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Nikon 1 V2 interchangeable lens compact system camera announced

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Nikon 1 v2 interchangeable lens compact system camera

Nikon 1 v2 interchangeable lens compact system camera

24 October 2012

Nikon have announced the next generation model in their Nikon 1 V series in the form of the Nikon 1 V2 interchangeable lens compact system camera.

The Nikon 1 V2 packs a 14.2 million pixel 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon CX format), a built-in flash, electronic viewfinder (EVF), Live Image Control, and some innovative and useful new features, all in a small body, perfect for those wanting better performance and quality over a traditional compact digital camera (definitely better than) and (not quite as good as) a DSLR in a small package.

Amongst the new features include Slow View; this allows the camera to capture up to 40 full-size photos which it then plays back in slow motion. This allows you to select the perfect shot (frame) from the sequence of photos, and then by simply pressing the shutter button it saves the photo you selected, and discards the rest. This feature will prove very useful for capturing fast moving subjects, such as those found at sporting events, pets, and the younger members of your family. Check out the Nikon 1 V2 hands-on videos below to see this, and other features, in action.

Disappointedly, the Nikon 1 V2 doesn’t come equipped with WiFi, for easier file sharing and transfer, but all is not lost. Introducing the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (available separately). This very small plugin module allows the 1 V2 to communicate with smart devices, such as your mobile or tablet.

Coinciding with the announcement, Nikon have also introduced a new flash for the V series cameras, namely, the Nikon Speedlight SB-N7 flash. More about that in the Press Release below.

In summary, we believe the Nikon 1 V2 is a very worthy successor to the previous model, and with Christmas just around the corner (well, a few corners!) we can certainly see this little Nikon beauty being on lots of peoples wish list.

The Nikon 1 V2 is available in two finishes, black or white, and will be available from November 22, 2012.

  • Smart Photo Selector helps you catch the very best moments without effort.
  • Motion Snapshot: a new image expression where still images meet movies.
  • During Full HD video recording, stills with an aspect ratio of 3:2 can be captured without interrupting recording.
  • Equipped with a 0.47-in. 1440k-dot high-resolution electronic viewfinder with an approx. 100% frame coverage.
  • A built-in flash to capture subtle expressions even in a dimly lit environment.
  • Direct setting with command dial and feature button.
  • Further improved “EXPEED 3A” high-speed image-processing engine which is designed exclusively for Nikon 1.
  • 14.2 effective megapixels with Nikon CX-format CMOS image sensor.
Type of camera Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens mount Nikon 1 mount
Effective angle of view Approx. 2.7 x lens focal length (35mm format equivalent)
Effective pixels
Effective pixels 14.2 million
Image sensor
Image sensor 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon CX format)
Dust-reduction system Image sensor cleaning
Image size (pixels) Still images (auto, P, S, A, M and best moment capture modes; aspect ratio 3:2)

  • 4,608 x 3,072
  • 3,456 x 2,304
  • 2,304 x 1,536

Still images (advanced movie mode; aspect ratio 3:2)

  • 4,608 x 3,072 (1080/60i, 1080/30p)
  • 1,280 x 856 (720/60p, 720/30p)

Still images (Motion Snapshots; aspect ratio 16:9)

  • 4,608 x 2,592
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression
  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in botd NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media SD (Secure Digital), SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Electronic viewfinder
Electronic viewfinder 0.47-in., approx. 1440k-dot color TFT LCD viewfinder with diopter control and brightness adjustment
Frame coverage Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -3 to +2 m-1
Eye sensor Camera switches to viewfinder display when it detects that viewfinder is in use
Shooting modes
Shooting modes Auto, programmed auto, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, best moment capture (slow view and Smart Photo Selector), advanced movie, Motion Snapshot
Type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic shutter
  • Mechanical shutter: 1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
  • Electronic shutter: 1/16,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)

Note: Bulb and Time end automatically after approximately 2 minutes.

Flash sync speed
  • Mechanical shutter: Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/250 s or slower
  • Electronic shutter: Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/60 s or slower
  • Single frame, continuous
  • Self-timer, remote
Frame advance rate
  • Approximately 5, 15, 30, or 60 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 10 s
Remote control modes Delayed remote (2 s); quick-response remote
Metering TTL metering using image sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix
  • Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame
  • Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Mode Programmed auto with flexible program; shutter priority auto; aperture-priority auto; manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation -3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV (user controlled in P, S and A modes)
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at metered value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 160-6400 in steps of 1 EV; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160-6400, 160-3200, 160-800) available (user controlled in P, S, A and M modes)
Active D-Lighting On, off
Autofocus Hybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single AF (AF-S); continuous AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); fulltime AF (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode Single-point, auto-area, subject tracking
Focus area
  • Single-point AF: 135 focus areas; the center 73 areas support phase-detection AF
  • Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Face priority On, off
Built-in flash Raised by pressing flash button
Guide Number (GN) Approx. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Control i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Mode Fill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when flash is fully charged
White balance
White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie TTL metering using image sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix
  • Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame
  • Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Frame size (pixels)/
recording rate
HD movies and movies recorded in auto, P, S, A and M modes (aspect ratio 16:9)

  • 1,920 x 1,080/60i (59.94 fields/s *)
  • 1,920 x 1,080/30p (29.97 fps)
  • 1,280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps)
  • 1,280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps)

Slow-motion movies (aspect ratio 8:3)

  • 640 x 240/400 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps)
  • 320 x 120/1,200 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps)

Motion Snapshot (aspect ratio 16:9)

  • 1,920 x 1,080/60p (59.94 fps)(plays at 24p/23.976 fps)
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format AAC
Audio recording device Built-in or optional external ME-1 Stereo Microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Full-frame and tdumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, auto image rotation, and rating option
USB Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Multi accessory port Used for designated accessories
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, tdai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power source
Battery One EN-EL21 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EN-EL21 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5D Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4-in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 107.8 x 81.6 x 45.9 mm (4.2 x 3.2 x 1.8 in.), excluding projections; tdickness of body (from mount to monitor) is 33.2 mm (1.3 in.)
Weight Approx. 337 g (11.9 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 278 g (9.8 oz), camera body only
Operating environment
Temperature 0°C to 40°C/+32°F to 104°F
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)

Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses Nikon 1 V2
Speedlight SB-N7

October 24, 2012

The latest addition to the Nikon 1 V series for simple enjoyment of a variety of forms of imaging expression
Equipped with new functions for certain capture of the desired images and once-in-a-lifetime shots

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the V series of Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that propose new forms of imaging expression.

Nikon 1 V2

Nikon 1 V2

The V2 is the latest addition to the Nikon 1 V series and is an incredibly compact and lightweight camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and flash. Despite its small size, the V2 is also equipped with a number of functions that enable capture of images as intended, as well as those once-in-a-lifetime shots that have been difficult or impossible to capture with cameras available to date. It is the perfect camera for those who primarily use a digital-SLR camera, but want a very small, yet reliable, camera that is more portable than a D-SLR, as well as those advancing from a compact digital camera who still want auto shooting capabilities, but are ready to try applying and adjusting shooting settings themselves to achieve the desired results.

Equipped with the latest image processing engine, EXPEED 3A, and a CMOS image sensor with built-in super high-speed AF and offering an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels, the V2 provides users with a higher pixel count, as well as faster speeds and greater performance. The V2 is equipped with features such as an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and Live Image Control, which allows users to preview the effects of changes to camera settings in the camera monitor prior to shooting. It also supports direct application of settings and a new Slow View function, with which the camera captures a short sequence of still images and plays them back in slow motion, allowing the user to choose the frame that best captures the precise moment to be preserved. A number of other functions and features, including the advanced hybrid AF system, Motion Snapshot, Smart Photo Selector, and the full-HD movie recording function, have been greatly improved with the V2.

What’s more, the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (available separately) can also be used with the V2 for collaboration with smart devices. This allows users to easily upload photos exhibiting the superior image quality and resolution not possible with cameras built into smart devices to social networking sites for immediate sharing of those images with family and friends.

Nikon 1 V2 Primary Features

New features: Operation that allows for capture of the desired image with the intended results

The majority of shooting settings can be applied using just three controls–the mode dial, command dial, and feature button–on the top of the camera. Real-time operation using the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and camera monitor enables certain capture of the intended subject with the desired results.

Live Image Control (auto mode)
The V2 is equipped with live image controls that display the effects of each control in the electronic viewfinder (EVF) or camera monitor, allowing users to preview the results that will be achieved with controls, and adjustments to controls, prior to shooting. The camera offers four controls available for selection and adjustment, both of which may be previewed: Active D-Lighting (Off–High), Background Softening (Soften background–Sharpen background), Motion Control (Blur motion-Freeze motion), and Brightness Control (Darker–Brighter).

Direct application of settings (P, S, A, M exposure modes)
The command dial, which is operated by both rotating it and pushing it, can be used to immediately access camera menus to apply or adjust white balance, focus mode, AF-area mode, ISO sensitivity, Picture Control, and metering mode settings.

A mode dial offering eight shooting modes
Preparing to shoot is fast and easy by simply rotating the mode dial to the desired shooting mode. Eight shooting modes are available: Auto mode, P (programmed auto), S (shutter-priority auto), A (aperture-priority auto), and M (manual) exposure modes, Best Moment Capture mode, Motion Snapshot mode, and Advanced Movie mode.

A built-in flash that supports i-TTL flash control, and an electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a shorter display time lag

Advanced functions for capturing unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime shots

The advanced hybrid AF system, which offers both excellent speed and accuracy
The V2 is equipped with the advanced hybrid AF system, which utilizes both focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF. The speed and capabilities this system offers can be clearly seen with certain capture of the perfect moment with a wide variety of scenes, from moving subjects, even those that move unpredictably such as children and animals, to dimly lit indoor scenes and night landscapes.

New function: Slow View for recording the perfect moment
The V2 is equipped with a new Slow View function, with which the camera captures a short sequence of still images and plays them back in slow motion so that the user can choose the precise moment to record as a photograph. When the shutter-release button is pressed halfway, the camera begins buffering still images and then plays them back in a continuous slow-motion loop at the speed of five times slower than normal speed. When the desired frame is displayed, the user need simply press the shutter-release button the rest of the way down to record that frame. This function is extremely convenient for capturing moving subjects with which it is difficult to properly time shutter release.

Motion Snapshot, Nikon’s exclusive form of imaging expression that combines a full-HD movie with a still image
By simply pressing the shutter-release button, this function records a still image and a slow-motion movie. With playback, the slow-motion movie plays for four seconds and the still image is displayed for six seconds for a total playback time of ten seconds of footage capable of expressing emotion. Motion Snapshots can be saved in MNS format, which saves the movie file (MOV) and still image file (JPEG) separately, or as a single MOV file.

Improved Smart Photo Selector
20 continuous shots are taken before and after the shutter-release button is fully pressed, and then the shots judged to be the best are automatically recorded. The version of this function built into the V2 is better at selecting the best shot with a number of improvements, including greater camera-shake reduction and improved detection of subject movement.

The new EXPEED 3A image-processing engine fully compatible with the superior image quality, and incredible speed and performance of the V2 and a super high-speed AF CMOS sensor

The new EXPEED 3A for faster image processing and even better image quality
The V2 is equipped with the new EXPEED 3A image-processing engine, developed exclusively for Nikon 1 cameras. EXPEED 3A enables the same superior image processing available with digital-SLR cameras, as well as offering superior performance with focal-plane phase-detection AF processing, the Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector functions, and recording of full-HD movies.

A new super high-speed AF CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels
The V2 is equipped with a new CX-format, super high-speed AF CMOS sensor developed by Nikon and offering an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels. Nikon 1 cameras are the world’s first interchangeable lens digital cameras to offer focal-plane phase-detection AF for the world’s shortest shooting time lag*. At imaging sensitivities of ISO 160-6400, matrix, center-weighted, and spot metering is supported.

*Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras available as of October 24, 2012. Tested using the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 at the wide-angle position in Single-point AF mode. Statement based on Nikon research.

The world’s smallest and lightest1 camera, designed with an emphasis on ease of use
Continuing with our basic Nikon 1 “minimal” design concept, the V2 is the world’s smallest and lightest*1 camera, measuring approximately 107.8 x 81.6 x 45.9 mm (W x H x D) and weighing approximately 337 g*2. Despite its extremely compact size, it responds to the needs of those who demand an authentic shooting experience with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and flash, and a large grip that ensures a firm hold on the camera.

*1Among interchangeable-lens cameras with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and flash as of October 24, 2012 according to Nikon research.
*2Measured according to CIPA guidelines, including standard lens, battery and SD memory card but without body cap

Superior image quality and movie picture quality
When recording movies in movie mode, high-definition still images (approx. 14.2-million pixels, 3 : 2 aspect ratio) can be captured without interrupting movie recording. In addition, an HD movie mode has been adopted that enables movie recording in [P], [S], [A], or [M] exposure mode for more creative and original movies.

Support for the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (available separately) for simple downloading of images to smart devices

Additional Nikon 1 V2 Features

  • The Mount Adapter FT1 is supported, enabling the use of F-Mount NIKKOR lenses with the V2.
  • Equipped with Nikon’s exclusive imaging system, Picture Control, which allows users to choose and adjust the way in which the camera processes photographs according to the type of scene or their own individual preference.
  • Supports HDMI output for enjoying images and movies recorded with the camera on a high-definition television.
  • Supports Eye-Fi memory cards for simple wireless transfer of images and movies recorded with the camera.

Speedlight SB-N7 Primary Features

Nikon Speedlight SB-N7

Nikon Speedlight SB-N7

  • The flash head can be tilted up 120° for excellent bounce flash performance.
  • Responds well to a variety of scenes with a guide number of 18 (ISO 100, m).
  • A separate wide panel is packaged with the SB-N7.
  • The SB-N7 is extremely portable, has a simple and streamlined design, and is available in two colors (white and black) for coordination with the camera.
  • Simple and intuitive operation even for first-time users.
  • Powered by AAA batteries readily available anywhere

Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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