Nikon 1 V2

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Arriving at retailers just in time for Christmas (hint, hint), the Nikon 1 V2 is the second generation mirrorless compact interchangeable lens camera from the company.

The V2 incorporates a new textured grip, a built-in flash, and the addition of a Command Dial to provide easy access to features and controls when shooting still images and HD videos.

The camera offers Full HD (1080p) videos, rapid autofocus and shooting responses, and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options.

There’s a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that Nikon says has been engineered to produce amazing image quality with remarkable colours, rich hues and striking detail.

The upgraded sensor, combined with the Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system, allows users to shoot up to 15 frames per second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that captures fast moving subjects.

Best Moment Capture Mode enables users to capture a moment in slow motion. Live Image Control shows what images would look like before they are captured with various effects and settings.

The new Nikon 1 V2 sports an enhanced design that includes the aforementioned ergonomic grip, textured camera body and mode dials. With easy access to the new top-placed Command Dial, V2 shooters will be able to make camera adjustments quickly and easily, even when framing photos in the camera’s electronic viewfinder.

The V2 also includes a new Direct Setting Control that enables quick changing of settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M).

The camera retains the 3-inch LCD display, and there’s a built-in pop-up flash.

With a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, optional lighting and camera accessories can also be used with the V2.

The camera includes the new Expeed 3 image-processing engine with improved image-signal processing capability and high-speed readout.

ISO range is 100 – 6400.

The V2’s 73-point AF array is said to ensure accuracy and precise focus, even on moving subjects.

The camera provides high-speed continuous shooting with autofocusing, letting users capture approximately 15 fps to 45 frames, approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames.

The camera is equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilize to capture fleeting moments with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. A Motion Snapshot can be saved as a four-second MOV file and JPEG image file, separately. Alternatively, the Motion Snapshot can be saved as a 10-second movie file without a separate JPEG image file. Furthermore, Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow within the camera.

Best Moment Capture Mode allows use of Slow View to slow down a moment. By pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action in slow motion at 40 frames (approximately 1.33 seconds). At the same time, the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approximately 6.66 sec) and it is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action is transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen.

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 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.

Also built in to the Nikon 1 V2 is Advance Movie Mode, which allows for the simultaneous shooting of Full HD (1080p) videos and high-resolution stills of the same subject or scene. Slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured, and full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) are accessible while shooting.

Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR, Live Image Control and Direct Settings are also on board. 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 are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder.

The V2 is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter.

Nikon also has introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact Speedlight that offers more lighting possibilities and controls to Nikon 1 V1 and V2 shooters.

Nikon says it is developing three new lenses to be released at a future date, a 32 mm medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens (86.4 mm equivalent) with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.2; a vibration-reduction (VR)-equipped 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 ultra wide-angle zoom lens (18-35 mm equivalent) that is the first 1 Nikkor lens to offer a 100° angle-of-view; and a compact, lightweight 10x zoom lens covering a 10-100 mm range (27-270 mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/4-5.6.

The Nikon 1 V2 camera with 10-30 mm kit lens will be available in late November at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $899.95.

The Nikon 1 V2 camera dual lens kit with 10-30 mm and 30-110 mm lenses will be available in late November at an MSRP of $1,099.95.

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