Nikon 1 S2 Preview: Time to step up from your compact or camera phone?

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Available in a range of funky colours at an attractive €459, including a 11-27.5mm kit lens, the new Nikon 1 S2 is aimed at snappers taking a step up from a camera phone or compact.

Nikon 1 S2 Specification: An updated hybrid with greater resolution and sensitivity

Back in early 2013 Nikon expanded its range of Nikon 1 hybrid cameras with a new S product line, which offered a more compact design than the Nikon 1 J or Nikon 1 V models. So gone were the Electronic Viewfinders and hotshoes, to give enthusiasts upgrading from a compact camera or camera phone exactly what they wanted – better image quality in a super small shell. The new Nikon 1 S2 builds upon that concept with the addition of a couple of mass market friendly additions, as well as a general upgrade to the specs’.

Resolution on the new Nikon 1 S2 has been bolstered up to 14.2Mp, on the same 1”-type CX format sensor used in Nikon 1 hybrids. Some features from the recently released flagship Nikon 1 V3 have also filtered down to the new S2. These include continuous burst shooting of 20fps with continuous autofocus, or 60fps with focus locked to the first frame, as well as the inclusion of Nikon’s EXPEED 4A dual engine image processor, to crunch through all that data.

If youve been having a point and take your entire life, updating to a DSLR can be a bit of a daunting task. Dont worry though, it doesnt have to be!The good thing about the D3200 for novices is that its quite menu established. The camera can do much of what its bigger siblings can, however much of it is still in easy to navigate menus just like in your point and shoot. Theres a question button which will explain exactly what different features of the camera do when youre unsureIf youre wanting to have a bit more control, but nevertheless keep the familiarity of a menu based camera, then the D5200 is worth taking a peek at. It is going to definitely give you more space to grow compared to the D3200.For case my aunt has an old 50mm f/1.2 which Ive been trying to get on long term loan for awhile today. This lens wouldnt have metered on either my previous D5000 or D90. With either the D7000 or D7100 however, just about any lens from 1977 or newer will either meter and autofocus.So if you have various old lenses, then dont sell them off just yet, you may just need a new camera body.Here that you have a few options. You may be tempted to snag a used D300 for less than the price of a number of the newer cameras. On the surface this seems like a fantastic idea. Youre getting amazing build quality, more manual features, and a less costly price but Id think twice about doing this.The D300 is an older camera. Many advancements in camera technology have been created, and youll get much better photographs and many more usable characteristics in a D7100 than among Nikons elderly cameras.Stick using the D7100 which is still nearly half of the cost of the cheapest full frame camera the D600 and theyre essentially the exact same in terms of features.

The Nikon 1 S2 utilises a Hybrid Autofocus system, which boasts a total of 135 AF points. 73 of these AF points are the phase-detect variety, similar to those used on DSLRs, with the remaining contrast-detect points ensuring autofocus right up to the edge of the frame. Other features include a 200–12800 ISO sensitivity range, full HD 1080p movie capture, a 3.0in 460k-dot LCD, pop-up flash unit and a new Creative Palette function. Available in Creative Mode, the new Creative Palette features lets you select from a range of photo effect filters to change things like contrast, saturation or white balance, before you take an image. The altered image is then displayed on the LCD screen immediately after capture.

The new Nikon 1 S2 is available from June 2014 retailing at €459 including the 11-27.5mm kit lens, or €629 including both the 11-27.5mm and 30-110mm lenses.

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