Nikon 1 V2 - Compact Camera System (Part 2)

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The Nikon 1 V2 benefits from the same focus system found in the other models in Nikon’s 1 series of cameras. The set-up is an advanced hybrid AF system which instantly switches between a 73-point phase-detection and 135-point contrast-detection AF system to suit the scene that you’re capturing. The real-time result of this combination is truly lightning-fast AF performance, which is up there with any digital camera on the market. Not only is the AF performance blisteringly fast but it’s also assuringly accurate, and the model’s tracking focus ensures that even moving targets can remain sharp.

The fast focus speeds are noticeable in various conditions, even in low light scenes like this.

As mentioned obviously, the Nikon V2 features a range of shooting modes that could be described as both innovative and quirky in equal measure. Features such as Motion Snapshot, which creates a “living image” from before you press the shutter button, are certainly more to the quirky end of the scale, while the Smart Photo Selector mode offers genuinely useful functionality.

The presence of Nikon’s EXPEED 3A processor is the key to facilitating the lightning-fast shooting speeds quoted in the specification. Although these do all have caps to the maximum amount of images they can capture, the mere fact that they are there really helps to distinguish the V2 from its Compact System Camera competitors.

While a whole host of other elements of the camera have received makeovers, one area that remains pretty much as was is the menu system. It's a shame that Nikon hasn't turned its restyling to the menu as it’s muddled and difficult to navigate rather than having well-organized subsections. all of the relevant settings you may want to alter are housed in one long list. The result? Lots of unwanted scrolling to reach the setting you’re looking for.

Owing to the design changes of the Nikon V2, the camera now features a smaller battery and as a result a slightly shortened battery life. Battery life is still good enough though to ensure a full day’s shooting out of a single charge.

Owing to the design changes of the Nikon V2, the camera now features a smaller battery and as a result a slightly shortened battery life.

Owing to the design changes of the Nikon V2, the camera now features a smaller battery and as a result a slightly shortened battery life.

Image quality

Color And White Balance

The white balance system on the Nikon V2 is generally reliable, managing to produce accurate images in a variety of lighting conditions. Colors do appear a touch muted on the default settings, although the Picture Control settings are on hand to add a boost to color if desired.


While the V2 exposes accurately on the whole, there are issues with the camera's dynamic range. There’s a noticeable tendency for highlights to blow in contrasty scenes, with detail also being lost in areas of shadow.


Though the UMP sensor can resolve a good level of detail, the small physical size in comparison to equivalent CSCs means it falls slightly behind the competition.

Image Noise

Noise is another area of concern when you consider the physical size of the Nikon V2’s sensor compared to the competition, although on the whole it handles it well. At the higher settings, such as ISO 1600, aggresive noise reduction causes a softening of images.

Lens Performance

The 10-30mm kit lens offers a reasonable level of performance with edge sharpness being respectable and very few signs of chromatic aberrations.

Lens Performance

Lens Performance

Raw And Jpeg

While JPEGs suffer from aggressive noise reduction, Raw files display the full noisy glory of images. Although this isn't ideal, the option of applying your own more refined noise reduction is certainly preferable.


There’s a lot to like about the Nikon V2; a camera which sees a real marked improvement on its predecessor. Although the design might not be to everyone’s taste on an aesthetic level, there’s no arguing with the fact that the addition of a fully functioning mode dial on the camera's top plate, as well as an amole hand grip, both make the V2 a more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Throw in the headline features, such as the 60fps burst mode and lightning-fast AF system, and the V2 seems like a winner. Certain issues remain, however, and these cause the V2 to still pale in comparison to its CSC competition. The physically small sensor causes a range of image quality issues and places restriction on depth of field, while the price is certainly not for the faint of wallet. A greatly improved camera that is a pleasure to use, although is ultimately still hamstrung by price and image quality.



§  OUTPUT SIZE: 608x3072


§  COMPRESSION: large, Medium, Small

§  SHUTTER SPEEDS: 30 – 1/400sec


§  ISO: 160-6400

§  EXPOSURE MODES: Auto, Scene auto, P, A, S, M

§  METERING SYSTEM: Matrix center-weighted spot

§  DRIVE MODE: Up to 60fps

§  MOVIE MODE: 1720 x 1080 (60i, 60p,30p)

§  DISPLAY: 3in. 921k-dot LCD

§  VIEWFINDER: 0.47in, 1.440k-dul EVF

§  FOCUSING MODES: Single point, auto area, tracking 


§  CONNECTIVITY: Hi-Speed USB, mini HDMI, mini-pin 15mm jack      

§  WEIGHT: 338g

§  DIMENSIONS: 107.8 x 816 x 45.9mm


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