Nikon seem to be in "photographer-friendly" mode at the moment and its nice to see that some half-hearted attempt at mirrorless, which is how the first incarnation of this system looked to me has been re-thought. There's a nice video on it here at Engadget. A few "gimmicky" bits but I must admit I thought they looked quite useful.
I'm more inclined to take this a bit more seriously now after using the RX100 for a while. I really did like the huge DOF I got with that camera, but ultimately it was way too small for me and handled like the point and shoot compact it was, so I sold it. This V2 looks like it would offer much the same advantages but with a much better layout for photographers, with of course the bonus (not really a bonus, more a neccessity as far as I'm concerned) of a decent viewfinder. Less pixels than the RX100, which is no bad thing quality wise, and a decent grip. Kirk Tuck has described the process of holding out cameras without viewfinders in front of you as akin to how you would handle a "dirty diaper". Not a particularly attractive thought but it does sum it up quite nicely.
There are people saying already that this V2 is ugly, but it doesn't strike me that way. Plus thats not what counts anyway. My Nikon DSLR's are no beauty queens, but they sure handle well.
So, in line with my policy of keeping an open mind, I'm maybe reassessing my views on the Nikon 1 system and may be inclined to give this a try. I'm still trying to find the best option to take out with my DP2 Merrill, and this may well work.
So thats one company that thinks about what photographers might need and another that seems to be moving in an opposite direction. The way of the world I guess.