Nikon V2 review

Nikon V2 review

Nikon V2 review: has enough changed in the V2 to warrant an upgrade over the Nikon 1 V1? Our testing team put Nikon’s new CSC to the test.

Nikon V2 review

Nikon has replaced the Nikon 1 V1 with the Nikon 1 V2, an update that promises to be an evolution of the existing camera and is what Nikon hopes will attract more serious photographers – the ones who are more likely to buy additional lenses and other accessories down the line.

Here Amy Davies of our testing team takes a look at what it has to offer in our Nikon V2 review video.

Nikon V2 Review Video Transcript

The Nikon V2 is a replacement for the V1, and sees some interesting changes to the body shape, when compared to the previous model.

Perhaps not considered serious enough for advanced photographers, the V1 was never as popular as its smaller brother, the J1. Now, Nikon has done plenty to try and appeal to more enthusiast users.

It now has a larger hand grip, which gives the camera a much more DSLR style feel. There’s also been a mode dial added at the top here – this makes it much easier to quickly switch between modes such as aperture priority and shutter priority – previously these were hidden away in a menu.

The new hand grip makes it much easier to hold and it feels very secure in the hand, especially when shooting one-handed.

To switch on the V2, you actually have two options. You can flick this switch here – but for speed, and grabbing those quick shots, you can also activate the camera via the lens. Simply press this button here and twist the lens round and the camera switches itself on.

Just to the right of the mode dial is another dial which can be used to alter aperture or shutter speed, depending on the shooting mode. It’s a handy dial and very easily reached by the thumb, which is again useful when shooting one-handed.

To make changes to exposure compensation, first you need to hit this button on the four-way pad, and then use this dial to scroll to the setting you want. It’s a little bit of a shame there isn’t a standalone dial for exposure compensation.

Near the aperture and shutter speed dial is a small function button, which can be pressed to access some of the key settings, such as white balance and autofocus. It would have been good if some more functions could have been accessed from here, or extras added on via a customisable menu.

On the back of the camera is a 921,000 dot screen. Although it’s viewable from a good range of angles, and doesn’t suffer too badly from glare or reflection, it is a shame that it doesn’t tilt and articulate, and it’s not a touchscreen.

To change the autofocus point, you need to tap the OK button and use the arrow keys to scroll around the scene to the point you want. Although this isn’t too tricky, it would have been sped up by the addition of a touchscreen.

Down the left of the camera is a row of four buttons, including a Menu and Playback button. These can’t be reached when using the camera one-handed, but that’s not too much of a problem thanks to the Function button for the mostly common settings.

If you do need to delve into the menu, you’ll find it’s reasonably sensibly laid out. If you’ve ever used a Nikon camera before, you’ll more than likely be at home here.

Like the V1 before it, the V2 includes an electronic viewfinder. This 1.4 million dot device is very good and is a great option in brighter sunlight, or for those that prefer a traditional way of shooting.

The V1 didn’t have an inbuilt flash, only an accessory port for attaching an external flashgun. The V2 has both, with a pop-up flash which is activated via this button here, and an accessory port on top of the EVF here.

The Nikon V2 uses a new 14.2 million pixel CX format sensor and a new processing engine, so we were pretty hopeful that image quality would be good. Luckily, we’ve found that images are punchy and vibrant, with excellent colour reproduction and plenty of detail.


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  • jmeyer

    Hi Airman – The V2 is a fine camera and a worthy replacement for your G12! Depending on your budget, the new Nikon Coolpix A is also a good choice, as it boasts the Nikon D7100 sensor. The Olympus E-PL5 is also fantastic. It won a lot of year-end awards last year, and is small and fast.