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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 Jun 2014
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24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Nikon digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who said that this MILC digital camera was good.

Good Quality Pictures

Six Nikon 1 S2 owners considered that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com said three years ago “A 14.2 megapixel 1inch CX sensor, as well as high speed focusing and continuous shooting” in their review. 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 said “Boasting continuous shooting speeds of 20fps with continuous autofocus” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One person who bought this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images.

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Good Brand

Nikon has good average reviews for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range.

Good Size

Some Nikon 1 S2 reviewers who reviewed the product thought it was compact. Expert review site Ephotozine.com gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and said “The Nikon 1 S2 is a stylish compact system camera from Nikon” in their review of the Nikon 1 S2. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon 1 S2 is a new compact system camera featuring a 14-megapixel “CX” format sensor with no low-pass filter” in their review of the Nikon 1 S2. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Compact stylish body” in their review of the Nikon 1 S2.

One Nikon 1 S2 owner who bought this digital camera thought it was a good body shape. One Nikon 1 S2 owner who bought the product concluded that it was lightweight. Dp Review wrote in their Nikon 1 S2 review “Compact, lightweight”.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Nikon 1 S2 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon 1 S2 considered that it had a good autofocus. Dp Review said in their Nikon 1 S2 review “Fast hybrid autofocus, responsive”. Dp Review also mentioned “Very fast focus and shutter response”.

One Nikon 1 S2 owner who bought it thought it had a good lens.

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Nice Design

Three Nikon 1 S2 owners who bought this digital camera wrote that it was good looking.

Good Product Quality

Some Nikon 1 S2 reviewers concluded that it was good quality. Three years ago Dp Review mentioned “Good image quality and colour”. Dp Review also mentioned “Elegant design, quality finish”.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “Features a colourful plastic body” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars.

Good Video Capture

Some people who reviewed the product agreed that it was good for video recording. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Good stills and videos”. Steves-Digicams.com said on expert review site Steve's Digicams “You get Full 1080/60p HD video recording courtesy of a 14.2 MP CMOS image sensor” in their review of the Nikon 1 S2.

Easy to Use

One Nikon 1 S2 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had a good interface. Dp Review wrote “No mode dial, poor interface”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was quiet. Three years ago Dp Review said in their review on DP Review “Silent shutter”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon 1 S2 was mirrorless. Dpreview.com said on expert website DP Review “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots” in their Nikon 1 S2 review.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon 1 S2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in flash.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price], or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Light

The average weight of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the 1 S2 is 330g, and the weights range from 70g to 680g. With a weight of only 190 grams, the Nikon 1 S2 is one of the lighter digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the 1 S2 amongst MILC cameras of this age.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Q10[pl_1399120_price] (180g), or the Q7[pl_2058121_price] (180g) both from Pentax which also has a higher rating.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon 1 S2 is more than most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Nikon camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 1 S2. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Fairly High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The average motion JPEG frame rate of digital cameras of this age and type is 35fps. The Nikon 1 S2 has a quite high motion JPEG frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the 1 S2.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly featured flash modes is Auto, but this flash modes is not featured on this digital camera. The flash modess Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction and Slow synchronization are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Has Eight White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon 1 S2 is more than most MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this age and type. This digital camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 120|640 x 240|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 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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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the 1 S2. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Face detection" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Nikon 1 S2 is more than most MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras of a similar age and spec to the 1 S2.

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15 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and Digitaltrends.com the average expert rating of this camera is 67 out of 100.

Poor Connectivity

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was not wifi compatible. Dp Review wrote in their Nikon 1 S2 review “No builtin WiFi”.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon 1 S2 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 1 S2 do support Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price], or the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most digital cameras of this spec and age do not support wi-Fi. The Nikon 1 S2 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this camera and we think the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price], the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Nikon 1 S2 does not support video capability. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support video capability.

Other cameras which also support video capability that you might want to look at include the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the 1 S2 are not 3D. The Nikon 1 S2 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon 1 S2 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the 1 S2 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon 1 S2 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the 1 S2 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon 1 S2 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the 1 S2 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The average megapixel of MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the 1 S2 is 18MP. With a megapixel of only 14.2 megapixels, the Nikon 1 S2 has a quite low megapixel compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the 1 S2.

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Only Has Two Photo Effectss

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

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 15.13 megapixels, the Nikon 1 S2 has one of the less total megapixelss amongst MILC cameras of this age. Digital cameras that are a similar age to the 1 S2 have total megapixelss of between 12MP and 48MP.

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

The Nikon 1 S2 has a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

This digital camera's flash exposure correction (±1EV (1/3 EV step)) is in fact the worst flash exposure correction amongst all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the 1 S2.

A ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction is the best flash exposure correction amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Only 270 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago take between 220 and 539 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the Nikon 1 S2 which takes 270 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to the 1 S2 the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 240s. With a slowest camera shutter speed of only 30 seconds, the Nikon 1 S2 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 1 S2.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon 1 S2

Released Over Two Years Ago

Nikon released the 1 S2 over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon 1 S2 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Q10[pl_1399120_price], and the Q7[pl_2058121_price] both from Pentax which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Q10[pl_1399120_price], and the Q7[pl_2058121_price] both from Pentax is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Settings
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash

1 Award

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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...

Brochures and Manuals

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon 27699, nikon vva222k001, nikon vva221k001, nikon vva223k001, nikon vva224k001
Barcodes 00018208276974, 00018208276998, 00018208277063, 00018208890491, 00018208890507, 00018208939695, 00018208939718, 00018208939749, 00018208939763, 00018208998005, 00018208998012

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