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Nikon 1 V2 Compact System Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  With the November 2012 introduction of the Nikon 1 V2, Nikon made a number of upgrades to the high-end model of its Nikon 1 compact system camera series. The V2 is bigger than its predecessor, the Nikon 1 V1, and its sensor has been upgraded to 14.2 megapixels resolution (although the sensor size remains the same).

Other changes include a built-in, pop-up flash and a handgrip to make it easier to hold the camera. The mode dial has been moved to the top of the camera and now includes the usual set of manual and semi-manual mode settings, so it's no longer necessary to go through the menu to override the preset automatic modes. These changes appear to be designed to make the V2 appeal to serious photographers as well as amateurs trading up from point-and-shoot cameras.

The V2 has the same 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder found on the V1. Both models store still images in JPEG or NEF/RAW formats, capture 1080p full HD video with a built-in stereo microphone, and can take still images and video simultaneously.

Prices For V2

(Prices as of 12/6/2012)
Camera body only One-lens kit Two-lens zoom kit Source
   (10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens)   (10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR & 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lenses)  
$750$850$1,000Best Buy
$747$847$997B&H Photo Video

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$55-$64Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (charger $54)
$56 Replacement battery charger
$155-$160External speedlight attachment


DimensionsHeight: 3.2"
Width: 4.2"
Depth: 1.8"
Weight9.8 oz. (body only)
ColorsBlack, white
Included in BoxBattery, battery charger, USB cable, accessory port cover, body cap, strap, software (ViewNX 2, Short Movie Creator), user's manual, reference manual CD
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels14.2 MP
Sensor13.2mmx8.8mm CX format CMOS sensor (slightly smaller than most in this class)
ViewfinderElectronic LCD viewfinder (1.4 million dots) with diopter control and brightness adjustment
Monitor3" TFT LCD with brightness adjustment (about 921k dots)
Video1080p full HD video recording, plus slow motion and motion snapshot (individual images in sequence)
FlashBuilt-in pop-up flash, with accessory outlet (proprietary hot shoe) for external flash
Shutter Speed30 second to 1/4000 (mechanical shutter) or 1/16000 (electronic shutter)
SensitivityISO 160-6400
Exposure ModesProgrammed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, scene auto selector
Continuous ShootingUp to 5 frames at a speed of 10, 15, 30 or 60 frames per second using electronic shutter
Compatible Lenses1 Nikkor lenses (6 available in December 2012)
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery, about 310 shots per charge
Other FeaturesStill images in JPEG or NEF/RAW format
6 scene modes (portrait, landscape, night landscape, night portrait, close-up, auto)
5 shooting modes (still image, smart photo selector, movie, movie slow motion, motion snapshot)
Optional GPS unit ($150)
2- or 10-second self-timer delay, electronically controlled
Date, time, daylight savings and world time settings
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at


1. 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 (standard lens, 3X magnification)Only in kit
2. 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 (compact telephoto) in black or white $245-$250
3. 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 (compact telephoto) in silver, red or pink Only in kit
4. 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 (low light, close-ups) in white, black or silver$185-$200
5. 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 (compact, wide-angle to medium-telephoto) in white or black$185-$190
6. 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 (landscapes or group shots) in white or black$250
7. 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 (landscapes or group shots) in silver or red Only in kit
8. 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 (power drive zoom) in black$745-$750
(List as of 12/6/2012)

What People Are Saying:

Critics generally like the upgrades Nikon made on the V2 model, saying they make the camera more of a serious contender for both casual shooters and experienced photographers, although most reviewers also note that it still has a relatively small sensor for the price.