Rated 4.6 out of 5★áby 10reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5★áby FamilyAndFriends If it ain't broke... I'm thinking of buying *another* V1 to have forever for when my current one eventually dies. The way the V2 is, it doesn't look good for the V3, so the V1 may indeed be "the last camera" I'll ever want.Having the V2, here are my problems with it (appearance is not one of them)1 - switched to the J1 batteryTragic mistake!2 - the increase in megapixels wasn't tracked by the processor strength, so the Image Viewer is jittery.The V1 is so smooth you can't tell you're looking at a display; it looks like you're just "looking at the scene" through glass. The V2 is delayed and you can see it update.3 - the display, in its attempt to show you a more accurate representation of what the final image will look like, ends up being covered with excessive noise in most cases.The fact is that "static" noise in a final picture is not so distracting, when compared with the "each frame is different" noise of a live display. This is the result of Nikon's choice to show the actual processed image in the display, instead of simply a raw rendition of the incoming signal. It's a step backward for usability, really, as the static is like watching static on a tv screen - buzzing constantly - and is very very distracting.4 - The PASM dial is poorly designed.Rather than give each item an ergonomically-pleasing angular range, they evenly divided the 360 degrees of the wheel amongst the available options. The result is that there is a) absolutely no way to "feel" where you are on the dial (unlike the excellent, if poorly located, dial on the V1), and b) you have to make *massive* movement to switch between each setting. Going all the way from the last to the first setting is a full 360 rotation, which is basically unbearable.5 - Factual camera terminology like "Aperture" has been replaced by "user-friendly" language like "background softening", which is just strange, counter-intuitive, and ultimately counter-productive.This is helping one perhaps adjust for a good shot but without understanding the "why" and "how" of what's happening with the device. Maybe I'm just a gearhead, and what I'm arguing essentially amounts to saying cars should say "tire rotations/h*vehicularAdjustmentFactor" instead of "speed" (re: "f-stop" vs "background softening"), but I think it's silly. On the J or S series, maybe this would make sense, but the V is the "pro" line of the 1 series.6 - Worst of all, Nikon consolidated all the sound options into a single setting called "Silent Photography".So, if you want to turn off the *inane* "beep beep boop beep" sounds some sound flunkie picked for "this means autofocus is complete", you also have to turn off the physical shutter, and if you want the classic, Nikon shutter sound, you have to listen to all the little fake electronic sounds of pressing buttons and things. Absolutely no thought was given to the fact that a) artificial sounds and real sounds are not the same thing, b) some people want one kind of sound or another, or even (goodness no!) to turn on and off *specific* sounds (as was the case on the V1), but most egregiously c), the fact that the "Nikon shutter" is a marketing point, something they should embrace, considering the J doesn't even *have* a physical shutter. In the movie "The Dilemma", the main characters are getting a huge contract from a car company to put the muscle-car sound and feel *back in* to their electric sports car; Nikon has just removed that asset on purpose, for nothing.I waited anxiously for months for the V2, because the V1 is so surprisingly good and once battle-tested just needed a few tweaks. Instead, we get a completely new camera which - while it did improve on many points - unfortunately broke things which were excellent before being "fixed". 07/31/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★áby JamesinWorcester Overall a very competent camera I purchsed this camera with the specific goals that (1) it would take acceptable image quality , (2) the video would be very good, (3) it would take my existing Nikon lenses and (4) it would fit in a coat pocket. All the goals seem to have been met. I was pleasantly surprised at how tough the camera feels. It seems very robust and able to withstand the challenges of going into nature. The video controls have been greatly enhanced with the HD Video setting on the mode dial. I can move into video very easily with one click and my settings, manual aperture and shutter speed, are remembered. The video screen includes an exposure meter, which is very helpful. Not as good as a live view histogram but close enough. Image quality is very good though the files require some sharpening in post. (I have the sharpening turned way todwn in the camera and I shoot only in raw.) Of course, it isn't a D800, but that's not the point. Overall, I'm quite pleased. 10/27/2013