Nikon unveiled the Nikon 1 V2 camera yesterday. It's a more photographer friendly, faster, and higher image quality camera than the original V1. Major upgrades of note are the increase to 14 megapixels (up from 10), slow motion live video, and up to 10 frames per second of continuous AF shooting.
Nikon 1 also features a wide coverage of 73 points (41 focus areas in auto-area AF), which catches the subject with exceptional accuracy, significantly reducing blurry shots. Full 1080p 60i video is featured, as well as a live view 1.44 Million pixel 100% viewfinder. The Nikon 1 also features a brand new CMOS sensor with EXPEED 3 the new high-speed image processing engine specifically designed for the Nikon 1.
The Nikon 1 V2 will be available late November for an MSRP of CDN $899.95 in a one lens kit.
Striking the Perfect Balance of Portability, Performance and Personality, Nikon 1 V2 Provides Users with New Ways to be Creative and Expressive Nikon continues to enhance the portable and powerful Nikon 1 system with the addition of photographer-friendly features, connectivity and accessories
Mississauga, ON, October 24, 2012 - Today, Nikon Canada Inc. announced the Nikon 1 V2 and the development of three 1 NIKKOR lenses, the latest additions to the revolutionary Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. Designed for the creative user who seeks stunning images and sharp Full HD (1080p) videos, the V2 incorporates myriad new features aimed at improving the shooting experience including a new textured grip, a built-in flash, and the addition of a Command Dial to provide easy access to features and controls when shooting still images and HD videos. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact Speedlight that offers more lighting possibilities and controls to Nikon 1 V1 and V2 shooters.
The V2 is designed to be compact yet capable of delivering incredible image quality, sharp Full HD (1080p) videos, rapid Autofocus and shooting responses, and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options. The
V2 offers a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that has been engineered to produce amazing image quality with remarkable colours, rich hues and striking detail. The upgraded sensor, combined with the blazing fast Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system, allows users to shoot up to 15 frames per second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that captures fast moving subjects.
Other new and noteworthy features include the versatile and fun Best Moment Capture Mode, which enables users to capture a moment in slow motion. Live Image Control allows photographers to take their creativity to a whole new level by showing them what images would look like before they are captured with various effects and settings.
“The recent additions to the Nikon 1 system, including the V2, demonstrate Nikon’s dedication to delivering a camera system that meets the needs of creative and expressive users who are looking for an easy-to-use camera that’s portable enough to tag along on any life adventure,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “Designed to complement various styles of image- and video-capture, the Nikon 1 V2 includes an Enhanced Movie Mode, manual exposure controls, and Full HD video capability, along with an ergonomic design.”
Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow The new Nikon 1 V2 sports an enhanced design that includes an ergonomic grip, textured camera body and thoughtfully placed mode dials. With easy access to the new top-placed Command Dial, V2 shooters will be able to make camera adjustments quickly and easily, even when framing photos in the camera’s 1.4 million-dot electronic viewfinder. The V2 also includes a new Direct Setting Control that enables quick changing of settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M). Via the Command Dial operation, settings can be changed without taking an eye off the electronic viewfinder or the high-resolution 921,000-dot 3-inch LCD display. To get creative in challenging light, a built-in pop-up flash supplies extra lighting when capturing images in low-light situations or to provide a fill flash to eliminate shadows. With a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, optional lighting and camera accessories can also be used with the V2.
Sporting a compact and portable design, the Nikon 1 V2 boasts incredible performance and features that will be easily embraced by photographers of all skill levels. In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera includes the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine. Both features are designed to produce still images and Full HD videos with stunning clarity and colour.
Additionally, EXPEED 3 technology enables improved image-signal processing capability and high-speed readout.
A wide ISO range (100 - 6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions while the highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with fast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture rapid action with crisp focus, whether at a football game or dance recital. The V2’s 73-point AF array ensures accuracy and precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera provides high-speed continuous shooting with auto focusing, letting users capture approximately 15 fps to 45 frames, approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames.
Get Creative with Advanced Features
The Nikon 1 V2 offers various shooting modes and controls that will help photographers flex their creative muscles while providing new ways to be expressive in their still images and HD videos. With the top-placed mode dial, V2 users will be able to access the camera’s Auto Mode as well as full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) on the fly.
The camera is equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilize to capture fleeting moments with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. A Motion Snapshot can be saved as a four-second MOV file and JPEG image file, separately. Alternatively, the Motion Snapshot can be saved as a 10-second movie file without a separate JPEG image file. Furthermore, Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow within the camera.
The Nikon 1 V2 offers Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action in slow motion at 40 frames (approximately 1.33 seconds). At the same time, the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approximately 6.66
sec) and it is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action sports and events are transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen, letting the user capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with confidence. Original Nikon 1 features like Smart Photo Selector are still available on this new camera, and are accessible through the Best Moment Capture Mode. When using Smart Photo Selector, V2 users can capture 20 shots with a single press of the shutter button, and the camera will then automatically select the five best images to keep based on factors such as exposure, focus and facial recognition.
Also built in to the Nikon 1 V2 is Advance Movie Mode, which allows for the simultaneous shooting of Full HD (1080p) videos and high-resolution stills of the same subject or scene. Slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured, and full manual exposure controls
(P,S,A,M) are accessible while shooting.
Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR, Live Image Control and Direct Settings allow users even more ways to customize their photos. Live Image Control gives users the ability to see end-result images before capture by incorporating effects of various camera settings on a scene. With Live Image Control, real-time adjustments to motion control, brightness control, Active D-Lighting and background are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder.
Growing the Reach of the Nikon 1 V2: Accessories for the Nikon 1 System The V2 is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter.
When connected to the WU-1b, the camera can shoot high-quality images and movies, and transfer them to compatible smart devices, making it easy to stay connected and share content wirelessly to social networks.
Users of the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for smart devices that operate on the Android™4 platform, as well as iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital devices will have the ability to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet.
Like the other Nikon 1 system cameras, V2 shooters have access to a growing lineup of incredible 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories and F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter. These lenses and accessories will allow individuals to build a system that truly complements their creativity and shooting style.
The optional SB-N7 speedlight will inspire shooters to take their creative vision to new heights with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight flash unit. When connected to the Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port of the V2, the SB-N7 will provide opportunities to explore lighting options including wide flash bouncing capabilities. The flash head tilts up to 90° and rotates horizontally 180°. The new Speedlight is easy-to-use and travel-friendly, and also uses common AAA batteries. The Speedlight provides a guide number of 18 metres/59 feet (at ISO 100), and includes an external wide flash adapter for wider shooting coverage.
Something for Everyone: A New Addition to the NIKKOR Family Line-up Nikon Canada also announced the newest addition to its legendary NIKKOR line of lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens, which provides a popular and versatile focal length and a constant f/4 aperture for full frame FX-format photographers. The 70-200mm f/4 is the first NIKKOR lens to feature the third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to meet the still image and video demands of advanced photographers and videographers.
Expansion of 1 NIKKOR Lenses
With the goal of expanding the lineup of 1 NIKKOR lenses for the Nikon
1 system, Nikon is developing three new lenses to be released at a future date. The three new lenses in development are a 32mm1 medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens with a fast maximum aperture of
f/1.2 optimal for portraits exhibiting significant background blur; a vibration-reduction (VR)-equipped 6.7-13mm2 f/3.5-5.6 ultra wide-angle zoom lens that is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to offer a 100° angle-of-view; and a compact, lightweight 10x zoom lens covering a 10-100mm3 range of focal lengths with a maximum aperture of f/4-5.6, making it a lens convenient and portable enough to take everywhere.
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 V2 camera with 10-30mm kit lens will be available in late November 2012 at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $899.95.
The Nikon 1 V2 camera dual lens kit with 10-30mm and 30-110mm lenses will be available in late November 2012 at an MSRP of $1,099.95.
The SB-N7 Speedlight will be available in January 2013 at an MSRP of $179.95.
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR will be available in late November
2012 at an MSRP of $1,449.95.
For more information on the Nikon 1 V2 and SB-N7 or other Nikon 1 series products, please visit www.nikon.ca.
1 Equivalent to 86.4mm in 35-mm  format.
2 Equivalent to 18-35mm in 35-mm  format.
3 Equivalent to 27-270mm in 35-mm  format.
4The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon 1 V2. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™. For use with an Android platform smartphone (2.3 series or later) and tablet (3.0 series or later). For the iOS mobile platform, the application can be downloaded free of charge from iTunes® online store for use with iOS version 5.1 or 5.1.1.
Exclusive Canadian Warranty
Nikon Canada offers an exclusive two-year warranty for all Nikon 1 CX-format cameras, and an exclusive five-year warranty for all Nikon 1 NIKKOR interchangeable lens systems purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer. Consumer’s investment is protected by Nikon Canada’s warranties with in-Canada service.
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Nikon Canada distributes consumer and professional digital SLR and HD-SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon's Exclusive EXPEED, EXPEED 2 or EXPEED 3 advanced digital image processing system technologies. All Nikon Canada products are sold through a network of Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers. For more information on Nikon Canada and its products and services or to find an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer, visit www.nikon.ca.