Melville, N.Y. — Nikon unveiled Thursday the newest and fastest addition to the Nikon Series 1 mirrorless compact system camera line.
The Nikon 1 V3 was formally announced along with the new 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD VR and the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR zoom lenses
A kit including the Nikon 1 V3, the 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-zoom lens, a DF-N1000 electronic viewfinder and the GR-N1010 grip will be available in April for a $1,199 suggested retail. 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 and $899, respectively.
The V3 will include speed improvements across the board and adds an 18.4-megapixel CX sensor, Expeed 4A image processor, eye sensor and a button to switch between the electronic view finder (EVF) and the camera’s built-in 3-inch 180-degree-swivel LCD touchscreen monitor.
The mirrorless camera does not include an optical viewfinder. The optional 2,359K-dot EVF mounts on the camera’s hot shoe.
The V3 also includes a built-in flash that can act as a wireless commander for external speedlites.
Low-light shooting is supported by a wide 160 to 12,800 ISO range with high ISO noise reduction.
Nikon said camera offers a 20 fps burst shooting rate, setting a new benchmark for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. This is supported by a high-speed Hybrid AF System with 171 contrast detect focus areas with 105 center areas supporting phase detection AF.
In a first for the Nikon 1 series, the V3 adds built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, with smartphone or tablet compatibility for instant uploading and sharing.
The camera captures video in up to FullHD 1080/60p resolution with the Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) system. Full-time continuous AF is also possible during video recording. Slow-motion video capture is also possible at up to 120 fps in 720p HD.
Full-resolution still images also can be shot during video recording.
The V3 will include a completely new camera design and features a new optional external grip with built-in shutter button and front dial.