Nikon just unveiled a long-awaited flagship 1-series mirrorless camera, the Nikon 1 V3. This model features a new 1″ CMOS sensor for the first time since the series launched over 2 years ago. The 18 megapixels 2.7X crop-factor sensor offers an ISO 160 – 12800 sensitivity range and full-resolution output at 60 FPS. The new EXPEED 4A processor is capable of performing autofocus between frames at 20 FPS, putting the 1 V3 into a league of its own.
This latest mirrorless takes the Nikon 1 system up to a new level with professional photographic controls. It features 3 control-dials and a traditional mode-dial. The EVF is now optional as is a deeper grip, making the 1 V3 versatile in terms of form-factor. The EVF offers an impressive 2.4 megapixels with 100% coverage and essential Eye-Start sensor.
The Nikon 1 V3 offers both Phase-Detect and Contrast-Detect AF, like all other 1-series models, yet now offers more points with 105 and 171 points, respectively. It also has a hybrid shutter with mechanical and electronic shutter-speeds up to 1/16000s. This digital camera becomes first to offer 720p HD video capture at 120 FPS with full 1080p HD at 60 FPS.
Simultaneously with the 1 V3, Nikon unveiled two new 1-mount lenses. The Nikkor 1 10-30mm F/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM VR offers a power-zoom version of the usual kit-lens in a very compact and self-capping design. The Nikkor 1 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 VR provides the longest reach of any native lens, making the system more easily usable for extreme telephoto photography.
The Nikon 1 V3 is scheduled to ship next month for $1199 USD or $1299 CDN with both the optional EVF and optional grip, plus 10-30mm Power-Zoom lens. Amazon.com are already accepting preorders as are Adorama and B&H Photo.