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Nikon announces Nikon 1 V2, Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens, SB-N7 Speedlight

Nikon officially announced a new Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera, Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens and SB-N7 Speedlight for Nikon 1 system.

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Nikon Continues Popular Series of F/4 Lenses with the Addition of the New FX-Format AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens is Nikon’s First Lens with up to Five Stops of Image Stabilization; Offers Outstanding Performance and Superior Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the newest addition to its legendary NIKKOR line of lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens that provides a popular and versatile focal length and a constant f/4 aperture for full frame FX-format photographers. The 70-200mm f/4 is the first NIKKOR lens to feature the third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to meet the still image and video demands of advanced photographers and videographers.

“With the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4, Nikon offers enthusiasts an essential telephoto zoom lens capable of amazing clarity and control, at a price point that’s easily attainable,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc., “With the introduction of Nikon’s third generation of VR technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 lens offers superior performance and stunning image quality whether shooting beautiful stills or HD video in challenging lighting conditions.”

Legendary Image Quality and Performance

In an expansion of Nikon’s f/4 series of NIKKOR lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 is an uncompromising telephoto zoom lens ready for real-world creative applications by professionals and enthusiasts including sports, portraiture and wildlife shooting. Smaller and lighter than Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8 lens, this 70-200mm f/4 lens offers a valuable alternative that maintains the superior image quality and lightning quick performance photographers have come to expect from Nikon.

Additionally, Nikon’s newest lens is the first to feature VR image stabilization technology that is able to vastly reduce camera shake and blur by offering the equivalent shutter speed of approximately five stops slower than otherwise possible. Now users are able to shoot confidently in lower light or while handheld to deliver razor sharp images and smooth HD video.

When used alongside the Nikon D4, D800 series and D600 D-SLR cameras, 70-200mm f/4 lens users can take advantage of Nikon professional grade teleconverters to increase the focal length without sacrificing AF and VR abilities. By utilizing the camera’s cross-type focus points at f/8 and below, users can effectively double the focal length of this f/4 lens to 400mm and still retain the AF ability to capture clear subjects at an even greater distance.

Constructed from 20 optical elements in 14 groups, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 maintains several core Nikon technologies including the exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. In addition, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides quiet and responsive autofocus (AF) operation. The lens also features two versatile focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus) to adapt to a users shooting preferences. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 achieves the top class feel, superior operability and solid handling that only NIKKOR glass can offer.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR will be available in late November 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,399.95*. Nikon also offers an optional Tripod Collar, available in the near future for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $223.95*. For more information on this and other NIKKOR lenses, as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Striking the Balance of Portability, Performance and Shooting Preference, the New Nikon 1 V2 Provides Users with New Ways to be Creative and Expressive

Nikon Continues to Enhance the Powerful Nikon 1 System with the Addition of Photographer-Friendly Features, Connectivity and Accessories

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the revolutionary Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for the creative consumer who seeks stunning images and HD video, the V2 incorporates a myriad of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience, including a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash and the addition of a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact speedlight that offers versatile lighting possibilities for Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 V2 shooters.

The new Nikon 1 V2 is designed to be compact and delivers astoundingly rapid Autofocus (AF) and shooting response, incredible image quality, sharp Full HD video and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options. The V2 offers a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that has been engineered to allow for amazing image quality that exhibits eye-catching colors, rich hues and striking detail. The upgraded sensor combined with the blazing fast Advance Hybrid AF system allows users to shoot up to 15 frames-per-second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that allows the capturing of fast moving subjects. Other new and noteworthy features include versatile and fun shooting modes such as Best Moment Capture Mode and the new Live Image Control that lets a user preview their creative vision, pre-capture.

“The recent additions to the Nikon 1 System, including the new V2, demonstrate Nikon’s dedication to delivering a camera system that meets the needs of creative and expressive consumers looking for an easy-to-use camera that is portable enough to take on any life adventure,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. “With a grip and control layout that is familiar to photographers, the V2’s incredible speed, versatility, ease of use and portability can be used in various situations to shoot amazing images and sharp HD video.”

Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow
The new V2 sports an enhanced design that includes a comfortable traditional grip as well as a textured camera body and thoughtfully placed mode dials. With easy access to the new top-placed Command Dial, V2 shooters will be able to make camera adjustments quickly and easily, even when framing photos in the camera’s 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder. The camera also includes a new Direct Setting Control that enables quick access to settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M), so that settings can be changed without taking an eye off the electronic viewfinder or the high-resolution 921,000-dot 3.0-in LCD display. To get creative in challenging light, a built-in pop-up flash supplies extra lighting when capturing images in low-light situations or to provide a fill flash to eliminate shadows. The camera also features a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, affording the use of optional lighting and camera accessories with the Nikon 1 V2.

Though compact and portable, the new Nikon 1 V2 boasts incredible performance and features that will be easily embraced by all levels of photographers. In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera also includes the new EXPEED 3A image processing engine, both specifically designed to produce still images and HD video with stunning clarity and color. Additionally, the new EXPEED 3A has improved image-signal processing capability as well as high-speed readout.

A wide ISO range (160-6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions, while the highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with superfast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action with crisp focus, whether at a football game or dance recital. The Nikon 1 V2’s 73 point AF array ensures accuracy and super precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera also provides high-speed continuous shooting with continuous Auto focusing letting users capture approximately 15 fps up to 45 frames. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames is also possible.

Get Creative with Advanced Features
The new Nikon 1 V2 offers various shooting modes and controls that will help photographers flex their creative muscle while providing new ways to be expressive in still images and HD videos. With the new top-placed Mode Dial, V2 users will be able to access the camera’s Auto Mode as well as full manual controls on the fly. The camera is also equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilize to capture fleeting moments with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. A Motion Snapshot can be saved as a four second MOV file and JPEG image file separately or it can also be saved as a 10 second movie file without a separate JPEG image file, making it easy to share with others. Furthermore, Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow seamlessly within the camera.

The Nikon 1 V2 also includes Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing, in real time. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 sec). The action is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action sports and events are transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen, letting the user capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with confidence.

Additionally, original Nikon 1 features like Smart Photo Selector are still available on this new camera, and are accessible through the Best Moment Capture Mode. When using Smart Photo Selector, V2 users can capture up to 20 shots with a single press of the shutter button, and the camera will then automatically select the five best images to keep based on factors such as exposure, focus and facial recognition. The Nikon 1 V2 also includes an Advance Movie Mode that allows for the simultaneous shooting of 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same subject or scene. Slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured, plus full manual exposure controls are accessible while in Advance Movie Mode.

Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR and the innovative Live Image Control allow users even more ways to customize their photos. Live Image Control gives users the ability to see end-result images before capture by incorporating effects of various camera settings on a scene. With Live Image Control, real time adjustments to motion control, brightness control, Active D-Lighting and background focus are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder prior to capture to help ensure the user’s creative vision is fulfilled.

Expanding the Reach of the Nikon 1 V2: Accessories for the Nikon 1 System
The V2 is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1. When connected to the WU-1b, the camera can shoot high quality images and movies and transfer them to smart devices, making it easy to stay connected and share content wirelessly to social networks. Users of the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™2 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®3 mobile digital devices will also have the ability to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet.

Like the other Nikon 1 system cameras, V2 shooters will have access to a growing lineup of incredible 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter. These lenses and accessories will allow individuals to build a system that truly complements their creative lifestyle.

Alongside the Nikon 1 V2, the new optional SB-N7 speedlight will inspire shooters to take their creative vision to new heights with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight flash unit. When connected to the Nikon 1 accessory port of the V2, the SB-N7 will provide opportunities to explore lighting options including i-TTL support. Additionally, the flash head tilts up to 120 degrees for situations that call for bouncing the flash output. The new speedlight is easy-to-use and travel friendly, and also uses common AAA batteries. The speedlight provides a guide number of 18 meters/59 feet (at ISO 100), as well as a supplied external wide flash adapter for wider shooting coverage.

Price and Availability

The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95*. The SB-N7 speedlight will be available in January 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95*. For more information on the V2 and SB-N7 or other Nikon 1 series products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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  • BornOptimist

    Ops… This camera was certainly not designed by a gay guy with square glasses using a Mac…;-) It must have been created by engineers, not caring about how it looks, but with obsession for speed – and I like it!
    Specially the function where 40 frames are captured at half-press, and play-back in slow motion where a full press saves the frame (and ditches the rest) is something I could use a lot in my work. Today I use the 30/60fps with the V1, and then delete the frames I don’t need, or end up with a card full of images to browse thru to find the few images I need. But I will wait until reading some user experience before buying, and specially if there are any improvement in focus speed at lower light/lower contrast will be a deciding factor if I’m buying or not.

  • rttew

    only nikon has the audacity to offer an f4 zoom at $1,400. you can keep it, nikon.

    • http://Photokaz.com Mike

      You are right, Canon’s is a paltry $1350 (rolling eyes)

      • Own You

        Actually you clown, Canon has one in the 700.00 range.

        • mooboy

          The Canon version with IS (so equivalent to the Nikon version with VR) is about the same price. I wouldn’t be too quick to call others clown in future.

        • http://Photokaz.com Mike

          No kidding, get your facts straight.

    • desmo

      actually I’ll buy it

      sample photos and mtf plots are quite good

      its a true gold ring lens

    • Kim

      Am with u rttew!!

  • Merv

    They added a grip to the V2? I thought these cameras were supposed to be slim and small

    • iamlucky13

      It’s still pretty small, especially since any time you have a lens on it, the grip isn’t the defining feature of size front-to-back.

      Remarkably ugly, though. I wonder if this will actually be out for Christmas…DPReview doesn’t have a hands on preview like they usually do for new announcements, so it seems Nikon hasn’t yet put bodies in the hands of major reviewers.

      At least it appears Nikon might actually be interested in listening to customers – a mode dial, a command dial, and a couple function buttons. This actually looks like a camera I might consider.

      Anybody notice the shoe-mount flash only has a one stop advantage over the pop-up flash on the D40-series? And of course, no compatibility with hot-shoe bodies, nor apparently any ability to use hot-shoe flashes.

  • OMR

    To much money for a CX format, It’s a best option the D5100 today.

    • desmo

      very true d5100 is exceptional camera for size and price

      plus you can use your f mount lenses like 10 -24 ,very sharp with 15mm equiv focal length and FOV when you need to go wide angle

      nikon i with small sensor and no lens compatability was bad idea from start

      • OMR

        +1

        And if you add the 35mm f1.8 nikon lens, then you have the best IQ in APS-C sensors in the market today.

  • NikonGuy

    Finally a camera equivalent to the Gremlin car!

    Nikon can you say Focus Group.

  • Jacob

    $224 for a stupid collar? What is it made of…platinum?

    • Bret M

      I think it’s $180 street, but yeah. That’s crazy.

  • http://sureshotschaeferphotography.com kirk schaefer

    looks like the viewfinder was an afterthought

  • stef

    uber duber ugly.
    my god.

    Nikon what happened?

  • Nino N.

    I laughed when I first saw the picture of Nikon V2 XD It seems to improve in many area though, especially the PSAM dials. Finally!

  • hiplnsdrftr

    Oh my god, what is that?

    Design wise, what a catastrophe.

    How does that even happen?

  • hiplnsdrftr

    Looking at the photos again I kinda see what happened.

    They looked at the NEX7 and maybe the GH3 and then figured out the worst possible way to mash them together.

  • Spy Black

    Well hallelujah, these guys came to theirs senses and put PSAM back where it belongs! Now the system is functional. It is somewhat grown, however, not really pocketable any more. Too bad about that. It’s certainly debatable if the system is worth it at it’s new size versus a DX body, I guess I’ll have to check it out at PDN tomorrow and see whether it’s significantly smaller or not.

  • Chalo Photo

    While other manufacturers are going for retro design with a modern approach, Nikon has decided to go ugly design with horrendous approach. Still in shock! Even Sigma has a new design concept in their new lenses that, quite frankly, look amazing.

  • Ric

    bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch.

    Bunch of complainers .

    Complain that the first version was missing function. Complain that the new is too big because those functions were added, but guess what? They have to go somewhere.

    I want the D4 fuctionality and performance in a iPhone form factor. Nyeecone, you suck.

    BTW, that was all tounge and cheek so don’t get your panties in a wad. so was that.

  • Zaphod

    Someone needs to kick someone at the marketing on nikon. They have the 36 mp camera, and they have some demo pictures that is more like thumbnails than information for buyers. (The lens)

  • Zaphod

    With the tripod collar at 225 dollar the price difference to the 2.8, that i believe has it bundled is very small.

  • Cathy

    V2, a real update, good. But not enough for me to update my (bought at a cheap price) V1 for that ridiculous high price. Where is the tilting screen and built-in GPS? And the update of FT-1’s focusing functionality?

  • http://Andreathode.de Andrea Thode

    I must say, no matter what Nikon did to boost the V2 – it’s the ugliest camera I have ever seen. And this comes from a NPS veteran. Dear Nikon engineers: good design sells!

    It’s likely that people are going to kill it with fire. Or even better TNT.

    This come as a double shock, as the new iMac is so beautiful and innovative. Totally different story, I know. But it has to be said, that it’s possible to cram engineer tech-specs and great design under one hood and this is defo not the case here…

  • Raz

    Wow the V2 is stunningly hideous. Compare that to Fuji X series cameras and weep…

  • Whammo

    Looks like they outsourced the design to Bausch and Lomb. But wait, you get two for the same price, just pay additional shipping and handling.

  • MR

    1.3999 $ ? To rectify

  • John Price

    If I was the one who deigned the look of this camera, I would spank myself.

  • denz

    Nikon V2 is the ugliest camera i’ve ever seen, 2nd is Sony Nex.

  • jarod

    V2? it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s…. a POS! LOL

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