Meet Nikon's sophisticated, enthusiast-oriented Nikon 1 V2, featuring a new 14MP sensor, a built-in flash, a newly-developed shutter unit, a generous-sized grip and a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. This, combined with the first-generation Nikon 1 V1's lightning-fast autofocus speed, shows that Nikon is bringing its MILC system to a new level.
Let's take a closer look at the Nikon 1 V2.
Nikon 1 V2 Key features:
14MP Nikon CX-format CMOS sensor
ISO range 1600-6400
New Shutter, tested to 100,000 cycles
1,440k-dot electronic viewfinder
Direct access to PASM exposure controls
Smart Photo Selector
Slow View (captures up to 40 full-resolution continuous shots) HD movies at 60 and 30fps at 60i, 60p, 30p frame rates Slow motion recording up to 1200 fps
The first generation Nikon 1 cameras boasted DSLR-speed autofocus and image lag times, and the Nikon 1 V2, thanks to a next-generation EXPEED 3A dual image processor, is said to be even faster. Nikon claims up to 15fps burst rates with continuous autofocus and up to 60fps with fixed-point autofocus. Hybrid AF combines phase-detection for high-speed movement and contrast-detection AF for low-light photography; the sensor instantly switches between 73 phase detection focus areas an 135 contrast-detect areas.
The design of the camera is closer to a DSLR (or at least a traditionally-designed interchangeable-lens EVF) than previou s models, with a protruding EVF, a generously-sized grip, and magnesium alloy construction. To further entice more advanced users, Nikon offers a mode dial atop the camera for direct access to Program, Shutter, Aperture and Manual controls, while a command dial lets you confirm settings or make changes without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. In addition to the EVF, there's a 921k, 3-inch LCD monitor, and a built-in, pop-up flash, a first for the V line.
As with the first generation, the Nikon 1 V2 can simultaneously shoot movies and stills. Now, however, users have more choices with full HD frame rates of 60i, 60p, and 30p, with full control over shutter speed and aperture. At lower resolution, the camera can shoot super slo-mo at up to 1200fps.
Expanding the System
Nikon is adding the Nikkor FT-1 mount adaptor, allowing users to mount any Nikon F-mount lens with a 2.7x 35mm equivalent focal length. So, a 50mm lens covers the equivalent of a 135mm lens on a full-frame sensor camera. AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses are compatible with AF and high-speed continuous shooting features.
Nikon has also added the WU-1b Wireless mobile adaptor, which lets you transfer files to your tablet or smart phone, while a new GPS unit, the GP-N100, allows for geotagging.
Finally, to augment the built-in flash, Nikon has introduced the SB-N7 speedlight, which has a guide number of 59 feet at ISO 100.