Nikon’s Hot New 1-Series V2 Wraps An Amazing Body Around A Child’s Brain

Nikon’s new 1 V2 is a super-serious enthusiast camera built around a joke of a toy sensor. The $900 camera ships with a 10-30mm kit lens, the crop factor of which should tell you all you need to know about this camera range: 2.7x turns the 10-30 into a 27-81mm equivalent.

It’s a shame that Nikon didn’t opt for a proper sensor in its mirrorless range. Where Canon decided to put an SLR-sized sensor into its EOS M, Nikon chose to make tiny bodies with sensors smaller than those found in Micro Four Thirds cameras. The result is a lack of that great shallow depth-of-field found in large-sensor cameras, plus all the problems of crowding 14 million pixels onto a tiny sliver of silicon — noise, crosstalk and low dynamic range, all of which need to be fixed by Nikon’s great EXPEED processor.

A shame indeed, as the other specs are fantastic: 15fps shooting, RAW capture, fast phase detection AF along with flexible contrast-detection, a three-inch, 921,000-dot screen. The camera, should you want it, will be available in late

  • Cortney Sauk

    Damn does it look sexy though…

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    The reviews of the V1 suggest that the images are quite good. The V2 should be better. The 1 inch sensor is only slightly smaller than micro 4/3 which is a system that already produces outstanding images. Improvements in technology allow today’s small sensors to perform like the large sensors of just a few years ago.

    Shallow depth of field is harder to achieve, but that’s the price you pay for portability, low price, light weight and convenience. BTW, the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 produces a beautiful bokeh in m4/3, so it is not impossible.

    Using a larger sensor means increasing the size and weight of the camera and the lenses. Might as well use a DSLR. Canon’s M system is a pointless Joke: No viewfinder + huge lenses, no thanks.

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