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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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25 Reasons For

One Industry Award

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

Reasonably Priced

Three Nikon 1 S2 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Happy wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It's difficult to find a better camera for the money” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. Digitaltrends.com mentioned “The Nikon 1 S2 ($450, with 11-27.5mm kit lens) is the affordable sibling of the J4”. Digitaltrends.com also said “You'll see it is sacrificing a lot to save very little money”.

A number of customers agreed that the product was a bargain for the price. Happy rated it as excellent and wrote on Amazon last year “Amazing camera - great deal - brilliant seller”. Three years ago expert website Digitaltrends.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Nikon 1 S2 seems like a good deal.” but even so they only scored the product 3 stars. Steves-Digicams.com wrote in their review “The Nikon 1 S2 seems like quite the bargain”.

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Good Quality Pictures

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

One Nikon 1 S2 owner who purchased the product considered that it was able to produce good images.

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Good Size

Several customers reckoned that this digital camera was compact. Ephotozine.com said in their Nikon 1 S2 review on Ephotozine “The Nikon 1 S2 is a stylish compact system camera from Nikon” and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100. Photographyblog.com said three 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 review of the Nikon 1 S2. Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Compact stylish body”.

One customer who purchased the Nikon 1 S2 mentioned that it was a good body shape. One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was lightweight. Dp Review said in their review “Compact, lightweight” .

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Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Nikon has good average ratings for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Quality Lens

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

One Nikon 1 S2 reviewer said in their reviews that the product had a good lens.

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Nice Design

A number of Nikon 1 S2 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good looking.

Good Product Quality

A few Nikon 1 S2 owners agreed that it was good quality. Dp Review said three years ago “Good image quality and colour” in their review of the Nikon 1 S2. Dp Review also wrote “Elegant design, quality finish”.

Good Technical Features

One person wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “Features a colourful plastic body” in their review of the Nikon 1 S2.

Good Video Capture

Several Nikon 1 S2 owners who purchased it considered that it was good for video recording. Three years ago Dp Review mentioned in their Nikon 1 S2 review on DP Review “Good stills and videos”. Steves-Digicams.com said “You get Full 1080/60p HD video recording courtesy of a 14.2 MP CMOS image sensor”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer wrote that this digital camera was quiet. Dp Review wrote “Silent shutter”.

Easy to Use

One Nikon 1 S2 reviewer who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good interface. Dp Review said on DP Review “No mode dial, poor interface”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was mirrorless. Three years ago expert review site Dpreview.com wrote “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots” in their Nikon 1 S2 review.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 1 S2, the Nikon 1 S2 has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1[plb_2070627_price], the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price], and the Samsung NX200[plb_1494658_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Light

Digital cameras of this spec and age have weights of between 70g and 680g. With a weight of only 190 grams, the Nikon 1 S2 is fairly light compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the 1 S2.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

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

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The motion JPEG frame rates of MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 1 S2 range from 24fps to 60fps. At 60 frames per second, the Nikon 1 S2 has a quite high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the 1 S2.

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Has Eight White Balances

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

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 120|640 x 240|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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 number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon 1 S2 is more than most MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Single Auto Focus, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Nikon camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the 1 S2.

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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 this digital camera has an overall expert rating of 67%.

Poor Connectivity

One Nikon 1 S2 owner who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was not wifi compatible. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review three years ago “No builtin WiFi” in their review.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon 1 S2 does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years which support Full HD video.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the NX200[pl_1494658_price], or the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] both from Samsung.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age, the Nikon 1 S2 does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1[plb_2070627_price], the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price], or the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Nikon 1 S2 does not support video capability. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video capability that you might want to consider including the Samsung NX200[plb_1494658_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the 1 S2, the Nikon 1 S2 is not 3D.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Samsung NX200[plb_1494658_price], or the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[plb_2032029_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). Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the 1 S2 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[plb_2032029_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Nikon 1 S2 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most cameras of a similar spec and age to the 1 S2 do not have an image stabilizer. The Nikon 1 S2 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The Nikon 1 S2 has a fairly low megapixel (only 14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 1 S2 have megapixels of between 7.9MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price] (24.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Two Photo Effectss

The Nikon 1 S2 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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 a quite few total megapixels compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The least total megapixels of MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 1 S2 is 12MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP.

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

The Nikon 1 S2 has a wider flash exposure correction than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction.

A ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction is in fact the worst flash exposure correction across all MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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

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Only 270 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Nikon 1 S2 is a camera that takes 270 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the 1 S2 take between 220 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon 1 S2

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon 1 S2 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the 1 S2.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung NX200[plb_1494658_price], and the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + CSS-S110 LS[plb_2032029_price] is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the NX200[pl_1494658_price], or the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] both from Samsung or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price].

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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

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Expert Reviews

(12)
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 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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