To open Playback mode on the Nikon 1 S2, just press the Playback button in the upper right corner of the back panel of the camera.
With a single image displayed on the screen, you can choose what type of information about the photograph's settings you want to have displayed on the screen. To change the display data, you'll have to work through the S2's Setup menu, which is much more of a hassle than using a dedicated Disp button, which most cameras offer on their back panels. Even stranger, you cannot make these display changes using the Playback menu; you must work through the Setup menu, even though it's more natural to look for this feature under the Playback menu. This is just another of several odd menu-design decisions Nikon gave the mirrorless Nikon 1 S2.
You can choose from three display data options, including:
- Basic Info - Shows time and date photo was recorded, file name, and resolution.
- Detailed Info - Shows a histogram in the upper right corner, a scaled-down view of the image in the upper left corner, and information including the shooting mode, shutter speed, aperture setting, ISO setting, lens focal length, EV setting, white balance setting, and any special effects you applied, as well as the information shown in Basic Info mode.
- Image only - No data is shown on the screen.
From the S2's Playback mode you can view a grid of thumbnail images that are stored on the camera's memory card. With a single image displayed on the screen, press the OK button. Then spin the four-way button toward the left to show the thumbnails. The S2's options for displaying a grid of thumbnails include grids of 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4. You also can see a calendar screen, which sorts the photos stored on the memory card by the day on which they were recorded.
The Nikon 1 S2 has a magnification feature as well. With a single image on the screen, press the OK button. Then spin the four-way ring to the right and the image will be magnified on the display screen. Eight levels of magnification are available.
As you magnify the image, you'll see a shrunken view of the overall image in the lower right corner of the screen. The yellow box inside the image represents the current view. You can change the current view inside the magnified image by pressing the edges of the four-way button. This overall view of the image will disappear from the lower right corner of the screen after 1 second of inactivity.
As was available in the S2's shooting mode, you can access the Function screen in Playback mode. With a single image on the screen, press the upper part of the four-way button to open the Function window. Highlight a box in the Function grid and press OK to change the associated setting. Although Nikon didn't give the Nikon 1 S2 all that many in-camera editing options, accessing them through the Function window is the easiest method. The options are:
- Start Slide Show
- Protect - On, Off
- Rating - 5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars, 2 stars, 1 star, Not Rated
- D-Lighting - High, Normal, Low
- Resize - 1.1M, 0.6M, 0.3M
- Crop - 3:2 aspect ratio, 4:3, 1:1, 16:9
To play a video recording stored on the S2's memory card, press the downward part of the four-way button. You'll control the movie playback by pressing the edges of the four-way button and control the volume by spinning the four-way button.
You have the same data display options with movies as you do with still images.
To access the Playback menu for the Nikon 1 S2, press the Menu button to open the main Menu screen. Highlight the Playback icon and press OK. The Playback menu options are:
- Delete - Delete Selected Images, Delete All Images
- Slide Show - All Images, Still Images, Movies, Motion Snapshot, Select Images By Date (All five options have the same sub-menus, including: Start, Frame Interval (2 sec, 4 sec, 10 sec), Movie Playback Time (Same As Frame Interval, 10 sec, 15 sec, No Limit), Audio (Movie Sound Tracks, Mute))
- Image Review - On, Off
- Rotate Tall - On, Off
- DPOF Print Order - Select/Set, Reset
- Protect - Select/Set, Reset
- Resize - Select Images, Choose Size (1.1M, 0.6M, 0.3M)
- Crop - Select Images, Aspect Ratio (3:2, 4:3, 1:1, 16:9)
- Face-Priority Zoom - On, Off
- Edit Movie - Choose Starting Point, Choose End Point
- Combine 4-Second Movies
- Combine NMS Movies