Nikon 1 S2 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 14.2 megapixel 1” CMOS sensor
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/16000 (Flash Sync up to 1/60)
  • 10 fps burst speed (buffer: 20 images)
  • 30 fps burst speed with focus locked (butter: 60 images)
  • ISO sensitivity 200-12800
  • Manual modes
  • Hybrid autofocus system (with both phase detection and contrast detection)
  • 41 autofocus points (135 for single-point AF)
  • 1080/60p HD video
  • JEPG or 12-bit RAW
  • 3” LCD screen
  • Records to Micro SD cards
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 270 shots
  • Weighs 6.7 ounces
  • Release Date: 2014-06-19
  • Final Grade: 88 B+

B+
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Nikon 1 S2
Nikon continues to offer impressive speed with the 1 S2.
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 7/29/2014

The Nikon 1 line uses smaller sensors then the competitors, but what the camera giant offers that others do not is speed, and lots of it. The Nikon 1 S2 is the more budget-friendly model over the sleeker 1 J4 and faster 1 V3, but it's still got quite a bit of speed to it. The maximum shutter speed tops out at 1/16,000, which bests even some DSLRs. Add that to a 10 fps burst speed (or even 30 fps if the autofocus is locked on the first frame) and the Nikon 1 S2 is clearly all about speed. The only thing that isn't fast is the flash sync speed, which is 1/60 (DSLRs get around 1/250 while still using flash).

The Nikon 1 S2 uses a hybrid autofocusing system with both types (contrast detection and phase detection). The 41 autofocus points look pretty solid, plus there's 135 points in the single-point autofocus mode. With RAW shooting and manual modes, the 1 S2 is aimed at budget enthusiasts and those looking to learn.

The biggest downside of the 1 line is the smaller sensors--but without those smaller sensors, they wouldn't be able to achieve such impressive top speeds. It all comes down to the individual consumer--which is more important to you, speed or resolution? If the answer is resolution, then look at the Fujifilm X-M1 or Sony a5000, both which are similarly priced. But if the answer is speed, you're on the right track. You can also consider the fancier 1 J4 or even faster V3, but the Nikon 1 line is leading the specs for speed all around.

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