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Nikon have added to the range of Nikon 1 cameras with the addition of the V2. At a press event in London, they also revealed the addition of the Speedlight SB-N7 flash unit. There are also three new lenses in development:
- 32mm f/1.2 medium-telephoto fixed focal length
- 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 ultra wide-angle zoom
- 10-100mm f/4-5.6 compact and lightweight 10x zoom
Nikon 1 V2 FeaturesThere is a 14.2 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor which has an ISO range of 160-6400. It has faster hybrid autofocus, 15 fps continuous shooting with autofocus and 60 fps with fixed-point AF. There is also a pop-up flash as well as a hotshoe to add the new Speedlight SB-N7 flash unit. There are a couple of new, exciting shooting features - Live Image Control and Slow View. Live Image Control lets you view the effects of changes to exposure settings in real time and Slow View takes up to 40 continuous shots and shows them in slow motion, you can then choose the exact moment you want to take a shot. Smart Photo Selector will take a number of pictures and will save the best 5 based on an algorithm, using information such as blinking in portraits to determine the best ones.
- 14.2 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor
- Nikkor 1 lens mount
- 1440k dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)
- Live Image Control and Slow View
- Full 1080p HD movies at 60 and 30 fps as well as 1200 fps slow motion recording
- ISO 160-6400
- 15 fps with continuous autofocus and up to 60 fps with fixed-point AF
- Full manual controls
- Available in black or white
Nikon 1 V2 HandlingThe V2 is really small, making it an ideal camera to carry around, with a substantial hand grip which is rubberised, as is the patch on the back for your right thumb. It has a number of buttons which are similar to those found on DSLR's, such as mode dial and dial to control aperture and shutter speed when in the relevant buttons. The menu system is clean and simple making it easy to use, you can circle round using the rotating wheel on the back. The F button lets you access the settings which are able to be changed in the mode you're in, such as ISO and white-balance. The screen is bright and clear, but if you prefer, the electronic viewfinder (EVF) is excellent, with a high resolution. It's bright, great for shooting in dark conditions.
Nikon were very keen for us to play with the new features, the most fascinating is the Slow View mode. It's a little tricky to get used to, but is excellent. It's ideal for shooting fast moving objects, just press the shutter half way and the camera will focus and start to record up to 40 shots. There is a green bar on the screen which indicates its progress. When it fills up, you keep a hold of the shutter at half way, but the screen then shows you the shots again in what appears to be a video format. Then, when you spot the moment you want to take your shot, you press the shutter all the way. It is basically giving you a second chance to take your picture. If you release the shutter at any point you do lose the 40 shots, it would be ideal if you could save them to look back on later, or at least a way of not losing them if you do happen to accidently let go of the shutter.
Currently there are six Nikkor 1 lenses available, with three new ones in development:
- 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom (available now)
- 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR compact telephoto zoom (available now)
- 10mm f/2.8 slim wide-angle fixed focal length (available now)
- 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lens (available now)
- 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 2.5x normal zoom lens (available now)
- 18.5mm f/1.8 fixed focal length (available now)
- 32mm f/1.2 medium-telephoto fixed focal length (available soon)
- 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR ultra-wide-angle zoom (available soon)
- 10-100mm f/4-5.6 compact and lightweight 10x zoom (available soon)
Value For MoneyAvailable from the 22nd November 2012 the Nikon 1 V2 is priced at £799.99 with kit lens. This makes it a premium priced camera, most closely matched to the Sony Alpha NEX-7 at £839.00, Olympus E-PL5 at £799.00, Canon EOS M at £769.00 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 at £729.00.
Nikon 1 V2 VerdictNikon have made some fairly significant changes to the body from the V1, with the addition of a good hand grip, built-in pop-up flash as well as moving around some of the buttons, including giving you access to the manual controls via the mode dial. With the addition of three new lenses due soon taking the range to a total of nine and innovative features such as slow view, the Nikon 1 V2 looks like an exciting addition the range and we can't wait to get our hands on a full production model to test.
Nikon 1 V2 Specifications
|CCD pixels||14.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||CX format|
|Sensor Size (width)||13.2mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||8.8mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/16,000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 6400|
|Viewfinder Resolution||1.44million dots|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||EN-EL21 rechargeable Li-ion battery|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||EN-EL21 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-28 battery charger, BF-N1000 body cap, BS-N3000 multi accessory port cover, UC-E19 USB cable, AN-N1000 strap, ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator CD, User's Manual, Reference manual CD|