Nikon 1 V3

The Nikon 1 sys­tem comes of age with lat­est in­tro­duc­tion

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£800, $1200

The Nikon 1 sys­tem has come a long way since its in­tro­duc­tion back in 2011. The lat­est cam­era in the se­ries, the V3, is a cul­mi­na­tion of all Nikon has learned dur­ing the past three years, and of­fers a lot of in­ter­est­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

For starters, the V3 has an 18.4 mil­lion pixel CX-for­mat (one-inch) sen­sor, and boasts Nikon’s Hy­brid AF sys­tem, with 171 aut­o­fo­cus points – 105 of which are speedy phase de­tec­tion points.

The V3 has the ca­pa­bil­ity to shoot at up to 20 frames per sec­ond with con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus, or up to an in­cred­i­ble 60 frames per sec­ond with the aut­o­fo­cus fixed in the first frame. This makes shoot­ing in RAW faster than it would be with a D-SLR, and is fa­cil­i­tated by the new Expeed 4a pro­cess­ing en­gine.

As is start­ing to be­come the norm with Nikon cam­eras, the op­ti­cal low pass fil­ter over the V3’s sen­sor has been re­moved, which should help greatly with de­tail re­pro­duc­tion.

For the first time in a Nikon 1 se­ries cam­era, the V3 boasts a tilt­ing, 1,037,000-dot LCD touch­screen. The cam­era also in­cludes built-in Wi-Fi, which is still lack­ing from most Nikon D-SLRs. Un­like pre­vi­ous V cam­eras there’s no viewfinder, but one is avail­able separately.

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