Nikon has unveiled the next version of its interchangeable lens, mirrorless camera, the Nikon 1 V3. The company says it is designed for enthusiasts and professionals, especially those who want to capture fast-moving action, sports, and wildlife.
The V3 features a very fast Hybrid AF system and the worlds fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus (AF), a speed that outpaces even professional DSLRs.
The camera features an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, the new Expeed 4A image processor, Full HD 1080/60p video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display.
With 171 contrast detection focus areas and the centre 105 areas supporting phase detection AF, the V3 provides super-fast AF responsiveness and precision when capturing still images or Full HD videos, says Nikon.
The V3 also carries an ISO range of 160-12,800 with high ISO noise reduction.
The V3 can record Full HD videos at 1080/60p. The Movie Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) feature helps eliminate camera shake for smooth and clear videos.
The V3 can capture slow-motion videos at 120 frames-per-second (fps) in high-quality 720p HD.
Users can also capture full-resolution still images during video recording.
With Wi-Fi connectivity, you can connect to a compatible smart phone or tablet.
Creative modes include Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama and Selective Colour, plus new modes like Creative Palette, Toy Camera and Cross Process.
Nikon 1 system features such as Slow View, Live Image Control and Motion Snapshot are included.
The body sports conveniently placed external controls with two programmable function buttons, allowing enthusiasts to tailor their camera to their own personal shooting style. An additional function button is added with the optional GR-N1010 grip, a lightweight option that provides steadier handling, as well as an additional shutter button and sub-command dial that will be familiar to DSLR shooters.
Another addition to the series is the V3’s new tilting, touch-panel 3-inch LCD monitor. This thin and versatile monitor is a convenient tool for adjusting settings on the go, affording the user the ability to quickly trigger the shutter when capturing a photo or change the focus point when capturing video by simply touching the screen.
A new Highlight Display function helps the user to spot washed-out highlights after shooting.
Additionally, a Virtual Horizon feature with pitching detection helps frame landscapes and architecture.
Nikon offers an optional external high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), the DF-N1000, and optional multi-accessory grip, the GR-N1010.
The Nikon 1 V3, kitted with the 1 Nikkor VR 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens (see below), the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and GR-N1010 Grip is scheduled to be available in April at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,299.95.
Body only has an MSRP of $899.95.
Nikon has introduced two 1 Nikkor lenses. Kitted with the V3, the 1 Nikkor VR 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom sports a 3x zoom (27-81 mm equivalent), and is equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zooming.
The 1 Nikkor VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens features a 189-810 mm equivalent range and is the first 1 Nikkor lens crafted with Super ED Glass. It is equipped with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghosting and flare.
The 1 Nikkor VR 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is scheduled to be available in April at an MSRP of $329.95.
The 1 Nikkor VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens is scheduled to be available in April at an MSRP of $1,099.95.
The DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder is scheduled to be available in April at an MSRP of $329.95.
The GR-N010 Camera Grip is also scheduled to be available in April, at an MSRP of $169.95.