Nikon 1 V3 Preview

Nikon has announced its latest Nikon 1 Advanced ILC, the Nikon 1 V3. This new ILC boasts, as of March 2014, the world's fastest continuous shooting frame rate of 20 frames-per-second (fpc) with full auto focus engaged. Speaking of AF, the V3's Hybrid AF system combines 171 contrast detection with 105 phase detection focus areas to work in tandem with the EXPEED 4A image processor to sharply and continuously focus still images at 18.4-megapixels, or Full 1080/60p HD videos. You can even record slow motion video at up to 120fps at a 720p resolution.

Other nice features include built-in Wi-Fi, which works with compatible smartphones and tablets to allow users to backup and share files online, and a new 3.0-inch titling touch screen LCD display with a Virtual Horizon to help frame landscape shots. There are also a number of creative modes you may have seen on previous Nikon 1 models -- Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama, and Selective Color -- as well as a few new ones -- Creative Palette, Toy Camera, and Cross Process -- to help stylize your photos. Other Nikon 1 features carrying over include Slow View, Live Image Control, and Motion Snapshot.

Nikon says the V3 is "the ideal companion camper for the D-SLR shooter looking to pack light and move fast." As such, the camera offers, in addition to full manual controls, two programmable Function buttons to give users easier access to most-used settings. Also, there are a couple optional accessories, the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and the GR-N1010 Grip, both of which turn this compact ILC into a D-SLR competitor.

Nikon 1 V3 Features
  • 18.4-megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor
  • EXPEED 4A image processing engine
  • 3.0-inch Touch-Panel Tilting LCD with
    • Virtual Horizon
  • 1080/60p Full HD Video Record with
    • Movie e-VR (Electronic Vibration Reduction)
    • Full-time continuous AF
    • 120 frames-per-second (fps) in 720p HD
  • ISO 160-12,800
  • 20 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting with Full AutoFocus
  • Hybrid AF System
    • 171 Contrast Detection Focus Areas
    • 105 Phase Detection Focus Areas
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Miniature Effect
  • Easy Panorama
  • Selective Color
  • Creative Palette
  • Toy Camera
  • Cross Process
  • Slow View
  • Live Image Control
  • Motion Snapshot
  • 2 Programmable Function Buttons
  • Optional Accessories
    • DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder
    • GR-N1010 Grip

The Nikon 1 V3 will be available, in a kit that includes the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, with a $1,199.95 MSRP this April (2014). Optional accessories -- DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and the GR-N1010 Grip -- will be available at the same time.

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