The Nikon V1 along with the J1 were the first two mirrorless cameras to have come out of the Nikon stable. They had a proprietary 1” image sensor and a host of features. These appealed to amateurs who wanted more manual control over their shooting and yet wanted to stay within the realms of a compact body. The cameras, however, had mixed responses from the consumers. While the J1 was more tagged as a fun to use camera appealing more to the amateur shooters, the V1 was more for serious photographers.
However both the cameras lost to some of its more illustrious competitors like the Canon G1X which has a much bigger 1.5” sensor.
Now with the announcement of the V2, Nikon hopes to redeem itself somewhat. We shall be looking into the promised specs of the V2 and then compare them with that of the older V1.
Megapixels & the sensor size
The V1 had effective megapixels of 10.1. Not that it was any bad but the V2 has been revved up to have 14.2 effective megapixels. The sensor size remains at 1” though, so for some consumers low performance can be a worrying though. At this time we can only wait and see how Nikon addresses that issue.
At the moment though the specs do read that the V2 has an ISO sensitivity of 160-6400 compared to the 100-3200 (and extended 6400) of the V1.
Both the cameras have a CX mount and thus have a crop factor of 2.7x.
The V2 now has a built in flash, which the V1 lacked very badly. Additionally the V2 supports both the SB-N5 and the SB-N7 flash units. The V1 only supported the SB-N5 flash units via the multi-accessory port that came handy at times. One major point of difference between the J1 and the V1 was the absence of the built-in flash unit in the later. This made the V1 slightly less appealing to amateur users in spite of the fact that the V1 was the better camera between the two.
Both the V2 and the V1 can shoot full HD in 1080p at variable frame rates.
The V2 is powered by the EN-EL21 Lithium-ion battery which Nikon are saying should give 310 shots (under CIPA standards). Compared to this the V1 was powered by the EN-EL15 Lithium-ion battery and gave 350 shots (under CIPA standards).
Dimensions & Weight
At 278 grams the V2 is slightly lighter than the V1 which weighs 294 grams. While the V2 has a dimension of 109 x 82 x 46 mm the V1 is slightly bigger at 122mm x 76mm x 36mm.
To be clear there is not much too choose between the V1 and the V2 except for the built in flash and some of other not too over the top features. Even the prices are same at $900. However by the time the V2 is ready to launch later this month, the price of the V1 will also have changed. So unless you badly need a built-in flash, there is no point in changing to the V2.
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