Nikon has just announced the Nikon 1 V3, an update to the existing Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera that was released two years ago. Unlike many of the recent camera introductions which have been relatively small improvements over previous versions, the Nikon 1 V3 is a substantial rework and renewal of the Nikon 1 V2 and frankly, the changes appear to be exciting. First, is a new sensor with more resolution (18.4 MP), better ISO sensitivity (12,800) and a new EXPEED 4A processor to accompany it. Second, there is an improved hybrid autofocus system which incorporates 171 autofocus points (171 points for contrast detection and 105 points for phase detection) for fast and accurate focus acquisition and tracking. For comparison, the V2 uses 135 focus points (135 for contrast and 73 for phase-detect). These alone would be nice improvements, but Nikon went further and improved the frame rate to a WHOPPING 20 fps at full resolution AND full autofocus. To put that into perspective, the new D4s which costs $6500 “only” shoots at the rate of 11 fps. Why stop there? How about a new tilting touch screen monitor with higher resolution than the previous V2? Finally, throw in built-in WiFi and you’ve made not just an incremental upgrade, but a totally new camera.
One notable change is the elimination of the electronic viewfinder of the V2. Instead, Nikon has made the camera more svelte by having the EVF and a grip bundled as an option. Go without the grip and EVF for a compact feel or add them to be more DSLR-like. The grip adds an angled shutter button, a programmable function button as well as a sub-command dial. For now, Nikon is only listing the V3 available as a kit which includes the body, the new 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD lens, GR-N1010 Grip and the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and sells for $1,196.95.
Nikon also announced a new 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto ($999.95) lens which when combined with the V3 gives you an equivalent focal length range of 189 – 810mm in a compact and lightweight package. With the optional FT-1 adapter you can also use other Nikkor F-mount lenses that you already own. Whether you use the new or your existing lenses, this speed demon will be an interesting camera for the wildlife or sports photographer but how well it actually performs remains to be seen.
With all the new changes we will be excited to get our hands on this new baby as soon as we can and when we do, you can be sure we will pass along our thoughts.
Nikon 1 V3 Specifications
- Lens Mount: Nikon 1 mount
- Picture Angle: Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (Nikon CX format)
- Effective Pixels: 18.4 million
- Sensor Size: 13.2mm x 8.8mm
- Image Sensor Format: CX
- Image Sensor Type: CMOS, no anti-aliasing filter
- Image Processor: EXPEED 4A
- Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning
- Supported File Formats: Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW), JPEG, NEF (RAW) + JPEG
- Picture Control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Selected Picture Control can be modified, User-customizable Settings
- Storage Media: Micro SD
- Card Slot: 1x Micro SD
- Viewfinder: EVF (electronic viewfinder), 0.5-in., approx. 2400k-dot color TFT LCD viewfinder with diopter control and brightness adjustment
- Viewfinder Frame Coverage: 100% Approx.
- Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: -3 to +2 m¯¹
- Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane mechanical shutter; electronic shutter
- Fastest Shutter Speed: Electronic Shutter: 1/16,000 sec.
- Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec.
- Flash Sync Speed Electronic shutter: 1/250 sec.
- Bulb Shutter Setting: Yes
- Shutter Release Modes: Single-frame
mode, Continuous, Self-timer mode, Delayed remote, Quick Response Remote, Interval Timer Shooting
- Frame Advance Rate: Approx. 6, 10, 20, 30 or 60 fps
- Top Continuous Shooting Speed: 20 FPS with full resolution and full autofocus (60 fps with fixed focus)
- Metering Method: Matrix, Center-weighted: Meters 4.5mm circle in center of frame, Spot: Meters 2mm circle centered on select focus area
- Exposure Modes: Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M), Scene Auto Selector
- Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, Auto
- Shooting Modes: Advanced movie mode (includes HD movie, slow motion, fast motion, jump cut and 4-second movie), Auto Photo mode, Creative mode (including creative pallet, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process and toy camera effect), Motion Snapshot (16:9), P programmed auto with flexible program, S shutter-priority auto, A aperture-priority auto, M manual, Best Moment Capture mode ( includes Slow View, Active Selection, and Smart Photo Selector)
- Exposure Compensation: ±3 EV in increments of 1/3EV
- ISO Sensitivity: 160-12800
- Autofocus System: Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF), AF-assist illuminator
- AF-area mode: Single-point AF: 171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF; Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas; Subject tracking; Face-priority AF
- Focus Modes: Auto (AF), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Full-time Servo (AF-F), Manual Focus (MF)
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Accessory Shoe: Yes
- Movie File Format: MOV
- Movie Video Compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
- Movie Audio recording format: PCM
- Movie Audio recording device: Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable, Optional external ME-1 stereo microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter)
- Movie HD: 1920 X 1080/60p, HD: 1920 X 1080/30p, HD: 1280 x 720/60p, HD: 1080×720/30p; Slow-motion: 788×288/400fps, Slow-motion: 416×144/1200fps, Motion Snapshot: 1920×1080/60p (plays at 24p) Fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4 second movies (16:9); 1920×1080/60p (60fps) (plays at 24p/24fps)
- Monitor Size: 3.0 in. diagonal
- Monitor Resolution: 1037K – Dots
- Monitor Type: TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
- Interface: USB: Hi-speed USB; HDMI output: Type D mini-pin HDMI connector
- Battery: EN-EL2oa Lithium-ion Battery
- Battery Life (shots per charge): 310 shots (CIPA)
- AC Adapter: EH-5b AC Adapter, Requires EP-5D Power Supply Connector
- Approx. Dimensions: Width 4.4 in. (110.9mm), Height 2.6 in. (65mm), Depth 1.3 in. (33.2mm)
- Approx. Weight: 9.8oz. (278g) camera body only
- Supplied Accessories: EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-28 Battery Charger, UC-E19 USB Cable, BS-N3000 Multi Accessory Port Cover, BF-N1000 Body Cap, AN-N1000 Strap, ViewNX 2
Short Movie Creator CD, User’s Manual, Reference manual CD
Nikon 1 V3 Primary Features
- Moving-subject tracking performance superior to that of digital SLR cameras
171 densely packed focus points
Very dense arrangement of 105 focus points with phase-detection AF and 171 focus points with contrast-detect AF ensures precise acquisition of the intended subject with dense coverage of a broad range of the frame.
At approximately 20 fps, the world’s fastest* continuous shooting rate with AF trackingThe superior AF tracking performance of the Nikon 1 V3 enables capture of even moving subjects in sharp focus.When the electronic shutter is used: High-speed continuous shooting at the world’s fastest* rate of approximately 20 fps for capture of up to 40 shots in approximately two seconds.
When the mechanical shutter is used: High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps for capture of up to 50 shots in approximately eight seconds.*Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of March 13 , 2014. Statement based on Nikon research.The world’s shortest* shooting time lag
The world’s shortest* shooting time lag is best demonstrated with 171 focus points, faster focusing achieved through improvements to the AF control sequence, and use with the capless 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM kit lens, equipped with power-drive zoom and with which lens-drive speed has been increased.
*Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of March 13 , 2014. Tested using the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM at the maximum wide-angle position in Single-point AF mode. Statement based on Nikon research.
- Superior operation and unique shooting functions
Virtual horizon capable of detecting pitch
The Nikon 1 V3 is the first Nikon 1 camera to be equipped with a virtual horizon function that can be displayed in the live view display or viewfinder, and is capable of detecting not only roll (camera tilt to the left or right), but also pitch (camera tilt forward or back), a capability previously limited to high-end digital SLR cameras. This function is very helpful with framing of images of landscapes, architecture, and still objects. What’s more, the virtual horizon functions not only with shooting in landscape orientation, but also with shooting in portrait orientation.
When viewing images in the LCD monitor, the Highlights option can be used to check image highlights (areas that may be overexposed). Highlights will flash in the monitor display.
2 command dials
The Nikon 1 V3 is equipped with a main command dial on the back of the camera and a sub-command dial on the front of the camera. This allows users of digital SLR cameras to apply and adjust settings such as shutter speed in a familiar manner.
3 function buttons
Users can assign frequently used settings to two function buttons on the camera and a third on the optional Grip GR-N1010. The role played by each of these function buttons can be selected from seven options: exposure compensation, Picture Control, white balance, AF-area mode, metering, ISO sensitivity, or movie-record button.
Dedicated accessories (optional) for Nikon 1 V3 system expansion
Electronic Viewfinder DF-N1000: The 0.48-inch, approximately 2359k-dot color TFT LCD viewfinder with frame coverage of approximately 100% supports diopter control and brightness adjustment. It ensures a broad field of view equal to that of digital SLR cameras, for precise framing with confirmation of the subject to all corners. In addition, adoption of the same rounded eyepiece used with the cameras such as the D4, Df, and D800, the DF-N1000 supports full-scale shooting capabilities.
Grip GR-N1010: This optional grip is equipped with an angled shutter-release button that is easy to use, a function button to which a preferred setting can be assigned, and a sub-command dial that can be used to adjust settings. Adoption of a magnesium alloy ensures great strength and durability. The GR-N1010 provides a secure grip on the camera, even when the Mount Adapter FT1 and a NIKKOR lens are used.
- The first Nikon 1 camera equipped with a vari-angle touch-screen LCD monitor and Wi-Fi® capabilities
Vari-angle touch-screen LCD monitor
The slim LCD monitor, with a depth of approximately 4 mm, is equipped with a tilting mechanism that allows it to be tilted down to approximately 87° for high-angle shooting, and up to approximately 170° for low-angle shooting, allowing users to adjust their angle according to the subject or scene to be captured. In addition to positioning of buttons on the vari-angle monitor for an operational feel similar to that of digital SLR cameras, adoption of a bright and clear, 3-inch, approximately 1037k-dot, electrostatic touch screen enables simple and intuitive shooting operations by allowing users to touch the screen to focus or to select a subject for subject tracking.
Built-in Wi-Fi® allows users to easily transfer high-quality still images recorded with the Nikon 1 V3 to a smart device, from which they can be shared.
- Equipped with a Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor and offering an effective pixel count of 18.4-million pixels for superior sharpness and definition.
Adoption of a new Super high-speed AF CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 4A image-processing engine enables the capture of images exhibiting excellent definition and very little noise at sensitivities of ISO 160-12800. This makes capturing images with which noise has been effectively suppressed for superior image quality possible, even with shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings. In addition, still images with which noise is suppressed and superior image quality is preserved can be captured at high sensitivities using the noise reduction function, with which the camera takes multiple shots that are then combined to create a single image.
Function for recording full-HD 1920 x 1080/60p movies
Full-HD 1920 x 1080/60p movies up to approximately 10 minutes in length can be recorded. As the Nikon 1 V3 is equipped with an electronic vibration reduction (e-VR) function*, the effects of camera shake are reduced with movie recording.*Electronic vibration reduction can be enabled with recording of 1080/30p and 720/30p movies
Official Press Release
Here is the official Nikon press release for the Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera:
Announced Alongside the New 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is the Ideal Companion Camera for the D-SLR Shooter Looking to Pack Light and Move Fast
MELVILLE, NY (March 13, 2014) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact, yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed to make no sacrifices when it comes to speed, performance and image quality, the blazing fast V3 sports an impressive Hybrid AF system and the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate1 at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus, a speed that outpaced even pro D-SLR cameras. Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the new Nikon 1 V3 offers a top-class feature set that includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new EXPEED 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity2 and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether searching for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a D-SLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.
Further expanding on the growing stable of 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon has also introduced the new 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, providing even more impressive lens options 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 of 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.”
Capture the Shots That Matter With Uncompromising Speed and Quality
The Nikon 1 V3 makes no sacrifices in terms of speed, performance and image quality, as Nikon continues to innovate and invigorate the Nikon 1 System. The camera sports the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at a blazing fast 20 frames-per-second (fps), faster than other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and ideal for capturing fast-moving action and sports. Combined with an outstanding Hybrid AF System, every fleeting moment can be captured with incredible precision and accuracy. With 171 contrast detect focus areas and the center 105 areas supporting phase detection AF, the V3 provides super-fast AF response and accuracy when capturing still images or HD video in addition to exceeding the AF abilities of many D-SLR camera offerings.
The Nikon 1 V3 also features elite imaging specifications that help ensure superior image and HD video quality and impressive low-light performance, including the addition of a high-resolution 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor and new EXPEED 4A image processing engine. Together, they help render true colors and incredible detail, whether shooting an exotic safari or the local swim meet. The V3 also carries an ISO range of 160-12,800 with high ISO noise reduction, providing the versatility to effortlessly capture images in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
Exceptional Video Performance and a Dynamic Feature Set
When still images are not enough, the Nikon 1 V3 sports an outstanding number of video features that today’s multimedia photographer can take advantage of. The V3 is capable of recording Full HD video at 1080/60p with Movie e-VR (Electronic Vibration Reduction) which helps to eliminate camera shake to record smooth and clear movies. Full-time continuous AF is also possible during video recording, helping maintain critical HD focus, while the versatile CX-format sensor assists in creating video with a beautiful shallow depth of field. The V3 can also capture slow motion video at an impressive 120 frames-per-second (fps) in high quality 720p HD. Additionally, users can capture full resolution still images during video recording, rounding out an impressive and comprehensive stable of video features at the user’s disposal.
In another first for the Nikon 1 series, the V3 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity2, helping users seamlessly share every unforgettable moment. Connect to a compatible smart phone or tablet and share precious photos with friends and family by uploading them to social networks. The Nikon 1 V3 also empowers the user to unleash their creativity, with fun and unique shooting options for all levels of photographer. The V3 offers a wealth of creative modes previously found in models like the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 J3, including Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama and Selective Color, in addition to new modes like Creative Palette, Toy Camera and Cross Process, for a truly customized photography experience. Mainstay Nikon 1 System features such as Slow View, Live Image Control and Motion Snapshot return in this iteration of the V-Series, further enhancing a dynamic and versatile feature set for even the most demanding of photographers.
Elegant Styling, Superior Operability
The Nikon 1 V3 has been ergonomically designed to allow the user to shoot comfortably and confidently in a variety of shooting scenarios. The extremely compact yet sophisticated body sports conveniently placed external controls with two programmable function buttons, allowing the enthusiast to tailor their camera to their own personal 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 D-SLR shooters.
Another innovative addition to the Nikon 1 Series is the V3’s new tilting, touch-panel 3-inch LCD monitor that allows photographers to compose brilliant images and HD video from various new angles. This thin and versatile monitor is a convenient tool for adjusting settings on the go, affording the user the ability to quickly trigger the shutter when capturing a photo or change the focus point when capturing video by simply touching the screen. Playback is seamless and a new Highlight Display function helps the user to spot washed-out highlights after shooting. Additionally, a Virtual Horizon feature with pitching detection helps frame landscapes and architecture with rich detail and beautiful focus.
As part of the versatile Nikon 1 System of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is compatible with eleven 1 NIKKOR lens options ranging from ultra-wide-angle to telephoto, while users can also employ their arsenal of NIKKOR glass using the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter. Users can also take advantage of the Nikon 1 System’s 2.7x crop factor for increased range when shooting sports or wildlife, making it an ideal companion for the D-SLR shooter. Nikon also offers an optional external high resolution 2359k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), the DF-N1000, and optional multi-accessory grip, the GR-N1010, alongside the Nikon 1 V3 for increased control and handling. The V3 also maintains compatibility with Nikon 1 external flashes and the ME-1 external microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter).
Go Farther with New 1 NIKKOR lenses
Announced alongside the Nikon 1 V3, Nikon has introduced two new 1 NIKKOR lens offerings. Kitted with the V3, the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is an evolved compact zoom lens, ready for nearly any situation. Sporting a useful 3x zoom (27-81mm equivalent), the new 10-30mm lens is equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zoom capability, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD video.
Additionally, Nikon has also introduced a powerful new telephoto zoom lens option that takes Nikon 1 users farther than ever before. The new 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens features a super-telephoto focal range (189-810mm equivalent) that can get the photographer up close to sports action or wildlife from a distance. The first 1 NIKKOR lens crafted with Super ED Glass, the 70-300mm lens is equipped with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghost and flare.
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 V3, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and the GR-N1010 Grip will be available in April 2014 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*SRP, respectively.
You can pre-order the Nikon 1 V3, along with the newly released lenses via our partner, B&H Photo Video through the following links:
- Nikon 1 V3 for $1,196.95
- Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 for $996.95
- Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM for $296.95
A separate article comparing the Nikon 1 V2 and V3 will be posted soon.