Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera hits 20fps for $450

/ Updated: 14 May 2014 5:00 am BST

Nikon 1 S2
Nikon USA

Spring seems to be turning into cheap interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) season. Following recent announcements of the Samsung's NX Mini and NX3000 and the Sony A5000, Nikon jumps in with new versions of its two entry-level models, the Nikon 1 J4 -- announced in April in Asia and Europe -- and the for-the-newbie-on-a-budget Nikon 1 S2.

The S2 is really just a slightly updated version of the old-ish, and now cheaper J3, without a mode dial. But the S2 is probably worth the few extra bucks over the J3 just for the modest improvement in battery life. Most people won't find the extra burst speed (20fps versus 15fps for the J3) or the 1080/60p (versus 30p for the J3) that much of an advantage. The S2 has the same version of the hybrid autofocus system as the J3, same sensor, and same display.

Of course, compared to its predecessor, the S1, the S2 gets a little more of a jump; notably, the newer, higher-resolution version of the CX-size sensor and a higher-resolution version of the fixed 3-inch LCD. The S2 bumps up to a newer version of Nikon's image processing engine over both the S1 and the J3, so image and video quality might be better as well.

Nikon 1 S2
Nikon USA

Compared to similarly priced models, it does have a performance advantage: most of the lower end ILCs use contrast autofocus, which tends to be much slower than the combination of phase detection and contrast AF that Nikon puts even in its cheaper models. And it has some of Nikon's interesting current features which include motion snapshot; a clever slow view for figuring out your burst-shooting timing; and electronic image stabilization while recording movies. But its battery life is comparatively bad and it lacks Wi-Fi for connecting directly to your phone to upload images or for remote shooting. The optional wireless adapter will run you about $50.

The Nikon 1 S2 is slated to ship in June in two configurations: a single-lens kit with the 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6 lens (29-74mm equivalent) for $450 USD and a dual-lens kit with the aforementioned lens plus the 30-110mm f3.8-5.6 lens (81-297mm equivalent).

Nikon 1 J3 Nikon 1 S1 Nikon 1 S2 Samsung NX Mini Sony Alpha A5000
Sensor (effective resolution) 14.2MP CMOS 10.1MP CMOS 14.2MP CMOS 20.5MP BSI CMOS
n/a
20.1MP Exmor HD CMOS
Sensor size 13.1 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.1 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.2 x 15.4mm
Focal-
length multiplier
2.7x 2.7x 2.7x 2.7x 1.5x
Sensitivity range ISO 160 - ISO 6400 ISO 100 - ISO 6400 ISO 200 - ISO 12800 ISO 100 (exp) /
ISO 160 - ISO 12800/ ISO 25600 (exp)
ISO 100 - ISO 16000
Continuous shooting 15fps
n/a
(60fps with fixed AF)
15fps
n/a
(60fps with fixed AF)
20fps
n/a
(60fps with fixed AF)
6fps
(30fps at reduced resolution)
n/a
2.5fps
(4fps with fixed focus and exposure)
Viewfinder None None None None No
Hot shoe None None None None No
Autofocus 73-point
phase detection, 135-area contrast AF
73-point
phase detection, 135-area contrast AF
73-point
phase detection, 135-area contrast AF
21-area contrast AF 25-area contrast AF
AF sensitivity range n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 - 20 EV
Shutter speed 30 - 1/16,000; bulb; 1/60 sec x-sync
(electronic shutter)
30 - 1/16,000; bulb; 1/60 sec x-sync
(electronic shutter)
30 - 1/16,000; bulb; 1/60 sec x-sync
(electronic shutter)
30 - 1/16,000 sec; bulb to 4 min; 1/200 x-sync
(electronic shutter)
30-1/4000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 sec x-sync
Metering n/a n/a n/a 221 area 1200 zone
Metering range n/a n/a n/a 0 - 18 EV 0 - 20 EV
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IS Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical
Best video 1080/30p, 720/60p H.264 MPEG-4 QuickTime MOV 1080/30p, 720/60p H.264 MPEG-4 QuickTime MOV 1080/60p H.264 MPEG-4 QuickTime MOV 1080/30p
H.264 MPEG-4
AVCHD
1080/30p @ 24Mbps
Audio Stereo Stereo Stereo Mono Stereo
LCD size 3-inch/
7.5 cm
Fixed
921,000 dots
3-inch/
7.5 cm
Fixed
460,000 dots
3-inch/
7.5 cm
Fixed
921,000 dots
3-inch/
7.5cm
Tilting
460,800 dots
3-inch/
7.5cm
Fixed
460,800 dots
Wireless connection With optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter With optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter With optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi, NFC
Battery life (CIPA rating) 220 shots 220 shots 270 shots 645 shots 420 shots
Dimensions (WHD) 4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1 in
101 x 60.5 x 28.8mm
4.0 x 2.4 x 1.2 in
102 x 60.5 x 29.7 mm
4 x 2.4 x 1.2 in
101.0 x 60.8 x 29.4 mm
4.3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in
110.4 x 61.9 x 22.5 mm
4.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 in
109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm
Body operating weight 9.7 oz (est)
201g (est)
7.2 oz (est)
204 g (est)
7.2 oz (est)
204 g (est)
6.9 oz (est)
158 g (est)
9.5 oz (est)
269 g (est)
Mfr. price
(body only)
n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Primary kit $400
n/a
AU$700
(with 10-30mm lens)
$350
£300
n/a
(with 11 - 27.5mm lens)
$450
n/a
n/a
(with 11 - 27.5mm lens)
$399.99
£400
tbd
(with 9mm lens)
$449.99
£420
AU$700
(with 16-50mm PZ lens)
Alternate kit $650
n/a
n/a
(with 10 - 30mm and 30 - 110mm lenses)
$500
n/a
n/a
(with 11-27.5mm and 30-110mm lenses)
$700
n/a
n/a
(with 11-27.5mm and 30-110mm lenses)
$499.99
n/a
tbd
(with 9-27mm lens)
n/a
£630
AU$900
(with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses)
Ship date September 2013 February 2013 June 2014 April 2014 March 2014

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