Steve Huff reviews the Nikon V2: "The more things change..the more they stay the same"

"If you are interested in the Nikon V1 system TODAY, even with killer competitors out there then I highly recommend going with a V1 deal while they last. They may be and probably will all be gone within a week or two of this review posting but at $399 for a V1 and two lens kit, that is steal compared to the same V2 kit at under $1000. IQ is pretty identical between the V1 and V2 and most shots you will not even notice any difference in real world shooting. I was enthusiastic about the V1 because at the time there was nothing out there with the size, build, speed, metering and AF capabilities to match it and even with the small sensor, results were great. Today it is a different story (OM-D) and Nikon just has not done enough with the V2 to up the ante or make . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 Review at What Digital Camera: A greatly improved camera that is a pleasure to use, although is ultimately still hamstrung by price and image quality.

The Camera was reviewed with the NikkorR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

"There's a lot to like about the Nikon V2; a camera which sees a real marked improvement on its predecessor. Although the design might not be to everyone's taste on an aesthetic level, there's no arguing with the fact that the addition of a fully functioning mode dial on the cameras top plate, as well as an ample hand grip, both make the V2 a more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Throw in the headline features, such as the 60fps burst mode and lightning fast AF system, and the V2 seems like a winner. 

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DXO Optics Pro version 8.1.2 released, adds support for the Canon 6D, Sony RX-1, Nikon 1 V2, and surpasses the symbolic milestone of 10.000 available optics modules.

DxO Optics Pro v8.1.2 supports the Canon EOS 6D, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1

From DXO Optics:

Since the previous version, DxO Optics Pro v8.1.2 has added nearly 300 new camera/lens combinations to provide support for additional Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Tokina lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.

DxO Optics Pro achieved the goal it set in early 2012 to have 10,000 DxO Optics Modules available by the end of 2012. Developed in the laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This database, unique in the entire world, allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all the optical flaws in RAW and JPEG images – distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness – with an unrivaled level of quality. . . . read more

Nikon ViewNX 2.7.1 Update Available for Download, adds support for the D5200, and Nikon 1 models J3 and S1, fixes a bunch of bugs.

Support for IEEE 1394 connection for the D1, D1H, and D1X has been eliminated

Modifications enabled with version 2.7.1 :

Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

Support for the D5200, and Nikon 1 models J3 and S1 has been added.
The following issues with movies recorded using the Nikon 1 V2 with White Balance set to Underwater have been resolved.
Thumbnails for movies transferred with Nikon Transfer 2 using a card reader are not displayed in the thumbnail list area.
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Nikon 1 V2 review by Paul Nuttall at Trusted Reviews: Good range of useful shooting features, addition of dedicated mode dial, Improved handling and design but some image quality issues and a high price taint its picture.

The Nikon V2 follows directly on from the V1.

"There’s a lot to like about the Nikon V2 and it’s certainly a big improvement on the V1. The addition of an exposure mode dial on the top-plate and a comfortable handgrip both make the V2 a much more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Performance impresses too, with the V2’s 60fps burst mode and lightning-fast AF system being the obvious highlights, and well supported by a good range of shooting modes. Sadly though, the V2 is not without its faults; the in-camera menu system remains clunky and longwinded, and the V2’s smaller one-inch sensor is responsible for a range of image quality issues. Last but not least, the V2 is also expensive – at least for now, although given time the price may well fall. . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 review at Ephotozine: Despite its diminutive size it packs some serious punch, albeit at a pretty high price.

High speed shooting could be developed for additional features (HDR, Panoramic)

"The V2 has an extremely compact plastic body, with a substantial rubberised hand grip, a rubberised area for your right hand thumb. The 10-30mm even has a rubberised loop around the lens barrel, making the V2 extremely easy to grip. The 10-30mm lens also can be compacted when not in use, there is a button to release and lock it, when released the camera will switch on, when compacted back, it switches off.

Despite a small body there is room for a 3.0 inch LCD screen which fills the majority of the rear side. It has a 921k . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 review at PhotographyBlog.com: Nikon's second attempt at the 'V' moniker, is a much more serious effort than its dimunitive size hints at.

Nikon 1 V2 Front, black, with raised flash.

"Nikon have made some big changes to the original V1 to make this new model more appealing to keen enthusiasts, and in most regards they've succeed in making the new V2 a much more serious proposition. The new handgrip, shooting mode dial and control dial in particular make the V2 quicker to use, while the pop-up flash makes it more versatile, albeit at the expense of the V1's stylish and slimline appearance. We're also pleased to see the high image quality has been maintained despite a big jump in the megapixel count, although the high price tag of £799 / $899 is still rather eye-watering for a camera with such a small sensor. . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 English manual now available for download, and remember to only use genuine Nikon Brand accessories, or else :)

Nikon 1 series V2 front with lens, black

"Only Nikon brand accessories certified by Nikon specifically for use
with your Nikon digital camera are engineered and proven to operate
within its operational and safety requirements. THE USE OF NON-NIKON
ACCESSORIES COULD DAMAGE YOUR CAMERA AND MAY VOID YOUR NIKON WAR-
RANTY."

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Nikon 1 V2 camera, and 3 new lenses announced. Nikon gets (more) serious about their mirrorless lineup.

The Nikon 1 V2 looks like a photographer's camera, certainly got the features, and the price. Also, of extreme interest to 1 series users are the 3 new lenses announced, finally adding the wide angle this mount family needed:

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