Nikon 1 V2

Nikon 1 V2 front

Nikon 1 V2 overview

Nikon 1 V2 is Nikon's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera initially introduced on October of 2012. It has a 14 MegaPixel, CMOS 1" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3072.

Nikon launched this model in order to improve the previous Nikon 1 V1 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently launched the fresher Nikon 1 V3 (Read Full Comparison) to improve this camera.

The 1 V2 is positioned #90 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all around #400 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to check out our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon 1 V2 history

The Nikon 1 V2 is part of a family of products. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-1-J5 front thumbnailNikon 1 J5
1 V2 vs 1 J5
21MP1"20.0 fps2015
Nikon-1-S2 front thumbnailNikon 1 S2
1 V2 vs 1 S2
14.2MP1"60.0 fps2014
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Nikon-1-J4 front thumbnailNikon 1 J4
1 V2 vs 1 J4
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-V3 front thumbnailNikon 1 V3
1 V2 vs 1 V3
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-J3 front thumbnailNikon 1 J3
1 V2 vs 1 J3
14MP1"15.0 fps2013
Nikon-1-AW1 front thumbnailNikon 1 AW1
1 V2 vs 1 AW1
14MP1"60.0 fps2013
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Nikon-1-S1 front thumbnailNikon 1 S1
1 V2 vs 1 S1
10MP1"15.0 fps2013
Nikon-1-V2 front thumbnailNikon 1 V214MP1"15.0 fps2012
Nikon-1-J2 front thumbnailNikon 1 J2
1 V2 vs 1 J2
10MP1"10.0 fps2012
Nikon-1-V1 front thumbnailNikon 1 V1
1 V2 vs 1 V1
10MP1"10.0 fps2012
Nikon-1-J1 front thumbnailNikon 1 J1
1 V2 vs 1 J1
10MP1"10.0 fps2012
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Nikon 1 V2 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Nikon 1 V2 based on things that are normally viewed as important in a digital camera.

good sensor size (1")
has built in flash
has face detection focusing
has tracking autofocus
includes HDMI port
saves RAW formats
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
sensor has phase detect AF
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
very good screen resolution (921 thousand dot)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
you can focus manually
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone port
lack of headphone port
lack of Timelapse recording
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
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Nikon 1 V2 Sensor specs

The Nikon 1 V2 is run by the Expeed 3A processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Nikon 1 V2 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3072 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 14MP and has a standard ISO range of 160 - 6400. RAW files are supported so you have more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the 1 V2's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The 1 V2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon 1 V2 dimensions

Nikon 1 V2 weighs 0.61 lbs (278 grams / 9.81 ounces) and features external measurements of 109mm x 82mm x 46mm (4.3" x 3.2" x 1.8"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 grams so the Nikon 1 V2 is lighter as compared to various competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Nikon 1 V2 next to a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.

Nikon 1 V2 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the 1 V2.

Nikon 1 V2 topview buttons dials

Nikon 1 V2 Lens details

The 1 V2 uses the Nikon 1 mount and has 13 lenses available for sale. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the 1 V2.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-1-Nikkor-18.5mm-f1.8 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f1.819mmf/1.8 70g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-10mm-f2.8 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f2.810mmf/2.8 77g
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Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-70-300mm-f4.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.670-300mmf/4.5-5.6 560g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-30mm-f3.5-5.6-PD-Zoom lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom10-30mmf/3.5-5.6 85g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-AW-11-27.5mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.611-27.5mmf/3.5-5.6 182g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-30-110mm-f3.8-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f3.8-5.630-110mmf/3.8-5.6 180g
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Nikon-1-Nikkor-32mm-f1.2 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f1.232mmf/1.2 235g
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Nikon 1 V2 Connectivity

The 1 V2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy files and at times adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Nikon 1 V2 Video details

The maximum video resolution in the Nikon 1 V2 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance for video quality versus file size but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone socket so you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to shop for an alternative camera in case you need better sound in your videos.

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Nikon 1 V2 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Nikon 1 V2 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.

Nikon 1 V2 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon 1 V2 has a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Nikon 1 V2 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 1,440 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be very helpful.

Nikon 1 V2 Shutter details

Nikon 1 V2 continuous shooting speed is 15.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter could produce "rolling shutter" under some conditions.

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Nikon 1 V2 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon 1 V2 includes both inbuilt flash plus external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/250 seconds.

Nikon 1 V2 Autofocusing details

Nikon 1 V2 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & precise as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which can be valuable for taking portraits of people.

It has 73 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Nikon 1 V2 boasts manual focusing when needed for low light conditions or you want to have more exact focusing control.

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Nikon 1 V2 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL21) in the Nikon 1 V2 is fashioned to last for 310 images as per the CIPA requirements making it on par with its competition. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 offers the highest possible (750) battery life for this group of cameras.

Here is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the best battery life:

Nikon 1 V2 for varying categories of photography

The following diagram indicates a overview of the Nikon 1 V2 for varying categories of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Nikon 1 V2 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon 1 V2 has a score of 66 which is nice, and means the camera is a very decent option to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support plus the potential to use off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW files

Nikon 1 V2 Street photography factors

Coming in at a nice points tally of 63, the Nikon 1 V2 is a respectable option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Nikon 1 V2 Sports photography highlights

A nice sports photography points tally of 63 means the Nikon 1 V2 is a very decent choice for photographing sports. A camera should have great focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
provides tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization

Nikon 1 V2 Travel photography factors

Size is super critical in picking a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon 1 V2 gets a nice 62 for a travel camera which makes it a fine fit to purchase for your trips.

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good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not have selfie friendly display

Nikon 1 V2 Landscape photography details

For those who are looking to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon 1 V2 and it's nice grade of 63 as a landscape camera is a very decent option within the current market.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse recording

Nikon 1 V2 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera ought to come with a articulating display, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Nikon 1 V2 is not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible score of 29.

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has face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic jack

Nikon 1 V2 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the 1 V2, here is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line chart followed below shows you a summary of the 1 V2 vs it's top scoring competitors mentioned above.

Here are a few more cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon 1 V2
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Expeed 3A
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3072
RAW support
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens support
Nikon 1
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of screen
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/250 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
278 gr (0.61 lb)
Physical dimensions
109 x 82 x 46mm (4.3" x 3.2" x 1.8")
Battery life
310 shots
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Launch price