Nikon 1 S2

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    Highlights

    • 14.2 MP 1-inch CMOS Sensor
    • 200 - 12,800 Native ISO
    • 171 Focus Points (171 Cross-type)
    • 3.0" 460k dot Fixed Screen
    • 60.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-in Flash
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    Overview

    Nikon 1 S2 was announced in 2014 and is a 1-inch (13.1 x 8.8 mm) Mirrorless camera with 14.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 200 to 12,800. The camera has a Fixed 3.0" screen with 460k dot resolution.

    Nikon 1 S2 can capture video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Nikon 1 S2.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   73 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Built-in Flash
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Light - 190 g (0.42 lb / 6.70 oz)
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Low Resolution Sensor - 14.2 Megapixel
    •   200 Lowest Native ISO
    •   Timelapse Recording
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   No External Flash Connectivity
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth
    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 270 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Nikon 1 S2 to its predecessor 1 S1 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Nikon 1 S2 vs Nikon 1 S1
    Higher Sensor Resolution 14.2 Megapixel vs 10.1 Megapixel
    Max Image Resolution 4592 x 3072 vs 3872 x 2592
    More Focus Points 171 vs 135
    Center Autofocus vs
    Continuous Autofocus vs
    Face Detection vs
    Live View Autofocus vs
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 60.0 fps vs 15.0 fps
    Lighter 190 g (0.42 lb / 6.70 oz) vs 197 g (0.43 lb / 6.95 oz)
    Longer Battery Life 270 shots vs 220 shots
    DOWNGRADES Nikon 1 S2 vs Nikon 1 S1
    Higher Native ISO 200 vs 100
    Timelapse Recording vs

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Nikon 1 S2 vs 1 S1.

    Screen

    Fixed screen

    Nikon 1 S2 has a 3.0" Fixed screen with 460k dot resolution which is quite low by today's standards.

    Sensor

    Nikon 1 S2 features a 14.2 megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor with dimensions of 13.1 x 8.8 mm and a total area of 115.3 mm2. Its native ISO range is 200 - 12,800.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Nikon 1 S2's 1-inch sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.1 x 8.8 mm115.3 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with EXPEED 4A processor and can take pictures up to 4592 x 3072 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Nikon 1 S2 has Nikon 1 lens mount. Due to 1-inch sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 2.7x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.7.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Nikon 1 S2.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Nikon 1 S2 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Mini HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Nikon 1 S2 comes with EN-EL22 battery pack with battery life of 270 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Nikon 1 S2 has Electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/16000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/4000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 60.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Nikon 1 S2 has Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)
    AF-assist illuminator system with 171 (73 cross-type) focusing points There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Flash

    Nikon 1 S2 has a built-in flash. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +1 EV with 1/3 EV steps).

    Physical Parameters

    Nikon 1 S2 has dimensions of 101 x 61 x 29 mm (3.98 x 2.4 x 1.14"). It weighs 190 g (0.42 lb / 6.70 oz), so it is a lightweight camera.

    101 mm (3.98")

    61 mm (2.4")

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    29 mm (1.14")

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    Nikon 1 S2 dimensions

    Nikon 1 S2 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Nikon 1 S2 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    AVERAGE
    57

    Nikon 1 S2 gets a score of 57 and is AVERAGE choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    72

    Nikon 1 S2 gets a score of 72 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   73 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 270 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    AVERAGE
    65

    Nikon 1 S2 gets a score of 65 and is AVERAGE choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   73 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 270 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    AVERAGE
    69

    Nikon 1 S2 gets a score of 69 and is AVERAGE choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   73 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
    •   No External Flash Connectivity
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    GOOD
    80

    Nikon 1 S2 gets a score of 80 and is GOOD choice for Street photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   171 Focus Points
    •   73 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 190 g (0.42 lb / 6.70 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Nikon 1 S2 gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 190 g (0.42 lb / 6.70 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 270 shots

    Nikon 1 S2 Evaluation

    We evaluate Nikon 1 S2 and give score of 58 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
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    Sensor

    AVERAGE
    55

    We give Nikon 1 S2 a score of 55 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Low Resolution Sensor - 14.2 Megapixel
    •   200 Lowest Native ISO
    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO

    Photo

    AVERAGE
    65

    We give Nikon 1 S2 a score of 65 for Photo parameters.

    •   Timelapse Recording
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   No External Flash Connectivity

    Video

    BAD
    16

    We give Nikon 1 S2 a score of 16 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    GOOD
    81

    We give Nikon 1 S2 a score of 81 for Focusing parameters.

    •   171 Focus Points
    •   73 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    POOR
    53

    We give Nikon 1 S2 a score of 53 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Low Resolution Screen - 460k dot
    •   No Viewfinder

    Connectivity

    AVERAGE
    65

    We give Nikon 1 S2 a score of 65 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    POOR
    43

    We give Nikon 1 S2 a score of 43 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   No Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 190 g (0.42 lb / 6.70 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 270 shots


    For a full specification list please go to the specifications page:

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