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Nikon 1 V2 review: Evolution, stasis or regression?

By David Newton - Thursday December 20 2012

Sensor Review
Introduction | Nikon 1 V2 sensor performance | Nikon 1 V2 versus competition | Conclusion

Launched in October 2012, the Nikon 1 V2 is a not unexpected update to the Nikon 1 V1, which debuted in September 2011. The Nikon 1 Series cameras are hybrid cameras with interchangeable lenses. In the case of the V1 and V2, they fall at the upper end of the segment, offering more features and a higher performance level than their more consumer oriented brethren, the Nikon 1 J1 and J2.

Featuring a 14.2megapixel ‘CX’ sized CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 3A processing engine, the camera claims to offer high resolution images. An ISO range from 160 to 6400 suggests Nikon feel it will perform well in low light too. 

The AF system is another area of interest as the V2 is able to switch automatically between a 73-point system using phase detection and a 135-point system based on contrast that uses the camera sensor for AF. If you’re interested in capturing motion, the V2 has that covered too, with up to 15fps shooting speed when using AF or 60fps when using single shot shooting.

All of this suggests the Nikon 1 V2 should be a formidable tool for capturing high quality images. Let’s see how it stacks up in the sensor tests.

Nikon 1 V2 sensor performance

Nikon 1 V2 versus competition