Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera announced, priced

New design offers significant improvements over the V1

25 Oct 2012
Nikon 1 V2

Nikon has officially announced an update to its 1 System mirrorless camera range, the V2, which is to take over from the existing V1 model.

The V2 shares a number of features with its predecessor. Present and correct are a high-speed video capture mode for up to 1,200 frames per second, a 3in LCD screen on the rear for framing and review along with a high-resolution 1.4M-dot electronic viewfinder. Both 1080p video at 30 frames per second and 1080i at 60 frames per second are supported.

Internally, the changes are more apparent. The sensor has been ugpraded to a 14.2-megapixel CMOS unit with a claimed ISO range of between 160 to 6,400. The image processor has also been replaced by an Expeed 3A, which combines with Nikon's latest-generation Advance Hybrid Auto Focus to improve the camera's responsiveness and provide a claimed 15 frames per second burst mode for up to 45 frames total with full AF tracking. For situations where more frames are needed, fixed-focus burst mode extends to 60 frames.

The body has also been revised from the V1, featuring a new magnesium chassis, a larger grip and integrated flash unit. Controls have been shifted around, with new command and shooting dials found on the top, along with a new stereo microphone on board and support for an external microphone through an integrated jack.

"The recent additions to the Nikon 1 System, including the new V2, demonstrate Nikon's dedication to delivering a camera system that meets the needs of creative and expressive consumers looking for an easy-to-use camera that is portable enough to take on any life adventure", claimed Nikon's Bo Kajiwara at the unveiling. "With a grip and control layout that is familiar to photographers, the V2's incredible speed, versatility, ease of use and portability can be used in various situations to shoot amazing images and sharp HD video."

The Nikon 1 V2 is priced at £799.99 with 10-30mm kit lens or £969.99 with 10-30mm and 30-110mm kit lenses. No price for a body-only pack has yet been revealed.

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