Agreed, mixed up and/or just wrong. All of the Reasons to buy the V1 also apply to the V2: 60 fps (V2 actually slightly faster than V1 while retaining AF), high speed movies same, external mike jack same.
They claim the V2 doesn't support an external flash - it's the same as the V1 in this respect. They claim that both V1 and V2 have the "weakness" that they don't have touchscreens - sorry, this is a positive feature (IMHO). They dwell on the disadvantage of the small sensor but ignore the resulting decrease in size of the system's lenses. They claim neither camera has image stabilization - wrong, it's in the lenses. They claim the V2 has fewer AF points - both are the same hybrid system (73 phase detection/135 contrast detection). Obviously they've never used either camera.
They don't mention that the V2 supports an optional WiFi module via its USB port. Nor do they mention all the ergonomic improvements of the V2 vs the V1
They do say that noise is slightly less with the V2 (surprising) and something I've yet to confirm (I have both the V1 and V2 and haven't seen any significant difference in picture quality, but haven't done any rigorous testing either)
I’ve been offline traveling for a while so late comment on this thread. I have the used both the V1 and V2 – both obtained close after product introductions. The V1 has been used for over 44K (raw) images and the V2 7.3K (raw) images. Ergonomically, the V2 is much easier to handle and has moved controls to better location on the top, and eliminated the toggle on the back. Down side, the images from the V2 often require more noise reduction during processing. I felt that the V1 images were equivalent to those I got on my D200 and would have been happy if the V2 kept the same sensor. The V1 uses the same battery as the D800, the V2 uses a different battery.
The V2 eliminated the interval timer shooting option. This was a major down side for me – but ended up being a positive in that I took my D800 to Norway last month to chase the Northern Lights. I was going to go lite and not take a DSLR. I got great images with the D800, and wished that I had my D3s along. The V2 did better than most P&S cameras capturing the Northern Lights but not anywhere close to what I got with the D800.
For traveling to locations with good light where I can use the base (160) ISO, I will continue to use the V2 and wish for an X (pro) version.
Before the trip to Norway I saw a post on the web about using an Olympus FCON-T01 fisheye converter with the Nikon 1 lenses. The Olympus converter uses the same 40.5 mm thread used by the Nikon 1 lenses – converting the Nikon 10 mm lens to a 7.5 mm lens (field of view equivalent to a 20 mm lens with a FX sensor).
Hi Jerry, That's a question which is on my mind too!
I received my 1V2 yesterday (from B&H) - and will add my comments to this thread as my conclusions develop. I've had a 1V1 for over a year but it hasn't had a whole lot of use apart from when on overseas trips for which I needed to "travel light".
I also have a D800 and D800E and will be comparing video from all four. I really don't think I'll bother to compare stills v the D800/E.
I "played with" the 1V2 for a few minutes using a 70-200/2.8G VRII. It behaved very well! Sometime next week, I might take that combination out to shoot shoreline birds. Heck, I might even hang the body off the back of a 400/2.8, gimbal-mounted on a really HD tripod! Just think of that. An equivalent to a 1080mm/2.8 prime lens, on a 14.2 Megapixel sensor, for birding! Stills and video - INCLUDING the ability to shoot very fast bursts! My only doubts revolve around relying on such an itsy-bitsy-teenie-weenie battery for camera functions, autofocus and VR. Yuk! Oh well, it'll be fun to check it all out!
Normally we use I-5. We are stopping by Figueroa Mtn near Solvang for a couple of days to do some wild flower shooting and on to San Luis Obispo to RRS to check out a boo-boo my wife did to her BH-55 when she dropped her tripod.
Excellent review. I have not finished trying all my Nikkor lenses yet but, there are two that stand out so far: the DX 18-200mm focuses amazingly fast and is not that much more bulky than the 10-100mm PD itself even with the FT-1 on. Now, the 70-200mm f2.8 + TC20E III. That alone is worth the price of the kit (especially if you took advantage of the B&H $800 all inclusive package). Can't wait for better weather. With the proper support I suspect this combo will bring hours upon hours of pure enjoyment. As a compact size kit the V1/V2 may compare well with the 4/3's out there. But, as a long time Nikon user with several lenses, the FT-1 capability is what made me take the plunge.
I should also have added that we can only hope that the F button on the V1 will eventually serve the same enhanced functionality it serves on the V2. It seems to me this could be handled rather elegantly with a future firmware update.
True. There is a lot that can be done with firmware but I don't know of any camera makers that really take advantage of that option. Meaningful firmware updates would add value to existing purchases but doesn't generate new purchases of cameras (so far as they are concerned). Just like the mandatory image review of the V1 could be turned off with a firmware update.
Maybe someday after the smartphone invasion eliminates compacts camera makers will give us more flexibility and firmware updates -- even at nominal costs.
I would love to see the interval timer turned back on for the V2 (available in the V1). Also, it would be great to have an auto bracketing mode since the Nikon 1 sensors don't have the 14 bit dynamic range of their bigger brother DSLR's. Both should be something that could be done with firmware. Unfortunately, I am also a cynic that Nikon doesn't have an incentive to do this.