Nikon aims V2 compact system camera at Christmas market

Nikon's new compact system camera has landed in the rocket powered V2.

We didn’t see an upgrade for last year’s V1 at Photokina in September, so it isn’t a massive surprise that the V2 has been launched a mere month later. Again it’s a compact Nikon ‘1’ system camera, and again it’s aimed at enthusiasts. Resembling much more of a mini DSLR this time around, and available in matt black or glossy white, the second-generation product should appeal to ‘CSC upgraders’, believes Nikon, plus those looking for a smaller alternative to a DSLR. 

The Nikon 1 V2 has got a new 14.2 megapixel CX CMOS sensor, an improved Expeed 3A processor, built-in flash plus hotshoe for accessories. It has a faster Hybrid Autofocus system and what Nikon says is the fastest shutter lag in the world – both benefits it gave us for not going for a physically larger APS-C size sensor this time around – as is the top speed 60fps in fixed point AF mode (otherwise 15fps with continuous autofocus). New shooting modes include Live Image control – similar to Olympus’ Live Guide by the sounds of it – plus ‘Slow View’, whereby the user can capture 40 shots in a continuous loop to avoid missing the decisive moment in sporting action. It also features an EVF, here with a 1440k-dot resolution, which is equipped with an eye sensor that switches it on and the screen below off.

With availability promised from November 22nd, two suggested prices were given at the London launch: £799.99 with 10-30mm zoom, or £969.99 with extra 30-110mm lens, and Nikon no doubt hopes V2 sales will, um, rocket. Accessory wise, it also announced a compatible SB-N7 Speedlight, with January 31st 2013 availability at £149.99. This offers 120° head tilt, Guide Number of 18/59 at ISO100 and is described as ‘compact yet powerful.’

Three further new Nikkor lenses for the ‘1’ system were also announced, with the manufacturer eyeing Spring 2013 availability. These are the: 32mm f/1.2 medium telephoto, equivalent to 50mm in 35mm terms for a ‘bokeh effect’, the 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 ultra wide angle zoom, plus a 10-100mm f/4-5.6 10x optical zoom. “All are in development and will be available shortly,” promises Nikon UK Product Manager Simon Idden. 

Finally, a new AFS-Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR lens was also unveiled, aimed at the pro market. This offers up to five stops of compensation, constant f/4 aperture, and was described by Simon as a “next generation VR lens ideal for events, travel, wildlife and sports photographers.”

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