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One of the many attractions of mirrorless system cameras is that despite their compact form factor, they don’t sacrifice image quality. Nikon plainly embraced this philosophy with the original V and J series cameras, delivering small but feature-packed offerings. Now the company has announced the Nikon 1 V3 with kit lens, featuring an 18.4 MP CX-format CMOS sensor that delivers even faster focus times with high accuracy, coupled with a new EXPEED 4A image processor that achieves high continuous frame rates—both features perfectly suited for fast action photography. Furthermore, the sensor's design omits the traditional optical low-pass filter in order to produce sharper imagery.
Action and spontaneous moments are easily captured using the 20 fps continuous shooting speed at maximum resolution with full autofocus performance. When using fixed focus, it increases the burst rate to 60 fps. The Hybrid AF System uses 171 autofocus points for contrast detection and 105 autofocus points for phase detection to lock onto a subject the moment it enters the frame, with virtually zero lag on the camera's LCD display. The pairing of the image sensor and the image processor allows for excellent detail and color rendering and low-light performance has been enhanced for capturing sharp, clear, noise-free photos and videos up to ISO 12800. If additional illumination is required, a built-in pop-up flash is available, as well as the hot shoe for attaching an external flash; both support iTTL flash metering.
The 3.0" 1,037k-dot tilting touch display facilitates shooting at unusual angles, while those that prefer DSLR-style shooting can add the included camera grip and electronic viewfinder and feel right at home. Installing Nikon's free iOS or Android app on a compatible smartphone or tablet adds the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi camera control and easy photo sharing by text message, email, or uploading to a favorite site. Additionally, self-portraits and selfie group shots are easier than ever using the Wi-Fi functionality—see what the camera sees, compose, and take the photo.
Aside from capturing cinema-quality 1080/60p HD video, the camera features a built-in stereo microphone and ultra-smooth slow motion at up to 120 fps capture. A new Movie e-VR (Vibration Reduction) feature keeps videos steady during handheld shooting, and simultaneous still image capture allows for saving full-resolution stills without interrupting video recording.
Included in the kit, along with the 1 V3 camera body and kit lens, are both the GR-N1010 Grip and the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder. Both of these accessories render a more DSLR-like form factor for improved handling and monitoring abilities. The grip incorporates a second shutter release, sub-command dial, and function button, while the 0.48" EVF features high 2,359k-dot resolution for precise eye-level viewing.
Speaking of lenses, Nikon also announced two new 1-mount lenses to go along with the new camera. The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lens (27-81mm equivalent) is the kit lens for the new camera and is more compact than the current 10-30mm lens. It features a Power-Drive zoom, perfect for shooting smooth video—reduce camera shake by adjusting the zoom smoothly using a gentle swipe of a finger while the quiet, video-friendly motor does the rest. And the built-in lens cover means one less thing to worry about.
When distant objects are the target, the compact and lightweight 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 lens open a new world of shooting opportunities—nature and wildlife, professional sports, concerts, performances, and more. With an equivalent zoom range of 189mm–810mm (35mm format) and advanced lens technologies like Super Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and a Nano Crystal Coating, the lens packs the zoom power and performance of a massive DSLR lens into a compact, lightweight and well balanced package that’s easy to carry around all day.