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Nikon 1 V2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the image quality and responsiveness are overall positive. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the focus and features.

portability, performance, usability, responsiveness, image quality

value for money, features, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Nikon 1 V2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon 1 V2


The Nikon 1 V2 is what happens when a company takes criticism to heart; A total revamping of the Nikon 1 V1, the V2 answers the main complaints leveled at Nikon's first attempt at a compact prosumer mirrorless camera. The V2 inherits the same...

Smaller body with a very pronounced grip;New 14.2-megapixel CX-format image sensor;Built-in flash and traditional hotshoe replace awkward V1 design

Power toggle feels like a zoom lever, inviting errant deactivation

While we weren’t big fans of the original Nikon 1-series cameras last year, we held out hope that Nikon would turn it around. After all, the lenses are quite good and very compact, the speed is a real asset that has been overlooked, and features like...

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Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera hands-on!


If you followed the launch of Nikon\'s J2 interchangeable-lens compact recently, then waking up to today\'s announcement of a higher-specced V2 probably won\'t come as a huge surprise. Nevertheless, whereas the J2 was frustratingly incremental compared...

If you\'ve been put off by the small sensors in Nikon\'s 1 System, then there\'s nothing to change your mind here. We\'re looking at a revamped but still tiny CX sensor, this time with the resolution bumped up to 14 megapixels (instead of 10) -- a move...

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Nikon 1 V2 is Nikon 1 V with a complete makeover


The entry-level J model in the Nikon 1 series of interchangeable-lens cameras may have received some ho-hum tweaks, but Nikon has completely revamped the higher-end V model -- likely in response to criticisms of some odd design choices in the Nikon 1...

In conjunction with the V2 launch, Nikon introduced a new accessory-shoe flash for use with the series, the Nikon 1 SB-N7 ($159.95). It\'s a necessary addition to the 1 series accessory line, since the older SB-N5 was designed to wrap around the EVF...


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Nikon 1 V2 Preview


Departing radically from the Nikon 1 V1\'s original design, the V2 goes all out to leave the rather bland looks of the V1 behind while maintaining the family resemblance, with broad curves and a bulky industrial look. The end result is rather odd at...

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Nikon 1 V2: Lab Test Results & Comments


Compared to the first generation of Nikon's compact system cameras, the V1, the design of the V2 has changed radically. Instead of a small body with minimized dimensions, it has attained extra girth, although we feel it has also acquired better...

Improved handling over its forerunner ; New sensor with higher resolution ; Electronic viewfinder with high resolution ; Creative filter and photo/movie effects

Missing swivel monitor ; Somewhat bulky design for a CSC camera

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Nikon 1 V2


While Nikon improved the handling of their latest 1 series camera, image quality is tragically unchanged.

You’ve got to hand it to Nikon. Like several other review outlets, we were critical of the physical design of the J1 and V1 when they debuted. These were slippery, troublesome cameras, and in certain conditions that can really rob the shooting...

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Nikon 1 V2 Preview


When Nikon first introduced the V1 and J1 mirrorless cameras about a year ago, it was clear that their emphasis was on the small size and the convenience to carry those cameras around. Nikon selected a small sensor area, 13.2×8.8mm, which Nikon calls...

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Nikon 1 V2 Review


Straight out of the box I have to say the Nikon 1 V2 is the sexiest camera I’ve ever wrapped my mitts around.

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Amazon review summary for Nikon 1 V2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Nikon 1 V2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Compact System Cameras on

performance, portability, responsiveness, usability, focus

value for money, build quality

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Nikon 1 V2 review


Nikon's been reinventing its 1-series of compact system camera with a whole batch of new releases of late. The Nikon 1 V2 is the top-spec model in the series which incorporates a built-in electronic viewfinder and is, on the face of it, targeted at the...

Super-fast autofocus system, impressive burst mode, sharp images are good quality, relatively small size, dedicated mode dial, built-in electronic viewfinder

Blocky design, pricey, sensor won't match up to larger equivalents, subtle image noise visible from mid-ISO settings, layout and menus conflict with more traditional systems, EVF could be higher resolution, ghosting lag in viewfinder upon movement, no...

There's a lot to like about the Nikon 1 V2: it's super fast, responsive and the new mode dial is a nod toward welcoming in the more traditional photo enthusiast. But the menu system is still a bit of a faff and the 1-inch sensor size won't quite match...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:13,2 x 8,8 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/16000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:NIK EN-EL21


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes