posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM EST


At the start of 2013, Nikon launched its S1 mirrorless camera, setting a new benchmark for 1-series affordability. Almost a year and a half later, the 14-megapixel Nikon S2 follows in that camera's footsteps, and while it can no longer technically be called the most affordable 1-series model, it's certainly far and away the most affordable 1-series camera launched in the year to date.

In terms of styling, the Nikon 1 S2 looks much like its identically-sized predecessor. Softly-rounded corners abound, and it's an altogether cuter, friendlier-looking design than the minimalist, almost industrial look of the pricier Nikon J4.


So what's new? Key among the changes are a higher-resolution image sensor and a faster processor. Together, these allow an increase in both ISO sensitivity and burst-shooting performance. Nikon has also significantly improved battery life since the S1, and the Nikon S2 now uses Micro SD storage and a Type-D Micro HDMI video output.

Other notable differences in the S2 include support for 1080p60 video capture, a new multi-shot ISO Sensitivity Noise Reduction function, and a variety of new creative effects and tools for both stills and video.


Available from June 2014, the Nikon S2 will be available in Black, White, Red or Yellow, with two different kit options. A kit including an 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will be priced at US$450, while a two-lens kit will add a 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lens to the bundle for $700.

You can find out much more in our just-published Nikon S2 preview!