Nikon 1 V2: Super charged camera shoots stills and HD video at the same time!
It’s hard to believe but it’s been a whole year already since Nikon revealed its first mirrorless compact system cameras, the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1. Now, it’s back with a new shooter that goes one better: the Nikon 1 V2, which can shoot massive megapixel images and glorious full HD movies, all at the same time.
Though the Nikon 1 V2, which comes in white and black hues, looks much like its 2011 predecessor, it’s had some major speed boosts under the bonnet, thanks to a new Expeed 3A processor. It’s capable of an astonishing burst mode of 60 frames per second at full 14.2 megapixel resolution, and an utterly insane 1,200 frames per second at a reduced resolution for slow-mo antics.
Not only that, but the Nikon 1 V2 can also shoot full resolution piccies whilst filming 1080p video, taking its cue from HTC’s One series of Android smartphones which pioneered it. Best Moment Capture mode meanwhile starts grabbing 20 shots before the shutter button is fully pressed, so you can select the best shot from a range.
Mirrorless camera systems like Nikon’s 1 series and Sony’s NEX cameras use large image sensors like a great big DSLR for lots of detail, but drop some of the other tech inside, particularly the mirror most DSLRs have inside, helping keep the size down. The downside is that they sometimes require news lenses to work properly, but they’re a popular new “bridge” between compact cameras and professional ones.
Whether the Nikon 1 V2 will be able to compete with the best of them remains to be seen but we’ll find out soon: it goes on sale on 22 November with a 10-30mm lens for £799.99, or a 10-30mm and a 30-110mm for £969.99.