Nikon 1 announcement rumored for next week: V3 camera, two lenses, new external light

The latest rumors are that the Nikon 1 V3 with a new 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD VR lens and the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR zoom will all be announced next week, probably on March 12th or 13th. There will also be a new Nikon 1 light (LED?) accessory – maybe one of those prototypes:

nikon-1-led-macro-light nikon-1-video-rig-concept
FYI: last year Nikon announced the LD-1000 LED movie light that is still available today and I doubt that it will be replaced next week.

I expect this to be a Nikon 1 announcement only and I don’t think we will see anything else (the rumored Nikon Coolpix P8000 camera is expected in April-May).

Here is an updated list of the rumored Nikon 1 V3 camera specifications:

  • No optical viewfinder
  • Optional, external 2.4MP electronic viewfinder (EVF) that will attach to the hot shoe
  • Built-in flash
  • Standard hot shoe – you will be able to use regular Nikon Speedlights and the built-in flash could act as a wireless commander(I reported that back in November last year)
  • Several new interesting video features (sorry)
  • New external grip will not take any batteries, but it will have a shutter button and front dial
  • Expeed 4a imaging processor
  • Completely new camera design similar to the drawings of this recently filed patent and it will be all black (not sure if they will offer different colors)
  • Very fast everything
  • 18MP sensor
  • Eye sensor and a button to switch between LCD and EVF
  • 180° swivel LCD screen
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