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Nikon 1 V2 14.2 MP HD Digital Camera Body Only (Black)
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- PSAM modes right on the Mode Dial
- Enhanced Motion Snapshot - Blend motion, stills and sound to capture the essence of a moment like never before
- See the world in slow motion, then grab exactly the shot you want with the new Slow View
- Get the best shot with Smart Photo Selector, which captures 20 shots with a single button press
- Simultaneously shoot 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same action
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon 1|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||60 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||No|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG, NEF (RAW)|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/60_sec|
|Flash Type||Optional SB-N7 mini speedlight|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.23 x 1.81 x 4.29 inches|
|Item Weight||0.61 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||11 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.8 grams|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Expeed 3A|
|Remote Control Description||Optional ML-L3|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion EN-EL21 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||h.264;mpeg-4|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Description||1440000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
The Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body is just like the previous V1, it offers versatility without the bulk and weight of a DSLR--a lightweight, interchangeable-lens digital camera.Features 14.2MP 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS CX Image SensorNikon 1 Lens Mount3.0" LCD Display60fps Burst Shooting at Full ResolutionElectronic ViewfinderWireless-Capable1920 x 1080/60i Movie CaptureAdvanced Hybrid AFi-TTL Hot Shoe for Optional SpeedlightThe V2 has a new, higher-resolution 14.2MP 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor. The Advanced Hybrid Autofocus System provides both phase (73-point) and contrast-detection (135-point) autofocus for much faster focusing and shooting at up to 60 frames per second (with AF locked). Without AF locked, maximum continuous shooting speed is 15fps.The V2 captures stills in JPEG and RAW and video in the MOV format, with H.264/MPEG-4 compression. Integrated tools include a 3.0" LCD display and a 100% view electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustments. Command and feature buttons make the V2 very easy to use. Motion Snapshot mode captures a succession of images with just one click. The V2 has impressive low light capabilities with a wide ISO range of 160-6400. Smart Photo Selector captures 20 shots with one press of the shutter button, and then selects the five best for you.With the optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter, you can wirelessly transfer photos to your smartphone, tablet or other compatible Wi-Fi enabled device. Use your smartphone to instantly upload images to the Internet or email them to friends, family and coworkers. Install Nikons free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Android- or iOS-powered app to gain the ability to remotely control the Nikon 1 V2--see what your camera sees and fire off shots right from your smart device.CMOS Image SensorThe 14.2MP CMOS sensor in
From the Manufacturer
Turn life's fast-moving adventures into amazing visual stories. Slow down reality and freeze exactly the right moment; preview end-result photos before you even shoot them; blend motion, stills and sound in a new way; take control with PSAM modes right on the dial and much more—and do it all with speed and precision.
For creativity that has no limits.
Introducing Nikon 1 V2, with the exceptional speed and performance of the Nikon 1 system, plus pro-style enhancements for greater creativity, flexibility, comfort and control. It has a grip for familiar shooting comfort, a built-in flash for manipulating the lighting of your images, new Best Moment Capture modes for catching exactly the right shots, PSAM exposure modes right on the dial and much more—all in a very compact size. For passionate shooters who want more control of their photos, Nikon 1 V2 delivers.
Freeze the perfect instant
Slow down the action and get the best of what's seen
The best moments are made (and missed) in an instant. But imagine being able to slow down a moment while it's happening—to see live action in slow motion. With Nikon 1 V2's amazing new Slow View mode, that's exactly what happens. See the world in slow motion through the viewfinder, then easily grab the shot you want. Combine that with Smart Photo Selector, which fires 20 shots with a single shutter press and selects the best five for you, and you've got every advantage for catching life's best moments.
Put your creativity in motion
Tell richer stories with Motion Snapshot and Advanced Movie Mode
Nikon 1's popular Motion Snapshot blends motion, stills and sound to capture the essence of a moment like never before. With a single press of the shutter button, Nikon 1 V2 captures a short slow-motion movie sequence plus a single defining still image. Those elements are merged into a unique 10-second expression that can easily be shared in .mov or .nms formats. Even add background music to set the mood of that special moment. For video enthusiasts, Nikon 1 V2 features a new Advanced Movie Mode. Maintain PSAM exposure control while recording 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound. Smoothly track your subjects like a pro, even as the lighting changes.
Create at the speed of life
Capture your world with unrivaled speed, precision and clarity
At the center of Nikon 1's success is its remarkable Advanced Hybrid Autofocus System offering both phase (73-point) and contrast-detection (135-point) autofocus. It zeroes in on subjects with such speed and precision, you'll never miss a shot. With Nikon 1 V2, you can harness that precision at a blazing fast 15 frames per second continuous shooting! When you divide one second of motion into 15 individual photos, you'll catch amazing views you've never seen. And every one of those photos will be exceptional, thanks to Nikon 1 V2's 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor.
Conveniently share with Wi-Fi connectivity
Connect the optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter to the Nikon 1 V2 and wirelessly transfer photos to your smartphone, tablet or any compatible Wi-Fi enabled device. Use your smartphone to instantly upload your shots to the web or email them to a friend. Install Nikon's free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Android™- or iOS-powered app and remotely control the Nikon 1 V2—see what the camera sees from your smartphone or tablet and fire off shots!
- EN-EL21 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-28 Battery Charger
- UC-E19 USB Cable
- BS-N3000 Multi Accessory Port Cover
- BF-N1000 Body Cap
- AN-N1000 Strap
- ViewNX 2
- Short Movie Creator CD
- User's Manual
- Reference manual CD
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Better image quality than previous edition(V1).
Nice grip for the hand unlike the previous version or the third version (this the main reason I made the purchase).
Using it with the FT1 mount but no selecting the focus. All you have to do is focus and re-compose.
USED CONDITION: GREAT. Thank you for providing images of the product unlike some sellers.
It seems that Nikon has not learned its lesson with the V1 and is still overpricing its top of the line 1 series cameras. Even with the $50 instant rebate the camera is seriously overpriced for what you are actually getting. At today's price of the V1; (Nikon is giving them away) of $299 there is no real reason to buy the V2. That difference in price is not getting you much more for the extra money that has to be spent; in fact you are giving up some features.
So what are you paying a premium price for compared to the V1:
Well you get:
An improved 14.2 MP sensor vs. a 10MP, not a big change in IQ but it is welcome. Base ISO has been increased to 160 vs. 100 from the V1. Just be aware the mechanical shutter has a maximum speed of 1/4000 of a second. If you shoot at large apertures this may present a problem in bright light. You may have to switch to the electronic shutter which has a maximum speed of 1/16,000 of a second. You get a better more direct way to access functions like white balance, ISO, metering, and exposure mode without going back into the menus. Image review can now be turned off if you desire. These items are much welcomed and are a big improvement over the V1.
Nikon adds yet another "silly mode" to the "smart photo selector" & "motion snapshot" called the "best moment capture" which allows you to pick the best frame of a 40 frame sequence. These are totally useless IMHO and should be ignored as should the auto exposure mode.
A redesigned body with a built in grip and flash. Also a rear command dial has been added which allows easier control of camera functions. The exposure mode dial has been relocated so that is less likely to be inadvertently changed. I have put gaffers tape on my V1 exposure mode dial to keep it where I want it. These are welcomed features and are big improvements to the handling of the camera.
The electronic viewfinder (EVF) seems different from the V1. During use objects seem to jump around almost like the refresh rate is not high enough and the color seems to be off sometimes. In low light it seems grainier and not as sharp as the V1. I wonder why Nikon changed anything from the V1 since the V1 has an excellent EVF.
HDR has been added to the shooting menu. IMHO Nikon should have added auto exposure bracketing rather than in camera HDR to allow the user to process their own images using an external program such as Photomatix or Photoshop instead of the camera processing the image on its own.
The camera will now provide 15fps vs. 5fps in AFC. There are some minor differences in the AF-C focus mode. There are now brackets in the "detailed" display of the LCD and EVF that shows you where your subject should be to acquire focus. Also the manual does not discuss any limitations of the AF system at the higher frame rates as the V1 manual does. Need to do more testing on that. Other than that the AF seems to be just as fast and accurate as the V1.
So far so good you say, but hold on; you are losing some things that you might have wanted:
No IR sensor in the back of the camera, if you want to use the IR remote you have to point it at the front of the camera now. The V1 had sensors in the front and back. This can be a real pain if you use a tripod since you now have to stand in front of the camera to use the remote.
You also lose the interval timer which is a nice feature to shoot time lapse photography, the feature was on the V1 but it looks like it has been dropped from the V2.
The V2 will only use the electronic shutter when you either put it in the silent photography mode or change your frame rate to greater than 5 FPS. So if you need a fast shutter speed say to take a picture in bright light with a large aperture to get that shutter speed greater than 1/4000 you have to go into the menus and either turn on silent photography or change your frame rate. The V1 allowed you shift from mechanical to electronic shutter by using the function button.
For all of you that own other Nikon equipment you will now have to buy yet another type of battery if you want spares. The V1 uses a battery that is used in the D600, D800, and the D7000. I guess that Nikon felt they were losing money because owners were not buying enough spare batteries and chargers so we have yet another battery to add to our collection.
The option for sound settings in the setup menu has disappeared. Now instead of being able to control the sound of the electronic shutter and autofocus/self-timer separately you now have a silent photography selection in the shooting menu which turns off both. In addition when you turn on silent photograph it automatically selects the electronic shutter. So if I want to turn off the beeps for autofocus but still have the shutter sound or keep the mechanical shutter active I am out of luck. If shooting flash with silent photography turned on I am now stuck with a 1/60 sync speed. In certain cases I like to hear the shutter to confirm the picture was taken but want to turn off the autofocus beeps because the beeps seem to disturb people more than the shutter sound. There should be way to control sound level for each function not just a master switch for all sound which also selects the electronic shutter. Nikon takes a step in the wrong direction.
So Nikon is giving some but it also taking back some with the feature set. I always thought that newer models take steps in the forward direction and not backwards.
But the real reason that the V2 is still not worth the extra money are the items that were wrong with the V1 and are still not incorporated into the V2. What are these you may ask?
The camera still does not have a standard hotshoe. This means that you will have to buy the 1 series flashes if want to use an external flash. Another thing that has yet to be incorporated is ability to use the built in flash as a remote commander. Since Nikon has not produced an adapter to use a standard flash on 1 series cameras you cannot use one of Nikons wonderful external flashes as a remote commander either.
Speaking of flashes, Sync speed is still 1/250 of a second for the mechanical shutter and only 1/60 of a second with the electronic shutter. My D40 had a sync speed of 1/500 of a second. There is no reason not to add either FP high speed sync to the mechanical shutter or a faster sync speed on the electronic shutter. The higher sync speed becomes very useful to stop motion in certain situations when using flash.
The Auto ISO feature still does not have the ability to for the user to input a minimum shutter speed that tells the camera when to increase or decrease the ISO. The thing that makes this annoying is that Nikons preset value shutter speed (seems to be around 1/30 of second) of when to increase ISO are still to low IMO for use on lenses without VR such as the new 18.5 mm 1.8. Not all of us are human tripods. The newer Nikons also take lens focal length into account when determining the correct ISO; the V2 does not seem to take this into consideration. So if you want to use auto ISO the camera now forces you to go into shutter priority so that you can maintain your shutter speed fast enough to prevent blur in your photographs.
The camera still does not display RGB histograms. This is totally unacceptable on camera in which costs this much and exposure is so critical to control noise due its small sensor size. The luminous histogram will not always show when a channel is blown out. My Canon S90 has this ability and it costs a lot less.
No programmable function button or user setting. There should be at least one function button that is user programmable for our shooting needs instead of only having only what Nikon thinks we need available. Also there should be at least two custom setting banks that allow the user to change from one bank to the other at will so that each setting does not have to be changed individually when conditions dictate a change in settings (i.e. switching from landscape to sports photography).
Also if you own the V1 you have probably have had to buy spare accessory port covers since they are small and easy to lose, well the V2 accessory port covers are also small and easy to lose and they are not the same.
Last but not least is that auto exposure bracketing has still not been added. Since this camera has a limited dynamic range, when you take a picture in a high contrast situation, HDR photography becomes important. Without this feature I am severely limited when I choose to use HDR because I must adjust the exposure manually which takes time and forces me to use a tripod. Nikons in camera HDR has limitations and is not as good as using a program such as Photoshop or Photomatix.
The worst part of all this is a lot of these things can be fixed with firmware updates, but Nikon has chosen not update the V1 and I do not see them doing it with the V2 either. So if you value these things in your photography do not expect Nikon to add features to the camera with firmware updates.
After weighing the good with the bad I feel that the V2 while a big improvement over the V1 still does not command the premium price tag Nikon has put on it. (Even with the $50 instant rebate) The V1 with its discount is a steal at this time and is a great camera once you adapt to it. Things like not being able to turn picture preview off or having to go into the menu to change ISO, WB, or exposure mode will probably annoy you at first but over time you tend to adapt to the camera. The V2 is also a great camera, better than the V1 in some respects, worse in others, but not worth the extra money you will need to spend to own it, remember most are going to have to buy spare batteries which are only used in the V2.
So in a nut shell if you are looking at a V2 should you buy it? The V1 price cannot be beat right now and the image quality of the V2 is not that much different than the V1. If I did not own the V1 already I would buy it in a heartbeat vs. the V2. Am I going to upgrade? No, not at this time, I am going to wait until Nikon discounts the camera to a price that is more reasonable as they have done with the V1 or wait for the V3.
I find I now carry around the V2 a lot. There is something very seductive about using it. I think Nikon is really on to something with these miniature V2 cameras and I was glad to see they came out with a V3. When they come out with a V4, I will probably upgrade to one. I did not give it five stars because it is not as good as myD3 which is not really a fair comparison.
I own the Nikon J1, almost all the Nikon 1 lenses, and have owned several Nikon DSLR's. I also have the adapter FT-1 to goof around with my other DX/FX lenses.
You can read more detailed reviews of the V2 elsewhere, but overall the V2 is a great little camera with DSLR focusing speed when the light is good. The V2 is better than my J1 with respect to focusing in dim lighting. My J1 sometimes can't even lock in focus in poor lighting. I don't see any difference in image quality between the J1 and V2. The grip and better controls make the V2 easier to use than the J1. The V2 still has that greenish cast like all the recent N1 and DSLR cameras from Nikon; most people won't notice this. Both the J1 and V2 are so light that I rarely use my Nikon DSLR. I usually have the 10-30 on the J1 and the 18.5 f1.8 or the 30-110 on the V2. Since they are so light, I usually have both cameras around my neck so that I don't have to change lenses with the V2. I would have bought the V1 instead of the J1 if the V1 had a build in flash. The V2 has a built in flash.
Like the J1, the V2 video is very good. That is probably the best reason I like the Nikon 1 cameras because they do both photo and video pretty well. When the kids are running around the Nikon 1 camera's video keep the kids in focus in good light. DSLR's will focus in and out trying to keep up with moving objects.
If price is a problem, then wait for the V2 to drop in price or get the V1 if you don't mind that the V1 has no built in flash.
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