Nikon 1 V3 Compact System Camera and Two 1 Nikkor Lenses Announced

Nikon 1 V3 Compact System Camera and Two 1 Nikkor Lenses Announced


Melville, NY—The Nikon 1 V3, the latest addition to Nikon’s series of compact, interchangeable-lens camera, boasts a hybrid AF system and a continuous shooting frame rate of 20 frames per second (fps) with full autofocus—a speed that can outpace even pro DSLRs.

Geared for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the Nikon 1 V3 employs an 18.4 megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new Expeed 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.0-inch touch-panel, tilting LCD.

Nikon also introduced the 1 Nikkor VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 Nikkor VR 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 telephoto zoom lenses for Nikon 1 shooters.

“The versatile Nikon 1 V3 allows the photographer to capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity and ease,” said Masahiro Horie, director, Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With an incredible feature set, a newly crafted ergonomic design and sporting the elite high-speed performance that has become a hallmark of the Nikon 1 system, the V3 is ready to help users make amazing images and HD video.”

The camera’s hybrid AF system uses 171 contrast-detect focus areas along with 105 center areas that support phase-detection AF. Its 18.4MP CX-format sensor and Expeed 4A processor help render true colors and detail, whether shooting stills or HD video, and the V3 has an ISO range of 160–12,800 with high ISO noise reduction for capturing images in low-light scenarios.

The V3’s video features are designed for today’s multimedia photographer; it records Full HD video at 1080/60p with movie e-VR (electronic vibration reduction), which helps eliminate camera shake to record smooth movies. Full-time continuous AF is also possible during recording, while the CX sensor assists in creating video with shallow depth of field. The V3 can also capture slow motion video at 120 fps in 720p HD, and users can capture full-resolution photos during video recording.

A first for the Nikon 1 series is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity; users can connect the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet to share photos by uploading them to social networks. And the V3 offers creative shooting options for all levels of photographers, including miniature effect, easy panorama, selective color, creative palette, toy camera and cross process. Also provided are mainstay system features such as slow view, live image control and motion snapshot.

For ease of operation, the compact body has conveniently placed external controls with two programmable function buttons, allowing the enthusiast to tailor the camera to their shooting style. An additional function button is added with the optional GR-N1010 grip, a lightweight option that provides steadier handling, as well as an additional shutter button and sub-command dial that will be familiar to DSLR shooters.

The Nikon 1 V3 is compatible with 11 system lenses, ranging from ultra-wide-angle to telephoto, and shooters can use their Nikkor glass via the optional FT-1 mount adapter. They can also take advantage of the Nikon 1 system’s 2.7x crop factor for increased range when shooting sports or wildlife.

Nikon also offers an optional external 2359k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), the DF-N1000, and the camera maintains compatibility with Nikon 1 external flashes and the ME-1 external microphone (with the AS-N1000 multi accessory port adapter).

Kitted with the V3 is the compact 1 Nikkor VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-Zoom lens. With 3x zoom (27–81mm equivalent), the new lens has a power drive zoom dial designed to allow smoother zoom capability.

Additionally, the new 1 Nikkor VR 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 lens features a super-telephoto focal range (189–810mm equivalent), super ED glass, built-in vibration reduction and Nano Crystal coating to prevent ghost and flare.

The Nikon 1 V3, kitted with the 1 Nikkor VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-Zoom lens, the DF-N1000 EVF and the GR-N1010 grip, will be available in April for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,199.95. The 1 Nikkor VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 Nikkor VR 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 lenses will also be sold separately for $299.95 and $999.95, respectively.