PhotoPlus Expo 2012: Nikon Intros 14.2-Megapixel Nikon 1 V2 Flagship Compact System Camera
OCTOBER 24, 2012
By Dan Havlik
Nikon has officially taken the wraps off the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest top-of-the-line model in its compact system camera line. The redesigned Nikon V2 looks almost completely different from its predecessor, the V1, resembling a stripped down DSLR except without, of course, the mirror box inside the camera, allowing it to be small and thin.
The V2 also features a bigger grip, a built-in flash, and a new Command Mode Dial.
The V2's 14.2MP, CX-format (smaller than Micro Four Thirds but bigger than what's in a point-and-shoot camera) CMOS sensor, is also new and the camera adds a new EXPEED 3A image processor, allowing it to shoot up to 15 frames per second with full autofocus tracking for moving subjects.
Nikon also introduced SB-N7, attachable speed light flash for the Nikon V2 this morning.
The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm kit lens goes on sale in late November 2012 for the $899. It's available in black or white.
The SB-N7 flash goes on sale in January 2013 for $159.
More info in the press release below.
STRIKING THE BALANCE OF PORTABILITY, PERFORMANCE AND SHOOTING PREFERENCE, THE NEW NIKON 1 V2 PROVIDES USERS WITH NEW WAYS TO BE CREATIVE AND EXPRESSIVE
Nikon Continues to Enhance the Powerful Nikon 1 System with the Addition of Photographer-Friendly Features, Connectivity and Accessories
MELVILLE, N.Y. (October 24, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the revolutionary Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for the creative consumer who seeks stunning images and HD video, the V2 incorporates a myriad of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience, including a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash and the addition of a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact speedlight that offers versatile lighting possibilities for Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 V2 shooters.
Nikon 1 V2 is designed to be compact and delivers astoundingly rapid
Autofocus (AF) and shooting response, incredible image quality, sharp
Full HD video and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options. The V2
offers a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that
has been engineered to allow for amazing image quality that exhibits
eye-catching colors, rich hues and striking detail. The upgraded sensor
combined with the blazing fast Advance Hybrid AF system allows users to
shoot up to 15 frames-per-second (fps) while maintaining full AF
tracking that allows the capturing of fast moving subjects. Other new
and noteworthy features include versatile and fun shooting modes such as
Best Moment Capture Mode and the new Live Image Control that lets a
user preview their creative vision, pre-capture.
Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow
Though compact and portable, the new Nikon 1 V2 boasts incredible performance and features that will be easily embraced by all levels of photographers. In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera also includes the new EXPEED 3A image processing engine, both specifically designed to produce still images and HD video with stunning clarity and color. Additionally, the new EXPEED 3A has improved image-signal processing capability as well as high-speed readout.
A wide ISO range (160-6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions, while the highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with superfast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action with crisp focus, whether at a football game or dance recital. The Nikon 1 V2’s 73 point AF array ensures accuracy and super precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera also provides high-speed continuous shooting with continuous Auto focusing letting users capture approximately 15 fps up to 45 frames. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames is also possible.
Get Creative with Advanced Features
The Nikon 1 V2 also includes Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing, in real time. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 sec). The action is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action sports and events are transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen, letting the user capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with confidence.
original Nikon 1 features like Smart Photo Selector are still available
on this new camera, and are accessible through the Best Moment Capture
Mode. When using Smart Photo Selector, V2 users can capture up to 20
shots with a single press of the shutter button, and the camera will
then automatically select the five best images to keep based on factors
such as exposure, focus and facial recognition. The Nikon 1 V2 also
includes an Advance Movie Mode that allows for the simultaneous shooting
of 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same subject
or scene. Slow motion
Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR and the innovative Live Image Control allow users even more ways to customize their photos. Live Image Control gives users the ability to see end-result images before capture by incorporating effects of various camera settings on a scene. With Live Image Control, real time adjustments to motion control, brightness control, Active D-Lighting and background focus are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder prior to capture to help ensure the user’s creative vision is fulfilled.
Expanding the Reach of the Nikon 1 V2: Accessories for the Nikon 1 System
Like the other Nikon 1 system cameras, V2 shooters will have access to a growing lineup of incredible 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter. These lenses and accessories will allow individuals to build a system that truly complements their creative lifestyle.
Alongside the Nikon 1 V2, the new optional SB-N7 speedlight will inspire shooters to take their creative vision to new heights with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight flash unit. When connected to the Nikon 1 accessory port of the V2, the SB-N7 will provide opportunities to explore lighting options including i-TTL support. Additionally, the flash head tilts up to 120 degrees for situations that call for bouncing the flash output. The new speedlight is easy-to-use and travel friendly, and also uses common AAA batteries. The speedlight provides a guide number of 18 meters/59 feet (at ISO 100), as well as a supplied external wide flash adapter for wider shooting coverage.
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95. The SB-N7 speedlight will be available in January 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95*. For more information on the V2 and SB-N7 or other Nikon 1 series products, visit www.nikonusa.com.
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