Review Price £800.00
Nikon V2: Image QualityColour and White balance
The V2's automatic white balance is generally reliable, producing accurate images in a variety of lighting conditions. Colours appear a touch muted when the camera's default settings are used, however this can be easily rectified though the on-board ‘Picture Control’ settings, with the Vivid setting producing images with much greater saturation.
While the V2 exposes accurately on the whole, we did experience some issues with the V2's dynamic range. When faced with high contrast scenes we found that the V2 tends to deliver blown highlights, with detail also being lost in shadow areas.
Although the V2's 14.2MP CMOS sensor is capable of resolving a good level of detail, the smaller physical size of the sensor means that it falls slightly behind rival compact system cameras using larger Micro Foiur Thirds or APS-C sized sensors.
On the whole the V2 handles noise quite well. At the higher settings, for example ISO 1600, aggressive noise reduction does result in a softening of images.
The 10-30mm kit zoom delivers a reasonable level of performance with edge sharpness respectable and very few signs of chromatic aberrations.
Raw and JPEG
While JPEGs suffer from aggressive noise reduction, uncompressed Raw files are much noisier. That said, there is of course much more scope to apply your own levels of noise reduction at the post-processing stage.
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