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Nikon Announces New & Improved Nikon 1 V2

By fotosiamo on October 24th 2012

Built like a boxier Sony NEX-camera, the newly announced Nikon 1 V2 promises a more focused-performance for the enthusiasts market. There is a new 14.2 MP CMOS sensor, which is up from 10mp found in the 1 v1, as well as a faster EXPEED 3A image-processing engine that allows you to take advantage of the V2‘s unique functions such as 15fps high-speed continuous shooting, Motion Snapshot, Slow View, Smart Photo Selector, and simultaneous shooting of stills and movies.

The Slow View is probably the most interesting feature to me:

When you press down the shutter-release button of Nikon 1 V2 halfway, the camera rapidly captures a series of 40 frames. While the shutter-release button is half-pressed, the camera shows you each frame in slow motion on the electronic viewfinder or the LCD monitor continuously, so you can choose the best moment to extract for a still image. Once you’ve made your decision, all you have to do is press the shutter-release button all the way and the camera will store the perfect moment of your choice.

The Smart Photo Selector is also unique:

20 continuous shots are taken before and after the shutter-release button is fully pressed, and then the shots judged to be the best are automatically recorded. The version of this function built into the V2 is better at selecting the best shot with a number of improvements, including greater camera-shake reduction and improved detection of subject movement.

Design-wise, the 1 V2 eschews the flat, almost featureless front of its predecessor and replaced it with a built-in hand grip. I’m not sure if I like the design, but it’s not as bad as the Pentax K-01, at least. The white version does have that Stormtroopers vibe, though.

There is also a built-in pop-up flash (Guide number 6.3/20.7 (m/ft, ISO 160, 20°C/68°F)) so you don’t have to carry a separate flash around for those more casual occasions.

Over on the back, the new Fn button allows the user to quickly access and rotate through several of the important shooting functions: ISO, Picture Control, White Balance, AF-Area Mode, Lens Servo, and Metering Mode.


Looking at the top, there now a Mode Dial that gives you direct access to the traditional shooting modes (P,A,S,M), as well as the V2‘s special shooting modes (Advanced Movie Mode/Motion Snapshot Mode/Best Moment Capture Mode)

Nikon-1-V2 top

Price-wise, the Nikon 1 V2 is retailing for $799 body only and $899 with the 10-30mm kit lens. This is actually rather surprising, given how much more competitive the pricing for the bigger sensor mirrorless cameras are, especially the Olympus OM-D ($999 body only) and the Sony NEX-6 ($848 body only). The V1 did eventually fall down in prices, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the V2 will fall back down to a much more realistic price in the $500-600 range.



  • 32mm medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.2 (ff equivalent: 86.4mm)
  • 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 ultra wide-angle zoom lens (ff equivalent: 18-35mm)
  • 10x zoom lens covering the 10-100mm range of focal lengths with maximum apertures of f/4-5.6 (ff equivalent: 27-270mm)

  • Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor pixel sensor newly developed 14.25 million
  • The new image processing engine EXPEED 3A
  • The contrast AF AF AF point and 135 phase difference 73 points
  • Second 15 frames / second continuous shooting 60 frames / best while following in the AF
  • Live control function can be set to make picture while checking the finish
  • Slow feature a view that displays fast moving slowly
  • 1.44 million dot EVF is 100%, the rate of visual field
  • LCD monitor 3.0-inch 920 000 dot
  • Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
  • Full HD video
  • 1/4000-30 sec shutter speed (mechanical shutter)
  • ISO sensitivity 160-6400
  • Equipped with a flash guide number 6.3, angle 10mm illumination
  • Weight 337 g (with battery, including media)
  • Body only, (18.5mm ,10-30mm VR) provides, hyper double zoom kit (10-30mm VR ,10-100mm VR) is a standard zoom lens kit (10-30mm VR), double lens kit.
  • $799 body only, $899 with 10-30mm kit lens
  • Released in November 2012.

    The latest addition to the Nikon 1 V series for simple enjoyment of a variety of forms of imaging expression

    Equipped with new functions for certain capture of the desired images and once-in-a-lifetime shots

    TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the V series of Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that propose new forms of imaging expression.

    The V2 is the latest addition to the Nikon 1 V series and is an incredibly compact and lightweight camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and flash. Despite its small size, the V2 is also equipped with a number of functions that enable capture of images as intended, as well as those once-in-a-lifetime shots that have been difficult or impossible to capture with cameras available to date. It is the perfect camera for those who primarily use a digital-SLR camera, but want a very small, yet reliable, camera that is more portable than a D-SLR, as well as those advancing from a compact digital camera who still want auto shooting capabilities, but are ready to try applying and adjusting shooting settings themselves to achieve the desired results.

    Equipped with the latest image processing engine, EXPEED 3A, and a CMOS image sensor with built-in super high-speed AF and offering an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels, the V2 provides users with a higher pixel count, as well as faster speeds and greater performance. The V2 is equipped with features such as an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and Live Image Control, which allows users to preview the effects of changes to camera settings in the camera monitor prior to shooting. It also supports direct application of settings and a new Slow View function, with which the camera captures a short sequence of still images and plays them back in slow motion, allowing the user to choose the frame that best captures the precise moment to be preserved. A number of other functions and features, including the advanced hybrid AF system, Motion Snapshot, Smart Photo Selector, and the full-HD movie recording function, have been greatly improved with the V2.

    What’s more, the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (available separately) can also be used with the V2 for collaboration with smart devices. This allows users to easily upload photos exhibiting the superior image quality and resolution not possible with cameras built into smart devices to social networking sites for immediate sharing of those images with family and friends.

    Nikon 1 V2 Primary Features

    1. New features: Operation that allows for capture of the desired image with the intended results
    The majority of shooting settings can be applied using just three controls–the mode dial, command dial, and feature button–on the top of the camera. Real-time operation using the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and camera monitor enables certain capture of the intended subject with the desired results.

      Live Image Control (auto mode)
      The V2 is equipped with live image controls that display the effects of each control in the electronic viewfinder (EVF) or camera monitor, allowing users to preview the results that will be achieved with controls, and adjustments to controls, prior to shooting. The camera offers four controls available for selection and adjustment, both of which may be previewed: Active D-Lighting (Off–High), Background Softening (Soften background–Sharpen background), Motion Control (Blur motion-Freeze motion), and Brightness Control (Darker–Brighter).

      Direct application of settings (P, S, A, M exposure modes)
      The command dial, which is operated by both rotating it and pushing it, can be used to immediately access camera menus to apply or adjust white balance, focus mode, AF-area mode, ISO sensitivity, Picture Control, and metering mode settings.

      A mode dial offering eight shooting modes
      Preparing to shoot is fast and easy by simply rotating the mode dial to the desired shooting mode. Eight shooting modes are available: Auto mode, P (programmed auto), S (shutter-priority auto), A (aperture-priority auto), and M (manual) exposure modes, Best Moment Capture mode, Motion Snapshot mode, and Advanced Movie mode.

      A built-in flash that supports i-TTL flash control, and an electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a shorter display time lag

    2. Advanced functions for capturing unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime shots

      The advanced hybrid AF system, which offers both excellent speed and accuracy
      The V2 is equipped with the advanced hybrid AF system, which utilizes both focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF. The speed and capabilities this system offers can be clearly seen with certain capture of the perfect moment with a wide variety of scenes, from moving subjects, even those that move unpredictably such as children and animals, to dimly lit indoor scenes and night landscapes.

      New function: Slow View for recording the perfect moment
      The V2 is equipped with a new Slow View function, with which the camera captures a short sequence of still images and plays them back in slow motion so that the user can choose the precise moment to record as a photograph. When the shutter-release button is pressed halfway, the camera begins buffering still images and then plays them back in a continuous slow-motion loop at the speed of five times slower than normal speed. When the desired frame is displayed, the user need simply press the shutter-release button the rest of the way down to record that frame. This function is extremely convenient for capturing moving subjects with which it is difficult to properly time shutter release.

      Motion Snapshot, Nikon’s exclusive form of imaging expression that combines a full-HD movie with a still image
      By simply pressing the shutter-release button, this function records a still image and a slow-motion movie. With playback, the slow-motion movie plays for four seconds and the still image is displayed for six seconds for a total playback time of ten seconds of footage capable of expressing emotion. Motion Snapshots can be saved in MNS format, which saves the movie file (MOV) and still image file (JPEG) separately, or as a single MOV file.

      Improved Smart Photo Selector
      20 continuous shots are taken before and after the shutter-release button is fully pressed, and then the shots judged to be the best are automatically recorded. The version of this function built into the V2 is better at selecting the best shot with a number of improvements, including greater camera-shake reduction and improved detection of subject movement.

    3. The new EXPEED 3A image-processing engine fully compatible with the superior image quality, and incredible speed and performance of the V2 and a super high-speed AF CMOS sensor

      The new EXPEED 3A for faster image processing and even better image quality
      The V2 is equipped with the new EXPEED 3A image-processing engine, developed exclusively for Nikon 1 cameras. EXPEED 3A enables the same superior image processing available with digital-SLR cameras, as well as offering superior performance with focal-plane phase-detection AF processing, the Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector functions, and recording of full-HD movies.

      A new super high-speed AF CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels
      The V2 is equipped with a new CX-format, super high-speed AF CMOS sensor developed by Nikon and offering an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels. Nikon 1 cameras are the world’s first interchangeable lens digital cameras to offer focal-plane phase-detection AF for the world’s shortest shooting time lag*. At imaging sensitivities of ISO 160-6400, matrix, center-weighted, and spot metering is supported.

      *Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras available as of October 24, 2012. Tested using the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 at the wide-angle position in Single-point AF mode. Statement based on Nikon research.

    4. The world’s smallest and lightest 1 camera, designed with an emphasis on ease of use

      Continuing with our basic Nikon 1 “minimal” design concept, the V2 is the world’s smallest and lightest*1 camera, measuring approximately 107.8 x 81.6 x 45.9 mm (W x H x D) and weighing approximately 337 g*2. Despite its extremely compact size, it responds to the needs of those who demand an authentic shooting experience with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and flash, and a large grip that ensures a firm hold on the camera.

      *1Among interchangeable-lens cameras with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and flash as of October 24, 2012 according to Nikon research.
      *2Measured according to CIPA guidelines, including standard lens, battery and SD memory card but without body cap

    5. Superior image quality and movie picture quality

      When recording movies in movie mode, high-definition still images (approx. 14.2-million pixels, 3 : 2 aspect ratio) can be captured without interrupting movie recording. In addition, an HD movie mode has been adopted that enables movie recording in [P], [S], [A], or [M] exposure mode for more creative and original movies.

    6. Support for the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (available separately) for simple downloading of images to smart devices

    Additional Nikon 1 V2 Features

  • The Mount Adapter FT1 is supported, enabling the use of F-Mount NIKKOR lenses with the V2.
  • Equipped with Nikon’s exclusive imaging system, Picture Control, which allows users to choose and adjust the way in which the camera processes photographs according to the type of scene or their own individual preference.
  • Supports HDMI output for enjoying images and movies recorded with the camera on a high-definition television.
  • Supports Eye-Fi memory cards for simple wireless transfer of images and movies recorded with the camera.
  • SB-N7 speedlight

    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.



    Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

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    1. Seeky

      You are wrong about the NEX 6 pricing: it is $999 with SELP 16-50mm lens.

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