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Nikon 1 S2 detailed hands on review

Nikon 1 S2 detailed hands on review

| On 23, Jan 2015

Although they’ve been around for a while, I’d not had the opportunity to experience a Nikon 1 series camera.

It’s winter in Toronto, so walking around High Park and Harbourfront seemed like good opportunities to take photos and video. You’ll also see a quick shot from the new Milton Velodrome. Those cute cubs are from World Wildlife.

Price is quoted in Canadian dollars.

My sincere thanks to Tom Hanley for composing the music; to Strategic Ampersand for arranging the loan; to Kona bicycles for the nice swag; and to Calla for the cubs. As always, I’m not a Nikon employee, have not been compensated by them in any way, and they’ve not seen the video before posting.

The photos are mapped to the video resolution (1920×1080) using “Fit” and 95%. All photos (and their EXIF data) can be found at my maartech flickr account. All photos have been processed in Lightroom and most are presented without modification.

My on-camera scenes are shot using a Sony VG20 camera. Beauty and screen shots of the Nikon 1 S2 are taken with a Sony A6000. Edited on a 5K iMac in Final Cut X 10.1.

As always, if there are any details I’ve overlooked, I welcome (and reply to) your comments and questions


  1. Nice review, Maarten, and some nice shots. I tried one of the early cameras in this series, and was favourably impressed with the photo quality. It looks like. Nikon has added some good features to make it rival today’s mirrorless cameras with larger sensors. Low light performance seems to be the weak spot, which is unfortunate, but survivable, especially with a faster lens, as you say. Wi-fi would have been a good addition.

    • Maarten

      Thanks for the kind words. It’s quite full-featured, but not in an obvious way. A very interesting implementation of manual features, and as I said, more than I expected.

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