mikehannon
By mikehannon (Oct 25, 2012)

Looks strikingly like the Minolta Dimage Series. Ugly.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Oct 25, 2012)

The Pentax K-01 is the ugliness IMO.

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Retzius
By Retzius (Oct 25, 2012)

OMG you're right! Its the Dimage reborn!

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Emopunk
By Emopunk (Oct 25, 2012)

Only problem is that Dimage Z1 was out circa 10 years ago. Now it happens the case we're in 2012.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 25, 2012)

Dimage got good ergonomics. This thing got square grip...
Minolta 1 : Nikon 0
lol

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J2Gphoto
By J2Gphoto (Oct 25, 2012)

If you look at this and cannot say that is hands down the ugliest recent camera made, then you have rose color Nikon glasses on.

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Nightwings
By Nightwings (Oct 25, 2012)

You obviously have not seen too many recent cameras made... not least of which this one.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8476/8118131924_a44f9f4de9.jpg

How does the V2 look now? ;)

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (Oct 25, 2012)

ACtually I found hat Pentax K design quite refreshing and it felt nicely logical in the hand.

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JustDavid
By JustDavid (Oct 25, 2012)

V2 still worse, Nightwings, I am afraid. And I never liked the K-01 design

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Oct 25, 2012)

Trying to make it look like a vintage "F"Nikon is a mistake because those early Nikons are well know for being big, solid and heavy, and this 1-series cameras are small cameras. It does not work. The extra large viewfinder/flash block on top of a small camera just makes it look odd, and also awkward/inconvenient when put into a bag or jacket pocket. The Olympus PEN or the OMD look better, at least to those who remember their earlier cameras, because their sizes and silver/metal looks resemble the older cameras much btter.

This stunt only takes away any size and weight advantage that the V2 should have when compared to the APS-C NEX-6 or M43 E-PL5. Have a look at their sizes, side by side here:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50128787

I don't think Nikon can compete in miniaturising cameras with Sony or Olympus.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 25, 2012)

Obviously there was no room to put the EVF housing on the back upper left like the NEX-7. I've used almost all the mirrorless m43 and APS-C cameras, and they are not pocketable anyway but require a small bag.
But looks aside, I suspect the V2 is going for feel great in hand as the deep grip and control dials look solid, and just in the right place.

see photo from top: http://3.static.img-dpreview.com/files/news/0875642549/V2_td.jpg?v=1773

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bluevaping
By bluevaping (Oct 25, 2012)

"look odd, and also awkward/inconvenient when put into a bag" None of those camera with standard kits lens fits nicely in a suit jacket! And how use the any of the cameras is subjective to what your doing! Ultra wide zoom lens for building photos=m 4/3rds, Telephoto compact lens system for moving subjects= Nikon V*maybe, etc

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StephanSchmidt
By StephanSchmidt (Oct 25, 2012)

By a strange coincidence, I have an EPM1/14mm right in my jacket pocket.

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jhinkey
By jhinkey (Oct 25, 2012)

Hey, it may be ugly to some, but so was my CP8400 which was, in my opinion, the last of the good CoolPix cameras.

Will have to take a closer look at this and the new lenses coming out. Was considering the NEX6 + 16-50, but the decision may have to wait.

Really though, if it's as functional as it needs to be and takes great images who cares what it looks like.

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rocklobster
By rocklobster (Oct 25, 2012)

Sony sensor...I wonder?

It is a small camera but the grip size and shape seems wrong to me but the idea is basically good and it separates it more from the J1.

Looks like a superzoom and I wonder if it will convert superzoom fans to a better product - as long as they are not expecting 10x in a compact size lens.

Cheers

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