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Nikon 1 S2
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Nikon 1 S2 Digital Camera

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MILC 14.2MP 2.5x CMOS May 2014
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30 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camera received a "Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who said that this MILC digital camera was good.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Nikon 1 S2 owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their Nikon 1 S2 review on expert review site Ephotozine “A 14.2 megapixel 1inch CX sensor, as well as high speed focusing and continuous shooting”. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “J4) is one of the fastest shooting cameras available currently, if not the fastest, offering 20fps continuous shooting with auto-focus, as well as 60fps continuous shooting with fixed focus”. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon 1 S2 “Boasting continuous shooting speeds of 20fps with continuous autofocus” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Nikon is one of the superior digital camera brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Nikon also has good ratings for its MILC cameras.

Good Size

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “The Nikon 1 S2 is a stylish compact system camera from Nikon” in their review. Photographyblog.com said on expert website PhotographyBlog.com two years ago “The Nikon 1 S2 is a new compact system camera featuring a 14-megapixel “CX” format sensor with no low-pass filter” in their Nikon 1 S2 review. In the same month Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera on DP Review “Compact stylish body”.

One person thought this digital camera was lightweight. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Compact, lightweight”. One Nikon 1 S2 owner concluded that it was a good body shape.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of people who reviewed the Nikon 1 S2 agreed that it had a good autofocus. Dp Review wrote in their Nikon 1 S2 review on DP Review two years ago “Fast hybrid autofocus, responsive”. Dp Review also said “Very fast focus and shutter response”.

One customer mentioned that it had a good lens.

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Nice Design

A few customers thought the Nikon 1 S2 was good looking.

Good Product Quality

A number of Nikon 1 S2 reviewers thought it was good quality. Dp Review wrote in their review two years ago “Good image quality and colour”. Dp Review also mentioned “Elegant design, quality finish”.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon 1 S2 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Ephotozine.com said in their Nikon 1 S2 review on Ephotozine two years ago “Features a colourful plastic body”.

Good Video Capture

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Good stills and videos” in their review. Two years ago expert website Steves-Digicams.com wrote “You get Full 1080/60p HD video recording courtesy of a 14.2 MP CMOS image sensor”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Nikon 1 S2 owner reckoned that the product was quiet. Dp Review mentioned two years ago “Silent shutter” in their review of the Nikon 1 S2.

Easy to Use

One Nikon 1 S2 owner who bought the product reckoned that it had a good interface. Dp Review mentioned in their review on DP Review “No mode dial, poor interface”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Nikon 1 S2 owner who purchased this digital camera considered that it was mirrorless. Dpreview.com wrote in their Nikon 1 S2 review on DP Review “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots”.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon 1 S2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the 1 S2 also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the ILCE-5000[pl_2109568_price], or the NEX-3[pl_1611376_price] both from Sony or the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Nikon 1 S2 supports Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the ILCE-5000[pl_2109568_price], or the NEX-3[pl_1611376_price] both from Sony or the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Light

The Nikon 1 S2 is fairly light (only 190 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 1 S2. Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the 1 S2 the weights range from 70g to 680g.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the ILCE-5000[pl_2109568_price] (210g), or the NEX-3[pl_1611376_price] (210g) both from Sony.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the 1 S2. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Fairly High JPEG Frame Rate

The average JPEG frame rate of digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 36fps. With a JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Nikon 1 S2 has one of the higher JPEG frame rates amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Features Four Flash Modes

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most frequently featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this digital camera. The flash modes Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction and Slow synchronization are also featured on this camera.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon 1 S2 is more than most MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras of this age and type. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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135 Auto Focus Points

135 auto focus points

Most digital cameras of this type and age have between 11 and 246 auto focus points, including the Nikon 1 S2 which has 135 auto focus points.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras of a similar age and spec to the 1 S2. The ISO speeds "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 120|640 x 240|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Nikon 1 S2 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on digital cameras of this age and type. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon 1 S2 is more than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Nikon digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. The auto focus "Face detection" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Thin

The Nikon 1 S2 is one of the thinner cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 1 S2 (only 29.4 millimeters) amongst MILC cameras of this age. The thinnest similar spec digital camera that came out around the same time as the 1 S2 is 22mm deep and the thickest is 95mm.

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Short

The heights of cameras of this type and age range from 36mm to 110mm, and the average height is 70mm. The Nikon 1 S2 is quite short (only 60.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the 1 S2.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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14 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and Digitaltrends.com the average expert rating of this Nikon camera is 67%.

Poor Connectivity

One Nikon 1 S2 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was not wifi compatible. Dp Review mentioned “No builtin WiFi” in their review of the Nikon 1 S2.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon 1 S2 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Nikon 1 S2 does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support video recording.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video recording which you might also want to consider including the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon 1 S2 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 1 S2 are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price], or the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Nikon 1 S2 does not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS including the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon 1 S2 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 1 S2, the Nikon 1 S2 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon 1 S2 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the 1 S2. The photo effect "Neutral" is also found on this camera.

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Only One Aspheric Element

The Nikon 1 S2 is a one aspheric element camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The least total megapixel count of cameras of a similar age and type to the 1 S2 is 12MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP. With a total megapixel count of only 15.13 megapixels, the Nikon 1 S2 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Only ±1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a -3EV - +1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Only 270 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years take between 220 and 4,699 shots per battery charge, including the Nikon 1 S2 which takes 270 shots per battery charge.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The minimum ISO speed of MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 1 S2 range from 50 to 200. With a minimum ISO speed of 200, the Nikon 1 S2 has a fairly big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the 1 S2.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon 1 S2

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this camera was released.

Average Screen Size

The Nikon 1 S2 has a fairly standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the 1 S2.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price].

Digital cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (3.7") which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Nikon 1 S2 has a relatively typical megapixel count (14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (16.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Protection Feature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Setting
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Other Features

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Expert Reviews

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16 December 2014

Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots and lower-end DSLRs...

Good stills and videos
Fast hybrid autofocus, responsive
Compact, lightweight
Compact stylish body
2 year warranty
No mode dial, poor interface
No builtin WiFi
Too many tradeoffs versus competition
Little grip
1127.5mm lens doesn't feature optical image stabilisation
3 November 2014

At $450, the Nikon 1 S2 seems like a good deal, but look beyond the price and you'll see it is sacrificing a lot to save very little money. The camera has way too many compromises versus the Nikon...

23 September 2014

Otherwise, the Nikon 1 S2 seems like quite the bargain. You get Full 1080/60p HD video recording courtesy of a 14.2 MP CMOS image sensor and the EXPEED 4A image processing engine which enables... Read more…

9 September 2014

The Nikon 1 S2 (along with the Nikon 1 V3, and J4) is one of the fastest shooting cameras available currently, if not the fastest, offering 20fps continuous shooting with auto-focus, as well as...

22 July 2014

Like its predecessor, the Nikon 1 S2 is a cute little camera that does what you ask it to do, quickly. It's a good choice for anyone who wants to take pictures without having to learn a...

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User Reviews

(1)
(Verified Purchase)

Amazing camera - great deal - brilliant seller...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon tags, nikon 27699, nikon vva222k001, nikon vva221k001
Barcodes 00018208276974, 00018208276998, 00018208277063, 00018208890491, 00018208890507, 00018208939695, 00018208939718, 00018208939749, 00018208939763, 00018208998005, 00018208998012

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