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Just Posted: Nikon 1 V2 Preview Samples

By dpreview staff on Jan 2, 2013 at 18:38 GMT
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We've just posted a gallery of real-world samples from the new Nikon 1 V2, with its bundled kit zoom, the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6. The V2 is a significantly different camera from its predecessor, offering much more enthusiast-friendly ergonomics and a new 14MP sensor, among other refinements. As well as 25 JPEG images we've also included four Raw conversions, to give a better idea of the camera's potential.

Nikon 1 V2 Preview Samples - Posted 4th December 2012

There are 29 images in the samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. A reduced size image (within 1024 x 1024 bounds) is provided to be more easily viewed in your browser. As always the original untouched image is available by clicking on this reduced image.

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Joe Pineapples
By Joe Pineapples (Jan 2, 2013)

Pictures of a Wooly Mammoth? Hmm... maybe it is taking dpreview too long to get these reviews out!

16 upvotes
Just Ed
By Just Ed (Jan 3, 2013)

lol, my reaction was similar.

2 upvotes
D200_4me
By D200_4me (Jan 2, 2013)

I have lots and lots of photos I love from a V1 I had. Sure it has its limitations, but it has its uses too.

1 upvote
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Jan 2, 2013)

I think the Nikon faithful are spoiled rotten. They expect every Nikon to deliver D800 type IQ.

These samples aren't bad, coming from a much lower priced P&S type camera with a smallish sensor.

I'll take it over a cameraphone 100% of the time.

13 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 2, 2013)

I agree, other than the price comment. The V1 and J1 are heavily discounted and represent a remarkable value. However, at full MSRP, the V2 is the same price as a Nikon D5200 or Canon T4i or several other full featured APS-C or 4/3 cameras. So in that regard, the samples are pretty bad.

2 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Jan 2, 2013)

You're right about the price.

Look at the Amazon prices listed right kiafter the article. V2 kit...$850. V1 kit.... $350. There is no way on earth that the upgrade is worth an extra $500.

At $850 your are within spitting distance of all those cameras you mentioned, plus the Pentax K30. All of which are a LOT MORE camera than a Nikon 1 V2.

Wait six months, and the V2 will be under $400, where it belongs. Then... it becomes a good value.

11 upvotes
Gintaras_J
By Gintaras_J (Jan 2, 2013)

Nice samples from nice small camera. And I wonder how arrogant some commenters are...(:

9 upvotes
Photo_AK
By Photo_AK (Jan 2, 2013)

Sad, just sad.

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wootpile
By wootpile (Jan 2, 2013)

I've said it before and I'll say it 1000 times.

The Nikon 1 series make me sad.

In all Nikon history, I have never seen such a let-down. These are cameras that are solely meant for the fashion fans. It may be selling quite well, but it is a shameful blot on the Nikon brand.

Nikon: please reconsider. Give us a commpetitive mirrorless system, not a bling accessory.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

meant for fashion fans ? :-)) lady gaga kind of fashion you mean, i guess;-).

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MikeStern
By MikeStern (Jan 2, 2013)

@Ken Johnes
Truly enjoying your 9 comments already.
Make sure to get your sleep too.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

Mike ,
thanks for reminding me. i believe i´ll sleep well ,as long as you `dont´ have any plans to sleep with me ;-)

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 2, 2013)

Yeah, like the coolpix series is a gem. Or that P7000 I tried out. It's just marketing, and if this kind of product needs to be put on the market, so it can sell millions and fund the next generation of full-frame cameras, then bring it on !

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EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (Jan 2, 2013)

Its kind of baffling to see this before a proper 6d review. There is no excitement around the nikon j cameras. The 6d, in comparison, has a shiz-ton of people- myself included- that are on the fence and looking for a thorough review as to whether to purchase or not. There's just nothing much to the camera to have the review not drop already- IMHO, anyways. Its almost literally a 60d with a full frame sensor +gps+wifi

With the 7d2, and other canon bodies slated to be announced in the near future, the 6d review cant come soon enough. :)

PS/sidenote- ive handled this camera at BH- and it feels great. I think i need to be just pushed over the edge. The outer focus points worked pretty well too.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

well , you really think it´s the same person or only one person doing all the reviews?,
as far as i know the reviews are assigned to different people and according to the availability of cameras. and a 6D will definitely take much more time and effort than this silly cam from nikon.

by your own admission 6D is literally a 60D with full frame, now there you have it. read the 60 d Review,and look at the `6D´comparisson page and you have it.
it´s a great camera with IQ to match 5D3, what more do you want i wonder!!

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EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (Jan 3, 2013)

well since you ask, i REALLY want 5dmk#...but my wallet doesn't. Woe is me :(

And hey DPreview, just rent one from adorama for heavens sakes. Is that against policy or something?

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Revenant
By Revenant (Jan 3, 2013)

Most review sites, whether they review cameras, video games, CDs, books or whatever, get review samples sent to them by the manufacturers/publishers. They don't actually go out and buy (or rent) them themselves.
In a comment to the "Best camera of 2012" poll, Barney from DPR said that the 6D weren't included in the list, because they hadn't had the time to test it thoroughly, having just received a production sample from Canon.

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (Jan 2, 2013)

Thank you for the beautiful pictures from the pebble beach.

Pity the files don't have the names mentioned in the description pages.

1 upvote
rusticus
By rusticus (Jan 2, 2013)

again a camera that no one really needs

nikon - please build a digital F3 with a FF sensor, no frills for 1000 Euro

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

now that´ll be the best innovation from nikon since the original D3.
or atleast a digi back with d600 sensor which can be used on old nikons.they have patented such a back recently, who knows what 2013 brings.;-)

3 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 2, 2013)

The FF sensor alone would cost 1000. The limited production run and the special requests for it would probably take it closer to 10.000 than 1000.

Go buy an Olympus OMD EMD EM DM5, or a Fuji XPro 1.

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photo32
By photo32 (Jan 2, 2013)

Actually I could really do with a camera like this. I want (in fact I need) a camera which is small enough to travel (and not carry my Canon 50D plus lenses). It needs to operate fast, focus well, have inbuilt flash, have viewfinder, be compact, have decent resolution, do decent video and have manual function when needed. About the only thing the V2 misses out on for me is being able to put a wireless flash trigger on top so it can be a backup to my 50D for studio flash work. But as a responsive, capable, all-in-one travel camera it's just what I need.
An SLR is not always the right answer, sometimes I just want to get the travel snaps and spend the rest of the holiday relaxing - I just don't like doing it with a compact because there are TOO many compromises.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 3, 2013)

And while we are at it, BMW build a new m3 for $16,000 and I'll buy two.

0 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Jan 2, 2013)

Soccer moms rejoice!
People take this camera too seriously
This is not a poor mans Leica its a soccer mom cam.
If you want a silk purse from sows ear then go to M 4/3rds or Fuji X__?
Can an artist brush with this to create art? Yes.
Is the sensor/body size ratio off? Yes.
Are the lenses too big? Yes.
Is this a serious camera? No.
Go out and make art and capture moments..

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MichaelKJ
By MichaelKJ (Jan 2, 2013)

With a retail price of $900 with kit lens, I don't think this camera will be a hit with soccer moms.

3 upvotes
SETI
By SETI (Jan 2, 2013)

I really wanted to like that camera but... nothing interesting. I mean IQ. My Sony RX100 does better

3 upvotes
Ak pinxit
By Ak pinxit (Jan 2, 2013)

why processed photos are so grainy ?

6 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 2, 2013)

Cause it's a 1 inch sensor.

3 upvotes
AshMills
By AshMills (Jan 2, 2013)

Whilst Im glad this camera system exists I wont be buying one yet- the chip is still too noisy for me.

I reallly just want a silent Nikon FF body with no SLR viewfinder or mirror that can take all my FF glass, without the (audible) noise of a FF DSLR. It can be same size as a Nikon FM.

Anyone else want one?

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HomoSapiensWannaBe
By HomoSapiensWannaBe (Jan 2, 2013)

Sounds good to me!

1 upvote
Kalin
By Kalin (Jan 4, 2013)

Ask Sony to make you one :) Or get an A99

0 upvotes
IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Jan 2, 2013)

Stop faffing about and put a four thirds sensor innit.

6 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 3, 2013)

Too late now, they have 1" imaging circle in their lenses.

1 upvote
Simon97
By Simon97 (Jan 2, 2013)

Not crazy about the soft jpegs that Nikon, Canon and some others seem to like. Panasonic got the message with the LX7. While you do get some noise with the raws, the difference in sharpness is night and day.

2 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Jan 2, 2013)

I personally can't stand over-sharpened images.

Softer imagery is much more natural.

1 upvote
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

we are unfortunately seeing oversoftened pics;-). a bit more sharpening will do much good to those photos

1 upvote
vFunct
By vFunct (Jan 2, 2013)

noway. Keep them unsharpened. Natural imagery is so much better.

2 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Jan 2, 2013)

btw the real issue is that bayer-pattern and jpg sub-sampling prevents accurate pixel sampling.

For the actual resolution, with a real RGB value at each pixel, shrink the image by half in each axis.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

what do you mean by natural imagery?do you really think if you stand there in person and look at those scenes in the samples and it looked that soft through your eyes ,and will still think your eyes are fine ?
i´d be making an appointment with my eye doctor the next morning.
the softness usually comes by means of cheap lenses too,but in this case you can actually see that the lens is really good ,by looking at how much more details and sharpness the raw files has.
(unfortunately with noise too, and i bet noise reduction during the incamera conversion is resulting in those useless softies)

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backayonder
By backayonder (Jan 2, 2013)

Well unlike the RX100 it has a viewfinder so that has to be a plus. This is a great little camera and I want the world to buy it so that Nikon can scrape a few $$ together and build a replacement D300s.

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panos_m
By panos_m (Jan 2, 2013)

Thanks for the samples! Nikon 1 is an interesting small system. Eventually an even better sensor, like the one in the the RX-100, will come. Lenses are already added. Nice.

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Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Jan 2, 2013)

Can you guys hire some decent photographers? These are the most uninspiring photos ever.

2 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jan 2, 2013)

It's comments like this that make me glad to get up and go to work in the morning.

37 upvotes
KerryBE
By KerryBE (Jan 2, 2013)

Welcome back to the DPR team. I admire how you keep your chin up with some of the feedback you get. Looking forward to a great 2013 and keeping up with things in the photography world via your website.

11 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jan 2, 2013)

Look out for our 'Best Comments of 2013' roundup in December ;)

23 upvotes
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Jan 2, 2013)

To DPR,

These critics are hilarious and their galleries are equally laughable!

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

those photos may be average but you see, the point is to show pics of various scenes a normal customer might be interested in taking pics of.
and DPR reviewers are doing a fine job of it, if you want staged shots under perfect lighting then there are enough samples on the manufacturer´s websites.only problem , they only show the best results, not the bad ones.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 2, 2013)

Are you saying that you want the images to look like washed out Instagram garbage? I won't comment on your ability to compose, but your taste in editing isn't helping support the aesthetic high ground you obviously think you're on.

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KerryBE
By KerryBE (Jan 2, 2013)

When I have seen questions about editing associated with other sample galleries, the usual answer is that the images are out of camera jpg. No PP unless they choose to put a processed raw image side by side with an out of camera jpg to show that comparison.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

Howard, i was mentioning the subject and composition only when i wrote average.
the rest is camera´s fault.. the soft, mushy, mute coloured files coming out of this camera is CRAP ,i admit and i´ll say this is a waste of nikon´s R&D resource when they already have similar cameras .they should have invested the time in developing the d400 or something similar.

but that´s nikon´s fault.

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backayonder
By backayonder (Jan 2, 2013)

Barney. Look on the bright side. You got to go for a spin in the Tardis, meet the Doctor and take a picture of a Wooly Mammoth. Is it really true that their breath stinks.

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howardroark
By howardroark (Jan 2, 2013)

Ken, I was referring to the OP's gallery of Instagram-style photographs. I agree that these galleries aren't meant to be great works of art....and I'd imagine the people taking the pictures don't get rights to their images. If they are going to take amazing photographs they're better off doing it on their own time and making some money if they're into that kind of thing.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

Howard, sorry for the misunderstanding.
cheers.

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ptox
By ptox (Jan 2, 2013)

Ah, pictures of Victoria, BC -- my hometown -- it's paradise in the summer, you know. :-)

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Frank C.
By Frank C. (Jan 3, 2013)

is that in Australia?

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Jan 3, 2013)

Or Austria?

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (Jan 2, 2013)

Decent performace in a senseless, ugly and overpriced body. Way to go Nikon!!!

2 upvotes
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

decent?. look at those iso160 landscape jpegs, they look like crap, soft and mushy, i wonder who will want this overpriced (and ugly) camera when the P7700 gives you way better pics at those iso´s.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jan 2, 2013)

Why are the only high ISO samples, pictures of other pictures? That is completely misleading. Could you remove those images and replace them with real world high ISO images?

2 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jan 2, 2013)

They're pictures of museum exhibits under very low artificial light Taking pictures of pictures would be... silly.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jan 2, 2013)

Are you suggesting that the backgrounds in those images are all housed inside a museum? Are those backgrounds not paintings? There is no way that mountain landscape is inside of a museum.

On the other hand it does certainty look like the Nikon noise reduction resembles an oil painting.

I have to agree that these are the most useless sample images I have come across.

2 upvotes
KerryBE
By KerryBE (Jan 2, 2013)

Seems like image 0258 is a valid means to determine how well low contrast detail is maintained, or not, at high iso by looking closely at the hair on the mamoth.

2 upvotes
Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (Jan 3, 2013)

@mpgxsvcd What's your definition of real world?

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Jan 3, 2013)

>What's your definition of real world?

Washington, D.C.

0 upvotes
cruser2469
By cruser2469 (Jan 2, 2013)

Sad. Nikon fanboys don't even like this camera. An absolute waste of time and money by Nikon. It's comical to watch them roll this thing out.

11 upvotes
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Jan 2, 2013)

Huh? Never mind. Enjoy your iphone and tequila

6 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Jan 2, 2013)

No, whats sad is that you joined DPR just to be nasty on news comments.

10 upvotes
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 2, 2013)

and which brand owns `you´ you cruzer dumbo ?, atleast let´s us know where you are hailing from.

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Gintaras_J
By Gintaras_J (Jan 2, 2013)

Nice samples from nice small camera. And I wonder how arrogant some commenters are...(:

5 upvotes
Jon Stern
By Jon Stern (Jan 3, 2013)

I watched "The Hobbit" the other day. [SPOILER ALERT] I thought all the trolls got turned to stone?

2 upvotes
cruser2469
By cruser2469 (Jan 3, 2013)

Jimmy Jang, I have both and enjoy them often. Sandy, when you become an adult, you will realize that not everybody's opinion agrees with yours. And little Kenny, name calling, really? Your Mommy is calling you in for supper. Gintaras, I'm not in the market for "nice", keep on settling if that's your deal. And Jon, 3 movies for one book..not cool. What grown man goes to see the Hobbit? And my opinion can't be wavered. This Nikon mirrorless line is comical. I said, Good Day Sir!

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Jan 5, 2013)

so lil crusie boye,guess what ,my supper will have to wait a bit longer,let me finish lunch with your M***y first ;-).
am i calling you names you dumbbell ?, well ,good.
you started calling names first and dont expect to get it back?, suddenly you dont like that ,dumbo?, then go back and hide under that stone you came from.

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