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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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Just Ed
By Just Ed (Oct 25, 2012)

Just ordered a V1 refurb for 349. Glad I did, would not pay 900 for this. btw, the reason for ordering the V1 was the desire for something smaller to carry around but with better IQ than a P&S. This V2 brings a higher rez sensor and easier controls, but looks bulkier and gosh is it buglie. Since my primary pp is done in NX2 the System 1 attracted me because of its NEF files.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 25, 2012)

It doesn't have better IQ then P&S. Sony's RX100 and Canon's G1x beat it already.

1 upvote
gordonisbell
By gordonisbell (Oct 25, 2012)

Interesting. Unless I've missed it, there hasn't been any mention here about how the projected release date corresponds with Canon's first mirrorless--- the EOS M, also slated for release in November. My initial thoughts are the Canon will be much more successful as it has a more DSLR feel to it vs the new Nikon V2. Yes, I know it has its shortcomings also, but Nikon appears to have decided to go to more of a MILC style with a much smaller profile. Your thoughts?

0 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (Oct 24, 2012)

Step in the right direction.

2 upvotes
plantdoc
By plantdoc (Oct 24, 2012)

Interesting device and probably what the "1" should have started as. However, for me, it's too expensive and too large to replace a modest sized Canon Rebel. Could be a good choice if moving from a P&S priced and sized camera without an investment in other lenses and accessories. Sensor would be nice in a RX sized camera.

Greg

2 upvotes
Simon97
By Simon97 (Oct 25, 2012)

The Canon Rebel is giant compared to this. The design makes it seem large in the picture, but it is quite small.

2 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 25, 2012)

You sure?

0 upvotes
D200_4me
By D200_4me (Oct 24, 2012)

Kudos to Nikon for listening to the users and reviewers and making a lot of changes from the V1.

10 upvotes
mrschmo
By mrschmo (Oct 24, 2012)

Does anybody know if it's hotshoe is of standard size and will accomodate the SB-900 flash?

1 upvote
Nightwings
By Nightwings (Oct 25, 2012)

No.... and that's my biggest beef with the 1 cams .... they got their own "little" flashes.

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (Oct 24, 2012)

I would like to see that chip in RX100. 14 mpix is more what I look for than 20 mpix. 20 is too much in pixel count for me. Beside NEX-7, the RX100 brings me no improvement in picture size and file sizes. I am happy to see the NEX-6 with a honest pixel count that is more one needs to shot a good picture. If Nikon makes this one in a P&S body, it could challenge the RX100 without any doubt.

2 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

14 or 20, you will not notice any difference. Its not important.

5 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Oct 25, 2012)

Shamael:

The current Nikon 1s are usable at ISO 6400 whilst the Sony RX100 is not. Also generally P&S cameras don't take interchangeable lenses this camera does.

RK--

Yeah there's a difference, high ISO performance goes down and the buffer slows.

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

@HowaboutRAW
>The current Nikon 1s are usable at ISO 6400 whilst the Sony RX100 is not.

This is intriguing! Can you point me to any sample images?

4 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Oct 25, 2012)

Ooo Pat... HowabutRAW is a confused Samsung fan, he likes to point out how much Sony sucks, just ignore him, everyone does, next he will be telling you how Samsung makes the best lenses in the world and that the Samsung Galaxy Camera is the best.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (Oct 25, 2012)

Rofl Pat that was hilarious...lololol

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 25, 2012)

@Shamael : I meant, you cannot really see any big difference when looking at a 14 or a 20 MP image. Yeah, the buffer slows. But - high ISO performance you have to measure to be able to say if it is important or not. Might be - I doubt it though.

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

@Boerseuntjie
@EDWARD ARTISTE

Fellas,

Would you believe I wasn't being sarcastic?! Glad I gave you a laugh. I like to spread sunshine. :)

Also, thanks for the enlightenment on this.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Oct 26, 2012)

Hahahaha

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

Hmmm ... I say it again. Panasonic and Sony and Olympus are blocking the small system camera market with Lumix (m43) and NEX (APS-C) cameras and Olympus (m43). It seems like other camera makers, except maybe Samsung, cant get in.

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MichaelKJ
By MichaelKJ (Oct 25, 2012)

The Canon EOS M is selling very well in Japan--for reasons I don't understand. It was the 4th best selling "DSLR" in the BCN rankings a couple of weeks ago and is currently 8th. It will be interesting to see how it does once it is widely available elsewhere.
http://bcnranking.jp/category/subcategory_0008.html

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 25, 2012)

Hmmm .. the Canon EOS M is a "me too" camera. So - maybe. The main critique from Canon fans was that it was boringly similar to already existing stuff. But ... that might be a genius move. Some people want to buy Canon, just because it is Canon. So - if something looking like a normal camera comes from canon, it might sell well. We will see.

0 upvotes
Raw Images Raw Talk
By Raw Images Raw Talk (Oct 24, 2012)

Just started reading comments and with all the bitching and moaning I think it is best for the unhappy people to NOT BUY IT and move on. There are people beyond the virtual walls of DPR forums that will find it meets their needs/wants. If that isn't the case then Nikon has another flop like the V1 on its hands.
Most challenging for Nikon; getting potential buyers of $900-$1,000 small form cameras to buy the V2. Will they, when there are a fair number of options that are at least as good?

3 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

I assume the NEX cameras and the m43 cameras are blocking success for other smaller system cameras. So ... what shall Canon and Nikon do?

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (Oct 24, 2012)

Bringing assets in technology, they have the knowledge, have the good algorythms in noise suppression. A Nikon mirrorless with a correct APSC sensor, even FF would be a hit, beside the 1 series who are not obsolete. Canikon do all to protect their DSLR market. A similar mirrorless with a 36 mpix FF would cut the grass under the feet of the D800 right away, and they know this. Look at the slumpy price of D600 that is not worth a cent more than D7000. Now, at same price, who would buy a D7000. Here you can ask the same question, who will buy this for 100$ cheaper than a NEX6. Answer is simple, Newbies without any idea about picture taking. Despite that, starting with this is not a waste of time, that camera is a real good gear if you consider the IQ it provides.

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Shamael
By Shamael (Oct 24, 2012)

this looks like a massacred NEX. Look how Sony manages to incorporate a 2.3 m dot OVF in it's body. This looks bulky and at the size it has, and the price, I will consider the NEX-6 rather than this.

4 upvotes
gadgets
By gadgets (Oct 25, 2012)

I like this V2, but agree that for same price or less can get NEX6 or 5R in smaller package (w/ collapsible 16-50). NEX new AF performance remains to be seen.

0 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Oct 24, 2012)

This $900 Nikon with kit lens is only slightly smaller, about 90g lighter, and $100 cheaper than the Sony NEX-6 kit. The Sony kit has APS-C sensor, 2.4 M dot EVF, 24mm equivalent focal length, WiFi, ... ... The only thing the Nikon seems to be better is the 15fps, but the Sony still has 10 fps and is otherwise 2 classes above it.

This Nikon is small but it is so blocky and not pocketable. At $900, it is more expensive than many M43 cameras which are also only slightly bigger. What's the point?

Protecting your DSLR business, Nikon? How about doing something to protect your future?

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4 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

Tiltable view finder? Bigger DOF, but still high quality image.

Maybe not enough. But something :)

I agree - M43 looks more tempting. But - a smaller sensor has its charm. And the 1 inch is big enough to take some nice photos.

0 upvotes
Vernatropius
By Vernatropius (Oct 25, 2012)

Yeah! I agree. at this price, I will buy Oly Epl-5. I guess IQ wise, EPL-5 will beat the ass of this V2.

Take note, epl5 has slight IQ advantage in comparison to OMD.

0 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Oct 25, 2012)

Correction to my comment above. The Nikon V2 kit is only 9g (NOT 90g) lighter than the Sony NEX-6 kit.

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

Aren't we kind of scraping the bottom? 414 comments on some product images and a list of specs? Do we have too much spare time on our hands?

If we don't get test results, let's have a comment-boycott.

1 upvote
Raw Images Raw Talk
By Raw Images Raw Talk (Oct 24, 2012)

agreed, let's start with you.

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

I'm serious. I'm not going to waste my time.

...in what seems to be a moribund website.

Do you agree?

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

Almost no new cameras have shown any surprises in tests. This will be just as good as other Nikon 1 cameras. It uses the same lenses and probably the same sensor after all.

The only interesting test is how it handles in reality IMHO.

For some strange reason the Q seems to inspire fun photography - even though it has a small sensor and quite mediocre IQ. Maybe its the same for this Nikon 1 camera. It tests like any other 1 camera, but for some reason photographers use it for taking nice pictures.

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

@Roland Karlsson

Thanks for the instructive and professional reply.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Oct 24, 2012)

But can you get f/1.8-f/4.9 standard zoom for this thing, stabilized and foldable?

0 upvotes
cprevost
By cprevost (Oct 24, 2012)

Did anybody mention that it's ugly? :) 1990 called, it wants it's camera design back.

2 upvotes
Raw Images Raw Talk
By Raw Images Raw Talk (Oct 24, 2012)

so very true.

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

370 g - that is what it is going too weight with the normal zoom.

If it takes good images and handles well - I think its tempting.

0 upvotes
Zigmont
By Zigmont (Oct 24, 2012)

Usually I don't care what a camera looks like, as long as it takes good pics. But I have to say, I'd be a bit embarrassed carrying this baby around.

Plus, I just don't get the "1" series. This one seems big enough that I'd rather have a decent APS-C DSLR instead.

1 upvote
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

And you can get one with 3x normal zoom at 370 g ?

1 upvote
photo32
By photo32 (Oct 24, 2012)

It might be ugly but I'm looking for a 1 lens travel camera with EVF/OVF, SLR-like performance, about 28-200 equivalent zoom range, decent pixel count, decent video, mechanical zoom, built-in or compact add-on flash and smaller size than a Canon 50D with 18-200 lens. So far a bunch of cameras have come close (OMD with 14-140, Pana GH3 with 14-140, Nikon V1, Sony NEX6/7) but all fall short in one aspect or antoher. To me this one is about as close as I've seen to my ideal travel camera. I will be interested in the price with the new 10-100 zoom.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

The 10-100 zoom is F4.5 and it weights 515 g. Hmmm ,,, it will be quite front heavy with a 260 g body. And the total weight will be nearly 800 g. I am not sure you want that.

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DJWon
By DJWon (Oct 24, 2012)

The new 1V2, a new 'photographers' camera for the 'enthusiasts,' with its brand new battery type EN-EN21 effectively alienates many existing owners of the 1V1, who have been hoping to continue using the 1V system as a backup for their D800, D600, and D7000 cameras which all use the common battery. Nikon did this to achieve what, a reduction of some 20 grams in weight?
This Nikon 1 system never ceases to make me wonder.

1 upvote
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

Only once have I bought a camera that uses the same batteries as an older one. It was when buying the K-5 after the K-7. So ... alienating might be a too strong word for not keeping the same battery.

1 upvote
DJWon
By DJWon (Oct 25, 2012)

The V1 has to be somewhat a unique case, because many of those who actually invested in one, like myself, were already owning a Nikon DSLR and were lured by the compatibility, offered by the FT1 lens adapter and the use of the EN-EL15 battery,with their existing or near-future DLSRs.
The EN-EL15 was then and still is at the moment one of the mainstays in the Nikon lineup (see D800/E & D600, both 2012 releases). Not quite ready to be called an old model.
I'm sure Nikon had its reason for dumping the EN-EL15 in the V2, but it has lost my interest in the 1 system...
Because battery compatibility, freeing one from lugging multiple sets of chargers is an important factor in choosing a camera for those who travel frequently. 3 times in 4 years I have chosen cameras with battery compatibility, including my V1.

1 upvote
moimoi
By moimoi (Oct 24, 2012)

One of the ugliest if not the ugliest camera I have even seen. Nikon 1 series is doomed

1 upvote
Earthlight
By Earthlight (Oct 24, 2012)

There must be a market for this, otherwise they would not have done it. I just don't understand the allure of a big small sensor camera.

3 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

It isnt big. Put it beside a DSLR and take a look. It definitely is not big.

2 upvotes
Earthlight
By Earthlight (Oct 25, 2012)

Think about Nex and the G1x cameras though.

0 upvotes
zoranT
By zoranT (Oct 24, 2012)

welcome back to the 1990s

1 upvote
RWalker
By RWalker (Oct 24, 2012)

I'm sorry Nikon but this is one ugly camera. I hope it takes great pics.

2 upvotes
mrschmo
By mrschmo (Oct 24, 2012)

I like what Nikon has done here. Luckily I don't need shallow dof! I do want a lightweight camera system to complement my Nikon DSLR. 14 high quality megapixels are plenty for me. As someone who likes supertelephoto photography, this camera allows use of affordable lenses via adapter and still have fast autofocus. Please tell me this camera has a standard hot shoe and can be used with a SB-900.

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kadardr
By kadardr (Oct 24, 2012)

4.6k x 3k at 15 fps: it means a data stream over a 4k videocam. Looks like very serious stuff. Please everybody: rethink what you think.

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Retzius
By Retzius (Oct 24, 2012)

I bet the review for this comes out before they finish the review for the Pentax K30 ;)

5 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 25, 2012)

I'll bet it doesn't.

Name your price.

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

That's tellin' 'em.

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Nerdlinger
By Nerdlinger (Oct 25, 2012)

Mr. Butler when oh when will this mystery K-30 review be seen? I've been waiting a looooooooooong time. No disrespect. Need some Kickstarter funds to get it rolling along?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 25, 2012)

It's very nearly finished. Little things like Photokina meant it had to be put on hold but it's being worked on and will be published within the next week.

1 upvote
Nerdlinger
By Nerdlinger (Oct 26, 2012)

No need to be snarky...

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dbateman
By dbateman (Oct 24, 2012)

I wish the admins here could just delete all the ugly comments. Or freeze those users for some time.

Really I want to see sample shots, how it is in the hand. Is it worth it or is the NEX6 better, both about the same if you include getting wifi support for smartphone controlled photos.
Like to see the output at ISO 3200 and 6400. Techradar with 5R review, seems to imply that the new 16 sony chip with Phase sites isn't as good as the older 16 chip. So interested in seeing a comparison between OMD, NEX6 and this.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Oct 24, 2012)

Of course NEX-6 is better.

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Cytokine
By Cytokine (Oct 24, 2012)

I am trying to like it but it looks like a Sony Alpha with humps but only a small sensor.

A Nikon retro range-finder with APc sensor with screw driver, would sell like hot cakes.

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maxnimo
By maxnimo (Oct 24, 2012)

I'm confused by all the "ugly" comments. Is this camera supposed to be framed and hung on a gallery wall next to Mona Lisa?

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abolit
By abolit (Oct 24, 2012)

Beauty & ugliness, why not?

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andreaThode
By andreaThode (Oct 24, 2012)

No, it's supposed to 'do the job'.

But I prefer something else, anything else, to 'do the job'.
Because I wouldn't want to touch this ugly beast.

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Oct 24, 2012)

I couldn't agree more. The same thing goes with phones, too, and cars--who CARES what the thing LOOKS like? Now if we were talking about a woman in a bikini, I'd understand completely (or MAYBE cars if we're talking about a high-line Porsche or BMW etc), but a device? Come on already. Does it do the stinking job, THAT is what matters. Worry about prettiness when it comes to the PICTURES it produces.

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tiberiousgracchus
By tiberiousgracchus (Oct 24, 2012)

Agreed. For me it looks balanced and hefty. Unlike the NEX series. I think most lenses will feel at home on this body. Very tempting indeed .

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EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (Oct 25, 2012)

If you guys are arguing against product aesthetics...

You are doing it wrong.

People care. do I even need to say ...DUH....

Cmon now. The thing is hideous plus specs no one cares for, generally starting around that crapolla sensor. This is like the anti DOF camera.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Oct 24, 2012)

Wonder what the ISO range is?

NB: Camera body aesthetics are next to meaningless if the camera performs its function well. The problem with the design of the Pentax K01 is not the boxy body in many hues. It's things like the dumb card door cover and no possibility of an EVF. The "slickly designed" Sony RX100 shares that last failure.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Oct 24, 2012)

Have you read the press release?
"A wide ISO range (160-6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions"

"wide" ;)

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Oct 24, 2012)

well, that was an answer on totally different question...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Oct 25, 2012)

peevee1--

ISO range is stupidly not listed in the specs; last I knew ISO is one of the important specifications for a digicam.

Then given that press releases are often full of silly marketing verbiage, no I don't generally read them. Why bother? Now that you say the ISO specs are in the wrong place, I can find them by doing a control F search of ISO on this webpage, great thanks for the information. Generally still not going to read press releases; they rarely reflect the actual system.

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FrankS009
By FrankS009 (Oct 24, 2012)

Fascinating (and fun) to read the comments. Yes the Pentax is uglier - by design. This one is ugly because all DSLRs are ugly ( the nicest being the Leica S2) and its design is condensed DSLR ugliness. Design also sells cameras. Perhaps this is why Sony and Fuji are stressing the sleeker "rangefinder" style with internal EV.
Technically, as far as IQ is concerned, I suspect that the 1 inch sensor can do what the 43rds sensor did five years ago, the 43rds sensor does what the APC-S sensor does now, and both are getting closer to what Full Frame cameras have done in the recent past. And then there is the Sigma DPM2.

To each his own, but I am not going to make this camera mine.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Oct 24, 2012)

Nah, I think the Nikon D4's body is nicer than the Leica S2's on aesthetic grounds. The Leica is too much of a vertical wedge.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

I think its cute :)

My first thought was - yet another fake retro design. Like the OM-D. It resembles Nikon F with FTn prism or even an F4. That high squarish prism.

The "prism" here is of course fake, like in the OM-D. And it is much smaller than the F ones. But nevertheless! Cute!

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Oct 25, 2012)

I'm not such a big fan of the design, but I think you are right and most people are forgetting the context. This harkens back to Nikon's older SLR designs, just as Olympus did to their's with the EM-5. When people see how small it is they may feel differently. The good thing is its convenient photographically in a way the former V cameras haven't been.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

Actually, once I got over the initial shock of the tall, F2 style VF housing, it's not that bad looking. It's not beautiful like my X-Pro1 or an X100, but it looks all business.

If sure it retained the V1s blazing AF and huge buffer.

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The Jacal
By The Jacal (Oct 24, 2012)

Looks like an old Kodak bridge cam.

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slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Oct 24, 2012)

What about the viewfinder magnification? I do not see that in the specs ...

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tomboyter
By tomboyter (Oct 24, 2012)

This camera is about the same size as the Canon G1 X, (which I have enjoyed now for the last seven months) and has roughly the same appearance. I have found the size to be more functional than the smaller form factor cameras just because it fits my hand and shooting style better. Carrying it is not that much more of a burden than carrying the 1/1.7 cameras, and the output is considerably better in my opinion...therefore worth the little extra effort. Wonder how the 14 mp one inch sensor will compare to the 14 mp 1.5 inch sensor in the G1 X ? I'm betting on the extra pixel pitch to make a lot of difference.

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bluevaping
By bluevaping (Oct 24, 2012)

Want to see what how it compares in size and stuff, stop guessing, its bigger as hell, its small as blah.
http://camerasize.com/

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vFunct
By vFunct (Oct 24, 2012)

The Engadget video from the Nikon guy says the camera can do 60 FPS in FULL resolution! (without AF)

http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/24/nikon-v2-mirrorless-compact-hands-on/

holy crap the slow-View best-shot selector is absolutely perfect for Sports shooters. They really need this technology in the D4

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skytripper
By skytripper (Oct 24, 2012)

As fas as I'm concerned, adding that big honking grip completely negates the Nikon 1's main benefit, which was its compact form factor.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 24, 2012)

That big honking grip makes it easy to use. The big question is how it handles. I generally dont like too small cameras, and I find DSLRs to big and clunky to carry around all day.

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AngelicBeaver
By AngelicBeaver (Oct 24, 2012)

A grip should be the size of the smallest lens that goes on the camera. Otherwise, the "big honking" lens is what completely negates the form factor, which is the problem with most of these small systems. If you can't slip the camera + lens into your pocket/purse, the grip doesn't even matter, except for ergonomics.

I think the chronic lack of grips in these small cameras is a psychological issue. People see large grip and think large camera. Small grip = small camera. The lens can be taken off so it doesn't even factor into a lot of people's reasoning.

But, unless you plan to carry it around with the lens off, the lens is going to ruin the form factor, not a decent sized grip.

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bluevaping
By bluevaping (Oct 25, 2012)

Your right. The 1 system lens are generally small even compared to M4/3. I was comparing the 10-110 lens to the 40-150 lens olympus . I was expecting them to be close to the same based on specs. At first, I thought I must have got the kit lens because how small it is compared. Lets get people some bags or a camera strap, or sew in some big pockets already to get the job done.

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richard cohen
By richard cohen (Oct 24, 2012)

how much bigger than the v1/j1 is it? if it is too big it loses a big reason for ownership imo..i bought my j1 as a higher quality replacement for a p&s when i can't bring my big boy camera...

i welcome the onboard flash, that was the single biggest reason i chose the j1 over the v1. i think the v2 is too expensive however, and believe the market will sort that out in the coming months. you can get a decent dslr with kit lens for this money...

so overall a mixed bag, but if the v2 isn't too big and if it comes down in price i could be interested.

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Mouser
By Mouser (Oct 25, 2012)

http://camerasize.com/compare/#392,123

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GXRuser
By GXRuser (Oct 25, 2012)

Looking at both cameras at camera size.com, the V2 is smaller and lighter than the V1.

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Magnus W
By Magnus W (Oct 24, 2012)

Wow, an even larger, uglier, still-too-expensive small-sensor camera. Seriously, Nikon.

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Crac1
By Crac1 (Oct 24, 2012)

Finally, we find that in the Nikon 1 V2! Now it gets interesting.

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Emopunk
By Emopunk (Oct 24, 2012)

It's a mixing of Pentax ugliest cameras and Samsung el cheapo ones. It couldn't be more ugly. Bravo Nikon!

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slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Oct 24, 2012)

You know - a mirror-less camera can not - by definition - look into a mirror. So it does not care how it looks ... (sarcasm intended)

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Cameron R Hood
By Cameron R Hood (Oct 24, 2012)

Redefining the word 'ugly'...wtf? What are they thinking?

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spencerberus
By spencerberus (Oct 24, 2012)

The market will decide if this is a camera that meets people's needs, not a small number of people who parade opinion as fact. I won't buy it because I was never going to buy it, I've invested in m43 for a while now and am happy with the combination of form factor and quality. Others aren't, and that's fine, because there are other choices out there. This is just another choice.

If you're going to express your negative opinion, don't demean people for expressing a positive one. Or is it that all opinions are ok, as long as they match your own?

And 'ugly' is always an opinion. I don't particularly care for the design aesthetics myself, but I'm not a huge fan of Picasso's paintings either.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Oct 25, 2012)

A voice in the wilderness...;)

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IZO100
By IZO100 (Oct 24, 2012)

and suddenly Nikon wakes up...

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 24, 2012)

Looks like a clever accommodation to males who thought the V1 to be too dainty and lady-like. A good grip is essential to hold a small camera steady.

The V2 appears to offer more special modes and controls than either the D3200 or the D5100, though the typical buyer might use automatic settings. The real question is whether it can grab good stills, or else high speed (slo-mo) video at ill-lit sports events. Would the "best moment capture mode" work at all to record a finish or a goal in a place that did not allow a speed light?

But (no surprise!) curmudgeons here will love only their own mug, snout, koteka, or camera.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Oct 24, 2012)

Looks like despite all best advice Nikon hasn't given up on this lame system - well at least the new model seems like a suitable camera - but why is it so dam ugly?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 24, 2012)

Since it's the best-selling mirrorless system in some markets, I'm not sure giving up would be the best advice.

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smatty
By smatty (Oct 24, 2012)

That was after they discounted it so heavily! At regular suggested retail they would have never sold many of the version one.

It'll be interesting to see how the design plus small sensor will be preceived by consumers and if Nikon can do this time without the early and heavy discounts...

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 24, 2012)

I'd originally included a footnote about average selling price - I think you're probably spot-on about discounting.

It'll be interesting to see if the stays anywhere near $899 or if it suddenly has '$X00 savings!' promotions as we get nearer to Christmas/the Holidays.

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ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (Oct 24, 2012)

On October 31 2011, Mirrorless rumors reported that the V1 entered the top ten ranking on Amazon.com. Not bad considering it offered limited control and pretty slow lenses. Image quality of the V1 rivalled M4/3 and the colours were particularly nice. So the V2 may be another surprise. Personally, I'd rather get this than the Sony R100.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

Walk into any Costco in the States, and you'll be greeted by a mountain of J1s. That's what the soccer and hockey moms and dads are walking out with, so "lame" is certainly not a universal descriptor of the Nikon 1 cameras. I know in Asia it's also extremely popular.

I don't know, great IQ, blazing AF and large buffers might not appeal to you but for many it's exactly what they need. I've only used the J1 and it was a blast, with quite good HD video with full manual control.

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smatty
By smatty (Oct 24, 2012)

@RButler, it started selling at EUR 870,- in Germany and went down 50% in around 3 month with Nikon and retailer discounts.
Currently it sells at Amazon.de for EUR 390,- and you get a EUR 80,- coupon for an adapter.

Make a note in your calendar. In Januar 2013 the V2 is below $499 with promotional rebates...

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Octane
By Octane (Oct 24, 2012)

All those comments about how the smaller sensor size makes no sense when the camera isn't smaller. You guys forget another really important aspect. A smaller sensor means lenses need less glass. While the lens itself might not be much smaller, the glass elements can be much smaller. That gives Nikon a higher profit margin on every lens they make for this system.

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gurgeh
By gurgeh (Oct 24, 2012)

No they don't forget, on the contrary, the fact that Nikon's profit would be their loss is part of the reason why they post those comments. And I said "would be their loss" is because having seen that Nikon 1 is bad value (same price for lens - less glass, smaller sensor), they won't buy into that system in the first place, and that is Nikon's loss.

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photoholiko
By photoholiko (Oct 24, 2012)

I don't find it ugly, the K-01 now that's ugly and the Canon M is a poor excuse for a Mirrorless, the fact that one can buy an NEX6 for $100 more this V2 doesn't stand a chance.

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Shamael
By Shamael (Oct 24, 2012)

you will wonder if you knew how many newbies with a Grant in their pocket would rather buy Nikon than Sony or even OLY. Once you are into the game for a few years you become objective, despite the fact the the Canikon mafia will up to 95% never change in mind.

I used Nikon for more than 45 years. Today, the technology advantage is at Sony, any high end DSLR from Nikon can not give me the same pleasure than my NEX. In photography you stick to a brand for lens issues, with NEX that is obsolete, same as with other mirrorless where adapters make you use all your old lenses in MF.

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Oct 24, 2012)

hmmm... why not? IF they can use the advantges of smaller sensor (quick focus, higher burst rates, brighter results with fast lenses.), and keep to fit not our pocket but to our WALLET as well !

It would be a bit ridiculous if the prices gona be around 1000 something. (euros /pound/dollars... you name it !) 600 something would be just perfect with a kit lens on my definations !

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Oct 24, 2012)

When the Nikon 1 series first came out, somebody I knew asked me if it was a good camera to get. I told them that without a mode dial and built-in flash, to hold off. There are other options. Today I just went back to them and said Nikon just changed my opinion of this platform with the introduction of the V2. Of course, I also pointed out the Nikon D3000 and D3200 which are good alternatives as well.

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IZO100
By IZO100 (Oct 24, 2012)

cool story bro

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Renzokuken
By Renzokuken (Oct 24, 2012)

will never get pass the 2.7 crop factor and the relatively small sensor size. the smaller sensor size did not yield significant space saving or smaller form factor so I'm sorry, any improvements won't do at all because i can't get pass the sensor size

in other news. Sony's thinking of creating a Full Frame Point and Shoot camera. eventually, full format digital backs will eventually be the gold standard, as it gets cheaper to make sensors with the improvement of technology

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