Nikon launch the 1 V2 and new lenses
Nikon has today announced the launch of the 1 V2 and a new range of lenses.
The Nikon 1 V2 is the first camera in the family to be equipped with second-generation Nikon 1 technology. It offers new levels of speed and accuracy, as well as next-generation features, full creative control, and wireless methods of image transfer, the Nikon 1 V2 is a suitable for being a main camera or a superb supporting camera. Designed for enthusiasts, the 1 V2 has both still and movie recording functions.
Simon Iddon, Product Manager, Nikon 1 Compact System Cameras, Nikon UK, says, “The Nikon 1 V2 is an ideal second camera for photographers looking for a combination of creative freedom, quick response and the flexibility to change lenses in a small portable design.
“The option to shoot with 1 Nikkor lenses or a favourite Nikon D-SLR lens, as well as camera ergonomics familiar to enthusiasts, will make the Nikon 1 V2 the first choice for D-SLR owners.”
The Nikon 1 V2 features the next-generation Expeed 3A dual-image processor that is said to process images at around 850 megapixels-per-second. It features shooting speeds of up to 15 fps with continuous autofocus, and up to 60 fps with fixed-point AF. The sensor also instantly switches between the 73 phase-detection focus areas and the 135 contrast-detect focus areas depending on the scene.
With an increased 14.2 MP resolution and 160 to 6400 ISO light sensitivity, the Nikon 1 V2 should deliver detailed photos and movies in low light situations. Nikon’s CX-format CMOS sensor offers a balance between system size, speed, light sensitivity, resolution and depth-of-field.
Designed for Enthusiasts:
Refinements include a magnesium alloy front for tough portability, and the newly developed shutter unit has said to have been tested to 100,000 cycles for superior speed and reliability. The shutter release button has an integrated power switch for speedy start-up and immediate shooting. The high-performance, 1440k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) is located along the optical axis to aid composition. A large grip allows a steady hold on the camera, and the built-in flash means there’s always extra light on hand when you need it.
Full creative control:
The mode dial on top of the camera offers direct access to PSAM exposure controls. The command dial boasts a push functionality that lets you confirm selections, or changes to settings, without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Whether you want to freeze action or blur backgrounds, Live Image Control lets you view the effects of changes to exposure settings in real time so you can preview the results.
Full HD movies can be recorded at 60 and 30 fps and 60i, 60p, and 30p frame rates, with full control over shutter speed and aperture. Film with a smaller frame size and users can achieve dramatic effects in extreme slow motion, with recording speeds of up to 1200fps. Shoot in movie mode and you can get the best of both worlds by capturing full-resolution photos (aspect ratio 3:2) while filming a Full HD movie.
RRP: Nikon 1 V2 10-30mm Kit: £799.99 / €999.00, Nikon 1 V2 10-30mm & 30-110mm: £969.99 / €1199.00. Sales start date: 22nd November 12, SB-N7: £149.99 / €179.00
1 NIKKOR range expands:
Nikon’s range of 1 Nikkor lenses is set to expand with the launch of three new lenses in 2013. Currently in development, the lenses include an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, a compact 10x high-power zoom lens, and a fast portrait lens. The new lenses will join the recently launched 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens, enhancing the flexibility of the Nikon 1 system. The 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens is a fast prime lens that enables superb low light images, even at low ISO, as well as portraits with bokeh.
Nikon has also today announced a new FX-format zoom lens with 70–200mm focal range and constant f/4 aperture.
The AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/4G ED VR extends Nikon’s range of f/4 Nikkor lenses, and it is the first Nikkor to be equipped with Nikon’s next-generation Vibration Reduction system that allows for up to 5-stop compensation.
Suited to shooting events, travel, wildlife, and sports, the strong combination of extended vibration reduction capability and high-grade Nikon optics make this lens a suitable choice for enthusiast photographers and pros alike.
Hiro Sebata, Product Manager for professional products at Nikon UK says: “This new Nikkor f/4 lens offers high quality performance and flexibility, ideal for enthusiast and professional photographers looking for a versatile, portable tele-photo lens, with the added benefit of the enhanced Vibration Reduction system.”
Three modes are available: Normal for everyday shooting, Active to minimise the high-frequency camera shake experienced when shooting from a moving vehicle and Tripod Detection mode. Both Normal and Active modes should offer a stable viewfinder image, which ultimately makes focus-point acquisition and framing far more comfortable and precise. Tripod Detection mode reduces vibration due to shutter release when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
The optical construction boasts 20 elements in 14 groups, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat is employed to combat flare and ghosting. This lens also comes with a lens cap (LC-67), a lens hood (HB-60), and a lens case (CL-1225) included.
RRP: UK £1,172.99 / €1,430.00. Sales start date: 29th November, 2012
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