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Nikon 1 V2 review

Nikon 1 gets serious

Our Verdict

For

  • Small body
  • Advanced controls
  • Viewfinder

Against

  • Small sensor
  • Average EVF
  • Fixed LCD

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon 1 V2 with the Panasonic GF5, Nikon 1 V1, Sony RX100 and Olympus E-PL5.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 V2 review

These results show that the Nikon 1 V2's JPEG files have a signal to noise ratio that is stronger than those from the Nikon 1 V1 throughout the sensitivity range, and stronger than the Panasonic GF5 at every setting but ISO 160 and ISO 400. The Nikon 1 V2 sits below the Sony RX100 and Olympus E-PL5 at every sensitivity setting.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 V2 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon 1 V2 are lower than those from the Olympus E-PL5 and higher than those from the Nikon 1 V1 at every sensitivity setting. The V2 is also stronger than the Sony RX100, except at ISO 6400. It is stronger than the Panasonic GF5 at the lower ISOs, but the Panasonic drops off at ISO 400 and above, so the V2 overtakes it after that point.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon 1 V2 review

JPEG results for dynamic range are stronger than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Nikon 1 V2 producing results better than the Panasonic GF5 and Nikon 1 V1 throughout the sensitivity range, and better than the Sony RX100 at every setting but ISO 6400. The V2 sits below the Olympus E-PL5 at every ISO setting.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon 1 V2 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon 1 V2 have a greater dynamic range than those from the Panasonic GF5 at every sensitivity, and from the Nikon 1 V1 at every setting but ISO 3200. The Nikon 1 V2 produces raw images with less dynamic range than those from the Sony RX100 and Olympus E-PL5.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product Family1
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3x, 3x (Lens 1) - 3.6x (Lens 2)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)278 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3072
Maximum Frame Rate1200 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution15.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL21
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height81.6 mm
Width107.8 mm
Depth45.9 mm
Autofocus Points135
Focal Length10 mm to 30 mm (Lens 1) - 30 mm to 110 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesFill Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Auto Flash
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelV2
Product Name1 V2 Mirrorless Camera
Product Line1
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVVA111K003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Why compromise when you want to travel light? The Nikon 1 V2 ensures you don't have to.

With a 14.2-megapixel super high-speed AF CMOS sensor, high ISO, and direct access to manual controls, you get detailed images just the way you want them even in low light.

Combining speed, power, and precision in a seriously small body, this is a versatile main camera and a great second camera that you'll end up putting first more often than you'd expect.

Battery Life310 Shot
Package Contents
  • 1 V2 Mirrorless Camera
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
  • EN-EL21 Rechargeable Li-ion battery (With Terminal Cover)
  • MH-28 Battery Charger
  • BF-N1000 Body Cap
  • BS-N3000 Multi Accessory Port Cover
  • UC-E19 USB Cable
  • AN-N1000 Strap
  • User's Manual
  • Reference Manual CD
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker