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The Nikon V2 wants to establish itself as the Pro’s back up body
Yes, I know this site is devoted to the new Nikon D5200, but this will probably be the last Nikon launch of the year and, for some the V2 may be a credible alternative to a Nikon DSLR. So here is a quick list of what the V2 has to offer. There will be more to follow once we have had a good look at the Specs….
First of all, Nikon have increased the file size from 10MP to 14MP and has a newly developed EXPEED 3A dual-image processor which Nikon claims can process images at an incredible 850 megapixels-per-second (which would give you around 60 frames per second). You will be able to shoot 15 FPS for up to 3 seconds with continuous autofocus. It also pushes standard ISO another stop to 6,400.
It also offers some new features -for quick image transfer aimed at social media and uploading to PCs – and some that offer more creativity, though that was never really an issue with CSCs.
Simon Iddon, Product Manager, Nikon 1 Compact System Cameras, Nikon UK, says: “The option to shoot with 1 NIKKOR lenses or a favorite 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.”
Nikon’s range of 1 NIKKOR lenses is set to expand with the launch of three new lenses in 2013. These will include an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, a compact 10x high-power zoom lens, and a fast portrait lens. These are in addition to the recently released 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens. When you consider that the FT-1 mount adapter enables you to use regular AF-s lenses, this will give the Nikon 1 series a good range of lenses.
The V2 can shoot full HD at 60 and 30 fps and 60i, 60p, and 30p frame rates, with full control over shutter speed and aperture. You can also shoot in extreme slow motion, with recording speeds of up to 1200 FPS. 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.
It all sounds great, doesn’t it? Nikon are obviously devoting serious resources in this area (the V1 was the biggest selling CSC in europe, so it makes sense), but, if they are not careful, they will develop a system which will require as much peripheral equipment as a proper DSLR and then the “compact” element will disappear.