• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400

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Differences

Nikon V1 advantages over Nikon V2

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.41 vs 2.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment

Nikon V2 advantages over Nikon V1

  • Higher effective ISO
    403 vs 346 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    14.2 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 9.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Good image quality; Good quality lens; Full HD videos; Lightning fast AF; Fun to use.

  • Mode dial turns easily; Missing "modern" features like panorama, HDR; Somewhat heavy; Sluggish shot-to-shot cycle times; Proprietary external flash.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-P3

Nikon V1
Olympus E-P3
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More dots on screen
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Nikon V2
Olympus E-P3
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon J1

Nikon V1
Nikon J1
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash
Nikon V2
Nikon J1
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Nikon V1
Panasonic GX7
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Nikon V2
Panasonic GX7
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon AW1

Nikon V1
Nikon AW1
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon V2
Nikon AW1
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Nikon V3

Nikon V1
Nikon V3
  • $900
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon V2
Nikon V3
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
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