The Nikon 1 V2 is the enthusiast-level update to the original Nikon 1 V1. While the V1 had somewhat limiting controls that required menu diving to make basic mode adjustments, the V2 sees the addition of a dedicated Mode dial for quick changes. The V2 is based around a 14.2MP CX-format CMOS sensor that offers an integrated hybrid autofocus system that provides both phase (73-point) and contrast-detection (135-point) autofocus. It’s capable of shooting up to 15fps with full continuous autofocus, or up to 60fps if focus point is locked. It offers an ISO range of 160-6400, allowing continued use even in low light.
Physically, the V2 offers a noticeable difference with improved ergonomics over its precursor. There’s a front grip that aids in holding the camera, a built-in pop-up flash for quick fill, and the dedicated Mode dial. It still uses the same great 0.47" 1440K-dot EVF viewfinder with 100% coverage and built-in diopter adjustment for traditional shooting methods, as well as the 3.0" 921K rear LCD for those who prefer to shot that method. The V2 sees the addition of a Slow View mode that essentially slows down your subject to capture a precise moment in time, and a Smart Photo Selector that shoots 20 frames with one shutter press and selects the best 5 images.
Like several other Nikon cameras, the V2 allows WiFi connectivity with the optional Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter (separate rental item) that enables wireless image transfer to a compatible device, as well as live monitoring and remote triggering of the shutter. While the V2 still takes SDHC / XC memory cards, it does use a different battery with less capacity than the V1. The new EN-EL21 lithium battery provides roughly 310 shots per charge.