Nikon Inc has recently announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the newest addition to the Nikon 1 series. Nikon claims that this camera is designed for consumers who enjoy capturing great quality images as well as HD videos. The camera comes loaded with a range of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience. The new features include a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash, and a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls, which was not present on its predecessor, the Nikon 1 V1.

As per an official statement, the Nikon 1 V2 is designed to be compact and delivers rapid Autofocus (AF) and shooting response, incredible image quality, Full HD video, and advanced shooting options. The V2 offers a 14.2-megapixel CX-format high-speed CMOS sensor. The sensor combined with the Advance Hybrid AF system allows users to shoot up to 15 frames-per-second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that allows for capturing fast moving subjects. Other new features include versatile and fun shooting modes such as Best Moment Capture Mode and the new Live Image Control that lets users preview their work pre-capture.

A new camera from Nikon's 1 series coming soon

A new camera from Nikon's 1 series coming soon

“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,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. “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.”

Nikon claims that with 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 camera also includes a Direct Setting Control that enables quick access to settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M), so that settings can be changed without taking an eye off the electronic viewfinder or the 921,000-dot 3.0-in 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 that helps in eliminating shadows. The camera also features a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, affording the use of optional lighting and camera accessories with the Nikon 1 V2.

In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera also includes the new EXPEED 3A image processing engine, both of which are designed to produce still images and HD video. Additionally, the new EXPEED 3A has improved image-signal processing capability as well as high-speed readout.

A wide ISO range, which is 160-6400, allows the V2 to perform well in tough lighting conditions, while the Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with fast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action with crisp focus. The Nikon 1 V2's 73 point AF array ensures accuracy and precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera also provides high-speed continuous shooting with continuous Auto focusing letting users capture approximately 15 fps up to 45 frames. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames is also possible.

The Nikon 1 V2 offers various shooting modes and controls that will help photographers flex their creative muscle while providing ways to be expressive in 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 controls easily. The camera is also equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilise 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 or it can also be saved as a 10 second movie file without a separate JPEG image file, making it easy to share with others. The Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow from within the camera itself.

The Nikon 1 V2 also includes Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing, in real time. By pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action (approximately 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 sec). The action 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.

The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95 (approximately Rs 48,363). As of now, there is no word on the pricing and availability of this camera in India.

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